Dear Rectors, Deans, Colleagues, Representatives of the Member Faculties of the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education,

Both as President of the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education and as Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Science in Budapest it is my privilege to invite you to our faculty to attend the 25th General Assembly of EAEVE and the 225th anniversary of the foundation of our school. It would be a great pleasure to greet here everybody who has been to our campus, and we would be happy to see also those colleagues who have had no chance to visit us yet, but would like to see the school where Marek, Hutyra and Aujeszky taught once upon a time.

The General Assembly of the EAEVE is an important event in the life of the veterinary schools in Europe. Besides discussing hot issues connected to veterinary education, the deans of the veterinary schools scattered all over Europe can meet, extend their connections, get new ideas and exchange opinions. After discussing the regular matters related to the life of the association, we plan some presentations on modern computer and web based teaching methods and different visions on the future of the veterinary profession and education. So we expect two days of hard work at the General Assembly on the 15th and 16th of May but the breaks and the social programs will provide the opportunity for informal discussions as well. The program of the first day will be closed with a cocktail party in the architecturally protected library of the school, while the closing event of the General Assembly will be a horse show and a gala dinner at the Lázár Equestrian Park.

All participants are kindly invited to attend the ceremony on the occasion of the foundation of our school 225 years ago. The anniversary ceremony will take place in the Auditorium of the faculty at 10 a.m. on the 17th May. Rectors and deans participating in the event are asked to wear their official robes and signs (Chain of Office etc.). After the ceremony the guests are invited to join the reception given by the Rector of Szent István University at the former Royal Castle in Gödöllő.

Budapest is not only the seat of our faculty but it is also the capital of Hungary, a vibrant city of nearly 2 million inhabitants. If you can afford spending a few additional days here, you should visit the medieval castle, the eclectic downtown, one of the oldest zoos in Europe, or have a look at the view of Buda and Pest separated and connected by the Danube. After sightseeing you can enjoy traditional Hungarian cuisine, the local wines or just relax in one of the several thermal baths of the city. May is a beautiful month here; we do hope that during those days we will enjoy sunny and warm weather.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Budapest in May 2012 at the Faculty of Veterinary Science of Szent István University.

Prof. László Fodor
Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Science
Szent István University Budapest