More than 3,350 delegates attended WSAVA World Congress in Singapore, making it our most popular congress ever. The high numbers reflect the growth in companion animal practice across Asia, and the enthusiasm of our members in the region to learn from their peers and to participate in our global veterinary community. We extend our thanks once again to our local host, the Singapore Veterinary Association.
There were so many highlights to this year’s Congress. Here are just a few:
- Our new president, Dr Shane Ryan, received his chain of office for a two-year term from Immediate Past President Dr Walt Ingwersen. Commenting, he said: “Walt has been a fantastic President and, on behalf of all of our members, I’d like to thank him for his commitment and passion. I will build on his efforts to strengthen the sense of community across the association.”
Read the press release here
- Eight lucky vets joined the outreach in Sri Lanka for a week before and another five right after the main WSAVA Congress in Singapore. It was organised by Blue Paw Trust, a local NGO working on rabies and dog population management in Colombo. The outreach experience included joining the mobile clinic to neuter dogs, giving rabies vaccines to both owned dogs (via vaccine posts) and free-roaming dogs (in the field), and sharing knowledge and experience with local vets. Dr Daisy L Macaraeg from the Philippines says: “The best parts of the experience are being able to help animals, meeting the friendly local people, and the mouthwatering food!”
- The opening ceremony was addressed by Mr K. Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law in Singapore, and interspersed with a series of spectacular dances. Lecture halls were packed throughout Congress and the gala night, hosted Singaporean comedian Gurmit Singh was full of surprises!
- Our Members’ Forum was lively as usual, we launched the new WSAVA Welfare Guidelines and many WSAVA Committees met face to face to discuss plans and priorities for the year ahead.
- The role of the ‘vaccinated dog as a soldier in the fight against rabies’ in Asia was the theme of an event held to mark World Rabies Day (Friday 28 September). It included two keynote lectures organized by Boehringer Ingelheim and a roundtable discussion. The session was chaired by Emeritus Professor and WSAVA Executive Board member Michael Day.
Read the press release here
- The WSAVA Foundation’s Fun(d) Run was again enjoyed by more than 320 delegates, who raised funds to support the Foundation’s work to combat rabies in Africa. We thank Hill’s and Zoetis for their constant support since the inception of the Fun(d) Run and we’re also grateful for the hard work of Dr Adriana López Quintana, Secretary of the WSAVA Foundation, and the Local Host Committee, the SVA, in setting up the Run.
Plans are already well underway for a Fun(d) Run in Toronto, Canada, during next year’s World Congress so stay tuned!
Asia – we will be back for World Congress 2021 in Hyderabad, India!