Reflections on an Outstanding World Congress

WSAVA FASAVA World Congress was a fantastic experience for those lucky enough to attend.

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WSAVA Honorary Secretary Siraya Chunekamrai shares her thoughts:

“Each World Congress is different and what struck me about Auckland was that the laid back, happy character of the New Zealand people really shone through.  The organization of the whole event, from the pre-Congress day right through to the end, was also flawless right down to the smallest detail.  This was no mean feat with 1,350 vets and exhibitors from all around the world to satisfy!

The CE was world-beating with some fantastic speakers and the One Health lecture by Professor Lonnie King really stood out.Meanwhile, the logistics of the social events were mind-boggling – 700 vets attended the ‘New Zealand evening’ alone!

Yet, despite a frantic level of activity every day, Congress was imbued with a calm spirit.Nothing was a drama and our every request was handled quickly with no fuss. This made us feel relaxed and able to take full advantage of the amazing learning opportunities on offer and, of course, the rare chance to network with colleagues from around the world.

Thank you to our local hosts, NZVA-CAS for a truly wonderful World Congress!


Peter Verhoek, Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee, comments:

"It was four years in the planning and, in just four days, we hosted WSAVA Congress.  But what a Congress it was!  The CE was exceptional and the speakers were magnificent.  The exhibitors added an important dimension, showcasing many exciting technologies and products. 

We made sure that the learning and fun didn’t finish at 6.00 pm because that’s when delegates started to experience New Zealand’s culture!  We hope everyone left thinking ‘Wow!  What a fantastic country – no wonder it’s the center of the world!’  Most importantly, though, we hope they left with many fond memories!"


Click here to see a photo gallery of memorable moments from World Congress

Practical tools launched:

Two practical tools designed to help to veterinarians around the world were launched at a press conference at World Congress:

Global Pain Treatise: This is a downloadable, practical resource, developed by our Global Pain Council, and providing pain management protocols for a wide range of painful conditions and drug availability.  Because it also provides guidance on scenarios where analgesic agents are limited, it will help empower veterinarians in these countries to recognize and treat pain, regardless of these limitations.  It will be published in our official publication, JSAP, later this year and will then be available for download from 

We were delighted to receive this feedback from a delegate:

"The presentation by your amazing team at WSAVA was the most rewarding and inspiring day of education I have attended in my 12 years of being a small animal vet.  I was in awe of the work that has gone into this project and the enthusiasm and dedication of the council members to what is surely one of the most important aspects of our jobs.  All my postgraduate training thus far has been in surgery but I have been considering defecting to anaesthesiology and Tuesday helped me make the decision to do it."

Rebecca Weight BVSc CertSAS MANZCVS, Rangiora Vet Centre, New Zealand


Look out for a regional CE program on pain management later this year!



Global Nutrition Toolkit:  Our Global Nutrition Committee (GNC) has unveiled a suite of nutrition tools, following on from the launch of our Global Nutrition Guidelines in 2011.  They include practical aids for the veterinary healthcare team, such as diet history forms and a hospitalized patient feeding guide.  They aim to help you make nutritional assessment and recommendations more efficient.  They’ve also produced a range of educational materials for pet owners.

The toolkit is available for download at Nutritional toolkit page

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