The World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s Animal Wellness and Welfare Committee (AWWC) is developing a set of WSAVA Global Guidelines that will assist veterinarians in providing optimal companion animal welfare.
The new guidelines, to be launched at the WSAVA World Congress in Singapore in 2018, will provide comprehensive and pragmatic advice on all aspects of welfare in the clinical setting, both from a veterinary and an owner perspective.
The WSAVA already offers Global Guidelines in key areas of veterinary practice including vaccination, nutrition and pain management.
“Animal welfare involves more than ensuring the animal’s physical health. Veterinarians act as the pet’s advocate—as the animal’s voice in the consultation room—and we have the responsibility and the opportunity to help owners care for their pets in a way that optimises their welfare and quality of life,” said Dr Shane Ryan, co-chair of the AWWC.
“Animal welfare science is a new and rapidly developing discipline and, as a result, many veterinarians may not be completely up-to-date with contemporary animal welfare concepts. Current and scientifically-supported information is necessary to enable them to maintain the highest welfare standards and to be able to answer questions confidently, both from their clients and the public.”
Dr Ryan continued: “We hope the Global Guidelines will enable veterinarians, wherever they are practising, to demonstrate leadership in animal welfare to an increasingly knowledgeable pet-owning public, which expects the highest standards of care for its animals.”