What is One Care?
Our One Care initiative helps members to set achievable standards for veterinary practice among their members. During the last two years, its facilitated workshops and support have helped Asian members, including BJSAVA in China, SCAP in Sri Lanka, PAHA in the Philippines and VSAVA in Vietnam to develop small animal veterinary practice significantly in their countries.
In 2017, during WSAVA World Congress in Copenhagen we launched an online course called ‘WSAVA One Care: Human behavior change for Animals.’ It trained a number of WSAVA facilitators who can now bring One Care to all corners of the world. The 2-month course generated many ideas for One Care-based activities. They included:
- A series of One Care workshops across Latin America
- A mini One Care workshop in Nepal in November 2017. This led to a meeting with stakeholders from international animal welfare groups which were attending the Asia for Animals conference
- A One Care workshop during BSAVA Congress in Birmingham, UK, in April 2018. This brought together NGOs with an interest in international animal welfare to discuss the creation of strategic partnerships to enhance the success and sustainability of our efforts, particularly in countries with no veterinary association. It was an exciting meeting and we are moving into more detailed discussions. Watch this space!
Member Representative Dr Makarand (Mac) Chavan, a participant in the online One Care facilitator course, ran a series of One Care events between December 2017 and March 2018 in Mumbai, India. He says: “I am an honorary visiting veterinarian at The Welfare of Stray Dogs (WSD) an animal welfare NGO that carries out animal birth control programs through sterilizing stray dogs. My key objective was to bring about a positive change in human behavior towards animals, particularly among schoolchildren. My secondary objective was to raise awareness of the need to control the street dog population in a humane manner and to support the elimination of human and animal rabies.
“I interacted with the children and their teachers, discussing adoption programs and providing education through presentations. We also discussed the lives of street dogs. I listened to their questions and was happy to see such enthusiasm for animals among children between 6-12 years old. The Q&A sessions were very interesting and thought-provoking.”
The online One Care facilitation course will be open again soon to WSAVA members who are interested in becoming a One Care facilitator and who are willing to run projects supported by One Care.
To find out how to get involved with One Care or how your association could benefit, please contact WSAVA CEO Arpita Bhose
We are very grateful to Purina for its generous sponsorship of One Care.