Four new board members have been appointed to the WSAVA Foundation as it prepares to increase the activity and geographical spread of its initiatives.

Michael Topper
Michael Topper is one of four new board members appointed to the WSAVA Foundation.

They are:

  • Mark Johnston, managing director of Vetstream Ltd in Cambridge, UK
  • Umesh Karkare, owner of The Happy Tails Veterinary Speciality in Mumbai, India
  • Michael Topper, recently retired director and pathology and global clinical pathology lead at Merck & Co in Philadelphia, US
  • Daphne Westgeest, vet in Veenendaal, The Netherlands

Enhancing standards

Gabriel Varga, president of the WSAVA Foundation – which aims to improve the veterinary care of companion animals globally through science and education – said: “Our new members will help us to move forward more quickly so we can make progress towards the ambitious goals we have set ourselves.”

The foundation’s flagship project is the African Small Companion Animal Network (AFSCAN), which aims to enhance standards of veterinary care in Africa through:

  1. the provision of online education and continuing education to vets
  2. enabling the creation of a sustainable network of small companion animal veterinary associations in participating countries
  3. supporting rabies control projects in Africa in partnership with Mission Rabies
  4. facilitating the development of a culture of companion animal clinical research

During 2017 and beyond, the foundation said it aims to continue with its fundraising activities at WSAVA World Congress and VMX – the new name for the NAVC Conference – and to launch a number of new projects around the world.

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