Meet the Small Animal Veterinary Association of Nigeria (SAVAN).
SAVAN was formed from the vestiges of Veterinary Clinicians’ Forum in Nigeria with the support of the WSAVA Foundation’s AFSCAN project. AFSCAN then facilitated its admission into membership of the WSAVA in 2015. Dr Olatunji Nasir, Medical Director and CEO at Truthmiles Animal Hospital, AFSCAN Ambassador for Nigeria and Vice President of SAVAN tells us more:
What is SAVAN’s mission?
We have just over 200 members and work to harness their potential for the collective benefit of all of us and our patients, by standardizing our practices, organizing continuing education (CE) in a sustainable way, mentoring students - the future leaders of our profession - and by maintaining a sense of fellowship among our members.
What are the main challenges faced by companion animal veterinarians in Nigeria?
We face many challenges, including a lack of equipment and limited access to the veterinary therapeutics we require to offer a high standard of care to our patients. The lack of access to CE is also an issue. Levels of poverty in the country affect the ability of small animal practitioners to run successful businesses while inconsistent government policies towards business are also having an impact.