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Australian Small Animal Veterinarians (ASAV) give Vietnamese colleagues a helping hand

Published: 7/2/2018

Could your association help another member? In 2014, the ASAV wanted to support the delivery of practical, relevant and inspiring CE for WSAVA member companion animal practitioners in a country with limited access to high quality CE. It also aimed to maximise the impact of its investment by supporting one member association in the Asia Pacific region for five years.  In the Vietnam Small Animal Veterinary Association it found a WSAVA member with an active and well-organized committee and a passion to progress veterinary medicine in its country!

Thanks to the work of the WSAVA CE Committee, four years in, the benefits of the ASAV’s support in Vietnam are clear.  A range of courses have been successfully run, many involving Australian Specialists, including small animal surgeon Dr Arthur House. They have been enthusiastically received. 

ASAV Executive Officer Linda Skauge says:  “Our goal was to improve animal welfare by improving the standard of general practice companion animal veterinary care in another country. We also wanted to be part of the WSAVA’s global veterinary community in a practical way.

“It’s wonderful to hear how well these courses have been received and of the improvements Arthur has already seen since his first visits in 2014 and 2016.  We see our collaboration with VSAVA and The WSAVA CE Committee as a great opportunity for Australian specialists to contribute to the improvement of veterinary practice in our region. We hope more of our colleagues will do as Arthur has done – building relationships with the profession in Vietnam and taking students and practitioners for placements in Australia.

“We are confident our members will continue their support of WSAVA CE in Asia and we encourage other WSAVA member associations to support the great work WSAVA is doing in bringing expert presenters to those veterinarians in developing countries who would not otherwise have access to CE of this calibre.”

Read the full story in this article from the Australian Veterinary Association’s magazine Companion.