A scholarship programme run by the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) has been relaunched in partnership with the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA).
The NAVC scholarship programme was originally set up in 1996 as the Eastern European Scholarship Fund to support new veterinary associations emerging in Eastern Europe following the fall of the Iron Curtain.
It was later extended to offer up and coming veterinarians from Cuba, Eastern Europe, Asia, South America and the Middle East the opportunity to attend the NAVC Conference, which takes place in January each year in Florida, US.
In 2014, NAVC invited the WSAVA to participate in the selection process and remodelled it to offer three scholarships, one from each of the three WSAVA regions (Europe, Africa and Middle East, Asia and Oceania and the Americas).
In 2015, it offered an additional scholarship to a veterinarian from Africa nominated by the board of the African Small Companion Animal Network (AFSCAN), a project run by the WSAVA Foundation, to raise standards of veterinary care in Africa.
Siraya Chunekamrai, an NAVC Scholar in 2008, owns two practices in Thailand and is honorary secretary of the WSAVA. She said: “The NAVC scholarship programme is one of the very good and useful experiences I have had in veterinary education.
“As a representative from Thailand, it was helpful to benefit from the continuing education on offer and to learn how to provide it. As the programme develops and becomes a joint effort between NAVC and the WSAVA, the chosen recipients will truly reflect the global veterinary community that we are all part of.
“They will learn a great deal and we will also learn from their experience and world perspective.”
- Further details of the application process can be found at www.wsava.org