Thoughts from the President

It is hard to believe that the first third of 2016 is over and I thought it was a good time to reflect on some CVA issues of broad interest.

We were all sorry to hear of the terrible Tropical Cyclone Winston that slammed into Fiji in February this year. We have continued to monitor recovery efforts through our CVA Past President, Robin Yarrow who lives in the Fiji capital, Suva. It will take a long time for the outer islands to rebuild their lives and lost livestock and livelihoods.

We have had some good feedback and ‘likes’ on the CVA Facebook site , our new CVA website and regular e-newsletters. On behalf of you all, I would like to thank Jeff Cave, our Communications Officer for his dedication and talent in delivering our CVA Communication strategy. If we are not visible, we are not relevant.

The Executive has been working on the perennial problem of how to get stories and news from our Councillors for our newsletters and website. We are finalising a set of standard questions to ask each Councillor and Regional Representative and will draw up a schedule to approach you all and profile you in our monthly newsletters.

Our Treasurer, Deborah Kirton, has sent invoices to each CVA Councillor for the annual CVA Membership subscription. I urge all Councillors to help progress payment from your national veterinary associations as soon as possible. This is a key responsibility of the councillor role. Subscription payments can now be made using the secure paypal facility on the CVA website.

This newsletter will continue to promote relevant news and information. We continue to have a strong commitment to continuing professional development, working in partnership with national veterinary associations and our CVA partners. I look forward to your continuing input and my best wishes to you, your families and staff.

Peter Thornber
President, Commonwealth Veterinary Association