The World Small Animal Veterinary Association and ACTAsia, a not-for-profit organisation which provides veterinary training in Asia as part of its remit to promote animal welfare, have joined forces in a partnership to support the development of the veterinary profession in China and other Asian countries.
Under the agreement, ACTAsia becomes an Educational Partner of WSAVA and will encourage the adoption of standards set out in WSAVA’s best practice Global Guidelines in the veterinary training programs it runs in Asia.
WSAVA will provide support to ACTAsia in the delivery of this training and promote its collaboration with ACTAsia to its member associations in the region.
“Companion animal veterinary education is less developed in many parts of Asia with standards of veterinary practice affected by a limited understanding of animal sentience and related welfare concerns,” ACTAsia founder and CEO Pei Su said.
“Our training focuses not only on imparting surgical techniques and skills, but also on helping delegates to understand how to carry out their work humanely and in a way that respects animal welfare.
“We have been working successfully in China for 12 years and have built collaborative relationships with local organisations. We have also trained local veterinarians who, in turn, are able to train their peers through workshops, in order to create a sustainable future for the veterinary profession and animal welfare.”
Su added: “We share a common goal with WSAVA to educate veterinarians and enhance animal welfare. Its educational content, including its Global Guidelines, will be a great resource for our trainers. We are delighted to become a WSAVA Educational Partner and look forward to working together to raise standards of veterinary care for companion animals in China and other Asian countries.”