Members of the VGG at the Bangkok Continuing Education Event. Left to right: Professor Richard Squires (James Cook University, Australia), Professor Michael Day (Chairman; University of Bristol, UK) and Professor Hajime Tsujimoto (Tokyo University, Japan)
The WSAVA Vaccination Guidelines Group (VGG) has completed the final of three visits to Asian countries as part of its project to examine small animal infectious disease and vaccination practice in Asia. With its fact-finding activities now complete, it will distil the information obtained during this and earlier visits to Japan and India before producing advice and recommendations for Asian small animal practitioners. It aims to publish this information in early 2014.
The VGG began its visit in Beijing on 20th July, where it met with veterinary practitioners, academics and government officials and visited three veterinary practices in the city. A one day continuing education programme was attended by 100 veterinarians. In Shanghai, the VGG held further meetings with practitioners, academics and representatives of industry and visited three further veterinary practices. Eighty veterinarians attended the continuing education event in Shanghai. It then moved to Bangkok where a round of similar meetings was held, followed by a third continuing education event attended by 80 veterinarians.
In each city, a questionnaire circulated by the VGG aimed to provide further information on the local situation. 150 responses to the survey were received in China while 267 responded in Thailand.
Commenting, Professor Michael Day, Chairman of the VGG, said: “This two-year project in Asia has been enormously successful and we now have a much greater understanding of the particular challenges faced by Asian practitioners. During our visits we have provided continuing education to over 800 veterinarians; spoken with dozens of local opinion leaders and obtained survey data from almost 800 first opinion practitioners. Our visits to a wide spectrum of veterinary practices have been particularly informative, enabling us to see at first hand the challenges faced by our Asian colleagues. The work of the VGG would not be possible without the kind sponsorship of MSD Animal Health and we are grateful for its continuing support. “
He added that the VGG was also grateful for the logistical support provided by the local offices of MSD Animal Health and the local associations in each country. The questionnaire survey was co-ordinated in Beijing by Dr Louis Liu (Beijing Small Animal Veterinary Association), in Shanghai by Dr Geoffrey Chen (Shanghai Small Animal Veterinary Association) and in Bangkok by Dr Walasinee Moonarmart (Veterinary Practitioners Association of Thailand).
The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) is an umbrella organization representing 180,000 veterinarians globally through 94 member associations. The WSAVA Vaccination Guidelines Group aims to develop independent, globally relevant recommendations and best practice protocols for the vaccination of dogs and cats.