Dear Readers,

Taking a close look at the agenda, you will surely notice that the second part of the show and sport season is rather busy !

Over the next three to four months, not less than 4 major FCI Championships will take place:

From 17 to 19 June, the European Lure Coursing Championship will take place in Velke Pole (Slovak Republic). It is a unique opportunity to enjoy this very specific and enthusiastic atmosphere of racing dogs major championships (info:

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Yves De Clercq
FCI Executive Director
The FCI as a guest speaker at a seminar for veterinary students at the Faculty of Medicine of the Université Libre de Bruxelles

At the invitation of Professor François-Xavier Philippe, in charge of the course “Domestic animal ethnography” at the Faculty of Medicine of the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Yves De Clercq took the floor in a seminar held for second-year veterinary students on April 20th. Mr Philippe had organised a one-afternoon seminar featuring a series of presentations aimed at bringing the students together with experienced stakeholders committed to safeguarding and promoting breeds.

The seminar was attended by some 60 students, whom Yves De Clercq, the Executive Director of the FCI, gave a presentation packed with useful information about the FCI:

  • organisation (shows, trials, kennel names registration, etc.)
  • operating framework (sections, General Assembly, General Committee, Executive Committee, commissions, General Secretariat, etc.)
  • procedure for breed recognition (on a provisional basis, on a definitive basis, application file, etc.)
  • breed standards

Mr Philippe moderated the ensuing exchange of interesting views. The students were curious about the available documentation, too.

The seminar also featured the following speakers:

  • Frédéric Colinet: University of Liège, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, Animal Science Unit
  • Glorieux Géry: Walloon Breeding Association
  • Nassim Moula: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Liège

Marie Luna Durán
FCI Marketing & Public Relations Manager