January 15, 2014


 AVMA to help members travel to Havana

Posted Dec. 30, 2013

The AVMA plans to provide information and planning help for veterinarians who want to attend the 2014 Pan-American Congress of Veterinary Sciences meeting in Cuba.  

AVMA staff members plan to give nonmonetary aid to members who need help obtaining travel documentation and arranging charter flights and accommodations in Havana for the October meeting. The AVMA Executive Board voted in November 2013 in favor of providing the service, which was recommended by the AVMA Committee on International Veterinary Affairs.

The AVMA is a member of the Pan-American Association of Veterinary Sciences, which is among the organizations sponsoring the congress. Dr. Beth Sabin, associate director for international and diversity initiatives, said the AVMA wants to make sure its members know about the congress, which offers an opportunity to attend continuing education sessions and meet colleagues from throughout the Americas.

The committee indicated in its recommendation to the board that the AVMA could start providing information and other services for members who want to participate in various international meetings, and the meeting in Havana could serve as a good trial for such a service, considering the restrictions on U.S. citizens’ travel to Cuba.

Information from the Department of the Treasury indicates U.S. citizens can apply for licenses to travel to Cuba to attend professional meetings or conferences organized by international professional organizations based outside the U.S.

Information on the Pan-American congress is available here. The AVMA had not yet produced additional resources on the event by press time, but questions can be sent to Dr. Sabin at esabin@avma.org