2020 NAVC-AFSCAN Colin F. Burrows International Scholarship Report by DR. AMID ADETAYO





I am indeed honoured and privileged to be chosen as the 2020 North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) Colin F. Burrows International Scholar and African Small Companion Animal Network (AFSCAN) Scholar. I am Dr. Amid Adetayo from Nigeria. I work primarily as lecturer, researcher and veterinary surgeon at the Department of Veterinary Surgery & Radiology, University of Ilorin and the Veterinary Teaching Hospital of the same university.  It was an exciting moment for me when I arrived in Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, USA on January 17, 2020. The event saw an estimated 18,000 participants including veterinarians, nurses, technicians and office managers, as well as more than 500 exhibitors.

I departed Lagos, Nigeria at exactly 11:55pm on Thursday, January 16, 2020 and arrived in MCO, Orlando, FL, USA at about 2:18pm. After a week of educative, informative, eye-opening fun-filled events, I finally left Orlando, FL, USA on Thursday, January 23, 2020 to arrive in Lagos, Nigeria at 3:30pm on Friday, January 24, 2020.


I will like to give account of day-to-day events that took place at the 2020 Veterinary Meeting and Expo (VMX).

Day 1: Saturday, January 18, 2020

We had a VMX welcome session with Terry Crews at 10:15am, which was followed by VMX conference opening ceremony that featured Howie Mandel at exactly 7:30pm. We ended the day with a wonderful NAVC President’s reception at 9:00pm.

On this day, at Rosen Centre Hotel from 1:30pm to 5:30pm, I had a hands-on workshop on Regenerative Medicine and Intra-articular Injections of Platelet-Rich Plasma Protein in dogs.

Day 2: Sunday, January 19, 2020

I attended clinical review on laser focus healing delivered by Marlene Siegel before going for my Sunday breakfast. Cryosurgery for Small Animal Practices session that I had later in the evening was so educative and informative.

Day 3: Monday, January 20, 2020

We started this day off with a guided tour of Expo Hall at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC). It was filled with over 500 exhibitors from across the world. The evening was fun-filled featuring entertainment and concert anchored by Jake Owen.

Day 4: Tuesday, January 21, 2020

An hour with Meslin Yimam on Botanical Alternatives for Reducing Inflammation and Protecting Cartilage in Cats and Dogs was incredibly amazing because I was pretty much exposed to innovative botanical treatments of joint diseases in Cats and Dogs.

The day ended fun-filled at Hyatt Regency Ballroom with a Game Night which started at 7:30pm.

Day 5: Wednesday, January 22, 2020

North American Veterinary Community board held a meeting with both the international scholars and their hosts to give a recap of events at the conference. The day ended with a Finale Party at exactly 7:00pm


Let me first and foremost ascertain that I am now highly dexterous in intra-articular injection of Platelet-Rich Plasma in Dogs and I would like to be a resource person for WSAVA, AFSCAN and SAVAN for continuing education to maintain professional knowledge and skills. VMX has also given the greatest opportunity to painstakingly examine how lecture sessions were strategically scheduled to accommodate that huge number of participants in various specialties and specializations. I make bold to say that it would not be difficult to adjust what I had learnt from the VMX experience to fit into the cultural norms and expectations of Africa. I also learnt that turning a veterinary association to a community of not just veterinarians, but also nurses, technicians, animal lovers and advocates would increase its strength and participation from these incredible creatures in the spirit of one health and one profession. It is noteworthy to say NAVC have chosen Orange County Convention Centre, Orlando, FL, USA as their permanent home for the VMX, which encourages easy organization of events and facilitates planning. This is a take-home message for me to be replicated in my home country Nigeria and Africa at large.


I am indebted to my mother and my late father, who encouraged me to follow my passion-Veterinary Medicine. All thanks to my wonderful wife-Rukayat, my daughter-Maryam and my sons, Adam and Ikram.

I will like to extend my sincere appreciation to the following people listed below.

