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.

read more


Key Goals

To ensure our annual World Congress, the flagship of our organization, meets a consistently excellent standard.

Chair: Dr Nicola Neumann, MVB MRCVS MACVSc Cat Medicine, Graduate Diploma Business Management

 

A Brief History

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.

One of its first recommendations was to appoint a Professional Congress Organizer (PCO) to take on the day to day development and management of five World Congresses under the direction of the WSAVA Executive Board. Following a detailed tender process, Kenes Group, a company with a long track record in delivering global medical conferences was appointed to this role.

The CSC has worked closely with Kenes and the board-appointed Congress Liaison Officer and our key achievements over the last two year include:

  • Developing a new set of World Congress Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) – the regulations which govern how Congress should be organized, how it should run and how it should 'feel'
  • Developing and implementing a new selection process for the World Congresses in 2015, 2016 and beyond

 

Our next priorities include: Monitoring the progress of our World Congresses under the 'new management' of Kenes and setting up annual review processes for all aspects of the World Congress.

 

Opportunities and Challenges

The changes we are making will be highly beneficial to WSAVA member organizations around the world but the processes are new so, as always when things change, our main challenge is to help our members understand the new system.

 

Priorities for 2012

We hope to encourage a high number of excellent bids for World Congress 2017 and will take this as a sign that member organizations are starting to see the benefits of the changes we've been making.

Resources and Downloads

Full details on the membership of the CSC Committee, together with information on the new World Congress SOP and the bidding process are available below:

 

Nicola Neumann comments: "I share the same passion of many of my colleagues about our world family of veterinarians and hope to see us generously sharing our experiences and knowledge in a way that is beneficial to lesser developed veterinary communities who are trying to step up the ladder.

I come from Ireland, a small country with only 2,000 vets and was amazed at the sense of pride and achievement that rippled amongst us when we hosted our first WSAVA World Congress in 2008.

The opportunity for more countries than ever to host a World Congress now exists because the CSC and Kenes undertake the planning and the work that beforehand was the entire responsibility of the host association. We look forward to receiving bids from all regions of the world!"

 

Full Member List

  • Members
  • News
  • Resources
  • Activity Reports