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Meet the Team

Published: 2/11/2019

Dr Jim Berry is the Canadian Veterinary Medicine Association Representative to the WSAVA and Chair of the Local Host Committee for WSAVA World Congress 2019.  He tells us about his responsibilities and what he’s most looking forward to at this year’s Congress... Could you summarise your career briefly?
I graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1990 and started in a mixed animal practice.  We moved a few times to follow my wife’s career before settling in New Brunswick on the East coast of Canada.  I am now the co-owner of a companion animal hospital.  Over the years, my interests in practice have evolved from reptiles to orthopedics, lameness and pain management.  I have also been involved in veterinary leadership and politics for the past 12 years which has opened up amazing opportunities to see how other veterinarians and countries approach common issues in our profession.

What is your ‘day job’?  
My main area of focus is pain management, using an integrated approach including medication, laser, acupuncture, rehabilitation and chiropractic care.

You’re the Member Representative for the CVMA – what do you enjoy about the role?
The ability to represent my national veterinary association provides me with the opportunity to highlight a Canadian approach to problems in an international context.  It also lets the profession in Canada look at other countries, cultures and traditions and see how they are working with similar issues to ours and developing solutions that fit their own experiences.

Veterinary medicine is a global profession, so we need to look at the profession from a worldwide perspective to understand and anticipate where we are heading.

CVMA is hosting WSAVA World Congress this year and you’re Local Host Committee Chair – what does this involve?
It involves a lot of collaboration between WSAVA, the professional congress organizer (Kenes) and the CVMA.  I see the role of Local Host Chair as the person who understands the traditions and needs of the WSAVA congress but who can bring local context and culture to Congress. It requires a bit of imagination and a fair bit of time.

It must be a busy time but how are the preparations going?
The congress itself is mostly organized at this point.  The CE sessions and Outreach are also completed as are the opening ceremonies and the social event.  We are now working on day programs to visit local attractions and areas of interest in the Toronto area.

What’s your message to any WSAVA members who are still deciding whether to attend?
It will be a great congress!  The CE program and international speakers are tremendous; the social program will be fun and informal.  Toronto is a world-class, multicultural, safe city with amazing restaurants, arts and sports venues. The congress centre is on the shores of Lake Ontario. Toronto in the summer is hot and fun.   How could you not come?

What are you most looking forward to?
The closing ceremonies!