Veterinarian From Ecuador Takes Helm at WSAVA

New President and Directors Elected During 2023 WSAVA World Congress

Dr Ellen van Nierop, a small animal clinician who practices in Ecuador, was elected WSAVA President during WSAVA World Congress, which took place from 29-31 October in Lima, Peru. Dr van Nierop, originally from the Netherlands, runs a small animal clinic with her veterinarian husband in Quito. Canadian veterinarian Dr Jim Berry was elected Vice President; Dr Oscar Umaña from Costa Rica was elected as WSAVA Honorary Treasurer and Dr Jerzy Gawor, a Polish veterinarian, was elected as a Board Member. They will each serve a two-year term.

This year’s WSAVA World Congress was attended by more than1,500 delegates from 80 countries. In addition to a CE program designed to meet the needs of companion animal practitioners globally, the Congress also saw the launch of an updated set of Global Guidelines for the Recognition, Assessment and Treatment of Pain from the WSAVA’s Global Pain Council. The new Guidelines have already been downloaded more than 20,000 times from the website of the Journal Small Animal Practice, the WSAVA’s official scientific journal. They are also available on the WSAVA website.

The annual Shaping the Future session, during which the WSAVA raises a key issue of concern for companion animal veterinarians, this year highlighted the issues faced by many veterinarians globally in obtaining access to even the most basic veterinary medicines. The session was followed by a stakeholder summit and, as a result of this meeting, a taskforce is being set up to help develop solutions to ensure that all veterinarians have ready access to the medicines they need to provide optimal care to their patients.

Commenting on becoming President, Dr van Nierop said: “It was wonderful to see the WSAVA’s global community reunited in Lima for the first time in three years and we extend our thanks to Dr José Salazar and other members of our Local Host Committee from AMVEPPA for their huge contribution to WSAVA 2022.”

She continued: “As a practicing clinician, I find the WSAVA’s educational resources invaluable and, as a member of the Executive Board, I have seen at first hand the hugely positive influence the association is having in terms of raising standards of companion animal veterinary care around the world.

“I am honoured to serve the veterinary profession as WSAVA President and will ensure that we continue to strengthen and grow our global veterinary community in order build a better future for both our current members and those still to come.”

The WSAVA represents more than 200,000 veterinarians worldwide through its 115 member associations and works to enhance standards of clinical care for companion animals. Its core activities include the development of WSAVA Global Guidelines in key areas of veterinary practice, including pain management, nutrition and vaccination, together with lobbying on important issues affecting companion animal care worldwide. WSAVA World Congress brings together globally respected experts to offer cutting edge thinking on all aspects of companion animal veterinary care.

WSAVA World Congress 2023 will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, from 27-29 September.

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