International Vet News

The Charitable Foundation of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) has appointed four new Board Members as it prepares to ramp up activity and increase the geographical spread of its initiatives. The WSAVA Foundation aims to improve the veterinary care of companion animals globally through science and education.

A company called Spay Academy Spain based at the largest animal rescue in Spain is offering neutering courses aimed primarily at recent veterinary graduates, those returning to the profession following a career break and final year students from the UK.  

The introduction of a new animal welfare law in Taiwan has refocused attention on the case of Chien Chih-cheng, a vet who killed herself last year after being heavily criticised over the number of animals she had put down.

The Swedish-based company, Oasmia Pharmaceutical has announced that it plans to move all of the Company’s veterinary assets including Paccal Vet and Doxophos Vet, to the United States for further development and commercialization efforts.

Mars Petcare has successfully acquired VCA Inc. a U.S. based company operating over 780 hospitals in 43 U.S. states and 5 Canadian provinces and providing diagnostic services to more than 19,000 independent hospitals.

Every week, WVS receives calls and emails requesting help from animal charities both in the UK and overseas that are desperate for veterinary products in order to be able to treat the animals in their care.

The African Small Companion Animal Network (AFSCAN) announced two new initiatives for 2017 as part of its work to drive up standards of veterinary care for companion animals in Africa.

A vision of a world where regular activity, a balanced diet and healthy weight are part of every family’s life was set out at a recent conference. Entitled ‘Preventing Obesity in People and their Pets: A One Health Approach,’ it was hosted by the One Health Committee of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA), in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The University of Dundee and the Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines (GALVmed) have partnered to develop a simple and effective device that tests for a cattle disease that is endemic in 40 African countries and accounts for up to a 50 percent loss in milk and meat production in the continent.

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