Committee Focus: Scientific Advisory Committee

 Learn about the work of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC):

Key goals                             

It aims to stimulate academic participation under the auspices of the WSAVA and to promote worldwide access to knowledge resulting from research.                       


Dr Gad Baneth, DVM, PhD, Dip ECVCP, Professor of Veterinary Medicine, Koret School of Veterinary Medicine, Hebrew University, Rehovot, Israel.  He teaches  veterinary medicine; works as a clinician in the internal medicine department of the Hebrew University's veterinary teaching hospital and conducts research focused on vector-borne diseases of companion animals.

A brief history of the SAC

The WSAVA Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) is a key part of the organizational structure of the association.  Its objective is:

To advise and assist the WSAVA Executive Board in developing links with the academic world involved in research and development in Small Animal Veterinary Science.

 The WSAVA SAC was initiated during WSAVA World Congress in 2002 and chaired by Professor  Anjop J Venker-van Haagen until 2008 when Professor Michael Day took on the role. Professor Gad Baneth was appointed Chairman just after our 2013 WSAVA World Congress.

Its members are an experienced, enthusiastic and dedicated group of leading small animal researchers who represent key disciplines in medicine, surgery and basic science and who reflect the widespread geographical range of the WSAVA membership.  The SAC reports to the WSAVA Executive Board and also to the Assembly.

Its responsibilities include:

  • Promoting, reviewing and overseeing the scientific progress of research programs for the advancement of knowledge in small animal science, such as Standardization Groups or specific research projects.  Examples include the Liver, Gastrointestinal and Renal Standardization Groups and the Vaccination Guidelines Group

  • Approving the Annual Congress Scientific Program and advising on the selection of state-of-the-art lecturers

  • Making a recommendation to the Board from nominations received for the annual scientific award granted by the Association – the WSAVA/Waltham International Award for Scientific Achievement 

  • Providing timely scientific advice to the Board and wider membership on emerging issues such as disease outbreaks or disasters.

Opportunities and challenges

The SAC continues to strive for the advancement and application of scientific knowledge in small animal veterinary medicine and surgery and endeavors to strengthen international collaboration between small animal clinicians and scientists and to confront timely tasks and emerging topics.

Priorities for 2015

  • Promoting research projects involving international networks for the monitoring of medical conditions seen in companion animal clinics.

  • Reviewing and approving  international research proposals including proposals from the AFSCAN project.


For further information 

Contact Gad Baneth at


Gad says:   "It is an honor to serve as the WSAVA SAC chair.  My predecessor, Professor Michael Day, was very active and successful in promoting initiatives such as the One Health and Vaccination Guidelines Groups and I'd like to thank him for his contribution during his term. I also thank the other SAC members for their help and commitment. 

"My priority is to promote close relationships and networking between clinicians and scientists internationally."

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