First female vet elected WSAVA president

WSAVA president Dr Siraya Chunekamrai
Dr Siraya Chunekamrai

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association has elected Thai veterinarian Dr Siraya Chunekamrai as its new president. She is WSAVA’s first female president.

Dr Chunekamrai is a pioneer of veterinary practice in Thailand where she opened the country’s first equine surgery in 1996. She has a strong interest in self- and professional development and in helping WSAVA member associations in countries where companion animal practice is still emerging to raise standards of care. 

Dr Chunekamrai first became involved with the WSAVA in 2008 as president of the Veterinary Practitioners’ Association of Thailand, joining its executive board as honorary secretary in 2012. She has been vice-president since 2018.  

“I am humbled and grateful to have been elected as the WSAVA’s first female president, a move that reflects the steps our community has taken to become much more representative of our profession globally,” Dr Chunekamrai said.

“During my presidency, I will be leading efforts to increase our inclusivity and attract more volunteers to support our committees and other activities. I’m really looking forward to my presidency and to supporting the rapid growth and development of our amazing global veterinary community.”

Dr Shane Ryan, the WSAVA’s outgoing president will also serve a further two-year term as past president.

And in other WSAVA news, Dr Ellen van Nierop has been elected as vice president. A Dutch veterinarian, she practises in Ecuador and is a former honorary treasurer of the association. 

The WSAVA has also elected two new members of its executive board, Dr John de Jong, a past president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, who will serve as honorary treasurer having held the role on an interim basis for several months, and Dr Jim Berry, formerly chair of the WSAVA’s Congress Steering Committee and a past president of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association. All of those elected will serve a two-year term.


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