Publications A message from IFAH's President

A message from IFAH's President


Brussels, 30 March, 2012 – Juan Ramón Alaix, President of the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH), addressed IFAH’s 22nd Ordinary General Assembly today with a message of encouragement for the animal health industry across the world. Listing many accomplishments in 2011 he re-enforced IFAH’s goal to promote a balanced regulatory environment relying on science-based decision making that supports innovation, in order to provide veterinarians and animal owners with new products to fight disease. With a growing world population and diminishing resources, Juan Ramón Alaix stated that our mission – healthy animals, healthier world – has never been more important.

A video of the speech given by Juan Ramón Alaix can be viewed on IFAH’s website or IFAH’s YouTube channel:

The recently published 2011 IFAH annual report provides further detail on the past year’s accomplishments and features articles on the role of the veterinary profession in society, why science-based regulation is vital for the future of a science-driven industry, and a success story on the eradication of rinderpest. The report can be downloaded from IFAH’s website.

Notes for editors

The International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) is an organisation representing manufacturers of veterinary medicines, vaccines and other animal health products in both developed and developing countries across five continents. The mission of IFAH is to foster a greater understanding of animal health matters and promote a predictable, science-based regulatory environment that facilitates the supply of innovative and quality animal medicines, vaccines and other animal health products into a competitive market place. These products contribute to a healthy and safe food supply as well as a high standard of health and welfare for animals and people.

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