Taipei--President Tsai Ing-wen thanked the Taiwan Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) Friday for bringing Taiwan to the world, praising the organization as a role model in Taiwan's efforts to promote diplomacy.
In a meeting with executive members of the association, Tsai also said that Taiwan's experiences in animal quarantine and healthcare play an important role in the country's efforts to promote international cooperation and exchanges.
Given that the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has been advocating the concept of "One Health," Tsai said she has learned that one must have globalization and cross-species vision when carrying out healthcare and quarantine work.
"Veterinarians' active participation in international affairs is one of the most important ways of strengthening domestic animal quarantine (of the country) and improving the professionalism of Taiwanese vets," Tsai told her guests.
Tsai received the veterinarians, led by TVMA Honorary Chairman Johnson Chiang, at the Presidential Office. She extended her congratulations to Chiang, who will take over as World Veterinary Association (WVA) president at the 33th World Veterinary Congress, which will be held Aug. 27-31 in Incheon, South Korea.
Chiang will be the first Asian to serve in the post since the WVA was founded in 1863.
Tsai praised Chiang as the pride of Taiwan's veterinary sector, and the pride of the entire country.
She also expressed thanks to the TVMA for letting the world know Taiwan better through its veterinarians on the international stage.
The "One Health" concept is founded on an awareness of the major opportunities that exist to protect public health through policies aimed at preventing and controlling pathogens at the level of animal populations, at the interface between humans, animals and the environment, according to the OIE.
Implementation of these policies places not only veterinarians and animal owners on the front line, but also people who regularly come into contact with wildlife and the environment, in particular those involved in fishing and hunting and managers of protected areas, said the Paris-headquartered intergovernmental organization responsible for improving animal health worldwide.
Source: Overseas Community Affairs Council