World Congress 2019
More than 2,000 veterinary professionals from 81 countries converged on Toronto, Canada, for the 2019 World Small Animal Veterinary Association Congress recently. Organized in collaboration with the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), it took place between 16 and 19 July 2019.
The launch of the findings of the first global study of veterinary wellness in the first of the WSAVA’s new ‘Shaping the Future’ lectures and the joint signing of a Position Statement calling for regulatory convergence to support equitable access and safe use of veterinary medicines around the world, were just two highlights of a packed four days.
The World Congress scientific program aimed to meet the needs both of local delegates and those who had travelled from further afield and included lectures from two of the 2019 WSAVA Award Winners.
Dr Stephen DiBartola, Professor Emeritus at the Ohio State University, USA, recipient of the Award for Scientific Achievement for his work in the areas of nephrology and acid-base disorders, gave a lecture entitled ‘My Life as a Nephronaut.’ Dr Michelle Lem, a Canadian veterinarian and founder of an innovative community outreach charity, recipient of the WSAVA Global One Health Award, gave a lecture on the work of her charity Community Veterinary Outreach. On the day before WSAVA Congress, a number of volunteer veterinarians took part in an outreach workshop with Community Veterinary Outreach.
Running alongside WSAVA Congress was its largest ever exhibition of veterinary products and services.
Commenting on WSAVA Congress 2019, WSAVA President Dr Shane Ryan said: “Congress is the highlight of the WSAVA year and it is the time when our global veterinary community meets to learn, share experiences and have fun together. Our time in Toronto was no exception and we appreciate the efforts of the local host committee of the CVMA which worked so hard to help us run such an inspiring event. We are also, of course, very grateful to our industry partners. Their commitment and support for WSAVA and our Congress is intrinsic to its success and we could not do it without them.”
He added: “We are now looking forward to our 2020 WSAVA Congress which we are organizing in association with the Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations (FECAVA). It will take place in picturesque Warsaw, Poland, from 23-26 September. Online registration at Super Early Bird rates will open soon and it will be another unmissable congress so stay tuned for more news. “
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