Meet the Society of Companion Animals Practitioners of Sri Lanka (SCAP). The Society of Companion Animal Practitioners of Sri Lanka (SCAP) represents the countries companion animal veterinarians and joined the WSAVA as a full member in 2015. Its President, Dr Mayuri Thammitiyagodage, tells us more:
Could you introduce SCAP briefly to our members?
SCAP is dedicated to promoting Continual Professional Development (CPD) programs to its members at a national and international level. In addition, SCAP gets involved with many issues relating to animal welfare and to the veterinary profession.
How many members do you have and what is your mission?
We have 50 members currently and aim to bring our country’s companion animal practitioners up to international standards by taking advantage of the latest technology available across the globe.
What particular challenges do companion animal veterinarians face in Sri Lanka?
Companion animal practitioners in Sri Lanka currently face many challenges. The most important is the lack of recognition given to them, compared to their colleagues in the large animal sector which stems from the fact that we are still primarily a country whose economy is based on agriculture. We are also challenged by a lack of clinical expertise in small animal veterinary medicine.