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Davies Internal Medicine Specialist Joins WSAVA Vaccination Guidelines Group

7 months ago

2nd October, 2020 10h51

Davies Veterinary Specialists

Davies Veterinary Specialists is proud to announce that its internal medicine team member Nat Whitley has joined the WSAVA’s Vaccination Guidelines Group (VGG).

Nat, an RCVS and EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine, had his application accepted earlier this month and joins a team of internationally renowned specialists within the Group. The VGG provides evidence-based scientific advice to the global veterinary profession regarding optimum vaccination practice for dogs and cats.  As part of its work to promote best practice, it has produced:

·       Three editions of the WSAVA Global Guidelines on Vaccination for Veterinarians

·       Two editions of the WSAVA Vaccination Guidelines for Pet Owners and Breeders

·       Regional Guidelines for veterinarians in Asia and Latin America.

The VGG is chaired by Dr Richard Squires, Associate Professor in Companion Animal Medicine, James Cook University, North Queensland, Australia.

Nat Whitley joined Davies Veterinary Specialists in 2005 as an internal medicine and cardiology clinician, becoming a Director in 2007, Head of Medicine in 2010 and Clinical Director in 2018. Nat was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for Meritorious Contributions to Clinical Practice (MCCP) in 2017. He has served on a number of committees for ECVIM and BSAVA and has provided extensive continuing education for the profession in the field of internal medicine, especially immunology. He has authored and edited numerous scientific journal articles and contributed to the recent ACVIM consensus statement on the treatment of immune-mediated haemolytic anaemia in dogs.

He said: “I feel honoured to have been accepted as a member of this highly respected team, which the late Emeritus Professor Michael Day led with such distinction. I have referenced the WSAVA Vaccination guidelines for many years in my CPD talks and webinars and now look forward to working with Dr Richard Squires and my fellow members to develop and share worldwide the latest evidence-based knowledge on vaccination.”

Dr Richard Squires said: “VGG Guidelines are transforming vaccination practice globally and, in so doing, supporting the welfare of millions of companion animals around the world. Having recently published our Regional Guidelines for Latin America, we are currently working on the development of a suite of online CE modules on the principles of immunology and vaccination best practice. We are also preparing to carry out a full review of the VGG’s Global Guidelines.  We are delighted to welcome Nat to the team and look forward to working with him.”

MSD Animal Health has been a committed sponsor of the VGG since its inception in 2006.

The WSAVA represents more than 200,000 veterinarians worldwide through its 113 member associations.  Its core activities include the development of WSAVA Global Guidelines in key areas of veterinary practice, such as pain management, nutrition and vaccination, and the provision of continuing education.  

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