International program connects AVMA members with African clinics

Published on January 30, 2020
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The AVMA-AFSCAN Twinning Program is a new and unique opportunity for AVMA members. Until April 1, clinics run by AVMA members can apply to be paired with African veterinary clinics to foster shared learning and growth.

The clinic-to-clinic initiative is a pilot program offered by the AVMA with the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Foundation through its African Small Companion Animal Network (AFSCAN) program. If selected, interested AVMA members and their clinics will be connected with small companion animal clinics in AFSCAN member countries. Participants will communicate regularly, discuss cases with each other, and even conduct virtual clinical rounds together.

Participants on both continents also will become part of a community of learning connecting all paired practices and practitioners. The larger group’s activities could include virtual grand rounds and in-person meetings.

Overall, the program’s goals include creating sustained relationships, enhancing animal health and welfare, and promoting One Health concepts.

How can you apply?

This opportunity is available to a limited number of AVMA members’ clinics and clinics in AFSCAN member countries. Participating clinics must be predominantly or exclusively focused on small companion animals, and U.S. clinics must identify an AVMA member as the primary veterinarian connected with the project.

If you’re interested in participating in this pilot program, you can complete and submit this application form after reviewing the program requirements and expectations. Applications must be received by midnight Central Time on April 1, 2020.

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