About the Med-Vet-Net Association
The Med-Vet-Net Association for Zoonoses Research was launched in October 2009 as a self-sustainable legacy of the Med-Vet Net NOE. Registered under French Law 1901 on 1 June 2009 with the primary objective of sustaining and common research activities, dissemination of scientific information, expertise and training and advocacy towards European stakeholders the Association is sustained by the contribution of an annual membership fee by each of its partner scientific Institutes.
The association arose as a self-sustaining legacy of the highly successful Med-Vet-Net European Network of Excellence (NOE) for zoonoses research, which was initiated in September 2004 and funded for 5 years by the European Union (EU) 6th Framework Programme.
Established in response to the recognition of the enormity of the economic impact of zoonotic diseases and the requirement for better international, and national, level cooperation on animal and health issues, the Med-Vet-Net NoE developed a ‘virtual institute’ of multidisciplinary scientists. This brought together many of Europe’s prominent research groups working on detection and control of zoonoses. The network comprised 14 science institute partners across Europe and over 300 scientists.
The partner institutes comprised eight veterinary, seven public health institutes from 10 European countries, including France, United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Sweden. All partner institutes had national reference laboratory-based responsibilities for the prevention and control of zoonoses.
By adopting multinational and multidisciplinary approaches the work of veterinary, medical and food scientists, mainly in the field of food safety, was integrated at the European level, sharing knowledge to improve the prevention and control of zoonoses.