Greetings WCASV members
Our annual convention is fast approaching and I am looking forward to seeing many of you again. As usual, our planning committee has done an excellent job of pulling together an interesting agenda that will concurrently educate us and challenge paradigms with hard conversations.
Your executive has been actively engaged in industry issues during 2018. We continue to have a representative on the CWSHIN board. This year, with the retirement of Dr. Chris Byra, this responsibility included participating in the search and hiring committee. Dr. Kurt Preugschas graciously volunteered his time and is very pleased with the hire of Dr. Jette Christiansen. Dr. Christiansen plans to attend our conference this year and will be introduced at our AGM. I hope members take this opportunity to get to know her and to learn about her vision for CWSHIN.
As most will have heard, 2018 was a challenging year for the WCVM with the announcement that Alberta government funding would be ending. The WCASV engaged on this issue by writing letters to ministers in the Alberta government and official opposition. We also engaged with Dean Freeman at the WCVM and are using this issue as a focus point to build a stronger relationship between our organization and the college.
Despite these challenges, a very positive development at WCVM this year was the announcement to hire a new swine medicine faculty position at the WCVM. Industry was included in this process; and I had the opportunity to represent the WCASV. I was very pleased with the emphasis placed on outreach, extension and industry engagement by the search committee.
We will provide a full update at the AGM. I wish you all a safe and productive fall season and safe travels to Saskatoon!
Dr. Leigh Rosengren, WCASV President
October 23, 2019
The Annual 2019 Conference, Delta Bessborough Hotel - William Pascoe Meeting Room
October 24 - 25, 2019
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