Our Projects

At the 2011 inaugural meeting of the not-for-profit WSAVA Foundation, a range of potential projects were identified:

  • Initiatives to educate veterinarians and the public globally about disease prevention and improving health in companion animals
  • Standardization projects in key areas of companion animal health
  • Welfare supporting the development of innovative clinical approaches for the diagnosis and treatment of clinical diseases in companion animals

The ultimate goal of these projects is to raise the level of patient care for companion animals and improve public health around the world.

The African Small Companion Animal Network (AFSCAN)

In 2014, we pinpointed a growing need in Africa for more advanced veterinary care. In response, AFSCAN was created. AFSCAN aims to facilitate the creation of a sustainable network of companion animal veterinarians, associations, and specialist groups in Sub-Saharan Africa. Together, these groups form new small animal veterinary associations (SAVAs) across the continent. Each SAVA is the driving force behind collaborations, training, and best practice sharing, which have proved pivotal in enhancing overall standards of veterinary care in other regions of the world, notably Eastern Europe.

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Computers 4 Africa

To have easy access to the wealth of resources available online, veterinary practitioners around the world need the right computer hardware with the capacity to access the Internet.

In an effort to provide this hardware, AFSCAN has teamed with the UK-based charity Computers 4 Africa. Together, we collect and refurbish computers for use around the world. Not only does this further our cause, but it is also an environmentally friendly way to give back to the veterinary community at large.

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WSAVA Fun(d) Run

Our Fun(d) Run tradition began in Auckland, New Zealand in 2013 as a way to raise funds and support the AFSCAN project and Mission Rabies in the fight against rabies. Since 2013, we have traveled around the world to places like Cape Town, South Africa; Bangkok, Thailand; and Cartegena, Colombia as an integral part of the WSAVA Congress. In 2017, we will bring our tradition to The North American Veterinary Community Conference (NAVC). Over 1,000 participants have joined to help raise awareness and donate to a wonderful cause, and we look forward to continuing our tradition globally.

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Mission Rabies

Mission Rabies, a project launched in 2013 by charity Worldwide Veterinary Service, aims to make a difference in the lives of people and the dogs in the world’s rabies hot spots. Beginning in India, Mission Rabies aims to prevent the spread of rabies to people by vaccinating dogs. In India, the project’s goal is to vaccinate 2 million dogs over the first 3 years.

To achieve this, veterinary volunteers are being enlisted from around the world. These volunteers travel across the country in an all-terrain mobile veterinary hospital truck to provide free vaccines. In addition, Mission Rabies distributes educational material among locals to educate them about the dangers of rabies and how to reduce the risk of contracting it.

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The WSAVA One Health Committee

The WSAVA Foundation is a co-sponsor of the WSAVA One Health Committee, a 3-year programme of work that investigates several aspects of companion animal healthcare. This includes the human–companion animal bond, comparative and translational diseases, and zoonotic infectious diseases. The Committee has been the driving force behind scientific research that explores these topics and helps to apply the findings to help improve international veterinary care.

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The WSAVA Foundation has partnered with VetFolio to offer special subscription prices for WSAVA members. This gives them access to all VetFolio content, including continuing education courses and Vetstream’s database. By offering this service at a discounted rate, we can make quality education more accessible to veterinarians around the world.

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