World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) - One Health Commission

World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA)

World Small Animal Veterinary Association



Global Veterinary Development




The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) is an association of

associations. Its membership is made up of veterinary organizations from all

over the world, which are concerned with small companion animals. WSAVA

fosters the exchange of scientific information, both between individual

veterinarians and between their veterinary organizations for example, by

holding an Annual WSAVA World Congress and running continuing education

courses. WSAVA also works to enhance knowledge, underscore the significance

of small animals within the global One Health initiative, and improve the health

and welfare of animals throughout the world.




WSAVA's mission is to foster exchange of scientific information between

individual veterinarians and veterinary organizations with a primary purpose to

advance the quality and availability of small animal medicine and surgery.


Scope Global


Primary Funders


Primary supporters of the WSAVA One Health Committee are: Bayer

Healthcare Animal Health, Hills Pet Nutrition, Intervet Schering Plough Animal

Health, Merial, Nestle Purina, Novartis Animal Health, Pfizer Animal Health,

and Waltham.


Participants & Key Collaborators


Veterinary industry and veterinary associations representing over 75,000

individual veterinarians from around the globe. The WSAVA One Health

Committee members come from four continents and include representatives of

the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the Centers for Disease

Control and Prevention (CDC).


Definition of One Health


‘One Health’ or ‘One Medicine’ proposes the unification of the medical and

veterinary professions with the establishment of collaborative ventures in

clinical care, surveillance and control of cross-species disease, education, and

research into disease pathogenesis, diagnosis, therapy and vaccination. The

concept encompasses the human population, domestic animals and wildlife and

the impact that environmental changes (‘environmental health’) such as global

warming will have on these populations.


Monitoring & Evaluation Strategy


No information regarding monitoring and evaluation strategies is available



Sources of Information


WSAVA Website and Brochure:

Contact WSAVA Secretariat Office

Dr. Walt Ingwersen

Honorary Secretary of the WSAVA


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