The Swedish Veterinary Association (Sveriges Veterinärförbund - SVF)
The Swedish Veterinary Association (SVF) is a member of the Swedish Confederation of Professional Associations (SACO). Of the 21 member associations within SACO SVF is the oldest, founded in 1860.
The objectives of SVF are to promote the development of veterinary science and to safeguard the social and economic interests of the members. SVF is led by an Executive Board, while the final decision-making is the responsibility of the General Assembly (Fullmäktige)
In 1982 the Swedish Society of Veterinary Medicine (Sveriges Veterinärmedicinska Sällskap - SVS) was founded within the Association. The specific purpose of this society is to handle questions concerning the development of veterinary medicine, for example by initiating investigations into areas where such interests are at risk. SVS also actively plan, arrange and administer continuing education such as courses and specialization programmes for veterinarians.
The executive board of the Swedish Veterinary Association
The Executive Board of the Swedish Veterinary Association consists of:
Katja Puustinen, President
Kajsa Gustavsson, head of Committee for Veterinary Employment issues
Johanna Habbe, head of Committee for Veterinary Business issues
Susanna Sternberg Lewerin, head of Committee for Veterinary Medicine
Professional issues concerning the development of veterinary medicine are handled within the Committee for Veterinary Medicine, while employment issues and issues concerning practice management are handled within the Committee for Veterinary Employment issues and the Committee for Veterinary Business issues, respectively.
The Committee for Veterinary Medicine has five sections: Horses, Laboratory animals, Production animals, Small animals and veterinary public health. Activities include the scientific programme in the yearly Veterinary Congress, initiating projects in current and important topics, and managing the national veterinary specialisation programmes. Many projects result in guidelines that support veterinarians in their daily work. Guidelines for the clinical use of antibiotics in the treatment of different animal species are available to all veterinarians as is the general policy on use of antibiotics.
Currently the regulation on veterinary specialisation is under review. Specialist programmes will be available in Diseases in dogs and cats, Diseases in horses, Diseases in cattle, Diseases in pigs, Disease of small ruminants and Veterinary public health.
More than 90 percent of all Swedish veterinarians are members of the Swedish Veterinary Association, as well as many of the veterinary students at the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Agricultural Sciences. There are approximately 2000 active veterinarians in Sweden (not including the retired veterinarians). During recent years the number of female veterinarians has increased greatly - 80 percent of the veterinary students are now women.
The main fields of work for Swedish veterinarians are:
Clinical practitioners - approximately 700 veterinarians are working in clinical practice with farm animals, horses and companion animals. Out of these approximately 250 are employed full-time and 50 part-time by the Board of Agriculture as district veterinarians, the remaining work as private practitioners. Approximately 230 veterinarians are working in animal hospitals, most with companion animals, but there are also a number of equine hospitals.
Veterinarians working in food hygiene – approximately 100 veterinarians are employed full-time and another 100 part-time by the Swedish Food Administration for meat inspection, laboratory work, hygiene control etc.
In co-operation with SACO, statistics on veterinary salaries for employed veterinarians are compiled every year.
Insurance policies specially devised for veterinarians are available to the members of SVF.
SVF is an important stakeholder in all matters regarding veterinary medicine, animal health and welfare, animal and food production. The Ministry of Agriculture, the National Food Administration, the Swedish Board of Agriculture, as well as various organisations regularly request the opinion of SVF on different legislative proposals, policy documents and reports.
SVF also actively seeks to influence decisions of importance for veterinarians, veterinary medicine, the veterinary profession, public health and animal welfare.
For some issues current interest, working groups are set up to prepare background material and suggest decisions to the SVF Executive Board. In addition to these temporary working groups a number of permanent committees have been set up within SVF. An example of such a committee is the Committee on Animal Welfare.
Many issues are relevant not only on national but also on international level. As a member of the federation of Veterinarians I Europe (FVE) and the World Veterinary Association, SVF endeavours to influence matters of importance to the Swedish veterinary profession.
The Swedish Veterinary Journal
Information and communication are important in the work of SVF. In addition to social media activities and direct communication with members and external actors, SVF publishes the Swedish Veterinary Journal (Svensk Veterinärtidning, SVT) with articles on veterinary medicine, information on the work of SVF and various matters of interest for Swedish veterinarians. The journal constitutes the main source of veterinary information in Sweden.
The office of SVF is situated at Kungsholms Hamnplan 7 in Stockholm.
Postal address: Box 12709, S-112 94 STOCKHOLM, Sweden.
Telephone: +46-8-545 558 20