Dutch veterinarian Dr Jolle Kirpensteijn has been awarded the World Small Animal Veterinary Association President’s Award in recognition of his service to the association.
A past president of the WSAVA and long-standing advocate of its work, Dr Kirpensteijn received the award from current president Dr Walt Ingwersen during the WSAVA’s annual assembly meeting last week, prior to WSAVA World Congress 2017.
During his presidency between 2010 and 2012 and for a brief period in 2013, Dr Kirpensteijn worked to enhance the effectiveness of the WSAVA’s operations. He focused particularly on strengthening continuing education initiatives, improving communications and helping create a clear strategy to ensure the WSAVA became a truly global community.
Dr Kirpensteijn is currently working as chief PR officer in the Global Professional and Veterinary Affairs team for Hill’s Pet Nutrition.
“During his time as president, Jolle transformed the WSAVA, moving it rapidly along the path towards professionalisation and financial self-sufficiency,” Dr Ingwersen said of his colleague.
“Many of the initiatives he introduced enabled us to accelerate the pace at which we were building our global veterinary community and providing tools and resources to enable them to carry out their work more effectively.
“During his long service, Jolle was a friend and mentor to many, including me,” he added. “Simply put, the WSAVA would not be where it is today without his vision and leadership.”
In accepting the award, Dr Kirpensteijn said, “The WSAVA is a fantastic association, and it has been my honour to help it support and champion animal veterinarians around the world. I am honoured to receive this award and look forward to continuing my long and happy association with the WSAVA through my role at Hill’s.”