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Published: 1/2/2019

Meet our member Medicos Veterinarios Especialistas en Pequeñas Especies (MEVEPES) from Costa Rica. MEVEPES Treasurer and WSAVA Member Representative Dr Oscar Umana tells us about its work... Could you briefly introduce MEVEPES to our members?
MEVEPES is a non-profit organization launched in 2013. It was created by a small group of veterinarians practicing companion animal medicine with the aim of promoting good quality CE and creating a local network of colleagues with a common set of interests and goals Today we have thirty members and our President is Dr Eugenia Bermudez.

What activities are you currently focused on?
We are working to increase the membership of MEVEPES - our goal for 2019 is to have 50 members. We are also planning to run five high quality lectures during the year. In addition , we are developing the training and support we offer to our members in veterinary management and on legal issues.

What challenges do your members face and what are the key veterinary issues in Costa Rica currently?
The big challenge for veterinarians in Costa Rica is to be able to deliver good quality medicine to our clients while running a profitable business. Managing our work/life balance is also an issue for us, as it is in other parts of the world. Dealing with social media is an area of growing concern for our members.

Why did MEVEPES want to join the WSAVA?
WSAVA membership means a lot to MEVEPES as it provides many attractive benefits to our members. Belonging to a network of veterinarians around the world who share a common goal is professionally important to our members and we appreciate the support the WSAVA has given us in helping us to provide high quality CE. We enjoy being able to share ideas, experiences and objectives with other veterinary associations and, thanks to the WSAVA, we’re now communicating regularly with other WSAVA member veterinary associations in Latin America which we think is a very positive development for the future.