The Beginning of FAVA
The idea of forming a regional organization whose membership will be composed of the different professional veterinary associations of Asia was started by the officers of the Philippine Veterinary Association in December,1974 led by its President, Dr.Teodulo M. Topacio, Jr.
During, the Annual Convention (Congress) of the Philippine Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA), held in February 20-21, 1976. The presidents of the interested associations were invited to attend on February 18, 1976, the officers of the PVMA led by Dr.Topacio, met with Dr. Katsuji Sugimura, of the National institute of Animal Health and in charge of foreign affairs of the Japan Veterinary Medical Association (JVMA)
Since its founding, FAVA has held the FAVA Congress every two years, hosted by the respective country Veterinary Association, The Executive Council of FAVA meets every year and likewise is hosted by the respective country Veterinary Association,
During this meeting it was agreed that the veterinary associations of Asia should be organized into one federation. A Declaration of Purpose embodying the objectives and the reasons for the establishment of such a federationwas drafted and finalized. The constitution and by-laws was also drafted. It was agreed that these documents will be presented to all the interested Asian Veterinary Associations for comments and suggestions. Then it should be finalized in a meeting of all the concerned representatives of the veterinary associations. It was also agreed that the name of the federation will be called: “The Federation of Asian Veterinary Associations (FAVA)”. The formal organization and first congress will be held in Manila when the concerned associations are ready to discuss the constitution and by-laws for final approval.
In February, 1977, a new set of officers of the PVMA were elected for the year 1977-78. It was led by Dr. Rodolfo S. Peneyra as the new President. The officers believed that the formal organization of the Federation of Asian Veterinary Associations (FAVA) was now ready. It was decided that the 1st FAVA Congress should be held sometime in February, 1978. The 1st FAVA Congress and the 1st Executive Council of Representatives was finally held in Manila on February 21-23, 1978, at the Philippine International Convention Center.
There were 6 country veterinary associations that sent their representatives to the 1st Congress and were therefore considered Charter Members. These were (in alphabetical order):
1. Chinese Society of Veterinary Science (Taiwan)
2. Indonesian Veterinary Association
3. Japan Veterinary Medical Association
4. Korean Veterinary Medical Association
5. Association of Veterinary Surgeons of Malaysia (Now called: Veterinary Association of Malaysia)
6. Philippines Veterinary Medical Association
As a regional organization, FAVA can be considered as having accomplished its objective of fostering closer relationships and understanding among the veterinarians of Asia which were non-existent before 1978. This therefore can be considered as its most significant achievement. Furthermore to show that Asian veterinary associations have additional country veterinary associations of the region joined FAVA. These are:
1. Australia – Australian Veterinary Association
2. Bangladesh – Bangladesh Veterinary Association
3. India – Indian Veterinary Association
4. New Zealand – New Zealand Veterinary Association
5. Pakistan – Pakistan Veterinary Medical Association
6. Singapore – Singapore Veterinary Association
7. Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka Veterinary Association
8. Thailand – Thai Veterinary Medical Association under The Royal Patronage
A significant event in the history of FAVA was when Australia and New Zealand veterinary associations joined the Federation. Although, Australia and New Zealand veterinarians are non-Asians, they realized that geographically, professionally and commercially, they are inexorably linked to Asia. Hence the Australia and New Zealand Veterinary Associations opted to join FAVA.
Through FAVA, Asian veterinarians including those from Australia and New Zealand began to know the research and educational activities of all the member country associations.
FAVA will be recognized by the public as a unified professional association serving the veterinary needs of the region.
Our mission is to enhance the quality of life of the people in the region through responsible animal care and welfare by unified professional association.
1. We will coordinate and facilitate technical assistance for FAVA member associations.
2. We will establish mutually beneficial relationship with local and international agro-veterinary industries.
3. FAVA will encourage veterinarians to provide and educate the public on quality veterinary services.
4. We will organizer congresses, publish information and arrange training.
5. We will facilitate improvement of veterinary education (under graduate and post graduate levels) region.
The Accomplishments of FAVA
In the 30 years of its existence, what has FAVA accomplished? The following are considered FAVA’S achievements:
1. Organizing the country veterinary associations of the Asian and Oceanian regions into one regional organization: the Federation of Asian Veterinary Association association members, namely:
1 . Afghanistan Afghanistan Veterinary Association (AfVA)
2 . Australia Australian Veterinary Associations (AVA)
3. Bangladesh Bangladesh Veterinary Association (BVA)
4. Hong Kong Hong Kong Veterinary Association (HKVA)
5. India Indian Veterinary Associations (InVA)
6. Indonesia Indonesia Veterinary Medical Associations (IVA)
7. Japan Japan Veterinary Medical Association (JVMA)
8. Korean Korean Veterinary Medical Association (KVMA)
9. Malaysia Veterinary Associations of Malaysia (VAM)
10. Mongolia Mongolian Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA)
11. Myanmar Myanmar Veterinary Association (MVA)
12. Nepal Nepal Veterinary Association (NVA)
13. New Zealand New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA)
14. Pakistan Federation of Veterinary Associations of Pakistan (FVAP)
15. Philippines Philippines Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA)
16. Singapore Singapore Veterinary Association (SVA)
17. Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Veterinary Association (SrVA)
18. Taiwan Taiwan Veterinary Medical Association (TwVMA)
19. Thailand Thailand Veterinary Medical Association under the Royal Patronage (TVMA)
20. Vietnam Vietnam Veterinary Association (VVA)
Before FAVA was organized there was no formal or informal Communication between the veterinarians in the Asian and Oceanian region. More often the communication was directed to the Western counterparts. With FAVA, linkages between the veterinarians of the region and their associations were established for the first time.
2. With FAVA these linkages were continued during the yearly meeting of the Council of Representatives and the Congresses every other year. The venues were rotated among the country members association which acted as the host. Matters of policy and relevant issues to FAVA were discussed during all the Council meeting. At the Congresses there exchanges of information, e.g. scientific etc.
3. Contacts were established between country Veterinary Associations and during the congresses, there were individual contacts, there were exchange of scientific information peculiar to the region, exchange of information on the status of the veterinary professions in the respective countries and exchange of information regarding veterinary education.
4. Some activities of FAVA were funded by the Federation funds, e.g. publication of ASIAN UPDATE, Secretariat operations, stationeries, communications and limited traveling exceptive countries and exchange of information regarding veterinary education.
5. Publication of ASIAN UPDATE the news bulletin of FAVA, which was started by Dr.Grehory Ross of AVA and was continued by Dr.A. Ramzee of FAVA
6. The FAVA Solidarities were proposed by the Indonesian Veterinary Association during the 6th FAVA Congress and was approved by FAVA. The Solidarities approved during the 11th FAVA Board Meeting in 1988, at Bali, Indonesia are as follows:
1st – Solidarity of Ethics
2nd – Solidarity of the Profession
3rd – Solidarity of Science and Education
4th – Solidarity of Research and Development
5th – Solidarity of National Development
The aforementioned Solidarities give credence and support to the Declaration of Purpose listed in the Charter of FAVA. when it was founded in 1978.
7. Institution the veterinary education dialogue between the country association members. The initial objective is for the members to become acquainted with the system of veterinary education in their respective countries.
8. Institution of veterinary training exchange programs. This is one of the solid accomplishments of FAVA. Started by JVMA during the incumbency of Dr. F. Sugiyama as FAVA President and JVMA President, a total of 46 veterinarians from the countries have been trained under this program: Bangladesh, China (PROC), India, Indonesia, Korea, trainees are funded by JVMA and the Japan Racing Association.