Welcome (Chris Walster WAVMA President)
In 2014 WAVMA attracted a large number of new members and I suspect that WAVMA’s Listservs, WebCEPD program, Clinical Corner program, Cert AqV program and being able to network and learn about the wonderful world of aquatic veterinary medicine , encouraged many to become members. The educational support program provided 22 small grants and several new student chapters formed. WAVMA, without doubt is helping to nurture the next generation of aquatic vets globally. Moreover, WAVMA is helping demonstrate what core competencies are needed in aquatic veterinary education. See the full text of the President's Welcome Letter.
What is WAVMA?
WAVMA has been able to organise aquatic veterinary educational programs or streams at the WVA Congress since 2005 and, from this year, an aquatics stream at the WSAVA Congress for the first time ever. Through these affiliations, WAVMA has been able to build bridges with numerous veterinary and non-veterinary organisations around the world, including OIE and FAO. Consequently, WAVMA has promoted aquatic veterinary medicine within our profession but also to those outside the profession.
As an organisation with global reach, it is important that we continue to be the conduit of shared knowledge to improve, promote and expand aquatic veterinary medicine. WAVMA is an altruistic organisation prepared to share and build resources for the benefit of the aquatic veterinary community globally .
There are three themes I would like to pursue:
- Consolidate and expand on existing programs which is really "business as usual”. WAVMA to develop an easily accessible archive of knowledge, or summary of key listserv discussion. WAVMA Members-L has generated some excellent discussion and reflects WAVMA member’s willingness to help colleagues.
- Collaborate with and share resources with other aquatic veterinary organisations for the benefit of all. This is enshrined in WAVMA’s Mission Statement. To advance the profession for the betterment of animals, society at large, and the world we live in (a true “One Health” concept). This should be the stimulus for mutual recognition and collaboration!
- Improve accessibility to, and sharing of, knowledge between members and other collaborating organisations. Much of this will be achieved by developing further the online tools WAVMA has already been using but in particular through the World Continuing Education Alliance (WCEA) portal that WAVMA has invested in. Towards the end of 2015 WAVMA hopes to hold a "virtual conference”.
By working together, the faster we achieve our common goal.
We look forward to your input as a member of the WAVMA. See the full text of the President’s Welcome letter.
2015 WAVMA Programs
WAVMA once again has organised educational programs or will have a presence at several meetings around the world:
2015 OIE Global Conference on Aquatic Animal Health
If travel is not your thing then get your CEPD through WAVMA’s, WebCEPD, Clinical Corner and e-News. Keep an eye on Members-L, Facebook, Twitter and WAVMA@Work for further information.
WAVMA’s quarterly publication The Aquatic Veterinarian is now indexed (ISSN 2329 – 5562) and includes peer reviewed papers. Our thriving listserv provides contact with professional colleagues, meetings and job vacancies globally. Membership brings many other benefits including discounts on text books and webinars and access to scholarships.
WAVMA membership means being part of the largest aquatic veterinary association which actively strives to achieve its Mission Statement. With the 2015 programs that are in place, your membership dues will save you $100's annually in member discounts and services.