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One Health award
for Luke Gamble
Luke Gamble, founder of charities Worldwide Veterinary Service and Mission Rabies, is the recipient of the 2016 One Health Award from the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA).
He will receive his Award at the 2016 WSAVA World Congress, which takes place from 27-30 September in Cartagena, Colombia, where he will also give a lecture on his work, entitled ‘One Mission’.
Luke Gamble graduated from Bristol University in 1999 and is based in his New Forest surgery, Pilgrims Veterinary Practice. In 2003, he set up Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS), a charity providing veterinary aid around the world, followed in 2013 by sister charity Mission Rabies, which is leading the battle against canine rabies. He was also a speaker of the 2016 Fecava symposium on rabies (see EJCAP 26(1)).
Luke Gamble is CEO of both organisations and has raised more than four million pounds to support the charities’ projects around the world. He lectures internationally on animal welfare and veterinary subjects and, in 2014, was asked by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to sit on an expert panel for the International Control of Neglected Zoonotic Diseases based on his rabies work globally.
The Worldwide Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) is concerned that access to ketamine at risk through lobbying by some countries to have it put under international scheduling. Proposals for international control stem from the widespread misconception that ketamine is merely a 'recreational drug.' This is inaccurate and devalues the huge contribution that it makes to human and animal health.
In November 2015, the WHO Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) recommended that ketamine should not be placed under international control, stating that its abuse does not cause a global public health threat and that control would limit access for those who use it as a life-saving anaesthetic. Despite intense lobbying from China, this view was confirmed at a meeting of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs in March 2016, a decision helped by strong support for this view from the worldwide medical and veterinary communities. But China has made clear its position that ketamine should fall under international schedule and its disappointment with the ECDD ruling. It now plans to defer the issue to a later meeting.
WSAVA: "This means that the threat is not over and we must continue to campaign to provide a global perspective on ketamine's importance in veterinary medicine and to unite the voices of those who support our view. This is a battle our patients can't afford us to lose"
Please help to secure the future of ketamine by supporting the campaign.
The photo “Stray. Non-stop bleeding. Saved him and gave him a chance”, was submitted by Ms Chayada Piantham, a fourth-year veterinary student at Kasetsart University in Thailand. She came across this stray dog that had been bleeding uncontrollably through the nostrils for a week, and took him to the university’s veterinary hospital. He was diagnosed with blood parasitic infection, inducing coagulopathy. In the picture, he was taking his last prescribed antibiotics. Ms Piantham continually checked on him for a week. Her actions saved the dog and she made a new friend.
Winning welfare photos
Launched in March 2016, the competition “Animal welfare, beyond the cliché”, was an opportunity for the OIE Global network and veterinary students to showcase their photographic appreciation of the implementation of the OIE standards on welfare. The quality and content of the photographs received was outstanding, and with 10 possible winners from the two categories mentioned above, the judges were spoilt for choice.
The eight award-winning pictures presented an artistic appreciation of a subject that is often associated with denunciations of practices in animal production or often associated with photos depicting poor welfare conditions.
Volume 26(3), Autumn 2016
Global & European News
One Health award for Luke Gamble
Luke Gamble, founder of charities Worldwide Veterinary Service and Mission Rabies, is the recipient of the 2016 One Health Award ...
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The OIE 4th Global Conference on Veterinary Education was held in Bangkok, Thailand on 22-24 June 2016. Its purpose was to follow up on the implementation by Veterinary educational establishments of an OIE recommended core curriculum (11 specific and 8 advanced competencies) for national veterinary services.
WVA President René Carlsson informed the audience about the WVA’s current and future role to improve veterinary education around the world. She also presented information about the WVA Global Education Portal containing almost 1000 courses from over 85 respected institutions and individuals. Launched earlier this year after 18 months of preparation, it offers easy and free to access at www.worldvet.org.
For more information on the OIE conference on Veterinary Education, click HERE.
Global education portal
Dutch veterinary professor Erik Teske has been announced as the recipient of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) 2016 International Award for Scientific Achievement, presented annually to an individual judged to have made a significant contribution to the field of small animal veterinary medicine. EJCAP would like to congratulate him with his success and is proud to have him as the Scientific Editor.
Professor in medical oncology for veterinary undergraduates in Utrecht and Liège, Erik Teske will receive his award at the 2016 WSAVA World Congress, which takes place from 27-30 September in Cartagena, Colombia. He will also give a special lecture entitled: ‘An Update on the Treatment of Lymphoma in Dogs and Cats,’ one of a series of lectures by this year’s WSAVA Award winners.
Erik Teske graduated at from the University of Utrecht in 1981 and became a specialist in internal medicine in 1986. His areas of expertise include clinical cytology, epidemiology, and oncology. He has authored over than 120 publications in refereed journals and contributed 16 book chapters, as well as to many other publications. He lectures widely and co-organizes a European School for Advanced Veterinary Studies course on internal medicine.
Erik Teske honoured
Ketamine: support the campaign!
The Worldwide Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) is concerned that access to ketamine at risk through lobbying by some countries to have it put under international scheduling. Proposals for international control stem from the widespread misconception that ketamine is merely a 'recreational drug.' his is inaccurate and devalues the huge contribution ...
... Read more
Winning welfare photos
Launched in March 2016, the competition “Animal welfare, beyond the cliché”, was an opportunity for the OIE Global network and veterinary students to showcase their photographic appreciation of the implementation of the OIE standards on welfare. ...
... Read More