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Lord Ballyedmond Killed in Helicopter Crash

Members of the CVA are deeply saddened to hear of the tragic passing of Lord Ballyedmond, Chairman and founder of Norbrook Pharmaceuticals UK. He was a great supporter of the veterinary profession and of CVA and his interest and enthusiasm of all things veterinary will be much missed.He generously sponsored the activities of the CVA for many years, including the Pan Commonwealth Veterinary Conference in Barbados in 2007.
His interest in and love of the veterinary profession was considerable and he personally hosted Dr. S Abdul Rahman, President CVA and Dr. Bob McCracken Programme Director CVA to the ECS African Regional Meeting and Conference in Kampala, Uganda in 2010. Norbrook also generously supported the publication of CVA Journal until 2011.Our thoughts and prayers are with Lady Mary Ballyedmond and the family as they grieve for Lord Ballyedmond.His death is also a great loss to the veterinary profession and to the CVA as we have lost a most valuable and dear friend.

18th CVA Asian Regional Meeting and Conference, Bangalore India

The Commonwealth Veterinary Association(CVA) in association with The University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Veterinary College Bangalore, Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University Bidar, India(KVAFSU) and National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology, Bangalore, India(NIANP),hosted  an International Animal Health and Welfare Conference and the 18th Asian Regional Meeting of the CVA including Satellite Conferences,  ‘Progress in Animal Welfare’ and ‘Canine Rabies Control’ from 20th to 24th February 2014 at Bangalore ,India. The theme of the conference was “Advances in Veterinary Research: Impact and Opportunities”
The conference was supported by The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), World Society for Protection of Animals (WSPA), Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC,) Association for the Prevention and Control of Rabies in India APCRI) Crucell Holland bv, The Netherlands, Karnataka Veterinary Council (KVC) and Karnataka Veterinary Association.
More than 250 delegates from India and abroad participated in the 5 day conference. Countries represented included, United Kingdom,USA,Australia,New Zealand,Malaysia,Thailand,Japan,Bangladesh,Sri Lanka,Nepal,Belgium,Switzerland,
Netherlands and Sweden.  The topics discussed were: New Technologies for Creating Sustainable Production of Animals; Application of Science for Improved animal Health, Welfare and
(L-R) Dr.S.Honnappogol, inaugurating the conference by lighting the lamp, Prof.Jeremy Bradshaw,and Prof.Natalie Warran


Production, Wild life Conservation Medicine and Companion Animal Health and Welfare were discussed in the first two days of the conference.
The satellite conference on Animal Welfare included topics on Animal Welfare Research, Standard Setting and Capacity Building, Animal Welfare Education and Training and Animal Welfare Acting Regionally and Locally –Recent and Future Initiatives.
In the Rabies session stress was laid on updating Rabies research for prevention and control of Rabies and Dog Population Management Control.
The conference was inaugurated by Dr.S.Honnappogol,Animal Husbandry Commissioner Govt.of India and the chief guests at the inauguration were Dr.C.Renukaprasad,Vice Chancellor (KVAFSU),Prof.Jeremy Bradshaw, Assistant Principal, University of Edinburgh,Dr.C.S.Prasad,Director of NIANP,Dr.H.R.V.Reddy Director of Research (KVAFSU) Dr.S.Abdul Rahman, President CVA presided over the function.
The Animal Welfare Conference was inaugurated by Professor Timothy O’Shea, Vice Chancellor and Principal, University of Edinburgh in the presence of Dr.Andrew Rowan, Executive Director, Humane Society International USA and Dr.S.Abdul Rahman, President CVA.

(L-R) Dr.Honnappogol,Dr.Rahman,Dr.Natalie Warran,Dr.Renukaprasad and Dr.C.S.Prasad.

The Rabies conference was inaugurated by Dr.Bernadeette Abel-Ridder, Team Leader, Neglected Zoonotic Diseases, WHO, Geneva and the chief guests at the inauguration were Dr.Hirofumi Kugita, OIE Regional Representative, Asia, and Dr.Charles Rupprecht, Director of Research, Global Alliance for Rabies Control, USA and Dr.Abdul Rahman.
The conference also witnessed the historic signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Commonwealth Veterinary Association and University of Edinburgh and the inauguration of the Global Alliance for Rabies Control, India Office.

. Participants at the conference

On 19th February, 2014 the CVA and Karnataka Veterinary Council organised a lecture by Prof. Bruce Whitelaw, Professor of Animal
Biotechnology University of Edinburgh, on “A Future for Genetically Engineered Livestock”. Prof. Bruce Whitelaw was on the team which produced the first genetically engineered animal “Dolly “the sheep.

Inauguration of Rabies conference. L-R Dr.Bernadeette Abel-Ridder,Dr.S.Yathiraj,Dr.Rahman,Dr.Charles Rupprecht and Dr.H.Kugita

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