Information about our vet world on the Balkans

SAVAB Congress 2018 and how Balkans were part of it!

congrestasVets on the Balkans has got 2 free registrations with accommodation from SAVAB (Small Animal Veterinary Association of Belgium) this year. It was a huge gesture to our region and our journal. They support the willing and desire of the veterianrians from East Europe to grow and improve their knowledge.



‘ The CATalogue’ cats, cats and more cats,  in Wemmel ( near to Brussels) was on 9th to 10th of March this year.

They had as speakers: Hans Kooistra, Gerry Polton, Penny Watson, Pascale Smets , Sara Van Cauwelaert .












One of the vets, Dr Yordan Yordanov, who was able to be there, share with us:



“I am grateful for the opportunity to visit the Belgian congress for small animals, I am extremely impressed by the high level of lectures, the hospitality of the organizers Anne Kriegel, Bob Prossmasms and Mark Vanghelwell, and the good organization of the event. I’ve made many new acquaintances, and I hope other colleagues like me will discover the benefits of SAVAB.”




After something like this we are strongly believe that hand by hands we all be better and we live in a wonderful world. We would like to express our gratitude to SAVAB for such a great opportunity and you should know that you are big part of our Balkan family!


THANK YOU SAVAB and Dr Ann Criel!!!banner catalogue

Ninth International Conference on Antimicrobial Agents in Veterinary Medicine (AAVM)

unnamed(1)We are currently preparing the Ninth International Conference on Antimicrobial Agents in Veterinary Medicine (AAVM), to be held in Rome, Italy, October 16-19, 2018. This forthcoming conference follows the success of the past eight AAVM held in Helsinki, Ottawa, Orlando, Prague, Tel Aviv, Washington DC, Berlin and Budapest. This conference has emerged as one of the leading meetings in its field, which provides a very intensive program and encourages communication among the attendees.

Infectious diseases are very common in veterinary medicine and antimicrobial agents have a predominant role in veterinary therapeutics both in farm and companion animals. Antimicrobial use is still under the spotlight for the potential of antimicrobial resistance and human health risks. Valid alternatives to these drugs are still not routinely available and the veterinary medicine has to deal with their use and with a more modern and updated approach in the therapy. These aspects and many others, such as, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, PK/PD modelling, antimicrobial resistance, residues, clinical trials, new antimicrobial molecules, etc. will stay in the forefront of the topics of the AAVM programs and will be discussed in depth with the participation of speakers of high repute as well as attendees.

Veterinary use of antimicrobials has been increasingly criticized, especially for the potential of resistance transfer from farm animals to humans. Simultaneously, the ever decreasing introduction of new antimicrobial molecules has also limited the number of useful therapeutic agents. Modern approaches for infection reduction in intensive rearing farms are in progress. New ideas of alternatives and “greener” options in the treatment of infectious diseases are under investigation. What the potentials are will also be addressed in the upcoming AAVM meeting.

We look forward to welcoming you to Rome in October.

More info:

ABCD & Boehringer Ingelheim invite applications for the 2018 Young Scientist Award


abcdThe European Advisory Board on Cat Diseases (ABCD) invites applications for the 2018 ABCD & Boehringer Ingelheim Award, which aims to reward innovative and outstanding work by promising young professionals in the field of feline infectious diseases and/or immunology.


Candidates should have made an original contribution to the field of feline infectious diseases and/or immunology, which has been published or accepted for publication in a referenced journal (PubMed, Web of Science, Web of Knowledge) or accepted by another assessing body (e.g. a Thesis Committee) in 2016 or later.


Candidates should be based in Europe (EU or EFTA country), have completed a veterinary or biomedical curriculum, and ideally be under 35 years of age at the time of application.


Applications should be made in English in an electronic format and include a short abstract (max. 500 words) of the work the applicant wishes to submit, as well as a short curriculum vitae and two personal references. Any relevant publications and/or dissertation on the topic should be included. The deadline for submission is 15 March 2018.


