Welcome Message from the 2020 WAVMA President
First and foremost I would like to express how grateful, and honored I am to have been elected president of this important organization for this year 2020, the start of a new decade. If you would have told me upon graduating vet school, that one day I would be elected president of the World Aquatic Veterinary Association, I would have seriously wondered what sort of Pufferfish toxin was poisoning your thinking! It just goes to show you that you never know what avenue a degree in veterinary medicine might open for you, and that we must always be willing to travel the road less taken. I believe, these are the roads which have the potential to bring us to the greatest rewards. Because after all, if it were easy, everyone would do it, and as aquatic animal veterinarians, we are certainly all willing to be brave in the face of the many unknowns which are associated with the unique patients we treat. When people wonder and marvel that such thing as a fish vet even exists, I like to then pile it on by asking, “How many species of dogs are there? How many of cats? Horses? ONE! Yet there are over 55,000 or so species of fish, so digest that for a moment! From fish to invertebrates, to marine mammals, and all kinds of fascinating water dwelling creatures in between, the importance of the aquatic veterinary is clear. We need people who know how to care for these unique creatures, especially in the face of environmental and population challenges, in order to keep more of these creatures and people, safe and healthy. It is difficult to express how grateful I am to have been drawn to the field of aquatic animal medicine. I so enjoy my patients, my clients, and my colleagues, who are some of the most brilliant scientists in the world, in my humble opinion. And to express my gratitude, I promise to do my very best to lead this organization into the future, in the best way I can, to make it easier, more enjoyable, and more productive for all of us as we move into this new decade. Read the full text.
What is WAVMA?
WAVMA has been able to organise aquatic veterinary educational programs or streams at the WVA Congress since 2005 and an aquatics stream at the WSAVA Congress since 2015. 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.