  • Professor Colin F. Burrows
  • Cheryl Good, NAVC President
  • K. Leann Kuebelbeck, NAVC Immediate Past President
  • Paige Allen, NAVC President Elect
  • Harold Davis, NAVC Vice President
  • Laurel Kaddatz, NAVC Treasurer (My Host)
  • Sally Haddock, NAVC Director
  • Bob Lester, NAVC Director
  • Jonathan Townsend, NAVC Director
  • Karen Kline, NAVC Director
  • Mark Russak, NAVC Director
  • Jackie Hagenaar Kaddatz (My Host)
  • Jorge Guerrero
  • Gatz Riddell
  • Eugene O’Neill, NAVC Interim Chief Executive Officer
  • Jackie D’Antonio, NAVC Vice President of Media, Strategy & Operations
  • Suzanne Savage, NAVC Vice President, Governance & Administration
  • Meghan Golden, NAVC Vice President, Partnership & International Relations
  • Gabriel Varga, AFSCAN President
  • Professor Michael Day, AFSCAN Vice President
  • Kunle Abiade, SAVAN President
  • Tunji Nasir, SAVAN Vice President
  • Aziz Nedum, SAVAN Financial Secretary
  • Bolu Sarumoh, SAVAN Publicity Secretary
  • Adekoye Adeaga, SAVAN General Secretary



Dr Ntombi Mudenda


  1. President – Dr Ntombi Mudenda
  2. Vice President – Dr Geoffrey Muuka
  3. Secretary – Dr Amy Kingdom
  4. Vice Secretary – Dr Vigirio Mutemwa
  5. Treasurer – Dr Edwin Sianzinda
  6. Public Relations Officer – Dr Mutinta Haachilala
  7. CVA Representative – Dr Joshua Ngwisha
  8. Vet Professionals Rep on Council – Dr Gregory Mululuma
  9. Private Vet Rep on Council – Dr Malcolm Chiyoba
  10. Paraprofessional Rep on Council – Miss Precious Hamusute
  11. Regional Representatives – Dr Danstan Mwiinga, Dr Wilfred Chapabuku, Dr David Mweemba, Dr Steven Tembo
  12. Committee Member – Dr Sattar Geloo


The Veterinary Association of Zambia had been in existence for several decades before it was inacted into law in 2010. It is currently the only Veterinary Association in the country with a membership of small animal, large animal, aquatic and mixed practice veterinarians. It also has veterinary paraprofessionals as members. It draws its membership from both the private and public sectors.

The Association joined WSAVA in 2018 as an associate member and in the same year became a member of AFSCAN.

The Association holds an annual conference at which most of the small animal continuing education is presented. It is also involved in Rabies campaigns nationwide by providing support for public sensitization of various forms and rabies vaccinations.


AFSCAN Ambassador

Dr. Samuel Okech
Dr. Berna Nakanwagi

Executive Committee

USAPA members held a meeting on 11th March 2015. The current USAPA executive committee is constituted as below:

  • Chairman: Dr. Herbert Muganwa
  • Secretary: Dr. Berna Nakanwagi
  • Treasurer: Dr. Joshua Makabugo
  • Committee Member: Dr. Alice Banga
  • Committee Member: Dr. Samuel Okech


AFSCAN and USAPA Collaboration Proves Fruitful

By Dr. Berna Nakanwagi

The Uganda Small Animal practitioner’s Association (USAPA) has continued to grow in membership and activity as a result of associating with AFSCAN. In addition to availing USAPA members with opportunities for continuous professional development of which I was personally a beneficially, AFSCAN supported USAPA with office equipment. This has enabled USAPA to fill a gap of continuous coordination of members and their activities by taking on an administrative assistant who will be coordinating USAPA activities starting August 2016.

USAPA members conducted the community small animal open clinic at Makerere University, Kampala, on the 27th and 28th April 2016 on behalf of the Uganda Veterinary Association. Rabies control was carried out through vaccination, population control by surgical sterilization, community sensitization and education through consultation. Treatment of various ailments was also part of the clinic activity.

Picture showing USAPA members and Veterinary students conducting a small animal veterinary open clinic in Cerebration of World veterinary day 2016.

Informative image: USAPA members

Ugandan war survivors partnered with therapy dogs

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AFSCAN Ambassador

Dr. Olatunji Nasir

Steering Committee

  • President: Dr. Adekunle Abiade
  • Vice President: Dr. Olatunji Nasir
  • Hon. Secretary: Dr. Bolu Sarumoh
  • Hon. Treasurer: Dr. Aziz Nedum
  • Public Relations Officer: Dr. Olawunmi Funsho

The Small Animal Veterinary Association Nigeria (SAVAN) became a member association of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) in 2015 with the help and initiative of AFSCAN.

