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The WSAVA is seeking volunteers for its latest Global Outreach project. It will take place in Colombia in the week prior to WSAVA World Congress in Cartagena (27-30 September 2016), with volunteers providing clinical care to pets whose owners cannot afford to pay for treatment. They will also be carrying out a spay-and-neuter program to help manage population growth among dogs and cats.
The WSAVA hopes to recruit around ten veterinarians to join its volunteer team. They will ideally be experienced general practitioners, proficient in general surgery and excited at the opportunity to help others and to work out of their comfort zone.
The WSAVA's Global Outreach activities, supported by Hill's Pet Nutrition, aim to share the knowledge and experience of its members around the world and to provide an avenue for them to contribute to human and animal welfare globally. For 2016, the WSAVA is supporting Organisacion por el Respeto y Ciudado de los Animales (ORCA), an organization providing preventative health and clinical care for pets owned by the residents of Tierra Bomba Isla, an island off the coast of Cartagena where levels of poverty are high.
Further details on how to apply for the volunteer programs can be found here.
OIE to tackle stray dog problem
On 13 May, the OIE launched its first one-year communication campaign dedicated to the fight against the increasing number of stray dogs. This initiative is targeted at Balkan countries(1), where the control of this canine population causes serious problems for both humans and animals. Its objective: to significantly limit dog abandonment on the streets, as this is known to be the main source of stray dogs in these countries.
In many countries around the world, stray dogs still represent a huge burden for society. These animals play an important role in the transmission of zoonotic diseases (including rabies), pollution (e.g. faeces and noise), risks to human health through biting or traffic accidents and risks to other dogs and other domestic animal species, wildlife and livestock.
As a consequence, the OIE adopted a full chapter dedicated to stray dog population control (part of the Welfare section in the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code) in 2009.
In May 2016, the OIE took a further step towards tackling this issue by launching the 'Be his hero' campaign in Balkan countries.
(1) Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Greece, Kosovo, Romania, Serbia and Turkey
For more details, click here
Video of Dr Monique Eloit, OIE Director General,
launching the campaign on the fight against stray dogs
Volume 26(2), Summer 2016
Global & European News
The International Society of Feline Medicine reports that there are now over 300 Cat Friendly Clinics in the UK and another 150 across another 16 countries in Europe, especially Spain and the Netherlands. Worldwide the concept is also being embraced with more than 1200 practices outside Europe taking up the idea and making it happen.
A survey undertaken during BSAVA Congress in April showed that over 80 % of vets and nurses were aware of the Cat Friendly Clinic programme – and over 20 % said that they were working towards accreditation.
With less stress and aggression in the clinic, cats are easier to handle and owners are much happier with the relationship between them, the cat and the clinic. Andy Sparkes, ISFM Director commented, ‘It is so exciting to see the changes which are happening – not only are we improving our veterinary care, but we are making the whole veterinary experience better for cats and their owners. Clinics also notice a difference in practice revenue, as well as having very happy clients. Clients notice the difference in their cats’ behaviour and clinics become known for being cat friendly. Previously it has been difficult to market the clinic to cat clients who need a very different message to dog clients.’
The benefits of having everyone in the practice on the same cat friendly page are many: nurses’ lives are made easier by having calmer cats to deal with, vets can carry out procedures more easily because cats are less aggressive, and owners receive the same cat-friendly message about cat care no matter who they speak to within the clinic. Most importantly, the patients themselves are less stressed, less fearful and more likely to have a successful diagnosis and treatment. This leads to more satisfaction, more success in treating cats, and to much better cat welfare.’
For more information on how to become a Cat Friendly Clinic go to www.catfriendlyclinic.org
Cat-friendly practices on the increase
A symposium entitled “Preventing Obesity in People and Their Pets: A One Health Approach” will be held in Atlanta, Georgia (USA), from 9-11 November 2016. It is jointly organised by the One Health Committee of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) in collaboration with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The One Health concept recognizes that the health of humans is connected to the health of animals and the environment, requiring interdisciplinary teams to address today’s One Health challenges. At the event, co-speakers from veterinary and human medicine will explore the relationship between obesity and disease in humans and pets, together with the societal costs, behaviour and psychology of obesity. Co-speakers will also discuss One Health-focused initiatives which can be used as potential solutions to the growing obesity crisis in people and pets.
The Symposium will be chaired by Professor Michael Day, Chairman of the WSAVA's One Health Committee (OHC). "Obesity in pets and people is a significant challenge facing the global One Health programme. We hope our symposium will lead to doctors and veterinarians working together to promote a world in which regular activity, a balanced diet, and healthy weight are part of every family and their pet’s life," he said.
For more information or to register, please visit: https://www.wsava-obesity.com/
Preventing obesity in people and their pets
The WSAVA is seeking volunteers for its latest Global Outreach project. It will take place in Colombia in the week prior to WSAVA World Congress in Cartagena (27-30 September 2016), with volunteers providing clinical care to pets ...
... Read more
OIE to tackle stray dog problem
On 13 May, the OIE launched its first one-year communication campaign dedicated to the fight against the increasing number of stray dogs. This initiative is targeted at Balkan countries(1), where the control of this canine population causes ...
... Read More