What is your current role?
I am the Treasurer of the WSAVA, which means I am responsible for authorizing payments on a day to day basis and also for proposing financial strategy and budgets for centrally organized events. I work with June Ingwersen, our Financial Officer, and have the support of Professor Michael Day, whom, we hope will take over my role at the end of this year. I am also the liaison WSAVA CE program in Latin America so assist Zoe Belshaw, our CE chair, in her job of getting CE organized and funded around the world.
What do you enjoy most and what is most challenging?
What I enjoy most is knowing that we are all part of a big family of veterinarians, working towards the common goal of getting better care, worldwide, for all pets. I enjoy being in touch with people from around the world. With so many different languages, cultural backgrounds and a reliance on volunteers, effective communication is what I find most challenging.
What WSAVA initiatives are you most closely involved with?
Apart from CE, I am closely involved in the One Care initiative, which precisely addresses the problem of communication and paves the way for the WSAVA and its members to work from the ground up instead of from the top down. I am also closely involved in developing our new sponsorship model, which we feel will make the WSAVA more financially robust and will keep our partners better informed and equipped with tangible benefits to demonstrate the value of their involvement with us.
What do you do when you are not working?
When I´m not working? Does this ever happen? I enjoy cooking, reading and travelling.
What is your message to WSAVA members?
My message to WSAVA members for 2018 is simple. We want to create an association that puts its members first. For us to succeed, we need our members to be involved, active and enthusiastic. If you have any ideas, suggestions or other feedback, please speak up. We are here to listen and act upon the wishes of our members!