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AFSCAN Ambassador

Dr Jaco Brink (AFSCAN Ambassador) –  docjbrink@gmail.com

Dr Andrea Klingelhöfer (VAN Secretary) – secretary@van.org.na

The Veterinary Association of Namibia (VAN) is a member association of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) in 2015. VAN was originally founded under the south west African branch of the Veterinary Association of South Africa in 1947. However, in 1984 this branch was dissolved and VAN was founded. Now the association organizes regular annual scientific congresses and weekend CPD events for all members.


AFSCAN in Namibia

By Dr Anselm Voigts

It is a great privilege for the Veterinary Association of Namibia to be part of the AFSCAN initiative under the very efficient leadership of Dr Gabriel Varga. The Veterinary Association of Namibia (VAN) was established as a branch of the SAVA in 1947. Since 1987 we have our own association, VAN. Namibia is a very arid country with a small population; our association has 120 members today, although only a small percentage is actively involved in small companion animal practice. One of the main initiatives of VAN is the promotion of Continuous Professional Development, which we establish with the support of AFSCAN, WSAVA and our neighbouring South African colleagues as well as our partners in industry.

The major initiative revitalised and supported by AFSCAN in Namibia is the Rabies Eradication Scheme under the very professional and experienced guidance of Dr Luke Gamble from Mission Rabies. His experiences in India, Malawi and other countries with similar projects are of incredible value, which we can utilise without reinventing the wheel again. He paid a very intensive visit to Namibia to experience our local situation and start the planning of the Rabies Eradication Project. Luke is since then actively involved in the planning and preparation of the project. The veterinary profession in Namibia is proud that AFSCAN has selected Namibia as the first country where the Rabies eradication will be launched under the AFSCAN umbrella. The rabies project will be launched in the Namibian hotspot area, which is in the central northern Namibia, where the greatest density of human as well as dog populations and the highest incidence of canine and human rabies exists.

Unfortunately this project has currently suffered a setback as a result of an outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease in the same northern area, the first outbreak in the last 50 years. The FMD outbreak can have a disastrous economic impact on Namibia if not contained and extinguished in the area of the current outbreak. It is a huge burden on the whole Directorate of Veterinary Services, which needs their full attention at this stage. This has unfortunately delayed the start of the Rabies project, but the project will be implemented as soon as practically possible.

Dr Anselm Voigts, past-AFSCAN Ambassador in Namibia

VAN EXCO (left to right) Dr Shepherd Sajeni, Dr. Anja Boshoff-de Witt, Dr Vimanuka Mutjavikua, Dr Elvira Kleber (PR), Dr Beate Voigts, Dr Baby Kaurivi (Vice-Chairperson), Dr Anselm Voigts (Chairperson), Dr Rainer Hassel (Treasurer), Dr Sandra Rogl (Secretary), Dr Adriaan Adank

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AFSCAN Ambassador

Prof. Susan Mbugua

Executive Committee

The Kenya Small and Companion Animal Veterinary Association was launched on 30th January 2015. Six executive members were elected on that day. Four more members were coopted in our first meeting on 3rd February 2015. The full committee is as follows:

  • Dr. Derick Chibeu – Chairman
  • Dr. Allan Elavula – Vice chairman
  • Dr. Dhaval Shah –  Hon. Treasurer
  • Dr. Mohsin Likoniwalla – Assistant Treasurer
  • Dr. Lilyan Mathai – Hon. Secretary
  • Dr. Susan Kuria- Assistant Secretary

Committee members
– Dr. James Ombati
– Dr. Willy Mwangi
– Dr. Gabriel Ouma


AFSCAN: A friend indeed

By Prof. Susan Mbugua

Gabriel Varga invited me to the inaugural AFSCAN board meeting in Nairobi in June 2014. The agenda of the meeting interested me a lot. You see, I have taught Small Animal Surgery in the University of Nairobi for many years. The number one frustration the Small Animal Practitioners face is lack of funds. The priority is food security for the people of Africa. Available resources are channeled to food animals and very little to Small Animals. Along comes a body purposefully constituted to address the deficit in Small Animal care in Africa. I was excited!

