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Quality control of the private veterinary profession in The Netherlands.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15200096     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
It was as early as the 19th Century when attempts were first made to organise the veterinary profession in The Netherlands into a professional association. Since then, the Royal Veterinary Association of The Netherlands has developed into an organisation which fully promotes the interests of the profession. From the beginning, the issues of professional standards and veterinary legislation were given high priority, and codes of conduct were established with the aim of improving the quality of professional veterinary practice. Having some form of independent regulatory body has always been important for maintaining these professional standards, even if history has taught us that establishing such independent testing and sanctioning facilities is a laborious process that requires perseverance and patience. By organising the control of animal diseases and promoting public health (e.g. meat inspection), the veterinary profession has always had a key role to play in the food production industry, and quality control programmes that monitor the food production chain now make use of veterinary surgeons tested by external organisations. To avoid any semblance of a conflict of interest, a new organisational structure has been developed recently: the Veterinary Quality Organisation (VKO: Veterinair Kwaliteits Orgaan). The VKO maintains the register of qualified veterinarians, upholds standards and organises the independent quality control of the profession.
S J de Groot; T de Ruijter
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Revue scientifique et technique (International Office of Epizootics)     Volume:  23     ISSN:  0253-1933     ISO Abbreviation:  Rev. - Off. Int. Epizoot.     Publication Date:  2004 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-06-17     Completed Date:  2004-11-16     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8712301     Medline TA:  Rev Sci Tech     Country:  France    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  175-85; discussion 391-401     Citation Subset:  IM    
Veterinary Quality Organisation, P.O. Box 422, 3990 GE Houten, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Animal Welfare
Consumer Product Safety
Food Inspection
Legislation, Veterinary
Meat / standards*
Private Sector* / organization & administration,  standards
Quality Control
Veterinary Medicine / organization & administration*,  standards*

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