Dr. Paul Chelliah - VAM President

President’s Speech – 28th VAM Congress 2016 Kuching Sarawak Malaysia.

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Kuching, Sarawak for the 28th Veterinary Association Malaysia AGM and Congress 2016.This year the Annual General Meeting and Scientific Congress is happening together at the Waterfront Hotel in Kuching, Sarawak over a weekend and I hope that members will have an enjoyable weekend. It is the first time the Association is holding its annual meeting here in Sarawak and I am truly enthralled by this ‘cat city’ and I hope it will be the same for you all when you are here. Please take time to enjoy what the city can offer.

The Veterinary Association Malaysia is truly grateful to YB DATUK AMAR DOUGLAS UGGAH EMBAS, DEPUTY CHIEF MINISTER, MINISTER OF MODERNISATION OF AGRICULTURE & RURAL ECONOMY OF SARAWAK for gracing the occasion and also officiating this Congress on behalf of YAB DATUK PATINGGI TAN SRI (DR) HAJI ADENAN BIN HAJI SATEM, CHIEF MINISTER OF SARAWAK.

Kuching was selected as the host city of the 28 VAM Congress for a few reasons. An understanding was arrived at by which the Sarawak Convention Bureau sponsored the Sarawak Cultural Show during the 6th Pan Commonwealth Veterinary Association Conference that we hosted last year in Kuala Lumpur. Another reason was to work with the Sarawak Veterinary Association in bringing together the fraternity and raising funds. The third reason was to give our colleagues in Sabah and Sarawak a Congress closer to home. Finally, for our members, a post-Congress ‘Sarawakian’ holiday.

This Congress is special as it is co-organized by the Sarawak Veterinary Association and VAM. The organizing committees of both associations have worked hard to bring you a very affordable Congress. The venue is a brand new 5-star signature hotel right in the ‘happening’ part of Kuching.

The Congress bags are very special as they are made by the people of the Penan tribe and the proceeds from the purchase of these bags will go towards their wellbeing and the development of the Penan womenfolk. This is a CSR project brought together with this Congress to make it more meaningful for the participants.

In this Congress we are focusing on three main streams of the profession, namely animal production, wildlife conservation and companion animal medicine, with an overview of animal welfare. The Congress aims to be as holistic as possible in providing a larger picture of the veterinary profession, hence the Congress’s theme: “Veterinary Services and Practice – Meeting the Challenges and Standards.”

We are thankful to the OIE (World Animal Health Organization) for its officers who will be presenting to us the OIE standards on animal welfare and the challenges we face in this fast-globalizing world. There will also be a satellite session on neurology for the companion animal vets.

VAM wishes to congratulate the working committee here in Kuching for putting together such an exciting Congress. My special gratitude goes to Dr. Brendon Chuo Hock Tieng, the President of the Sarawak Veterinary Association, and his team for coming alongside VAM to co-organize this event. VAM also places on record its appreciation and gratitude to Dr. Nadzariah Cheng, the Chairperson of the Scientific Committee of the 28th VAM Congress.

VAM is grateful to all presenters, both oral and by posters, for your invaluable scientific contribution to the Profession.

We wish to express our sincere gratitude to all generous sponsors for your support and contributions both of finance and in kind.

The State Government of Sarawak for hosting the gala dinner.

Co organizers – the Sarawak Veterinary Association members for working together with VAM.

The Veterinary Authority of Sarawak and the Ministry of Agriculture, Sarawak for support and help in so many ways.

The Penan Women Project Organization for giving us the privilege of being involved in their project.

Special thanks to The Executive Committee of VAM and the Congress Organizing Committee for their invaluable contributions.

The Waterfront Hotel Kuching, Sarawak for their cooperation in organizing the Congress.

Our appreciation to the Sarawak Convention Bureau for assistance, support and encouragement in organizing this event in Kuching.

Finally to all participants who have made this a memorable Congress – thank you so much.

Dr. Paul Chelliah Suppiah

President

Veterinary Association Malaysia 2014/2016