Derick Chibeu has been WSAVA CE Coordinator in Africa for eight years and works with the CE Committee to plan WSAVA CE events across the continent.
Could you introduce yourself briefly to WSAVA members?
I graduated from the University of Nairobi’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in 1997 and am Honorary Secretary of the Kenya Small and Companion Animal Veterinary Association (KESCAVA)
. I work as a veterinary clinician / surgeon in a four-vet general practice (with a bias for dogs, cats and horses) in the Karen suburb of Nairobi, Kenya.
You are a WSAVA CE Coordinator in Africa. What does this role involve and how did you start doing it?
I started out when I was put in touch with CE Committee
member Dr Lawson Cairns by my boss who was his classmate in college. I was put in touch with him as I had taken a leading role in instigating the mandatory inclusion of CE in Kenya’s veterinary laws which were, at that time, undergoing review. I had already been involved in organizing CE for companion animal vets before it became a mandatory requirement. Once it did become mandatory we embarked on a three-year trial to get CE up and running properly and this brought about the start of a fruitful relationship with WSAVA CE.
The role is very involving and is also very fulfilling. It involves a lot of forward planning, coordination and subsequent evaluation for future CE needs.
How do you feel WSAVA CE is helping veterinarians in Africa?
WSAVA CE has single-handedly improved the general knowledge and performance of veterinarians in Africa. We are now more aware of what is going on elsewhere. It has improved the way we run our practices; treat the various conditions despite the limitations we face. Most importantly, WSAVA CE serves as an important social connection for companion animal veterinarians. This social aspect of WSAVA CE has really improved relationships amongst the veterinarians with the subsequent effect of improving collaboration in tackling cases.
What do you enjoy about your role with the WSAVA?
The enjoyable aspect is the networking opportunity it affords. I get to meet many people either when organizing CE or during the CE activities. The information shared is a real eye-opener. The best bit is when participants of CE activities are genuinely happy, satisfied and appreciate what the CE has offered.
What do you enjoy doing outside work?
I tend to say that I am a student of sports. I like to follow a lot of sporting activities but mainly soccer, rugby and cycling. However, travelling and leisure reading take the cake!