About the Nordic-Baltic Veterinary Contingency Group (N-B VCG)

The Nordic-Baltic Veterinary Contingency Group (N-B VCG) is an ongoing NMDD project since 2006. The primary objective of the project is to improve cooperation, communication, and exchange of information and experiences, between the veterinary authorities within the Nordic-Baltic Region, in the context of contingency planning and during animal disease emergencies.

In order to comply with the objectives the Group has arranged a number of activities including seminars, expert meetings, workshops and simulation exercises. The exercises have covered economical important exotic diseases such as foot and mouth disease, African swine fever, West Nile fever, Bluetongue, Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia in trout and African Horse Sickness.

Main activities in 2019

The Nordic Baltic Veterinary Contingency Group has for 2019 scheduled:

  • A mini –seminar to be held from 8 – 9 May in Tallinn, Estonia. The mini-seminar will deal with the handling of animal by-products and other products in relation to outbreaks of serious transmissible diseases.
  • A Nordic-Baltic foot and mouth disease simulation exercise. The exercise is scheduled to take place in the autumn in Lithuania.

N-BVCG publications, 2014 – 2018

President of the Nordic-Baltic Veterinary Contingency Group during 2018 – 2019

Dr. Siri Margrete Løtvedt

Norwegian Food Safety Authority, Norway

E-mail: simlo@mattilsynet.no

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