Taipei City, Taiwan, was a wonderful host to the 38th World Veterinary Association Congress between the 26 and 29 of April. The WVA is proud of partnering with the Taiwanese Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) to organise this event.
The Congress had 3,500 attendees, who enjoyed fantastic clinical, scientific and social programs, and was organised in several streams, from clinical veterinary medicine to veterinary public health, animal welfare and academic research. Swine, equine, poultry and exotic animals were also other topics covered.
9th WVA One Health Summit
Within the framework of the congress was held the WVA’s 2023 Summit under the theme “The environment, an essential element of One Health”, providing an excellent opportunity to learn how to apply the One Health approach on the ground.
The Summit included a Veterinary Education Seminar during which prominent representatives of associations of veterinary education establishments from around the world discussed and analysed how to respond to the current demand for veterinarians that the global society needs, taking into account the context of One Health without forgetting the environmental aspects of this approach.
Various activities and meetings occurred parallel to the Congress, such as the WVA Council and General Assembly meetings or the 2023 International Veterinary Officers Coalition (IVOC) meeting.
The WVA Council was received by the Taiwanese Vice President Dr Lai, who praised WVA and TVMA’s initiative to host WVAC2023 in Taiwan, especially considering the increasing number of pets in Taiwan. Dr Lai renewed his trust in the veterinary profession and his commitment to the One Health approach.
New Taipei City Mayor Mr Hou Yu-ih attended the Congress gala dinner and explained how New Taipei City is committed to the One Health initiative.