7th Pan Commonwealth Veterinary Conference of the Commonwealth Veterinary Association (PCVC7)


The Commonwealth Veterinary Association (CVA) was founded in 1967. Membership is open to national veterinary associations of Commonwealth member countries. Currently the CVA has 55 full members with each member association being represented on a Regional Council by a Councilor elected by the member association. Other non-Commonwealth countries are in the process of seeking associate membership. There are six regions representing Asia, Australasia/Oceania, Canada/Caribbean, East, Central and Southern Africa, West Africa and UK/Mediterranean.

This conference will provide many opportunities to learn, share and network with acclaimed veterinarians from all Commonwealth and non-Commonwealth countries of the world. The Conference is expected to attract more than 800 delegates. An ambitious Scientific Programme spread over 12 sessions and four full working days has been developed by the Scientific Committee. Eminent speakers from India and all over the world will share their knowledge and expertise.

  • Conference Chair: Dr. Peter Thornber, Australia
  • Organizing Chair: Dr. S. Abdul Rahman, India
  • Organizing Co-Chair Prof. S.Yathiraj, India
  •  Chairman Scientific Committee Dr. Raghavendra Bhatta, India
  •  Organizing Secretary Dr. Shrikrishna Isloor, India

Focus Areas

The main focus areas of the conference are:

  • Companion Animal Medicine
  • Climate Change
  • Integrative Veterinary Medicine
  • Animal Welfare and Ethics
  • Livestock & Poultry Health and Production
  • Veterinary Continuing Education
  • Control of Rabies One Health Initiative
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Women and Sustainable Livestock Production
  • Epidemiology & Public Health
  • Wild Life Medicine
  • Welfare of Working Equids


Important Dates

Manuscript submissions open: May 31, 2018
Manuscript submissions close: November 30, 2018
Intimation of paper acceptance: December 31, 2018
Early-bird registration deadline: December 31, 2018

For more information please visit conference website for details:  http://www.pcvc7conference2019.com

The OIE’s Online Rinderpest Challenge


Players were challenged by clinical scenarios to solve (as a veterinarian) in which clinical signs of rinderpest and other differential diagnoses were used to simulate the diseases online. Another set of scenarios, aimed at laboratory technicians, involved the correct processes to eliminate Rinderpest Virus Containing Materials (RVCM) from a laboratory. New scenarios were posted from time to time, accommodating different time zones around the world, and top players stayed up to try and catch all new scenarios before they were inactivated again. Scores were awarded based on correct clinical diagnoses and following correct laboratory protocol.

The top scoring countries were:



Points scored


South Africa






United States of America



Czech Republic











The individual winner was Muhammed Moola, a fourth-year veterinary student at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. For more information visit rinderpestvigilance.com or follow #rinderpestfree.

Leaders in Veterinary Education: Annett Annandale – Creative, Innovative, Collaborator


In combination with model development, Annett employs new technologies in the skills laboratory by developing apps for students to engage in their own clinical skills development, QR code links to videos for all procedures that can be practiced in the laboratory and other new research ideas using technology to enhance student learning.

Under her leadership the skills laboratory at the University of Pretoria grew tremendously over the past few years with the numbers of models and procedures that can be practiced doubling in 3 years and securing very significant uptake of skills training and assessment in the veterinary and veterinary nursing curriculum.

The skills laboratory now hosts 60 models, many of which have been developed by the on-site team, on which 150 procedures can be practiced by students. Highlights, amongst others, include an ovariohysterectomy model that is used in combination with a mobile app, and that has been validated to improve surgical outcomes in students; and a bull on which many different procedures can be practiced, from placing a stomach tube and taking a blood sample to performing a preputial scraping and palpating the reproductive organs.

Her current research focuses on training of trans-rectal palpation skills where she has already discovered and published important findings with the potential of completely renewing and significantly improving training of this important skill for veterinarians. Her research in this theme includes a focus on maintaining physical wellness of veterinarians who perform many rectal palpations, and training students in ways to protect themselves against injuries for a long and productive professional career.

Annett has become a familiar name as presenter of papers and posters at international veterinary education meetings such as VetEd and InVest and very successfully
organised the InVest Congress in South Africa in 2017 in collaboration with her colleague Elrien Scheepers. Annett still serves on the InVest organising committee.

Her vision for skills laboratory training within veterinary education is to enhance the combination of model training with technology while providing an engaging environment for students to foster hands-on and cognitive skills simultaneously, and her work clearly echoes this vision.

Annett has obtained many research and development grants for the skills laboratory and her project, “Development, validation and implementation of in-house manufactured veterinary models for innovative teaching of clinical skills,” was awarded the Bronze Winner for the Category Regional Award Africa at the renowned international Wharton QS Stars Reimagine Education Awards (Philadelphia, USA) in 2015.

Timeline Grant Application


  • November 2018:  Program Announcement
    • Announcement + Grant application form posted on the CIVME website and in the CIVME newsletter
  • January 30th, 2019 - late 11:00 am EST: Deadline submission
  • February 2019: Review application
    • Review of submitted proposals by CIVME-members
    • Each proposal reviewed by two members
    • Quality judgement based on predefined criteria / e.g. relevance, impact, fit with CIVME goals, feasibility, risk analysis
  • March 2019 AAVMC Meeting: Applicants notified of awards and announcement at meeting
    • Email from CIVME to applicants, and notification of awards on website and newsletter