The Ruminants Track will also host the annual Ruminant Veterinary Association of South Africa (RuVASA) Congress.
The Ruminant Tracks will be convened under the theme “Opportunities for ruminant veterinary practitioners”
Globally with a growing population who will be demanding more high-quality and wholesome protein the challenge is to produce this in a sustainable manner in the face of constrained natural resources such as limited arable land and fresh water.
In this context it highlights our dependence on healthy animals and accentuating the even greater and more critical role of the food producing or more specific the ruminant veterinarian helping farm animal producers improve productivity for high-quality, safe, and sustainable food supply in the medium to long term.
As ruminant veterinarians we need to embrace this challenge. As part of the 39th World Veterinary Association from 16 to 19 April 2024 there will be specific focused presentations addressing issues specific to ruminant veterinarians.
Under the overall theme of the conference: Resilience in the face of adversity – the ruminant scientific program committee (SPC) is inviting national and international speakers as a first step to submit their abstracts to address Opportunities for Ruminant veterinary practitioners in the short, medium or long term in support of our endeavour as ruminant veterinarians not only to improve our offering to our customers but also to support producers to improve their productivity and to produce food more sustainable especially in the context of One Health.
The following framework may provide more clarity on which topics we want to focus on and what we would like to achieve with the discussions at the ruminant conference as part of the larger WVA conference.
Five focus areas (indicated in green in the table below) with proposed focus areas and topics have been identified. You are invited to submit abstracts aligned to the focus areas or the proposed topics for any ruminant. You are welcome to submit any other topics preferably aligned to the overall theme and sub-theme of the conference as well as one or more of the focus areas.
Focus area #1 – Expanding our access to technology
|Technology: Opening doors to new markets|
|An integrated approach to care – Evidence based Herd Health|
Focus Area #2 – How to become more knowledgeable in the face of adversity
|The global impact of ruminants|
|Antimicrobial resistance – The next pandemic|
Focus Area #3 – Increased expertise to make us more resilient (to differentiate ourselves)
|Erosive or emerging diseases – new developments|
Focus Area #4 – Are we as veterinarians ready for the age of digitalisation
Monitoring health and productivity in a digitalised world
How we as veterinarians can use the developments in digitalisation to our advantage
Focus Area #5 – Can we as ruminant veterinarians remain resilient and transform our industry and our businesses
Primary Animal Health care (PAHC)
A global phenomenon – a shortage of ruminant veterinarians
Public Private partnerships (PPP’s)