World Organization for Animal Health, France
Bernard Vallat received initial veterinary training with specialisations in feed and in animal productions under tropical climate. 10 years later he completed his education with a Master degree in Economy of Development. His professional career began with seventeen years spent overseas, working under multilateral or French bilateral overseas cooperation schemes in a number of countries in Central Africa and the Indian Ocean, in both fields and administration levels. In 1990, Dr Vallat was recalled to France by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Overseas Cooperation to manage international negotiations and the design and follow up of development programs in thirty countries in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. In 1994, he went to the French Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food within the General Directorate for Food, and a year later was appointed Chief Veterinary Officer for France, with the title of Deputy Director General for Food. Dr Vallat was elected Chairman of the Terrestrial Animal Health Code Commission of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) from 1997 to 2000. In 2001 he was elected Director General of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). Bernard Vallat was born in 1947; he is married and is the father of three children. He holds several French honorary titles, notably Officier of the LÃ©gion dâ€™Honneur, as well as from other countries.
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