Two AVMA leaders have been elected to the World Veterinary Association Council, increasing U.S. veterinarians’ presence on the international stage. Dr. René Carlson, a past president of the AVMA, has been elected president of the WVA, while Dr. Lyle Vogel, a former AVMA executive, has been re-elected as one of two WVA councilors for North America.
What does this mean to our AVMA members? It means that the U.S. veterinary profession’s voice continues to be heard in crucially important international settings. In recent years the AVMA has turned to the global stage to advance its goals, particularly in the areas of animal welfare, antimicrobial resistance and veterinary education, and has dedicated itself to ensuring that the U.S. veterinary profession’s voice is heard in international settings. Much of this work involves engagement with other veterinary and scientific organizations working on an international level.
“Veterinarians here in the states, indeed veterinarians around the world, benefit from a U.S. presence on bodies like the WVA,” AVMA President Dr. Ted Cohn states in a recent AVMA press release. “It is critically important that we are able to bring such a strong voice to an international table of influence like the WVA Council. We congratulate Dr. Carlson and Dr. Vogel and look forward to increased collaboration with our veterinary colleagues from around the world.”
The WVA is a federation of more than 80 national veterinary medical associations from around the globe. Founded in 1863, the WVA is the internationally recognized representative of global veterinary medicine and has collaborative agreements with the World Organization for Animal Health, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization.