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World veterinary community mourns the loss of a leader

Friday, 5 April 2019  
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The NZVA and veterinarians around the world were very sad to hear that Dr René Carlson, immediate past President of the World Veterinary Association (WVA), passed away on 26 March after a long illness.

NZVA Vice President Andrea Murray met René  at the World Veterinary Association Congress in Incheon in 2017, when René was outgoing WVA president.

Andrea remembers her infectious energy and a remarkable ability to get things done. “René  showed an absolute commitment to the advancement of the veterinary profession and will be sadly missed,” says Andrea.

WVA President Dr Johnson Chiang says under René’s leadership the organisation made great steps forward in strengthening the position of the veterinary profession globally. He says she will be missed deeply and remembered for her passionate and enthusiastic leadership and also for her warm friendship.

René was highly regarded globally for her work, and was "an exceptional leader and voice" for the profession, according to Dr John de Jong, President of the American Veterinary Medical Association. The NZVA has joined the global veterinary community in extending its most heartfelt condolences to her family.