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WSAVA and our new Educational Partner ACTAsia - working together to enhance veterinary education in Asia

Published: 3/11/2019

Improving animal welfare is our common goal... We have recently linked up with ACTAsia, a not-for-profit organization which provides veterinary training in Asia, in a partnership to support the veterinary profession in China and other Asian countries.  

ACTAsia educates veterinary professionals in Asia in the latest surgical techniques, stray population control, the use of anesthetic, pain relief and the general handling of animals.  In addition to running its own training programs led by Dr Elaine Ong and Dr Chris Baton, it conducts ‘Train the Trainer’ programs to increase the reach of its educational initiatives and create a sustainable platform for the training to continue.

ACTAsia founder and CEO Pei Su says: “Companion animal veterinary education is less-developed in many parts of Asia with standards of veterinary practice affected by a limited understanding of animal sentience and related welfare concerns. Our training focuses not only on imparting surgical techniques and skills, but also on helping delegates to understand how to carry out their work humanely and in a way that respects animal welfare.  We have been working successfully in China for 12 years and have built collaborative relationships with local organizations. We have also trained local veterinarians who, in turn, are able to train their peers through workshops, in order to create a sustainable future for the veterinary profession and animal welfare.”

She adds: “We share a common goal with the WSAVA to educate veterinarians and enhance animal welfare. Its educational content, including its Global Guidelines, will be a great resource for our trainers. We are delighted to become a WSAVA Educational Partner and look forward to working together to raise standards of veterinary care for companion animals in China and other Asian countries.”

WSAVA President Dr Shane Ryan says: “Our Global Guidelines cover key aspects of veterinary care.  We are delighted that ACTAsia will be using them as the foundation for much of its training and we will support Dr Ong and her team in delivering their programs.

“We believe that by working with ACTAsia we can accelerate our joint efforts to develop companion animal veterinary practice in those Asian countries where it is still emerging and, in so doing, make a significant beneficial difference to animal welfare in the region.”

Read the press release.