2001 World Equine Veterinary Association Meeting

The seventh convention of the World Equine Veterinary Association (WEVA) was held in Sorrento, Italy, on Oct. 5-7, only a few weeks after the terrorist attacks in the United States. Attendance at the conference was down slightly because of the threats of more attacks on the United States and its allies, and even a few speakers decided not to travel to the conference.

WEVA teams with a national equine veterinary association to host the meeting every other year. This year the host organization was the Società Italiana Veterinari per Equini (SIVE, the Italian equine veterinary association).

Warwick Bayly, BVSc, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, Dean of the Veterinary School at Washington State University and outgoing president of WEVA, in his opening remarks outlined the purpose of WEVA meetings. The primary purpose is to unify the equine veterinary profession throughout the world by providing a forum for discussion of all aspects of the health, breeding, and welfare of the horse. Another major goal of WEVA is to help disseminate information and expertise from developed countries and their highly developed equine associations to those in less fortunate or developing countries.

"We are privileged to live, work, and spend our lives in areas of the world that are advanced," said Bayly. "There are other people who love horses as much, but haven’t had the same privileges or opportunities as we have."

He said WEVA meetings also encourage various veterinary groups to get together and exchange opinions, helping equine veterinarians and researchers develop relationships that foster the productive exchange of clinical and research information. Toward that purpose, the board of WEVA hails from across the globe. They are: Bayly; Reuben Rose, DVSc, PhD, Dipl. Vet AN, FRCVS (Australia); Sue Dyson, MA, VetMB, PhD, DEO, FRCVS (UK); Bill Jones, DVM (USA); Miki Tokuriki, DVM, PhD (Japan); Richard Corde, DVM (France); Mario Lopez Oliva, MVB (Argentina); Fabio Torre, DVM (Italy); Julie Fjeldborg, DVM, PhD (Denmark); Des Leadon, MA, MVB, MSc, FRCVS (Ireland); and Gary Norwood, DVM (USA).

Equine veterinary groups or associations can become members of WEVA, thereby conferring WEVA membership on each of their members, or individuals can become members for a small annual fee ($20 US). Leadon, of the Irish Equine Center, was elected as the next president of WEVA. It was announced that the next WEVA meeting will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Oct. 15-17, 2003. The host organization will be the Argentine Association of Equine Veterinarians.

Bayly also announced that WEVA would be working with the International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH) to put on an educational workshop for equine veterinarians in the Ukraine in 2002, in keeping with the WEVA mission of promoting equine health and welfare in less developed nations. (For more on the ILPH, see www.ilph.org.)

The Schering-Plough Animal Health pharmaceutical company recognized Prof. Peter Lees, CBE, Bpharm, PhD, CBiol, FiBiol, Dr hc (Gent), Hon Assoc RCVS, Hon Fellow ECVPT, of the Royal Veterinary College in London for his work in equine clinical pharmacology. Lees is the first European researcher to win this award, and the first non-veterinarian.

Lees is known for his extensive studies of phenylbutazone and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and has been involved in the development of equine models for a variety of conditions, including degenerative joint disease (DJD), the biochemistry of cartilage matrix turnover, and the role of interleukin-1 in DJD.

About the Author

Kimberly S. Brown

Kimberly S. Brown was the Publisher/Editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care from June 2008 to March 2010, and she served in various positions at Blood-Horse Publications since 1980.

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