Meet Juanjo Krauss DVM, Regional Member Advocate for Latin America.
Could you introduce yourself to WSAVA members?
I graduated from the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina in 1990. For more than 20 years I have been dedicated exclusively to veterinary dentistry. I run a referral clinic in Buenos Aires, specializing in dentistry and oral surgery. We perform periodontics, orthodontics and endodontic procedures. My patients are mainly dogs and cats, but also rabbits, ferrets, chinchillas and guinea pigs. I also teach and give lectures in my country and abroad. I am a member of a new network of Latin American specialists in dentistry.
When and how did you first become involved with the WSAVA?
My first contact was in 1997 through Oscar Resburgo, a valued member of the WSAVA community in Argentina. Thanks to him, WSAVA Congress was held in Buenos Aires in 1998. He encouraged me to get involved.
You are now Regional Member Advocate for Latin America. What does this involve and what do you hope to achieve?
It’s a great responsibility and a great challenge. I hope to achieve excellent communication between Latin American associations and, of course, with the WSAVA. Communication is essential to keep the veterinary community together and to create lasting links between member countries.
Why do you believe involvement with the WSAVA is important for veterinarians in Latin America? How can it help them?
The participation of veterinarians in Latin America is fundamental. It enables us to exchange experiences and to learn from the knowledge of other WSAVA members. The WSAVA doesn’t only bring clinical knowledge but also experience in the effective running of associations. Its global vision also enables the sharing and solving of problems common to all veterinarians in the world.
What do you do outside work to relax?
In Argentina, friendship is very important and I love to meet my friends. I also spend my free time practicing Tai Chi, taking singing classes and carving in stone.