Vets in Botswana and Zambia receive BSAVA-supported lectures on a range of subjects, including lameness in dogs, fracture fixation, gastrointestinal surgery and skin surgery.

Vets across Africa are benefiting from CPD thanks to support from the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) and its sister association in The Netherlands.

Lawson Cairns lecturing for vets in Botswana and Zambia.During June and July, Sarah Boyd, a vet from South Africa, has been delivering key lectures for nearly 50 vets in Botswana and Zambia on surgical topics, including:

  • orthopaedic conditions in growing dogs
  • assessment of lameness in dogs
  • general principles of fracture fixation
  • principles of gastrointestinal surgery
  • principles and techniques for skin surgery, and
  • mast cell tumours

Chairman of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) continuing education committee Jill Maddison said: “WSAVA education in Africa would not be possible without the generous support of BSAVA and The Netherlands Association for Companion Animal Medicine, and the hard work of [vet] Lawson Cairns, who works tirelessly to deliver practical and relevant continuing education in the region.”

BSAVA has been keen to engage with initiatives targeting developing countries and continues to support the WSAVA Sub-Saharan African education programme, with recent annual donations of £10,000.

BSAVA president Michael Day wants the association to take an even more international position.

“The success of these kind of WSAVA programmes has reinforced to me the potential major impact that BSAVA can have through a more global, ‘outward facing’ approach,” he said.

“We are now introducing a developing countries membership category for 2014 to help us stretch our remit of advancing scientific knowledge to a more international community of veterinary professionals.”

For more information, visit the BSAVA website. For more on the WSAVA Sub-Saharan African education programme, visit the WSAVA website.

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