Jean-Charles Cavitte holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from "École Nationale Vétérinaire d'Alfort" and a subsequent specialisation at the French national school of veterinary services. Dr Cavitte background is mainly on veterinary public health. He is now research policy officer at the European Commission, in Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI).
After having led the food safety department in the French regional veterinary service, Dr Cavitte joined the European Commission in 1994. He started as a veterinary inspector in the Food and Veterinary Office, where he led the BSE team until he moved to veterinary legislation in DG Health and Consumer Protection at the end of 1999. There, he was responsible notably for the revision of the EU zoonoses legislation, in particular the Directive on zoonosis monitoring and the Regulation on Salmonella control.
At the end of 2005, he moved to DG «Research and Innovation» - Directorate for Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology. There he was responsible for defining orientations and supervising EU funded research projects in the domain of animal production and food safety. Jean-Charles Cavitte joined DG AGRI in May 2014, in the "Research and Innovation" Unit. He is in charge of policy development and research programming in the animal sector (which includes bees!); from animal health and zoonoses to breeding, feeding and husbandry, as well as livestock production systems.