With the launch of our new Companion Animal Welfare Global Guidelines coming later this year, our Animal Wellness and Welfare Committee (AWWC)
has launched a new award to recognize individual veterinarians who have made a significant contribution to companion animal welfare. We hope the Award will highlight the importance of animal welfare and encourage all veterinarians to play their part in advancing welfare globally.
The new WSAVA Companion Animal Welfare Award will be presented for the first time during #wsava2018 to a veterinarian judged to have made a sustained effort or an extraordinary single achievement in an area related to companion animal welfare. This could be, for instance, by showing leadership, public service, research and development, education or advocacy.
Dr Shane Ryan, President-Elect of the WSAVA, says:
“A moral society should care about its animals and ensure they are treated humanely. Animal welfare is a complex issue, involving aspects of comparative medicine, the human-animal bond and One Health. It should be led by those who are best qualified by way of education and experience so that rational decisions based on the best science can be made to further welfare of all animals. Veterinarians have, for too long, been unsung heroes in this area with many of our members working every day to promote its importance.
“Raising standards of animal welfare is a key pillar of our work so we felt that launching a new Award to recognize achievement in this area was an important addition to support our new WSAVA Global Guidelines on Companion Animal Welfare.”
For more information, please contact WSAVA CEO Arpita Bhose at firstname.lastname@example.org
. The closing date for nominations is 26 March 2018 so don’t delay!