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WSAVA welcomes its first female president
Dr Chunekamrai has a strong interest in supporting countries where companion animal practice is still emerging.

Thai veterinary surgeon aims to ‘increase inclusivity’ in the profession

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) as elected Dr Siraya Chunekamrai, founder of Thailand’s first equine veterinary surgery, as its new president.

After graduating from Kasetsart University Veterinary School in Bangkok, Dr Chunekamrai studied for her PhD at the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University.

She became president of the Veterinary Practitioners’ Association of Thailand in 2008 and joined its’ Executive Board as honorary secretary in 2012. She has served as vice president of WSAVA since 2018.

Dr Chunekamrai succeeds Dr Shane Ryan, who will serve a further two-year term as past president.

Dutch veterinary surgeon Dr Ellen van Nierop has been elected as the new vice president. She practices in Ecuador and is a former honorary treasurer of WSAVA.

Commenting on her election, Dr Chunekamrai said: “I am humbled and grateful to have been elected as the WSAVA’s first female president, a move that reflects the steps our community has taken to become much more representative of our profession globally.

“During my presidency, I will be leading efforts to increase our inclusivity and attract more volunteers to support our committees and other activities.

“We have already made great progress in transforming ourselves into an ‘offline to online’ association and recently held this year’s Assembly Meeting successfully online.

She continued: “While we will reinstate our face-to-face activities as soon as we can do so safely, it’s exciting to see the new ways in which we are already supporting our members virtually and providing leadership, support and education to companion animal veterinarians wherever they are in practice.”

Image (c) WSAVA.

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AWF Student Grant Scheme opens for applications

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 The Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) is inviting applications to its 2021 Student Grant Scheme for innovative projects designed to impact animal welfare. The scheme welcomes proposals from undergraduates studying veterinary and animal welfare degrees, but students from other disciplines are also welcome to apply.

Grants will fund projects on animal welfare topics that are relevant to the veterinary profession and help develop the student's skills as a researcher. This year, the AWF is also accepting projects which are carried out alongside EMS so long as they are supervised. For more information and to apply, visit animalwelfarefoundation.org.uk 

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Developing a novel approach to improve the welfare of dairy cows; The impact of early life programming on resistance to helminths in ruminant livestock; The impact of change and the ability to deal with it on an individual's affective state and welfare; Harnessing 3D cameras and deep learning for on-the-fly automated body condition and mobility analysis to improve cattle welfare.

For more details and how to apply, visit the University of Bristol's website.