Dr Onolbaatar Byambaa, MoSAVA President, tells us about its work:
Could you describe MoSAVA?
We established our association in 2015 and now have 60 members, including 12 small animal veterinary clinics. Pet numbers are increasing rapidly in Mongolia, especially in our cities, so there is a growing need for companion animal veterinarians. Just a few years ago, there were only two small animal clinics in our capital city, Ulaanbaatar, which has 1.5 million residents and about 50,000 pets.
What challenges do Mongolian veterinarians face at the moment?
In recent years, Mongolian veterinarians have been lobbying for changes in animal health laws in the country and a new law was passed in June 2018. It covers the rights and responsibilities of companion animal veterinarians but we still need to work with government on the details of related regulations and procedures. We are also trying to secure legal assent for a pet identification system to ensure that all companion animals receive a high standard of veterinary care and that clients receive proper documentation. Finally, we are working to change the system for the import of veterinary drugs and equipment.
What did you want to become a member of the WSAVA?
CE is one of the most compelling issues for us as we have only one veterinary school and most of the focus is on livestock medicine. We trying to work with Veterinary Management Agency, research institutes and the Mongolian Veterinary School to develop companion animal CE-related activities. We are hoping to work with the WSAVA on this.
We also wanted to be connected to our peers to help to advance companion animal health and welfare through the WSAVA’s global veterinary community.
It was an honor to be participate in the 43rd WSAVA Congress and we are excited at our new membership. We organized an update meeting on October 29 2018 and representatives from 10 small animal clinics joined and expressed their thanks to the WSAVA. We look forward to fruitful cooperation in the years ahead and thank you for your support and kindness to our community.