Welcome to

The 39th World Veterinary Association Congress (WVAC2024)

16-19 April 2024
Cape Town, South Africa

Welcome to the WVA Congress 2024

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

On behalf of the South African Veterinary Association, the World Veterinary Association and the global veterinary community, I’m delighted to invite you to the 39th World Veterinary Association Congress (WVAC2024) that will take place in Cape Town, South Africa from 16 to 19 April 2024. The award-winning Cape Town International Convention Center will host local and international delegates at the backdrop of the iconic Table mountain.

I hope that you will take this opportunity to fulfil your continuing education needs in veterinary science, meet colleagues from all over the world, and visit the wonderful city of Cape Town.

The WVAC2024 will provide a unique and informative experience for veterinarians across all disciplines of the profession to come together to explore the challenges that veterinarians face not only regarding the health and welfare of animals, but also our environment.

The congress will host leading speakers from around the world to present and discuss the latest knowledge and innovations in veterinary medicine, demonstrating the value of the profession for the public good in our rapidly changing world. 

It is time that you plan to be in Cape Town, the Mother City, to experience extraordinary, meet with friends and colleagues, and where we will celebrate the veterinary profession, expand our knowledge and enjoy the magic of the region.

The organizing committee of WVAC 2024 promises you that this will be an event to remember, and we cordially invite you to attend – you will not regret it.

May this be a very successful and enjoyable congress and may your time with us be enthralled with Mzansi* magic.
(*Mzansi is a colloquial name for South Africa and is derived from the Xhosa word umzantsi meaning “south”.)

Dr Paul van der Merwe
SAVA President
WVAC2024 Local Organising Committee Chairperson

About WVAC2024

World Veterinary Association Congress

The 39th World Veterinary Association Congress will be held from 16 to 19 April 2024 in Cape Town South Africa.

The World Veterinary Association Congress (WVAC) aims to bring together veterinarians from all over the world to exchange experiences and knowledge in the fields of veterinary medicine. The most important themes of the 38th Congress of the World Veterinary Association are clinical veterinary therapy, public veterinary health, animal care, as well as technologies and innovations. 

The Congress is an opportunity to introduce the community and students in South Africa to veterinary medicine and its importance. The Congress will include specialized educational workshops and lectures over the three days, with the attendance of lecturers from all over the world. Besides this, there will be an accompanying exhibition for veterinary companies, scientific universities, and government agencies. In the field of specialization, they meet together under one roof in the heart of Cape Town.

Programme Highlights

  • One Health
  • Small Animals
  • Avian and Exotic
  • Equines
  • Wildlife
  • Complementary veterinary medicine
  • Epidemiology
  • Community veterinary science

Who Should Attend?

  • Animal Welfare
  • Veterinary Nursing
  • Veterinary Technologists
  • Veterinary History
  • State veterinary medicine/disease control
  • Military veterinary science
  • Community and veterinary business management
  • Aquatic-animal medicine
  •   Academics, researchers, and students
  •   Companion Animal Veterinarians
  •   Dairy Cattle Veterinarians
  •   Epidemiology and Animal Health Management
  •   Equine Veterinarians
  •   Food Safety, Animal Welfare, and Biosecurity Industry
  •   Large Animal Veterinary Technicians
  •   Public health
  •   Research and innovation
  •   Sheep and Beef Cattle Veterinarians
  •   Veterinary Business Services
  •   Veterinary Nursing (equine and companion animal)

Congress Venue

Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC)

The 39th World Veterinary Association Congress (WVAC2024) will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Situated proudly in Cape Town, the capital of the SA, being home to iconic mountain ranges, stunning natural wonders, thrilling landscapes and ocean vistas, Cape Town offers no shortage of adventures. 

Experience the extraordinary, infinitely more than a world-class convention centre.