WSAVA committees have 2 main functions. One is to carry out activities that provide continuing professional development to our members and the other is to uphold the integrity of the association and how it is remains relevant to members. Animal wellness and welfare, Continuing education, Global nutrition, Global pain council, One health, Hereditary disease, renal standardization, Vaccination guidelines all belong to the first group. Congress steering, Financial advisory, Leadership and nomination, PR and communication, Scientific advisory are committees belonging to the second group.

Vaccination Guidelines Group

The WSAVA Vaccination Guidelines Group (VGG) was initially established in 2006 following recognition by the WSAVA Board and Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) of the need for globally applicable recommendations on best-practice for the vaccination of dogs and cats.

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Animal Wellness and Welfare Committee

The Animal Wellness & Welfare Committee (AWWC) goal is to make welfare issues an everyday consideration for small animal practitioners and to ensure that WSAVA is a proactive & respected partner within international welfare circles by combining advocacy with mutual respect and consensus-building amongst partners. This important work is proudly supported by WALTHAM®.

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Congress Steering Committee

The Congress Steering Committee (CSC) was formed early in 2010 with a specific brief to look at the future development of our annual World Congress to ensure that it meets our aspirations in terms of thought leadership, scientific content, organization and branding.

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Continuing Education Committee

The WSAVA Continuing Education (CE) programme was started over 20 years ago. Initially WSAVA and FECAVA joined forces to provide post graduate education in the emerging countries of Eastern Europe and the Baltic States.

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Financial Advisory Committee

The Financial Advisory Committee (FAC) is a sub-committee of the WSAVA Executive Board (WSAVA EB) with membership comprised of both WSAVA EB members and Assembly members. Nominations for this position must be approved by the WSAVA EB and voted on by the Assembly. The maximum term of office for FAC Chairman or committee member is 5 years.

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Global Nutrition Committee

In 2011, the GNC published a detailed set of Global Nutrition Guidelines to help veterinary healthcare teams around the world to ensure that dogs and cats receive nutrition, which is tailored to their individual needs. These Guidelines are now available in ten languages, have been endorsed by 31 member associations and have been published in 17 journals.

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Global Pain Council

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Hereditary Disease Committee

The Hereditary Disease Committee was formed as a comprehensive resource on hereditary diseases and genetic predispositions. This database represents a culmination of the work of the Committee, and is constantly evolving with advances in the field of veterinary genetics. 

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Leadership and Nomination Committee

The goal of the Leadership and Nomination Committee is to identify the human resources needs of the association and its various committees, to assist in leadership identification and succession planning, and to forward names of suitable WSAVA Award candidates.

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One Health Committee

The One Health Committee, ‘One Health’ or ‘One Medicine’ proposes the unification of the medical and veterinary professions with the establishment of collaborative ventures in clinical care, surveillance and control of cross-species disease, education, and research into disease pathogenesis, diagnosis, therapy and vaccination.

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PR and Communications Committee

The public relations and communications committee was activated in April 2012 with the vision that "WSAVA becomes visible, relevant and makes a difference to members, the global veterinary community and public."

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Scientific Advisory Committee

The WSAVA Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) advises and assists the WSAVA Executive Board in developing links with the academic world involved in research and development in small animal veterinary science. Its aim is to stimulate academic participation under the auspices of the WSAVA and at the same time to promote worldwide access to knowledge resulting from research .

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Dental Standardization Project Committee

The WSAVA represents more than 160,000 veterinarians globally through 94 member associations and is focused on enhancing the clinical care of companion animals globally. One its core activities is the development of WSAVA Global Guidelines in key areas of veterinary practice.

Regional Member Advocate Committee

Regional Member Advocate Committee (RMA) was set up in 2015 by the WSAVA Executive Board. It aims to boost the involvement and engagement of all of our members and to help ensure that our activities meet regional, as well as global, needs. Acting as a sub-committee of the Executive Board, the RMA provides recommendations as to how best to implement our initiatives in each region.