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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Specific Functions of the SAC

  • To advise the WSAVA Executive Board on proposed projects concerning research and standardization of diagnosis and treatment.
  • To advise the Executive Board on recipients for the WSAVA Scientific Awards.
  • To select the State of the Art lecturers for each WSAVA Congress.
  • To have representation on the Congress Scientific Programme Committee and to ultimately approve the congress scientific programmes created by that committee.
  • To provide the Executive Board and WSAVA membership with up to date information on topical scientific issues related to small animal practice.


Membership of the SAC

  • Prof Michael J. Day, UK [Chairman]
  • Prof Hajime Tsujimoto, Japan
  • Prof Dale Bjorling, USA
  • Prof Cecile Clercx, Belgium
  • Prof Gad Baneth, Israel
  • Prof Richard Squires, Australia
  • Prof Lorrie Gaschen, USA
  • Prof Alex Koutinas, Greece

Members of the SAC may serve two terms each of 3 years. In addition, the chair of the SAC may serve an additional term of 6 years.

Key Projects Overseen by the SAC

WSAVA Vaccination Guidelines Group (VGG)

Made possible by the generous sponsorship of MSD Animal Health, the VGG was first convened in 2004 in order to develop guidelines for the vaccination of dogs and cats that have global applications. The VGG begins a third phase project in 2012. More information: Vaccination Guidelines Group


WSAVA One Health Committee

The mission statement of the One Health Committee is:
To ensure the prominence of the small companion animal-human interface in the global One Health agenda. More information: One Health Committee

WSAVA Standardization Projects:

The following WSAVA Standardization Projects are monitored by the SAC:

  • Liver Disease Standardization Group
  • GI Standardization Group
  • Renal Standardization Group
  • V5 Nutrition Group
  • Global Pain Council


Also of Scientific Interest

WSAVA endorses Canine Atopic Dermatitis Treatment Guidelines

Developed by the International Task Force on Canine Atopic Dermatitis (now International Committee on Allergic Diseases of Animals - ICADA)

In 2010, the International Task Force on Canine Atopic Dermatitis (now: ICADA: International Committee for Allergic Diseases of Animals) published peer-reviewed practice guidelines on the treatment of atopic dermatitis in dogs. These evidence-based recommendations are aimed at educating general practitioners on the treatment of this common allergic skin disease. There are different case scenarios illustrating localized and generalized acute flares or chronic lesions of atopic dermatitis. With each case scenario are specific recommendations to treat these and similar patients.



Fee Download!

  • Translations in more than 15 languages, with more added several times a year, can be freely downloaded from their respective links. These translations were made from the original version by dermatology-interested volunteers.


Note! whereas the articles can be freely downloaded by anyone from the Veterinary Dermatology website, permission to directly share the pdf-formatted documents, in any language, is not granted.

Infection Control and Best Practice Guidelines for Small Animal Veterinary Clinics

The guidelines provides veterinary personnel with a succinct guide to principles and practices of infection control relevant to small animal veterinary clinics, providing a complete manual of infection control that is accessible to everyone in the practice team, including veterinarians, veterinary technicians and lay staff. It provides the basic information needed to develop an infection control program and to establish basic infection control practices for such clinics, with specific emphasis on critical aspects such as hand hygiene, and on cleaning and disinfection. The manual includes a simple audit tool to assess current infection control practices and to document improvement over time. Individual sections and tables can easily be printed and then posted in relevant areas of the clinic.

The manual was sponsored by the Canadian Committee on Antibiotic Resistance (CCAR) and developed by Maureen Anderson, Jennifer Montgomery, Scott Weese, and John Prescott, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. It has been endorsed by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, and is freely accessible on the WSAVA website.

EJCAP Special Issue on Zoonotic Diseases in Companion Animals

The European Journal of Companion Animal Practice (EJCAP) has recently published a special issue on zoonotic diseases in companion animals.

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Veterinarians need to be able to recognise zoonotic diseases and the effects they have on animals. Companion animal veterinarians also need knowledge on the effect of these diseases on human beings, thus enabling them to cooperate with human doctors in disease control.
The issue comprises a collection of articles dealing with important zoonoses all written by outstanding European experts in their field. The aim is that the information gained from these articles will help veterinary practitioners identify and handle zoonoses in the best way possible.


The European Journal of Companion Animal Practice (EJCAP) is the official journal of the Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations (FECAVA).

If you have any comments or questions to the special issue on zoonoses, do not hesitate to contact Sub Editor of EJCAP at

Endorsement of Oncological Pathology Guidelines

The WSAVA SAC has endorsed a series of papers first published in the journal Veterinary Pathology that provide state-of-the-art information on standards in oncological pathology. This project was completed by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP ).

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