The Nordic Society for Veterinary Epidemiology (NOSOVE) is an informal organization with the vision of advancing veterinary epidemiology. The volunteering board aim to fulfill the vision by providing courses and opportunities to socialise and strengthen the network among post graduate students, researchers and others with an interest in epidemiology. Events are presented through the society network (blogspot).
NOSOVE started in 1988 as a collaboration between the Nordic countries Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, and has expanded to include the Baltic countries, but welcome members and participants from all countries.

Sunday, 7 November 2004

Minutes of the General Assembly of NOSOVE 2004

The meeting was held at the Borrevejlecenter, Roskilde, Denmark, 7 November 2004. 17 members joined the assembly.
  1.  Petter Hopp was elected as chairman of the meeting.
  2. Annette Kjær Ersbøll was elected as secretary of the general assembly
  3. Catarina Svensson was elected as keeper of the minutes.
  4. Lis Alban went through the board´s report: The major event during the last period was the annual NOSOVE course. There has been a request to NOSOVE from the Netherlands to support them as host of an ISVEE-meeting. The next ISVEE-meeting will be in Australia in 2006, in South Africa 2009 and most likely in the Netherlands 2012. Nils Toft was acknowledged for his work with the NOSOVE website.
  5. The treasurer Ann Lindberg presented the accounts for 2002 and 2003. There were few transactions during the two years, with cost for the homepage as a major post. The total savings are currently 13,108.30 SEK. However, a deposit has been made for the current meeting and will be refunded. The true savings therefore are corresponding to around 54,600 SEK. Savings are mainly used as a buffer for the annual meetings. The auditors had scrutinized the accounts and found verifications to be in accordance with the daybook, and the accounts to be in good order.
  6. The General Assembly approved the board’s report and the treasurer´s report and the administration during the last election period.
  7. Election of the board:
    Secretary:              Olli Peltoniemi (Fin)
    Treasurer:              Ann Lindberg (Sv) – re-elected
    Serving for another year as chairman: Lis Alban (Dk)
    Deputy chairman:   Ane Nødtvedt (Sv)
    Serving for another year as member: Anne-Margrethe Urdahl (No)
  8. Election of substitutes for the board.
    Substitute 1:          Anna Maija Virtala (Fin)
    Substitue 2:           Annette Kjær Ersbøll (Dk)
  9. Election of auditors.
    Auditor 1:              Eystein Skjerve (No)
    Auditor 2:              Catarina Svensson (Sv)
    Deputy auditor:      Kaj Vestergård (Dk) 
  10. There will be no membership fee for the coming period.
  11.  Marcus G. Doherr gave updated information about the European  College for Veterinayr Public Health – the EBVS. The college in Veterinary Public Health combines two subfields: Food safety and Population medicine (epidemiology) and mainly serves to meet the increasing demands of specialists in practically applied epidemiology in private and official veterinary service and in veterinary research. Deadline for approval of de-facto diplomats is December 2004 and applications for recognition of membership should be made before April 2004.
    More information can be retrieved form the homepage via links to the collage through
  12. Lis Alban informed that NOSOVE has been requested to host meeting of the originally British but now extended European organization, Society of Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (SVEPM). This will take place in central Helsinki, Finland in 2007. Marcus G. Doherr welcomed the members of the NOSOVE to the next SVEPM meeting, which will take place in Switzerland 24-27 March 2004.
  13. The next General Assembly will take place in Sweden sometime in January or February 2004. Ann Lindberg welcomed NOSOVE members to come forward with suggestions of topics.
  14. Other business. Jens Fredrik Agger informed the general assembly about the Masters program in Veterinary Public Health which started at KVL in 2002. Four courses are scheduled for 2004: Data management and biostatistics in February-March, Disease control strategies in March-May, Epidemiology and Biostatistics in August-October and animal health economics in October-December.
  15. Petter Hopp thanked the organizers of the meeting and closed the general assembly.

Annette Kjær Ersbøll                     Catarina Svensson
Secretary                                       Keeper of the minutes

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