The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) and World Animal Protection have joined forces to promote enhanced levels of animal welfare around the world.

Under the terms of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed at WSAVA World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa in September 2014, they have agreed to work together to achieve four key goals:

  • the promotion of animal welfare education globally
  • the delivery of companion animal programmes, which include humane and sustainable population management and canine rabies contro
  • the engagement of the global veterinary community on animal welfare and ethical issue
  • the raising of awareness globally of animal welfare issues

To help achieve these goals, the organisations have agreed an activity plan, which involves collaboration in a range of areas, including:

  • developing continuing education (CE) in animal welfare for small animal practitioners based on World Animal Protection’s well-established “Concept in Animal Welfare” methodology
  • creating guidelines for veterinarians working in disaster management
  • exploring joint outreach projects around WSAVA World Congresses
  • promoting the full cycle of dog population management and integrated mass dog vaccination to help to control a spectrum of problems associated with large free roaming dog populations, such as dog bites, disease transmission and nuisance.
They will also share resources, information and expertise, and actively participate in each other’s events.

Shane Ryan, chairman of WSAVA’s Animal Wellness and Welfare Committee (AWWC), said: “We aim to promote advances in animal welfare and wellness around the world through enhanced veterinary care and through ensuring welfare issues become a routine consideration for all companion animal veterinarians.

“We have worked with World Animal Protection for some time. Our MoU is a natural progression and will enable us to focus more effectively on working towards raising standards of animal welfare.”

Joe Anzuino, veterinary liaison manager at World Animal Protection, added: “Veterinarians are uniquely placed to help improve animal welfare because of their skills, expertise and daily interactions with both animals and their carers.

“Our MoU with WSAVA gives us the opportunity to work together and to support the veterinary profession in promoting a range of welfare initiatives.
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