‘Time and tide waits for no man’, as the saying goes, seems so true in my case. I have been wanting to write the President’s Column for some time now but somehow seem to have missed the time frame. I must apologize for the delay in this posting and to keep us updated. Since the last posting much has been done.
During the month of November VAM President was invited for the UPM Faculty Perubatan Veterinar Graduation and Prize giving ceremony. VAM Prize (Ruminant) went to Dr.Lee Yee Cheng; Preclinical VAM Prize went to Dr.Lee Wen Hai and VAM Pathology Prize was awarded to Dr.Foong Jia Ning. All received certificates and books worth RM 500/- each sponsored by the Association.
An ongoing seminar organized by MyCeb (Tourism Malaysia) to help associations and organizations better manage and promote events was held during the month and was attended by me. The seminar MyCeb 5th Association Dialogue at KLCC was to introduce the concept of outsourcing association management. Professional management companies are now willing to take up the management and running of associations and preparing them for the annual general meetings plus helping in maintaining membership growth and tracking of issues to be tackled. All for a fee of course. They will assist in the executive secretarial functions. I was also toying with the idea of engaging one such company to manage our secretarial work. This would probably the way to go in the future. VAM has been running without a secretariat and an office with dedicated full time staff. We have been discussing the need at our meetings and some members of the executive committee have been tasked to find a suitable premise to establish our office. In the meantime we are on the lookout for an executive secretary to manage our meetings.
For those who had missed out on CPD points for the renewal of Annual Practicing Certificate, we had organized the GST (Goods and Services Tax) Seminar. This was jointly organized by MAHNIA and supported by the Ministry of Finance and Customs and Excise Department. The response was overwhelming and successful. It was well attended as it was informative to the participants. I take this opportunity to thank the Ministry of Finance, Customs and Excise Department, VAM Exco and MAHNIA members who made this possible and at no cost.
Towards the end of the month I had the privilege of attending my eldest son’s “Call to the Bar” at Middle Temple London. It was wonderful witnessing a ceremony so steeped in tradition held in a historic hall and campus. I had to cut short my London trip and after a short stopover in Dubai to visit some friends, straight to Hanoi, Vietnam for the OIE ( World Organization for Animal Health ) regional workshop. This workshop was to identify the role and synergy of national veterinary statutory bodies, veterinary services, veterinary educational institutions and veterinary national associations. While there I had the opportunity to promote the PCVC6 & 26th VAM Conference to those present.
Many of us are aware that we had an issue with the National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau (NPCB) or (BPFK) Ministry of Health. They had issued a dateline for registration and licensing of drugs and medicines which would have ended on 31 December 2014. This meant that after the 31 December many companies that have been importing essential medicines and drugs for the practice of veterinary medicine would have no drugs for us to treat our ‘patients’. Ongoing talks with MAHNIA were not successful and subsequently VAM was approached to help in resolving this stalemate. A large group of representatives from all stakeholders was put together and representation made to NPCB. We managed a 6 month extension of the dateline and the establishment of a Technical Working Group to study and make recommendations to NPCB in the interim. Headed by VAM exco sub-committee, this TWG will work along with NPCB and help make recommendations to resolve the issue of Veterinary Drug registration and licensing. Hopefully by the end of the 6 months period we would be able to make some breakthrough in this area that is affecting both the Small and Large Animal Practitioners and Food Animal Production Industry. Our next targeted meeting would be with the Department of Veterinary Services to explain the plight of the Industry. We will be requesting the good offices of the Director General of the DVS to intervene where possible to help resolve our plight. We have had good dialogue sessions with DVS and very positive action and cooperation from them. Hopefully, in the future we will be able to determine the usage of our own veterinary pharmacopeia.
As we try to work through all this, I call on members to support the activities of the Association. Our important event for this term is the upcoming 6th Pan Commonwealth Veterinary Association Conference and our own 27th VAM Congress 2015. We are making attempts to invite the Honourable Prime Minister of Malaysia and the Minister of Agriculture for this event. This event requires tremendous support and cooperation from all members. With the presence of CVA delegates and other dignitaries in the veterinary world, we will have the opportunity to meet and engage with some of the world leaders in the profession / industry. Many decisions made during this conference here will influence future policies pertaining to our profession. Let us show case our nation Malaysia and the Veterinary profession here in our country.
We will be reaching you with more information and updates from time to time with the intention of exciting you to participate in this “never to be missed” conference. As I am writing and editing this message, we are very close to the conference and I hope that all VAM members have registered for the conference. 60 CPD points for this one, and you can carry forward for next year.
The Executive Committee and I wish all of you a Happy New Year 2015. Also a Special Happy Chinese New Year – “Xin Nian Kuai Le” Hope I got that right.
More updates in the coming weeks, more important developments coming up. So tell your fellow vets to visit our website: vam.org.my
God Bless and take care.
(Content written and provided by Dr. Paul)