The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) has announced it will be taking its World Congress to China in 2024.

The three-day event will be held at the Suzhou International Expo Centre in Suzhou on 3-5 September, 2024. It marks the first time the event will be held in China.

Dr Ellen van Nierop, President of WSAVA, said they are looking forward to brining the WSAVA World Congress to this exciting and evolving veterinary market.

“With more than 200 million pets living in Chinese households and more than 22,000 companion animal veterinary clinics already established, the need for highly trained companion animal veterinary professionals is only likely to grow.”

The event will be organised and hosted jointly by two of the WSAVA’s member associations in the country – the Beijing Small Animal Veterinary Association (BJSAVA) and the Shanghai Small Animal Veterinary Association (SHSAVA).

Dr Louis Liu, President of BJSAVA, said that WSAVA 2024 is the “Olympic Games” of the veterinary world in the eyes of veterinary professionals in China, so hosting it is an honour and a privilege.

“We are looking forward to meeting our colleagues from around the world, to learn from them, to share our knowledge with them and to introduce them to China’s vibrant culture.”

Dr Torren Stone, Vice President of BJSAVA and representative to the WSAVA General Assembly, also welcomed the opportunity.

“As a long-term WSAVA member representative, I regard the opportunity to host WSAVA World Congress in China as a fantastic opportunity to fully integrate Chinese veterinary professionals into the WSAVA’s global veterinary community and to raise standards of veterinary care for companion animals across China.”

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