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6th Pan Commonwealth Veterinary Conference of the CVA and 27th
Veterinary Association Malaysia Congress 2015

The Royale Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
23-27 March 2015

Executive Committee meeting of CVA Obituary

The 6th Pan Commonwealth Veterinary Conference of the CVA and the 27th VAM congress was successfully completed on March 27th at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Five hundred and fifteen (515) registered participants attended the Conference. Of this 125 were international participants from 44 countries; to name a few from Commonwealth countries by region(i). Africa – Ghana, Brunei Darussalam, India, Singapore, Nepal, Malaysia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, (iii). Caribbean Trinidad, Cayman Islands, St.Vincents, Belize (iv). Europe - United Kingdom, and (iv).Pacific – Australia, Fiji ,Samoa, and New Zealand. Non-Commonwealth countries such as Indonesia, Thailand, Belgium, United States, France, Italy and Japan.

The conference was inaugurated on Monday 23rd March by the Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, Government of Malaysia Dato' Sri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and the closing ceremony on Thursday 26th March,2015 was done by Dato' Haji Tajuddin Abdul Rahman Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry.

The CVA held its Executive Committee meeting on Sunday 22nd and the CVA Council Meeting on Monday 23rd where in the action plan for the next four years was discussed.

The Scientific Conference with the theme “Providing Holistic Solutions to Changing Global Challenges – Threats and Opportunities for Veterinarians” provided a platform and opportunity for all delegates to hear and participate in the discussions in each session

On Tuesday 24th there was a full day Plenary Session followed by a whole day Workshop on Animal Welfare on Wednesday 25th .

Thirteen (13) plenary speakers and 69 invited speakers for 10 Parallel Scientific Sessions all specialists in their fields and having worked for many years with in their field of specialty participated in the Scientific Programme. There were 120 posters

In summary it was an opportunity for veterinarians to provide holistic solutions to changing global challenges.

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Dr. David Bayvel, Chief Veterinary Adviser to World Animal Protection, former Director of Animal Welfare at the New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and former Chair of the OIE Animal Welfare Working Group passed away at Waikanae, New Zealand on 7th April, 2015. He was 70.

Dr Bayvel was one of the world’s pre-eminent experts in the fields of animal welfare and veterinary science. His career, which had taken him around the world, spanned more than four decades and included posts in private and public sector organisations and veterinary practice promoting the ethical care and treatment of animals.

Over the last few years, Dr Bayvel had received several prestigious awards and had been honoured by a number of international and national organisations, including the OIE. He had been actively involved with the OIE in addressing animal welfare issues at an international level. He chaired the 2001 OIE ad hoc expert group meeting on animal welfare and chaired the permanent OIE Animal Welfare Working Group from 2002-2012. He also represented the International Coalition for Animal Welfare on this important OIE group. Dr Bayvel was also awarded a Queen’s Service Order in the December 2011 New Zealand Honours List.

Dr.Bayvel was a very close friend and colleague and a strong supporter of the Commonwealth Veterinary Association. His passion for golf and rugby was as great as was his passion for animal welfare. His friendship and outstanding professional input will be greatly missed throughout the Commonwealth and beyond.

The Commonwealth Veterinary Association offers its sincere condolences to members of his bereaved family.

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