Who are we?

Who We Are

Board Members

Dr. Gabriel Varga, President


President of the WSAVA Foundation and Director of Business Operations and Strategy for NE at Zoetis heads the Project Board. Having trained in the Slovak Republic, Dr Varga has first-hand experience of how the creation of sustainable veterinary networks accelerated the growth of veterinary practice in Eastern Europe, an approach he replicated in Asia and Latin America during his term as President of the WSAVA in 2002-2004.

Mary Marcondes, DVM, M.Sc., PhD

Professor Mary Marcondes qualified as a Veterinarian from the University of São Paulo (USP), School of Veterinary Medicine, in 1986. She then undertook a Residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine and Surgery at USP from 1987 to 1988. Mary completed her MSc in Clinical Veterinary Science at São Paulo State University (UNESP) in 1992, and her PhD in Clinical Veterinary Science at USP in 1998. She held postdoctoral positions at the Department of Pathology in the USP Medical School from 2007 to 2008, studying visceral leishmaniasis, and at Dr. Janet Foley’s Laboratory in Infectious Disease, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, in 2011. Mary worked in the Department of Clinical Medicine, Surgery and Animal Reproduction in the School of Veterinary Medicine at UNESP, Araçatuba, São Paulo, for 26 years, and retired from the University as an Associate Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases in 2018.
Mary’s research interests include vector-borne and emerging infectious diseases. Currently she is a member of the WSAVA Vaccination Guidelines Group (VGG), the Co-Chair of the Scientific Committee of WSAVA, a member of The African Small Companion Animal Network (AFSCAN) board, and a member of the Companion Vector-Borne Diseases (CVBD) World Forum. She continues an active programme of delivering continuing education in vaccinology and management of vector-borne infectious disease in Latin America.

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Dr Theo Kanellos, BVetMed, MSc, PhD, GMP, Hon DSc

Dr. Theo Kanellos is Director of Strategic Alliances of Zoetis where he established research collaborations and veterinary alliances with several Universities and institutions in Europe, Africa and Middle East. He is a Board member in several Research Organisations and also acts as an expert advisor in several international and national research related bodies. His main focus is to advance animal and human health through impactful innovation.

Dr Remo Lobetti

Currently works as a specialist physician in private practice in Johannesburg, South Africa. Previously was an associate professor in Small Animal Medicine at the Faculty of Veterinary Science at Onderstepoort. Has had first hand experience with assisting veterinarians in uplifting their standards of practice in countries such as Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia and Madagascar under the umbrella of Animal Aid Africa.

Dr Kevin Stevens

Email: kvet@eastcoast.co.za
Cel: +27824486449


  • Dr Kevin Paterson Stevens BVSc, BSc. Agric (Animal Science), MRCVS.
  • Born in Newcastle, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa on 16th August 1962.
  • Matriculated in 1979; Rotary Youth Exchange Programme-Australia 1980.
  • University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg 1981-1984.
  • Graduated with BSc. Agric. (Animal Science) in 1984.
  • University of Pretoria-1985 to 1990.
  • Graduated from Onderstepoort in 1990 with BVSc.
  • Part time research employment in Department Parasitology under Prof. Reynecke from 1985 to 1988. Nematode research predominantly.
  • Part time employment: 1987 to 1988 doing R and D work on new parasiticides.
  • Private practice Vet House, Pietermaritzburg 1990.
  • SA Defence Force National Service-National service: Allerton Regional Veterinary Laboratory; SA Police Dog unit; Durban SPCA 1991.
  • Private practice Umhlanga Veterinary Clinic 1991-1992-mixed practice with large equine component.
  • Purchased Ballito Veterinary Clinic in 1992-mixed practice including Bovine, Equine, Avian and predominantly Canine and Feline.
  • Upgraded facility to Ballito Veterinary Hospital: 1998-2019 (current).
  • Committees:
    • Founder member Dolphin Coast SPCA(DCSPCA).
    • Chairman DCSPCA-1998 to 2000.
    • Exec member National Veterinary Clinicians Group 2001-2012.
    • SAVA Congress 2000 organizing committee.
    • SAVA FEDCO member 2002-2010.
    • SAVA EXCO member 2004-2007.
    • SAVA PR Chairman-2004-2008.
    • Institute of Veterinary Practice Development Chairman, KZN, 2002-2004.
    • Chairman National Veterinary Clinicians Group 2007-2010
    • Local Host Chairman WSAVA 2014 South Africa
    • Congress Steering Committee Chairman 2015-2019
    • WSAVA L and C Committee 2015-2017
    • AFSCAN Board member 2018-2019
    • AFSCAN Twinning Co-ordinator 2018-2019

Website: View bio on website
Congress Steering Committee(CSC): Chairperson
AFSCAN Board member 2018-2019
AFSCAN Twinning Co-ordinator 2018-2019

Dr Patrick Bastiaensen

A Belgian national, Patrick Bastiaensen (1965) graduated in 1991 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (DVM) from the University of Ghent, in Belgium. After a short stint working as a research assistant in tropical helminthology at the University from which he graduated, he left for the southern hemisphere, working on long term contracts for a variety of national, regional and international organisations, amongst which the Belgian, French and German Development Cooperation, the African Development Bank, the European Union and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN. He was consecutively based in South America, West Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa and now Eastern Africa (Kenya), and gradually moved away from tropical parasitology, mainly working on the control of African animal trypanosomosis, to become an all-round animal epidemiologist, confirmed by the corresponding Certificate from the Alfort School of Veterinary Medicine in Paris, in 2006, and the Masters degree from the Onderstepoort Faculty of the University of Pretoria, in 2016. He has worked for the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) since 2007 when he joined the newly established Gaborone office in Botswana, after a successful assignment working for the programme towards the final eradication of rinderpest, coordinated by the African Union. Over time he has worked in more than 30 countries on all continents. He is currently based at the regional office of the OIE in Nairobi and represents OIE on the AFSCAN Board.