The Federation of Asian Small Animal Veterinary Associations (FASAVA) came about as the result of a core group of Asia-Pacific veterinarians coming to the realisation that throughout the Asia-pacific region the level of veterinary care animal welfare was falling short of the rising importance of small animal as part of the family throughout the region. It was felt that an international group centred in Asia-Pacific would further satisfy their regional specific needs.

With the rapidly increasing wealth of many asian countries, dogs and cats and indeed many companion animals were becoming increasingly important in society.

Throughout the Asia-Pacific region there is quite a variation in the education and standards of veterinary medicine and surgery. The availability of further continuing education was not being met by providers and so the Federation of Asian Small Animal Veterinary Associations was formed to try to improve this situation.

The core aim of the Federation of Asian Small Animal Veterinary Associations is to improve the overall standard of veterinary medicine and surgery throughout the region. The FASAVA do this via the provision of an annual major congress hosted somewhere in the Asia-pacific region and importantly by the provision of smaller local 1-2 day seminars and workshops.

Since our first meeting in Sydney in 2007, the Federation of Asian Small Animal Veterinary Associations was officially inaugurated in 2007 and has hosted the inaugural FASAVA Bangkok Congress in 2009, the combined WSAVA/ FASAVA in South Korea in 2011 and Auckland in 2013, FASAVA Beijing in 2014, FASAVA Taiwan in 2015 and FASAVA Malaysia in 2016. We have held 2 day seminars in Sri Lanka, India, and Malaysia and aim to continue to provide 2, 1-2 day mini FASAVA sponsored conferences each year.

Asian veterinary associations do not share a common language, but share a common geographical region in which small animal veterinary medicine is a relatively new and rapidly growing area of interest. FASAVA was designed to be an association of associations in a similar manner to WSAVA.

Welcome letter from Dr Louis Lu, President of FASAVA