For a farming nation like New Zealand, vets are on the frontlines of keeping our livestock healthy and our economy humming.

That’s why MAS is proud to be a corporate sponsor of the 36th World Veterinary Association Congress, which kicked off on World Veterinarian Day (26 April) and runs through until mid-May.

This Congress was scheduled to be held in Auckland but the COVID-19 pandemic forced a major and rapid rethink of the format. Instead of running a traditional in-person conference, the World Veterinary Association (WVA) and the New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) developed an online event in partnership with The Webinar Vet.

The Congress runs for three weeks with a mixture of live webinars and pre-recorded seminars on offer for the delegates. Recordings of the events will then be made available to delegates for six months after the Congress closes.

During the Congress, more than 50 speakers will present on topics divided into thirteen streams, which range from aquaculture, to equine nursing, dairy cattle and companion animals. More than 700 veterinarians from around the world have registered for the Congress.

MAS’s General Manager for Marketing and Products, Mike Davy, said the Congress was one of the premier events for the global veterinarian community.

“MAS has had a close association with the veterinary community in New Zealand almost from our very inception and we know how important these conferences are to our veterinarian Members. To have had the hosting rights for the 2020 edition of the Congress was a massive coup for the NZVA and the pandemic couldn’t have come at a worse time for them.

“But if there’s a silver lining in all of this, it’s the innovative solution the NZVA and the WVA have come up with to make sure the Congress goes ahead. It’s a great response to a major challenge.

“MAS leapt at the chance to support this initiative. We’ve been doing a lot of work already thinking about what more we can do to support vets during this difficult time, and it’s great to be able to support their ongoing professional development, as well as providing them with great insurance, investments and ongoing health and wellbeing support.”

For more information on the World Veterinary Association Congress 2020, visit https://wvac2020.thewebinarvet.com/.


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