3,350 delegates from 66 countries share their learnings and ideas... 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.”
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- 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!