FSAPAI was created in 2006 when associations from across India formed a federation to join the WSAVA. Today, it has 1,300 members from:
- Small Animal Practitioners’ Association of Chennai (SAPAC)
- Pet Practitioners’ Association of Mumbai (PPAM)
- Pet Practitioners’ Association of Karnataka (PPAK)
- Small Animal Veterinary Association of Delhi (SAVA)
- Small Animal Clinicians’ Association Chandigarh (SACA)
- Pet Practitioners’ Association of Twin City (Hyderabad and Secunderabad) (PPAT)
- Small Animal Practitioners’ Association of Assam (SAPA)
Dr Makarand (Mac) Chavan is WSAVA Assembly Member for India and Secretary of FSAPAI. He says: “Companion animal veterinary medicine is developing rapidly in India and the number of multi-vet and multi-speciality clinics is growing in the leading metropolitan centers. However, we face big challenges, including the large numbers of stray animals and significant incidence of diseases, such as rabies, leptospirosis and hemoprotozoans disease.
“Few Indian vet schools yet offer state-of-the art facilities which is another concern. Indian veterinarians believe strongly in animal welfare and FSAPAI members are continually involved in a range of activities to improve the care of companion animals. These include vaccination and spay/neuter programs, as well as education campaigns about rabies, rabies vaccination projects and adoption drives. We also run free preventative health campaigns regularly.”
He continues: “Membership of the WSAVA is very important to our members. The calibre of WSAVA speakers means that its CE really helps our members to enhance the standard of care they offer. The guidance provided both through the WSAVA’s CE program and through educational resources, such as its Standardization Guidelines, also encourage our members to adopt modern equipment and practice management techniques. Our members have adopted the WSAVA’s Vaccination Guidelines.
“FSAPAI has worked with the WSAVA to run CE programs in India since 2001. We have also arranged hands-on practical training on complex small animal surgery and medicine topics. Since 2015, we have arranged WSAVA Outreach programs. These have helped us to reach out to veterinary students, faculty members and vets from small towns and rural areas of India.”
“Looking ahead,” he says: “Education is key. India is a large and diverse country and our veterinarians need more hands-on training from quality teachers and speakers, as well as webinars and affordable e-learning courses. We hope to work with the WSAVA on an exchange program between veterinary schools and leading veterinary clinics in India and vet schools and clinics in other parts of world.”