WEVA Holds Intermediate Meetings

WEVA Holds Intermediate Meetings

Dr. Kate Savage, WEVA president, gave three ultrasonography wetlabs at the intermediate meeting in Heilan, China, in February.

Photo: C.J. (Kate) Savage BVSc (Hons), MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM

By CJ (Kate) Savage, BVSc (Hons), MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM WEVA President


The World Equine Veterinary Association (WEVA) promotes the health and welfare of horses and other equids through the support and provision of high-quality continuing education for veterinarians (and, sometimes, others working in the many and varied equine industries) in less economically developed countries.

Continuing education is provided by WEVA board members, who work without pay, and other equine veterinarians sponsored by WEVA or other organizations/individuals interested in philanthropy. The association aims to hold numerous intermediate meetings in various parts of the world annually; additionally, WEVA holds a biennial congress in a country that has successfully made its case for the opportunities that such an equine veterinary continuing education festival would bring to its region.

Thus far in 2016, board members have spoken at four intermediate meetings around the world:

In Beijing, at the first China Horse Industry Association-licensed equine veterinary continuing education course in Heilan, three WEVA speakers lectured for attendees, including Dr. Chris Riggs (right) lecturing and Dr. Jenny Zhou (left) translating.

Photo: C.J. (Kate) Savage BVSc (Hons), MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM

February 2016—Heilan, China Chris Riggs, BVSc, PhD, DEO, Dipl. ECVS, MRCVS (WEVA board member and head veterinarian at the Hong Kong Jockey Club), and I lectured and gave ultrasonography wet labs, respectively, at the first international equine summit sponsored predominantly by Oculus and Heilan. WEVA supported my attendance, and WEVA and the Hong Kong Jockey Club assisted in Riggs’ travel. Simultaneous translation was available for attendees that did not speak English.

March 2016—Beijing, China Henry Tremaine, BVetMed, MPhil (WEVA board member), Riggs, and I lectured on surgery, dentistry, lameness, poor performance, and cardiac issues in horses at the First China Horse Industry Association-licensed equine veterinary continuing education course. Jenny Zhou, MS, DVM, helped translate during the lectures.

April 2016—Cluj-Napoca, Romania James Brown BVSc, MS, Dipl, ACT, ACVS (of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center), and I spoke at the WEVA intermediate meeting in Romania, which included many lectures on the upper and lower respiratory tract. Brown (who is a boarded surgeon and theriogenologist) and I (a boarded internal medicine specialist) also taught wet labs. The ultrasonography during the wet labs was streamed on an overhead monitor for all attendees to see. Additionally, all veterinarians were able to get hands-on experience during the labs.

Drs. Iancu Morar, James Brown, Kate Savage, Alexandra Pavaloiu, and Cristian Crecan attended the WEVA intermediate meeting in Romania.

Photo: C.J. (Kate) Savage BVSc (Hons), MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM

The Romanian Association of Equine Veterinarians hosted the event. Iancu Morar, DVM, PhD, of the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, also in Cluj-Napoca, and the University Rector Cornel Catoi, DVM, PhD, introduced the conference. Vterinarians Alexandra Pavaloiu, DVM, MVSc, PhD, and Cristian Crecan, DVM, PhD, lectured on gastric ulceration and colic, respectively.

April 2016—Moscow, Russia Ekaterina Zabegina, DVM, DBSc, PhD (WEVA Regional Ambassador), and I gave presentations on WEVA, emerging diagnostics, and infectious diseases. The annual Moscow International Veterinary Congress attracts approximately 3,000 veterinarians, and WEVA considers it an invaluable opportunity to distribute information from the association.

Upcoming Congress

Recent congresses have been held in Russia, Brazil, India, Hungary, and Mexico. The next WEVA congress will be held in Beijing, China, in April 2018. It will present the opportunity for veterinarians to learn from and meet with experts from many countries, including the United States, Germany, France, Russia, Netherlands, the United Kingdom, India, Thailand, New Zealand, Australia, Scandinavia, and, of course, China. WEVA also hopes to have a layperson track, so people in the equine industry can learn how crucial equine veterinarians’ involvement can be to the success of their various businesses.

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