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Five Minutes with…

Published: 2/14/2017

Dr Anne Sørensen is President of the Danish Small Animal Veterinary Association (DSAVA) and Chair of the Local Host Committee for this year’s WSAVA World Congress in Copenhagen

Could you tell us a little about yourself?

I own a small animal clinic in Copenhagen, which I opened 37 years ago. My speciality is oncology. In addition I am President of DSAVA and am currently Chair of the Local Host Committee for WSAVA World Congress. I am also a member of the Animal Ethical Council which advises the Danish government on animal-related issues.

When did you first become involved with the WSAVA?

My first experience with WSAVA was as Assembly Member for DSAVA at World Congress in Jerusalem in 1996. Some years later, I served for four years as the Honorary Secretary of WSAVA. During that time, Denmark was bidding to host World Congress and our bid for 2017 was accepted in 2013. We felt very proud when we were chosen and now we want to show the world that a small country like Denmark can organize and host a world-leading Congress in collaboration with FECAVA.

What does your role as Local Host Committee Chair involve?

The WSAVA Professional Congress Organizer does a great deal of the practical work but I oversee all of the activity, working with the Local Host Committee, which is made up of five members of the DSAVA board. We have supported the WSAVA Scientific Committee with input to construct the program and have organized this year’s Outreach Program, which focuses on Healthy Breeding.

We are also creating the social program, which includes the Fun(d) Run and yoga activities to raise money for the WSAVA Foundation’s initiative to combat rabies in Africa. There is a great deal to do on so many fronts but preparations are going well and we are so excited at the prospect of offering delegates from around the word an excellent Congress with a high quality scientific and social program.

Why have you chosen the theme: ‘An Urban Experience?’

This theme aims to highlight that Copenhagen is an amazing city with a great deal to offer to visitors. It is an ancient city and has been the home of Denmark’s queen for more than 800 years – yet it is also a truly modern city with so much to see and a fantastic infrastructure. I hope some delegates will stay longer to have time to get to know it.

The World Congress venue, the Bella Center, is very new but hosts large international congresses regularly and is perfect for our needs. In Denmark, everybody speaks English so language is not an issue and DSAVA is keen to show the world that, in Denmark, education and having a good time, go hand in hand!

What do you enjoy doing outside work to relax?

My clinic is my work and it is also my hobby! I really enjoy being a veterinarian and a practice owner. My husband, my family, my home, my Labrador Bertha and my sacred Birman cat Bianca make me smile a lot. I used to dance the Argentinian tango but dancing is on hold until after World Congress. Life is good!