RSG Interviews @ Ruminant Veterinary Association of SA Congress
(Ruvasa, a group of the SAVA)
RSG Landbou Radio, Veeplaas and Landbouweekblad provided media coverage of the RuVASA 2017 congress recently held in Gauteng. Don’t miss the RSG interviews with Stephen Huges, chairman of RuVASA, Maryke Henton from Vetdiagnostix and Ariena Shepard, private veterinarian from Bergville, which will be aired on Monday, 12 June at 4:30 on RSG Landbou. You can also listen to it on www.rsg.co.za and www.agriorbit.com – click on “Broadcast”
RuVASA 2017 congress was held at Misty Hills Country Hotel, Gauteng from 31st May to 2ndJune. The congress serves to provide RuVASA members with quality continuing professional development and promote collaboration between veterinarians, industry and producer organisations. This year a record number of delegates attended the congress to listen to lectures, interact with colleagues from practice and industry, win prizes, dress up for a medieval dinner and generally have a whopping good time.
The theme of the congress was antibiotic stewardship and working towards safeguarding these products for future generations. Antibiotic resistance is a formidable public health threat and veterinarians are part of the solution. Veterinarians are being challenged to play the dominant role in antibiotic stewardship due to their expertise in both animal and public health. The goal is to protect human health, animal health and environmental health by promoting the proper stewardship and judicious use of antibiotics in food producing animals.
Other topics presented were holistic parasite control, veterinary consulting, diagnostics and financial management.
RuVASA welcomed international speakers, Professors Mike Apley and John Fetrow from America and Professor JaapWagenaar and Dr David Speksnijder from the Netherlands. Local speakers also gave of their time and expertise to provide a thought-provoking three days.
To mention but a few; Dr Mpho Maja from DAFF, Mr Simon Brown from Finweek, Mr Mike Brown etfSA, Dr Adian Brink co-chair of SAASP, Mr Oosthuizen from UNISA, Dr Clive Marwick from the SAVC, Dr Chisi from the South African Veterinary laboratory Scientific Forum, Mr Kenneth Moloisane (chairperson SAAHTA) and Dr Roland Larson – winner of this year’s Ricky Wilson award for life-long service of excellence to stock producers and dedication to the veterinary profession.
Donations collected by RuVASA for the Drought Disaster Fund was handed over to Mr Christo van der Rheede of AgriSA. The significant fund raising event managed to collect R 86 650.00.
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