Society of Companion Animal Practitioners of Sri Lanka (SCAP)

Sri Lanka | Full Member

Dr. Ganga de Silva

WSAVA Representative:
Dr. Nalinika Obeyesekere

Members: 40


SCAP Overview  

The Society of Companion Animal Practitioners (SCAP) of Sri Lanka was established in 2003 by a group of enthusiastic veterinary surgeons who understood the great demand for quality veterinary services and a need for veterinary clinicians to update their knowledge to meet the current trends as well as to advance and develop companion animal practice.  


SCAP is dedicated to increasing access to knowledge; promoting continuing professional development of the veterinarian and to uplift the country’s veterinary profession to international standards.


SCAP increases access to knowledge by organizing seminars and workshops for companion animal practitioners. We keep seminar/workshop fees low/nominal as much as possible to allow and encourage higher number of veterinarians to attend.  This is especially important as we understand that Sri Lankan veterinarians’ incomes are low, as the veterinary profession is not well developed in the country.  


SCAP has been instrumental in popularizing continued professional development in Sri Lanka. Most of the Sri Lankan veterinarians are not in the habit of improving and updating their knowledge after graduating from the university.  Outside of SCAP there are very few continuing education opportunities available for companion animal clinicians. Our seminars and workshops have provided such opportunities to upgrade and advance knowledge.  We facilitate advancement of the veterinary profession in the country by inviting international consultants from all over the world to hold clinically pertinent seminars and workshops. 

SCAP Annual Member Report to WSAVA for 2016

2016 List of Activities

1.  08th April 2016
Society of Companion Animal Practitioners of Sri Lanka conducted a  workshop ON CURRENT APPROACHES IN FELINE MEDICINE with
Dr. Judith Glushanok BVSc MRCVS
from United Kingdom
Following topics were discussed
*Feline Behavior and Handling
* Feline Cognitive Dysfunction and Osteoarthritis (geriatric cats in general)
* Chronic Renal Disease
* Diarrhea
* Hypertension
2. 20th -21st October 2016
Society of Companion Animal Practitioners of Sri Lanka
In Collaboration with the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Continuing Education Committee conducted a works on Veterinary Anesthesiology
Dr. Elizabeth Armitage-Chan VetMBDipACVAA FHEA
Small Animal Emergencies & Nutrition
Prof. Daniel Chan DVM, DipACVECC, DipECVECC

2016 Highlights

  • Committee members and few other members of the association met and discussed about the future plans of the committee for 2017. New President was selected for the society and discussed to have more workshops to develop hands on training for practising veterinarians. It was discussed to encourage other practising veterinarians to enrol as members of the society.



SCAP Annual Member Report to WSAVA for 2015

2015 List of Activities:


  • 19th & 20th March 2015 – Workshop on Problem Oriented Appoach in Small Animal Medicine by Dr. Jill Maddison & Prof. David Church in Colombo
  • 22rd July 2015 – Seminar on Wildlife, Zoonoses and Public Health – in collaboration with by Sri Lanka Wildlife Health Center and Sri Lanka College of Veterinary Surgeons - Dr. Chelsea Himsworth and Dr. Jagatha Amarasekera in Colombo
  • 09th & 10th Dec. 2015 – Workshop on Veterinary Radiology by Associate Professor Heng Hock Gan in Colombo


2015 Highlights:

Workshop on Clinical Problem Solving in Small Animal Medicine – 

This two day workshop continued the Problem Oriented Approach started by Dr. Siraya Chunekamrai in 2012, and followed by Prof. David Church & Dr. Juill Maddison in 2013, Prof. Julia Beaty & Prof. Vanessa…. In 2014.

The participants (48 in total) highly appreciated the workshop as diagnostic approaches to anaemia, polyuria/polidydipsia, and jaundice and interpretation of radiographs in respiratory cases were discussed in detail during the two days. Further, they treasured the case work in small groups as those gave them the opportunity to think and interact with others to find ways to solve the given clinical problems. And once again Dr. Maddison and Prof. Church reminded the Sri Lankan vets that good medicine depends on good clinical thinking skills and not on sophisticated equipment.

Workshop on Veterinary Radiography –

This workshop was highly appreciated by the membership as they do not get a chance to learn about radiography in Sri Lanka due to limited amount of facilities available and limited number of vets specialized in radiography. The workshop was attended by 42 members.