The OIE Regional Representation for the Americas is holding the 1st OIE Knowledge Olympics in the Americas in collaboration with the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (FMVZ) of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and of the Society of Veterinary Medicine in Argentina (SOMEVET).
The overall objective of this competition is to provide students and veterinary professionals from the 29 countries of the Americas region the opportunity to strengthen their knowledge of the functioning and objectives of the OIE and become aware of its regional action in the Americas. Participants will have to pass a test covering the above mentioned theme.
The two (2) winners will be those who best demonstrate a good understanding of the OIE by correctly answering the highest number of questions within the shortest time-frame.
The OIE reserves the right to cancel or amend the Competition or its rules without notice.
The competition is free of charge and open to the following participants:
- Full-time veterinary students who are enrolled in any of the faculties of veterinary medicine of any of the 29 Member Countries* of the OIE of the Americas during the 2015-2016 academic year.
- Veterinarians registered or licensed to practice veterinary medicine/science by the relevant veterinary statutory body/college/association of any of the 29 Member Countries* of the OIE of the Americas.
OIE staff members are excluded from the competition and must not participate either directly or indirectly.
The number of entries is limited to one per person (same surname, same first name and same postal address, irrespective of which email address is used). In the event of multiple entries by the same person (same surname, same first name, same postal address, irrespective of which email address is used), all entries from that person will be automatically rejected.
*The OIE Member Countries of the Americas are: Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Surinam, Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America, Uruguay and Venezuela.
ARTICLE 3: Functioning
The competition registration procedure will be published on the website www.olimpiadasamericas.oie.int as well as on the OIE Facebook and Twitter pages until 3pm on February 12th 2016 (GMT-3 / Buenos Aires)*.
The competition will also be announced by email to many veterinary schools and faculties as well as many veterinary statutory bodies/colleges/associations in the 29 Member countries of the Americas. Each school/faculty of veterinary medicine and veterinary college/association will be invited to appoint a coordinator dedicated to the competition.
*As neither Facebook nor Twitter is the organiser or sponsor of the competition, they cannot be held liable for any problem related to the competition. The competition is not associated with, managed by or sponsored by Facebook or Twitter.
Registration for the competition is free and done exclusively on-line on the www.olimpiadasamericas.oie.int website.
The registration period will close on February 12, 2016 at 3PM (GMT-3 / Buenos Aires), or in the event that a total of 40.000 registered participants is reached.
To take part in the competition, participants must:
1) Read and accept the rules on the website.
2) Register on the OIE Knowledge Olympics in the Americas website in the corresponding section (Veterinary Students/Veterinarian) and complete all the fields, by February 12 2016 at 3 PM (GMT -3 / Buenos Aires ).
3) Make sure that they receive a confirmation email from the OIE Americas acknowledging receipt of their entry.
If any of the above conditions is not met, the entry will be disregarded. The date and time of receipt of the complete entry will be taken into account for purposes of meeting the deadline. Any entry that is incomplete, submitted after the deadline or in any other form than that specified hereunder, will be disregarded. No entries via Facebook, Twitter or letter post will be accepted.
The competition will take place during the month of March 2016, in two rounds:
1. FIRST ROUND (National round), on March 2nd, 2016, at 3 PM – (GMT / Buenos Aires Time): All registered participants will answer a 30 question multiple choice quiz (developed by the OIE Regional Representation for the Americas) with a maximum of 5 possibilities containing one correct answer. Two national finalists (one student and one veterinarian) from each OIE Member Country of the Americas will be selected.
2. SECOND ROUND (Continental round), on March 9th, 2016 at 3 PM - (GMT / Buenos Aires Time): The winners of the first round will answer a 30 question multiple choice quiz (developed by the OIE Regional Representation for the Americas) with a maximum of 5 possibilities containing one correct answer.
Two winners of the competition will emerge, one from each category: a veterinary student and a veterinarian.
During the first round, participants will need to have access to a computer or digital tablet with internet access. These devices could either be their own property or the property of their Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary College in the event that it supports the competition.
The second round will take place exclusively at the headquarters of each of the National Veterinary Services.
Questions and answers will be in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. Correctly answered questions will score one point each, while unanswered or incorrectly answered questions will not score any points.
The results of the competition are final and cannot be disputed under any circumstances.
In case of a tie between two or more participants, the concerned participants will receive a notification to participate in an extraordinary new round of questions to break the tie. The tiebreaker round will be based on 20 questions to be answered in 10 minutes (correctly answered questions will score one point each, while unanswered or incorrectly answered questions will not score any points).
Playoff winners will be selected based on the highest number of questions answered correctly and shortest time-frame taken to answer the questions (time will start counting the moment each participant starts the competition).
The two (2) winners will be awarded the prizes mentioned in Article 7.
ARTICLE 4: Obligations
- Must register and provide correct information for their registration.
- Must accept the Rules for the OIE Knowledge Olympics in the Americas.
- Each participant will be responsible for ensuring that he/she has access to a computer or digital tablet with internet access on the scheduled date and time of the OIE Knowledge Olympics in the Americas.
ARTICLE 5: Publication of the results
The OIE Regional Representation for the Americas will publish the results of the OIE Knowledge Olympics in the Americas after the completion of each round (March 2 and 9, 2016), on the OIE Knowledge Olympics website.
ARTICLE 6: Deadline
The deadline for submitting an application is 12 February 2016 at 3pm (GMT-3 / Buenos Aires).
ARTICLE 7: Prizes
- Two (2) winners will be chosen after the 1st round (a student and a veterinarian):
They will receive a free subscription to the Scientific and Technical Review of the OIE for a period of 1 year.
- Two (2) winners will be chosen after the 2nd round (a student and a veterinarian):
They will be awarded with an 8 day stay in Paris (from 21st to 28th May) including participation in the 84th General Session of the World Assembly of OIE Delegates, a visit to the National veterinary school of Alfort and the National Museum of Natural History of Paris. The prizes include an air ticket, accommodation during their stay in France; costs of visa (each winner will be responsible for processing their respective passport and visa formalities) and transfers to and from the airport, a ticket for entry to the museum and a total allowance of 600 euros to cover the costs of meals nd oher expenses during their stay in France.
The Prizes will be awarded during the opening ceremony of the 84th General Session on Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 in Paris (France). Winners will receive a diploma of honor from the Director General and the President of the OIE.
ARTICLE 8: Complaints
The OIE reserves the right to disqualify any participants who fail, wholly or partially, to comply with these rules.
The OIE disclaims all liability if for any reason a participant submitted erroneous data for his/her registration and the system does not allow the participant to register. Incomplete registrations or those with erroneous data registrations will be disregarded. No registrations via Facebook, Twitter, e-mail or letter post will be accepted.
The OIE disclaims all liability if for any reason a participant does not receive an email with the access code, preventing him or her from participating in the OIE Knowledge Olympics in the Americas, or if for any reason a participant cannot access the website of the OIE Knowledge Olympics in the Americas, or cannot complete the answers.
The OIE shall not be responsible for any technical problems such as but not limited to Internet connectivity that may prevent or hinder participation in the OIE Knowledge Olympics in the Americas.
No claims whatsoever against the OIE will be possible. The OIE will not be held liable in connection with the OIE Knowledge Olympics in the Americas and the participants will therefore not be entitled to claim any damages or compensation whatsoever.
ARTICLE 9: Availability of the rules
These rules are available on the web site www.olimpiadasamericas.oie.int
ARTICLE 10: Personal data
Participants’ registration information will be handled with the utmost confidentiality and personal data will not be disclosed to any third parties.