Skip to main content


A Message from the WSAVA President

Published: 8/10/2016

A Message from the WSAVA President

Dear colleagues

When we bring World Congress to a region, we aim to create a lasting legacy so elsewhere in the e-bulletin you’ll find out about the WSAVA CE which has already taken place in Latin America this year. We’ve also focused on translating all of our Guideline documents into Spanish and Portuguese. Exciting times indeed for the WSAVA in Latin America and we’re delighted to be playing our part in driving the veterinary profession forward right across this amazing and diverse continent.

This year’s World Congress will complete my presidential term of almost three years. We have accomplished much during this time and far too much to detail here - but I have prepared a full report for the Assembly Book which will be available online following Congress. Please take the time to read it and be proud because it shows just what a multi-faceted and forward-thinking association you are a member of. If you are coming to Cartagena, don’t miss your Committee Forum on Thursday September 29th. It a wonderful opportunity to catch up on the WSAVA’s many achievements since our last Congress in May 2015.

While I’m talking about World Congress, it would be remiss of me not to acknowledge the huge effort that goes into planning it. I’d like to thank Nicola Neumann, Jolle Kirpensteijn and the members of our Congress Steering Committee, as well as the Executive Board and Committee Chairs, who have given so much of their time to ensure its success. I’d also like thank our Local Host Committee led by Guillermo Lugo Cardona for their great contribution.

As I prepare to step down from the presidency, I would also like to thank you for your support during the last three years. It has been a privilege. I will not, however, be slipping away quietly as I will remain on the Board as Immediate Past President for the next two years. I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome your new President, Walt Ingwersen. The WSAVA will be in strong and safe hands under his leadership as we continue to build our global veterinary community and work to improve the health and welfare of companion animals everywhere.

I must also express my gratitude to the Executive Board members for all they have done, to June Ingwersen, who has run our Secretariat with such efficiency and to all our Committee Members and volunteers. I would like to extend particular thanks to Jolle, who was an exceptional president and who leaves the Board at the end of this Congress.

Finally, I would like to extend a big thank you to our many supporters and sponsors in the animal health industry. Not only do they support World Congress and the exhibition which runs alongside it, but they also underwrite the cost of many of our Committees. We simply could not do what we do without their support. They include Addison Labs, Banfield, Bayer, Elanco, Henry Schein, Hill’s, Mars, Purina, MSD, Merial, Royal Canin, Virbac, Waltham, and Zoetis.

A special vote of thanks goes to Hill’s, which, for many years, has been the rock upon which we have built many of our most successful endeavors.

Yours in veterinary medicine

Colin Burrows

WSAVA President