Educating veterinarians who work with companion animals - and through them the general public - is a key issue for HCAVS, especially as Greece is experiencing difficult economic times. This affects living standards and has had an adverse effect on responsible pet ownership and animal welfare. We feel it is important to maintain scientific training for our members at all costs. To support them, we have taken out a subscription to Vetlexicon Canis and Felis at a nominal fee through HCAVS’s cooperation with Vetstream, the WSAVA’s Educational Partner.
What support do you offer to your members and what issues in Greece are you most focused on helping to resolve at the moment?
We keep our members up to date on key issues through our website, journal, social media and events. We prepare a free monthly newsletter with information which includes WSAVA events and also link to the WSAVA’s monthly Bulletin.
What are the highlights of 2018 so far?
Our major scientific event, the 9th Veterinary Forum on Companion Animal Medicine, took place in March in Thessaloniki and was a great success. Professor Kenneth William Simpson, generously sponsored by NAVC in collaboration with WSAVA, was the keynote speaker. He focused on the Congress theme: ‘Gastroenterology: from internal medicine and endoscopy to surgery’ and was enthusiastically received. We have also run three regional courses and are planning two more, including our Autumn seminar on feline surgery.
During 2019, we will celebrate our tenth anniversary - and a decade of commitment and contribution to the Greek companion animal medical field. The 10th Veterinary Forum on Companion Animal Medicine will be a celebration and a milestone!
How do you see your relationship with the WSAVA and why is membership of the WSAVA important?
Through the WSAVA, our members are part of the veterinary global family. They have the opportunity to participate in scientific events worldwide and to benefit from the exchange of scientific knowledge. Our members also help to deliver the WSAVA’s global mission and spread its message across Greece.