Echoing the BSAVA’s message this year, the opportunity for UK and European veterinary professionals to support outreach work in Africa is the focus of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s Press Briefing at Congress. A range of initiatives will be announced including the launch of an ambitious project led by the WSAVA’s charitable foundation to enhance the quality of veterinary training across Africa.
The WSAVA’s recently elected President, UK national Colin Burrows will initiate proceedings, setting out the global context of the WSAVA’s work and priorities for his Presidency. Dr Lawson Cairns, CE Coordinator for Africa, will then discuss ‘Vets Go Wild’, an outreach program running alongside this year’s WSAVA’s World Congress which takes place from 16-19 September in Cape Town. The integrated outreach programme, believed to be a ‘first’ for a veterinary congress, has been developed in conjunction with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Community Led Animal Welfare (CLAW) in South Africa and the South African Veterinary Association (SAVA) Community Veterinary Clinics (CVCs).
Dr Gabriel Varga, President of the WSAVA Foundation, will then unveil a unique project starting later this year to support enhancements in human and animal health and welfare through the creation of a network of new small animal veterinary associations across Africa. The project will be led by the WSAVA Foundation and a consortium of members and is supported by Zoetis.
9.30: President Colin Burrows
9.45: Dr Lawson Cairns: CE Coordinator, Sub Saharan Africa, WSAVA
10.00: Dr Gabriel Varga, President, WSAVA Foundation
10.15: All: Questions
Refreshments will be available following the press briefing. If you could confirm your attendance before the end of March, it would be greatly appreciated.
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