An exciting education and outreach partnership has been formed between The Horse and the World Equine Veterinary Association (WEVA). The two groups will work together to educate veterinarians and other industry professionals about the health, care, management, and welfare of equids around the world and bring information from those groups to horse owners and managers.

“WEVA is very excited to have added The Horse magazine as a Media Partner and are excited to be working with them,” said WEVA President Gary Norwood, DVM, of Texas. “Some exciting new services will be available to all member associations and their members (see a list of Member Associations), including a free one-year subscription to a digital version of The Horse magazine.”

“The Horse is proud to become part of the outreach efforts of this world-wide veterinary organization,” said Kimberly S. Brown, Publisher/Editor of The Horse brand. “WEVA is working to bring the world’s equine veterinarians together to help all veterinarians better serve the equids who need a healing touch and to educate owners so they can keep their animals healthy.”

WEVA will partner with The Horse to promote its programs and outreach through The Horse magazine and Every WEVA Member Association will be eligible to have its individual veterinarian members receive a free one-year subscription to The Horse digital edition so they can access the publication’s up-to-date information in the most timely manner, no matter where they live.

The Horse will also provide editorial space in each issue of the magazine for a WEVA message either of upcoming educational events or articles about past presentations and events. The publication and Web site also will work with individual veterinary associations to bring their information and stories to the horse owners of the world and their veterinary colleagues.

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The Work of WEVA

There are 58 million equids worldwide, most of which are working stock in undeveloped countries. According to Des Leadon, MA, MVB, MSc, FRCVS, Dipl. ECEIM, of the Irish Equine Centre, and a past president of WEVA, “Our colleagues in many countries do not have easy access to equine continuing education, can experience significant problems with (scientific) language translation, and have very limited travel budgets.”

WEVA attempts to take the modern world of equine veterinary medicine to these veterinary colleagues who are struggling to care for animals under difficult situations. WEVA Intermediate Meetings are held in underdeveloped countries and have provided 21 speakers throughout the world from 2002 to 2008.

The WEVA Congresses are held every other year in a country selected for easy access by veterinarians who might otherwise not be able to attend due to travel or budgetary restrictions. Profits from Congresses are used to sponsor Intermediate Meetings. Since 1999 there have been 631 oral presentations and 309 poster presentations during Congresses.

“China (an Intermediate Meeting in 2002) was a real milestone because it brought such significant support from the Hong Kong Jockey Club and because so many colleagues gave their time to join us,” said Leadon. “The next big step was India because we moved from ‘one-off meetings’ to the initiation of a carefully planned and coordinated program of successive Intermediate Meetings that built one upon the other. This has culminated in the potential bid by our colleagues in India for the 2011 WEVA World Congress.

“The same framework is now being developed with our colleagues in Hungary, who are outreaching to their neighboring states–The Ukraine and Romania–under the guidance of the incoming WEVA President Dr. Tim Greet of Newmarket in England,” said Leadon. “This mirrors the work of the teams led into South America by Dr. Gary Norwood during his presidency. Dr. Warwick Bayly and I were very happy to pave the way for the Balkans initiative and can verify the warm welcome and sincere appreciation of local hosts that typifies the recipients’ response to WEVA.

“None of the above could ever have happened without the endorsement of the concept and the funding that has flowed so readily from the national associations, including the American Association of Equine Practitioners, British Equine Veterinary Association, Italian Veterinary Association, Association of French Equine Veterinarians, and so many more,” Leadon noted.