The ‘EBVS Specialisation Award’ was instituted by the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation (EBVS) in 2013 “to acknowledge outstanding contributions to the course of veterinary specialisation in Europe” made by an individual or organisation. In 2017, the third award was presented to Professor Frank Gasthuys Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (ECVAA), for his significant and outstanding contribution to specialization in veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia in Europe and to veterinary specialization in Belgium and in Europe.
Professor Gasthuys is a Founding member of the (ECVA now ECVAA, 1995) and has contributed significantly to the progress of veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia in many European countries. This has included serving on the Executive committee of ECVAA for more than 10 years including as President of the ECVAA (1999-2002) and then as President of the Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists (2002-2005), an organisation instrumental in promoting veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia in Europe.
Professor Gasthuys contributed substantially to the recognition of veterinary specialisation in general. He served on the Executive Committee of the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation for a number of years, including a term as President (2006-2008). During this time, he played an important role in the consolidation and improvement of the EBVS mission, as well as in several new initiatives on veterinary specialisation, including the establishment of new Colleges and sub-specialities.
Frank Gasthuys (2nd from left) during a 2010 EBVS Executive Committee meeting
(photo courtesy of Neil Forbes the then Vice President) with (from left) the then President Stefano Romagnoli, Treasurer Jens Arnbjerg and Secretary Peter O’Brien.
His involvement over many years with ECVAA and EBVS, as well as his extensive professional network, which includes members of the National Veterinary Council of Belgium, placed him in an ideal position to promote and defend veterinary specialization in Belgium. Thanks to his tireless efforts, Belgium was among the first European countries to officially recognize Diplomates of EBVS-recognized colleges as specialists.
Professor Gasthuys has been actively involved for a number of years in the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE), the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE), the European Coordination Committee on Veterinary Training (ECCVT), and the Veterinary Continuous Education in Europe (VetCEE). He was Board member of EAEVE, the official accreditation authority for veterinary education establishments in Europe, from 2012 to 2014. He was Board member of ECCVT, founded by EAEVE, EBVS and FVE to coordinate their views on veterinary education, from 2012 to 2014. He has been a board member of VetCEE, a joint initiative of EBVS, FVE, EAEVE and the Union of European Veterinary Practitioners (UEVP) to develop standards for and mutual recognition of continuing professional development across Europe, since 2014.
Professor Frank Gasthuys has made outstanding contributions to the visibility and credibility of veterinary specialisation in Europe through promoting the interests of veterinary specialisation in anaesthesia and analgesia and in general in Belgium, within different European veterinary organisations and across Europe.