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    New PanAmerican association formed Maggie Gething, of the WSAVA, describes recent develupments in the Association DURING the World Congress in Amsterdam last April, the Panarnan- ian small animal veterinary associa- tion (AMVEPE) was admitted to membership of the WSAVA. At the time, its President, Dr Nicanor Obaldia 111, invited the WSAVA President, Dr Claudio Brovida, to attend the M I PanAmerican Vet- erinary Sciences Association congress (PANVET 2000) and, in Septem- ber, Dr Brovida visited Panama City for the meeting. AMVEPE members hosted a lunch during the congress, where Dr Brovida briefed a group of small animal practition- ers from Colombia, Chile, Costa Rica, the USA and Panama about WSAVA activities and its continu- ing education (CE) courses.

    More than 900 veterinarians from 21 countries participated in

    Spaying campaign in Malaysia The second half of 2000 was busy for members of the Small Animal Practitioners Association of Malaysia (SAPAM), with several big events being held. The highlight was the congress of the Veterinary Associa- tion of Malaysia, held in Kuantan in September. This was a joint scientific congress with S A P A M , and included 11 small animal papers, with three invited speakers from the USA and India. As well as its 10th AGM, the SAPAM held a fraternity night, which, by popular request from the members present, was repeated a few days later! The annual dinner included great performances and entertainment by invited singers.

    The executive of SAPAM is work- ing hand in hand with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on an ongoing spaying campaign. This effort is designed to encourage underprivileged owners of dogs and cats to have their pets spayed at a discounted price. So far, the campaign is gaining momentum and the response is slowly picking up. S A P A M is also looking into the possibility of introducing micro- chipping for the purpose of dog

    this important continental event, where the small animal sessions were in high demand and attracted a record number of delegates. In recognition of this international interest, the foundation of a new association, the PanAmerican Small Animal Veterinary Association (PASAVA), was announced during the congress. The objective of this fledgling association is to serve as a regional discussion group for Central American and Caribbean nations on issues concerning the veterinary profession, as well as to promote and organise CE courses together with the WSAVA. Dr Obald la was appointed by acclamation as founder and first president of PASAVA and Dr Gildardo Alzate from the Colombian small animal veterinary association (VEPA) as its secretary.

    licensing. At the same time, the executive of SAPAM is having to deal with various questions from members on the topic of veterinary ethics -a worldwide problem!

    Satisfaction in the USA Career satisfaction remains high for practitioners, according to a report in DVM Newsmagazine. In the maga- zines State of the Profession Survey for 2000,70 per cent of the respon- dents said that, if they had to do it all over again, they would still make veterinary medicine their career. Of the 1000 veterinarians surveyed, 354 responded. In the section on ownership aspirations, 31 per cent of women said they planned to start a new practice, while only 5 per cent of men made the same claim.

    Brazil The 9th International Conference on Human-Animal Interactions will take place in Rio de Janeiro in September 2001. The overall theme is People and animals - a global perspective for the 21st Century. The WSAVA is one of the organisa- tions to endorse the objectives of this conference.


    (from left) Dr Ciaudio Brovlda (WSAVA President), Dr Jose Manuel Teran (Minister of Health of the Republic of Panama), and Dr Nicanor Obaidia (AMVEPE President) and his wife, Victoria Zarak de Obaidia, during a visit to the exhibition hail at the XVii PANVET 2000 Congress In Panama City

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    Speclalised CE in Hungary The widespread WSAVA CE semi- nars in the so-called original coun- tries of Eastern Europe are now able to focus on more specialised topics. This advance follows the success of the programme over the past few years in bringing basic veterinary subjects to local practitioners in the Czech and Slovak Republics, Hungary, Poland and Slovenia.

    Dr Melinda Magdus reports from Hungary that the 8th WSAVA CE course, held in December 2000, tar- geted radiology, and was designed to promote specialisation within small animal practice. Dr Pim Wolve- kamp, of the University of Utrecht, was joined by local colleagues, Dr Fenyves and Dr Dioszegi, from the Department of Surgery, Szent Ist- van University Faculty of Veterinary Science. The 141 participants rated the course highly, and were encour- aged by the fact that it had been eval- uated by the Hungarian Veterinary Chamber, which allocated 46 CE scores to the event. Dr Magdus said that this was very important because a three-year evaluation of veterinary CE in Hungary was due to be completed at the end of December.