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Global Conference on Animal Welfare


Herbert Schneider, born in 1942 in Wiesbaden/Germany, grew up on a farm in Namibia, where he is still actively farming with cattle, sheep and wildlife. He studied veterinary medicine at the University of Pretoria (Onderstepoort), obtaining the degree BVSc degree in 1965. Post graduate qualifications are: DVSM (Dip. State Vet. Med) University of Edinburgh (Scotland) 1973; Dr.med.vet, University of Giessen (Germany) 1977; and Specialist veterinarian in Tropical Veterinary Medicine, State of Hessen (Germany) 1981 (FTA-TVM). He is a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS), London (United Kingdom) since 1973.

He joined the Division of Veterinary Services of Namibia in 1965 as State Veterinarian and in 1978 he became the Director of Veterinary Services and in 1984 Principal Secretary for Agriculture, Nature Conservation, Veterinary Services and Sea Fisheries. In 1990 he established AGRIVET International Consultants, which is a consultancy in the field of veterinary medicine, with special expertise in the field of tropical animal health, veterinary epidemiology, veterinary legislation, food hygiene & safety and veterinary public health.

In September 2002 he was elected President of the World Veterinary Association for three years. He is currently chairing the OIE Ad Hoc Group on the role of Private Veterinarians and Para-professionals in the provision of Animal Health Services and he serves on the Steering Committee for the OIE Global Conference on Animal Welfare.

He has served in an executive capacity on numerous veterinary and agricultural commissions and committees in the Southern African region and is the author of more than 40 scientific publications