AFSCAN sponsored my attendance to the WSAVA meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, in September 2014. Besides gaining knowledge from the scientific presentations, I learnt more about AFSCAN and resolved to forge a closer association between the Kenyan veterinary fraternity and AFSCAN. I am spearheading the newly launched, AFSCAN affiliated KESCAVA (Kenya Small and Companion Animal Veterinary Association) as its Chairman. AFSCAN has so far supported us notably in the provision of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The participants’ turnout has been overwhelming. Even before the KESCAVA launch, WSAVA sponsored a number of Small Animal CPDs in Kenya, through the personal efforts of Lawson Cairns of South Africa and Vijay Varma and Derick Chibeu of Kenya.

The first CPD organized by KESCAVA took place on 20th March 2015 and had 55 participants. KESCAVA has 42 bona fide members so far. We intend to apply for WSAVA membership, in the near future, to enable us to maximize our collaboration for the benefit of members and the African Small Animals.

We look forward to increased collaboration in the following areas:

  • CPD facilitation
  • Access to online journals
  • Student funding in areas of Small Animal Medicine at the core of AFSCAN goals
  • Access to reconditioned computers, microscopes and surgical instruments at affordable rates
  • Reducing human suffering in Africa that is caused by controllable zoonotic diseases like rabies and helminthiasis
  • Any other collaborative venture that may be identified in the future

Some of the participants in the Dermatology CPD held on 20th March 2015 given by Andrew Hillier of the Global Veterinary Dermatology Educat


AFSCAN was launched in June 2014 in Nairobi.

The date started well amid bright sun. It finished in a heavy downpour, which in our African belief, signified blessings.

AFSCAN has been a big blessing for the small animal practice in Kenya. In a country which is not food sufficient, emphasis of any funding is put on food production. Dogs are not for eating in Africa. Rather they are for guarding the homestead even as they are not strictly pets in the western world sense of the word. Few, if any, small animal projects are funded.

AFSCAN and WSAVA came in and sponsored experts to give seminars which have continued to attract more and more participants every time. We have had world experts in Ophthalmology, Cardiology, Dermatology, Clinical Pathology and Internal Medicine. The Kenya Small and Companion Animal Veterinary Association, KESCAVA, would not have afforded to bring them to the country.

Prof. Jill Maddison and Prof. David Church with KESCAVA participants in an Internal Medicine course they gave in March 2016

As a result of this renewed vigor in matters small animals vets have been sensitized about the need to rid our country of rabies. They come out in large numbers during rabies vaccination campaigns. Young children, especially boys, are targeted in animal welfare sensitizations, as they are the ones who spend the most time with dogs.

Boys and their dogs during a rabies vaccination campaign in Kenya

Availing scholarships to do clinical research in small animals has been an added boost for post-graduate students who have opted to research in small animal. Sponsorship to international meetings has given students an opportunity to attend high caliber meetings outside Africa. I was the lucky beneficiary of the 2016 BSAVA scholarship, which allowed me to attend this year’s congress in Birmingham. The 2017 BSAVA beneficiary is also Kenyan and I am excited that he will be exposed to high quality scientific presentations from which I expect him to learn. There is also the annual NAVC scholarship, which has exposed other African participants to American scientific presentations.

AFSCAN members appear to be the main beneficiaries in this association but I hope that the visitors have benefited from their exposure to the difficult conditions we work in and maybe been more appreciative of the advantages offered by the countries in which they live. I also hope they have enjoyed our wildlife and cultural diversity and that they would not hesitate to return if asked to do so.

Long Live the association of KESCAVA with AFSCAN and WSAVA

World Rabies Day 2015 Celebration in Kenya

Due to logistics we celebrated ours over the weekend.

Several counties (we have 47) held rabies awareness public meetings or ‘barazas’. The public was educated on the need to vaccinate their dogs against rabies every year and what to do if bitten by a suspect dog. Free vaccination and neutering was carried out.

KESCAVA joined our vets in Kilifi county at the coast for this exercise. This is a country with many cases of dog and people rabies. Early this month there was a highly publicized case of rabies in a boy who died after a dog bite. Saturday was a CPD day for the vets and on Sunday we set up camp at 11 sites in the county and vaccinated over 1,000 dogs. The local team will continue vaccinating the dogs for free in order to use up the 5,000 doses donated by a local vaccine supplier.

We also spayed and castrated dogs whose owners accepted the offer. The KESCAVA members came prepared to do many more than the 6 castrations and 1 spay that were presented. I am sure we would have a lot more work if we returned next year as the population would have seen the benefit of having their animals neutered by professionals.

We came back home satisfied with a job well done.


Informative image: World Rabies Day in Kenya
Informative image: World Rabies Day in Kenya

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