‘Vets Go Wild’: WSAVA Launches ‘WSAVA Global Outreach’ to Enhance Veterinary Care Worldwide

Invitation issued to Vets and Nurses to Volunteer for Outreach Projects in Africa in September 2014

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) has launched ‘WSAVA Global Outreach’, an initiative to help share the knowledge and experience of its members more widely around the world.  It will operate for the first time through a programme of outreach initiatives serving as an extension to its Annual World Congress which takes place in Cape Town from 16-19 September 2014.

Call for Volunteers for Outreach Programmes

As part of Global Outreach, the WSAVA is calling for volunteers for two initiatives around World Congress:

The WSAVA – Animal Wellness and Welfare Committee (AWWC) Programme

The WSAVA’s AWWC is offering the opportunity for up to ten veterinarians registered to attend World Congress to volunteer for Community Led Animal Welfare (CLAW), a respected animal welfare organization whose work is supported by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).  Volunteers will provide their services during a six day placement from 8-13 September 2014, assisting CLAW personnel in running mobile veterinary clinics which provide basic health care and education for the animals of impoverished communities and their owners.

The WSAVA-SAVA Community Veterinary Clinics Programme

The WSAVA is also offering the opportunity for ten veterinarians registered to attend World Congress to volunteer for a five day placement working with the South African Veterinary Association’s Community Veterinary Clinic (SAVA-CVC).  They will assist with a range of activities including running mobile veterinary clinics and providing basic care such as vaccination and parasite treatments.  Volunteers will also have the opportunity to carry out basic diagnostics and treatment including neutering.

WSAVA Faculty Outreach Programme

Recognising that many African veterinarians will be unable to travel to Cape Town for World Congress, Dr Lawson Cairns, Regional Coordinator for WSAVA CE in South Africa, has arranged for several of its world-renowned speakers to extend their stay to lecture in other African countries including Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe. This CE initiative will form a key part of the programme of all future WSAVA World Congresses, continuing with the 2015 event which takes place in Bangkok, Thailand, in May.

Speaking at the WSAVA’s press briefing, President Colin Burrows commented:  “WSAVA Global Outreach is a vehicle to enable us to create a lasting legacy in every region which hosts World Congress because, if we all work together, we can help to build a better future everyone in the profession.”

Further details on how to apply for both volunteer programmes can be found at www.wsava.org and www.wsava2014.com.  The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA)  is an umbrella organisation representing 145,000 veterinarians globally through 91 member associations.