Reuben Sharma, Executive Council - introducing his association
When was your association founded?
Where is your association based, how many members do you have & in how many countries?
Over 600 across the globe
Who are your members?
Veterinarians, parasitologists and others interested in the area
What is your mission & aim of the association?
The World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology (WAAVP) is a not-for-profit organization for scientists who study the parasites of non-human animals, encompassing helminthology, protozoology and entomology. The association is dedicated to encouraging research in veterinary parasitology and promoting the exchange of information and material amongst researchers, veterinary practitioners and animal health investigators.
The specific purposes of the Association are :
(i) to encourage research in veterinary parasitology and to promote exchange of information and material between individuals and organizations interested in this field
(ii) to organize scientific meetings on topics relevant to veterinary parasitology, including zoonoses
(iii) to cooperate with international organizations, such as WHO and FAO, in all matters concerning veterinary parasitology
(iv) to prepare and publish technical guidelines for important fields of veterinary parasitology, such as testing of antiparasitic drugs, diagnostic methods, etc.
What are the major challenges facing your association?
Staying on top of the game in a dynamic research, education and professional practice environment
What kind of events are organised by your association?
The WAAVP holds a biennial conference attracting attendees from around the globe. The conferences cover all aspects of veterinary parasitology. Other conference activities include award presentations, special symposia and workshops and discussions mixed with a good helping of fun!
What is the decision process behind the selection of a destination/venue?
International access, safety, suitability of the venue, organizing partner/local association, attractions
What does your association do in terms of legacy, do your meetings have a societal impact on the destination?
We often engage with local universities and research institutions, have student meetings and workshops, CSR activities with the local community, and promote the science and advancement of veterinary parasitology for the health and wellbeing of animals and humans.
Are you looking to forge collaborations with other associations? If so in what areas of expertise?We are open to collaboration with associations that share similar interest, especially in areas of research, education and exchange of information.
For more information on WAAVP please check their website: http://www.waavp.org