The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) and World Animal Protection have engaged in a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will see them working together to raise awareness of animal welfare issues and promote animal welfare education globally.
The agreement will prioritise the importance of the veterinary role in humane dog population management and in the control and eradication of rabies. The two organisations hope that their collaboration will help to engage and mobilise veterinary professionals across the world to enhance harmonious co-existence between dogs and people and to ensure that all dogs are treated more humanely.
Under the terms of the MoU, WSAVA members will have access to World Animal Protection’s ‘Life’s Better with Dogs’ campaign resources and ‘Animals in Disasters’ Prepvet veterinary training course for their animal welfare and outreach work. This will help to ensure dog populations and animals in disasters have the best possible treatment and care. World Animal Protection will promote the WSAVA’s Global Guidelines for Companion Animal Welfare, as well as actively participating in events, including WSAVA World Congress, to help raise the profile of the crucial role that veterinarians play in the lives of dogs and other animals.
World Animal Protection has a long-standing relationship with WSAVA and first signed an MoU in 2014 following the charity’s campaign to create better lives for dogs globally.
WSAVA President Dr Shane Ryan said: "This second MoU is an extension of our important collaboration with World Animal Protection. It puts more focus on the role of the veterinarian in humane dog population management and rabies control, issues in which our Animal Wellness and Welfare and One Health Committees take a strong interest. We look forward to this renewal of our relationship and to working with the World Animal Protection team and utilising the excellent educational resources it produces.”