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WVA annual Activities Report is published!

WVA is happy to announce that the annual Activities Report is now published and available for online reading, here Many important projects and partnerships were developed since April of 2023 and much more is to come. Happy reading!

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Malaysian veterinarian, Professor Dato’ Dr Azmi Lila is the winner of Veterinary Education category of the 2024 World Veterinary Association Global Veterinary Awards

The World Veterinary Association (WVA) and Ceva Santé Animale (Ceva) are pleased to announce the winner of the Veterinary Education category in the forthcoming WVA Global Veterinary Awards, as Professor Dato’ Dr. Azmi Lilabased in Malaysia. Professor Azmi holds a diverse range of qualifications, including a PhD in Virology/Microbiology from the University of Cambridge, an MBA, and an LL.M in Business Law. He is former President of the Asian Association for Veterinary Schools (AAVS), former Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, former Deputy Vice Chancellor at Universiti Putra Malaysia, and has held various council memberships with various regulatory boards in Malaysia and organisations abroad.

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World Veterinary Day 2023 Award Ceremony in Kathmandu, Nepal

The World Veterinary Day 2023 Award ceremony was held on the 23rd of March in Kathmandu, Nepal. This time, the award went to the Nepal Veterinary Association for its contribution to promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness in the Veterinary Profession. The president of the WVA, Dr Rafael Laguens, handed over to the president of the NVA, Dr Ram Krishna Khatiwada, the check for 5000 dollars of the prize, with the presence, as a guest of honour, of the Minister for Agriculture and Livestock Development, Ms Jwala Kumari Sah, and Dr Serene Amatya, Vice coordinator of Right to Protein run, and NVA member.

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New WVA Position Statements on Veterinary Para-Professionals

The WVA Working Group for Veterinary Education just published one Position Statements on Veterinary Para-Professionals. With it, WVA recognises the critical role played by Veterinary Para-Professionals (VPPs) in supporting the performance of veterinary veterinary services (PVS) and the need for regulation under Veterinary Statutory Bodies (VSBs) or equivalent Veterinary Professional Authority (VPA) to perform their designated tasks. WVA also recognises that in some remote and rural areas where there may be a shortage of veterinary professionals certain primary animal healthcare services may be provided by veterinary para-professionals (VPPs).

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WVA Position Statements


Veterinary Profession and Education Veterinary Profession and Education

5 Apr 2024

WVA Position Statement on Day One Veterinary Para-Professionals

The WVA recognises the critical role played by Veterinary Para-Professionals (VPPs) in supporting the performance of veterinary veterinary services (PVS). Further, VPPs should be regulated by Veterinary Statutory Bodies (VSBs) or equivalent Veterinary Professional Authority (VPA) to perform tasks designated by territorial laws and guidelines. WVA also recognises that in some remote and rural areas […]

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Veterinary Profession and Education Veterinary Profession and Education

14 Mar 2024

WVA Position Statement on Day One Competencies for Veterinarians

At a global level, veterinary professionals must be competent to address issues related to the prevention and control of animal diseases to ensure animal health, animal welfare, public health, and environmental and ecosystem health. Using WOAH Day-1 Competencies as a foundation, WVA recommends that all veterinary training programs incorporate the following Day-One Competencies along with […]

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Veterinary Profession and Education Veterinary Profession and Education

14 Mar 2024

WVA Position Statement on Identifying a Veterinary Professional

Only individuals qualified by virtue of completing appropriate education and training can be identified as a veterinary doctor, veterinarian, veterinary surgeon or any other term that implies that they are entitled to engage in the professional practice of veterinary medicine pursuant to registration by the statutory veterinary regulatory authority in their jurisdiction.

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Animal Welfare Animal Welfare

28 Feb 2024

WVA Position Statement on the Protection of Animals During Disasters and Armed Conflict

The WVA considers that there is an urgent need for national preparedness plans and coordinated international veterinary relief geared towards support of animals, as well as consideration of protections of ecosystems and habitats during armed conflict and natural disasters.

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