Commentary: WEVA Hosts First Intermediate Meeting in Africa

Veterinarians from Kenya and Tanzania attended WEVA’s first educational meeting in Africa, which featured presentations on what field practitioners might encounter in their daily practice.

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Fifty to 60 veterinarians from Kenya and neighboring Tanzania attended WEVA's first intermediate educational meeting in Africa. | Photo: Courtesy WEVA

By Vince Gerber, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, ECEIM, WEVA President

The World Equine Veterinary Association (WEVA) held its first intermediate meeting in Africa Feb. 22-24.

Kate Savage, BVSc (Hons), MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM; Alessandra Ramseyer, DrMedVet; Derek Knottenbelt, OBE, BVM&S, DVM&S, Dipl. ECEIM, MRCVS; and I represented WEVA at the continuing professional development meeting for equine veterinarians, with lectures and interactive workshops at the University of Nairobi Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, in Upper Kabete, Kenya. Unfortunately, Warwick Bayly, BVSc, MS, PhD, who initiated contact with the Kenya Small and Companion Animal Veterinary Association (KESCAVA), could not join us.

Fifty to 60 veterinarians from Kenya and neighboring Tanzania attended the three-day meeting, which KESCAVA organized and hosted. On the third day—which took place at the Ngong’ racecourse—26 practitioners took part in the final practical session. Veterinarian and racehorse trainer Patsy Sercombe, BVM&S, MRCVS, graciously offered some of the horses in her yard for demonstrations and practical procedures

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