WSAVA prepares new pet vaccination guidelines for 2023

The global vaccination guidelines in pets will have a new version from 2023. This has been announced by the World Association of Small Animal Veterinarians (WSAVA), when presenting his Vaccination Guidelines Group (VGG).

“Our Vaccination Guides are already one of most frequently downloaded resources on the WSAVA website and we are finalizing the latest version that will be released later this year,” he says. Richard Squirespresident of the VGG.

The VGG is a team of experts from around the world focused on providing evidence-based scientific advice to the global veterinary profession on best vaccination practice for dogs and cats.

The Group aims to provide evidence-based and clear advice to companion animal veterinarians by resource creation What Region-Specific Guidelines —of which those of Asia and Latin America are already prepared—, and continuing education (CE) in vaccinology —including lectures during the WSAVA World Congress—.

And it is that vaccination, as they explain from the WSAVA, is a fundamental element of veterinary practice and an area that has seen changes in recommendations in recent years.

In this sense, although part of its work has been delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine, the VGG has launched two important initiatives this year. On the one hand, a scholarship for veterinary students on infectious diseases of small companion animals, clinical vaccination or immunology in memory of the founder of the VGG, the late professor emeritus Michael Day.

“We are proud to have launched the Michael J Day Scholarship this year. Michael had a global vision and a passion for veterinary education, which underpinned his commitment to raising the standards of evidence-based vaccination practice. This scholarship is a fitting tribute to him and we are grateful for the support of MSD Animal Health in its creation”, remarks the president of the VGG.


On the other hand, they have ready a online multi-module course on vaccines and vaccination practice, which will be available for free very soon to WSAVA members at the WSAVA Academy. The course offers basic learning about all aspects of vaccination practice.

Each module features interactive, narrated eLearning, with videos, downloadable resources, multiple choice questions, and activities to help students test their knowledge. Modules are available in English, SpanishRussian and Chinese.

The president of the VGG has hoped that the new course they have created will encourage an even greater number of veterinarians to update your knowledge in this evolving area of ​​veterinary medicine and then join us in driving positive change in vaccination, “ensuring that even more companion animals are vaccinated in a robust, safer and based on science“.

“Our work would not have been possible without the support of our gold partner of WSAVA, MSD Animal Health, which recognizes the importance of science-based vaccination and the importance of allowing VGG to work as a fully independent academic committee. Thank you MSD Animal Health,” said Richard Squires.

In fact, MSD Animal Health has been the sole sponsor of the VGG since its formation in 2006. “We recognize that although pet vaccination is a well-established routine procedure in many countries, it remains a topic that stimulates a great deal of discussion