An invitation to attend two international veterinary congresses

Two international veterinary organizations will be holding continuing education congresses this fall, and because the AVMA is a member of both, we are pleased to be able to extend an invitation to our members to attend one or both of these meetings.

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Congress will be held September 27-30, 2016, in Cartagena, Colombia, followed shortly thereafter by the Pan-American Association of Veterinary Sciences (PANVET) Congress on October 3-7 in Panama City, Panama. Both congresses offer exciting opportunities to meet colleagues from all around the world; learn from experts in multiple fields, including companion and food animal medicine, public health, animal welfare, and veterinary education; enjoy another country’s culture and hospitality, and hone your foreign language skills! For although much of the WSAVA continuing education program will be in English, the primary language for the PANVET Congress is Spanish.panvett2desk-600

While at the WSAVA or PANVET congresses, we encourage you to make plans to meet up with the AVMA’s liaison representative to each of these organizations. Dr. Laurel Kaddatz, a small-animal practitioner and practice owner from Pound Ridge, N.Y., is the AVMA liaison to the WSAVA, while Dr. Theresa Bernardo, the IDEXX Chair in Emerging Technologies and Bond-Centered Animal Healthcare at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph in Canada, serves as the AVMA representative to the PANVET Board of Directors. As liaisons to these organizations, Drs. Kaddatz and Bernardo serve as conduits of information between each and the AVMA. Both also serve on the AVMA’s Committee on International Veterinary Affairs (CIVA) to ensure that the information and ideas they bring back from the WSAVA and PANVET are fully integrated with our other international activities.

WSAVA-600Drs. Kaddatz and Bernardo will be attending business meetings that occur concomitantly with the educational sessions held during each Congress—and both would love to meet other AVMA member veterinarians while in Cartagena or Panama City, respectively, to hear their perspectives on how the AVMA can continue to grow member value through its international outreach and advocacy efforts.

So, check out the program for the 41st WSAVA Congress, see if the WSAVA Global Outreach Program—a service opportunity for congress attendees to give back to the Colombian people—might be of interest, learn what the schedule holds for the XXV PANVET Congress, and preview some of the Panamanian sights. We hope you will then take advantage of your Association’s membership in WSAVA or PANVET and make plans to attend one of these international veterinary meetings this fall. Registration for each is open online at or Feel free to direct questions to Dr. Beth Sabin, AVMA’s Associate Director for International and Diversity Initiatives (

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