The award (1000€) is funded by Boehringer Ingelheim and will be presented by the ABCD at the congress of the International Society of Feline Medicine, to be held from 28 June to 1 July 2018 in Sorrento, Italy. The award winner will receive a complimentary registration to this congress. Return travel expenses and accommodation will also be covered to allow the laureate to attend the event. The winner is expected to give a short presentation or present a poster of his/her findings at this event.


The recipient of the 2017 Award was Maciej Parys (University of Edinburgh).


Application forms and detailed rules can be downloaded from the ABCD web site (

For further information, please contact Karin de Lange, ABCD secretary,






Our last 12 months…or our 12 people who have changed our journal!!!

Here we would like to share with you our last year, but in a different way. We will present  12 people who made last year amazing, different and really lovely for the journal



Luigi Venco

Dr Luigi Venco – I think, he is one of the most popular vet in Europe. Dear Luigi, Thank you so much for your strong support and real and lovely friendship. Proud to know you!Love you!








Lea Kreszinger

Dr Lea Kreszinger- I can say a HUGE heart, collecting so much goodness and positive intention. Thank you for all you did for Vets on The Balkans. If you see her one time ,you will remeber her for sure, if she is your friend, she will be in your heart forever.










Mila Bobadova

Dr Mila Bobadova- OMG , she is a real lady. Always say “YES” to Vets on The Balkans, always ready for ideas and  thank you so much that you share with us your power and positive intention. Thank you for having you!








Katharina Brunner

Dr Katharina Brunner – When she is around you, you recieve all the peace and love from all over the world. If you feel her hugs, you would want to feel this all your life, REAL FRIEND! Thank you for all you did for Vets on The Balkans










Ann Criel

Dr Ann Criel- high possition in the veterinary society, but what a feeling to be your friend, so grounded, so funny,so lovely. Always supportive! Thank you for being such a friend!











Alberto Cordero

Dr Alberto Cordero- What is Mexico in your mind? Sunny, beach, hot, pleasure…yes, What he is? The same feeling when you are his friend, always smile, positive energy and so much friendly support! I am proud to be your friend








Luca Formaggini

Dr Luca Formaggini – italian energy, aways smiling, with jokes and positive intention, you are BIG Frieand of Vets on The Balkans. Thank you for everthing. Please be the same in 2018 :)










Ranko Georgiev

Dr Ranko Georgiev – the best cardiologist in Bulgaria and always open for Vets on The Balkans, and the most important close and real friend. Thank you so much for being you! Keep going!








Jolle Kripensteijn

Dr Jolle Kripensteijn- Do you know the feeling when you meet someone and you have the feeling that you know that person all your life? It is Jolle. You start speaking with this “foreigner” and you feel so free to speak without thinking what and how to say something, so much freedom, so much understanding and warming. Thank you so much for having you!







Elli Klemtzaki

Dr Elli Klemtzaki – a cute lady with HUGE heart, always supportive, always open to us, she is this word “always” . Thank you for all you did!








12814393_1673705086236432_1339900710371625092_nPAMAS TRADING SRL- our super partner, our friend, our BIGGEST SUPPORT! Thank you so much, Vets on The Balkans is avaible because of you!






23316272_180060419216123_164154967085808895_nBLUE SKY COMMERCE-  our second partner! Such a pleasure to have you and to work with you!











Luba Gancheva

Christmas News! Bravo Bulgaria!

25442768_1576961642350193_8145106940698514483_nA FOUR PAWS team together with bulgarian veterinarians were on site to transfer the pregnant lioness Raya and her partner Hector to a safe place. The conditions in Razgrad Zoo aren’t appropriate for a birth, so it is necessary to transfer them now. Good news from the ultrasound: The cub is healthy, expected birth date is in 2-3 weeks.23795031_1553305748049116_1213372497055135105_n 23843082_1553305751382449_2492045853743789465_n 23915484_1553306148049076_3600530369129028540_n 24068161_1554210984625259_354602558747149375_n

Four out of five lions were checked thoroughly. The last male lion was in critical condition and is transported to Sofia for thorough examination.


We are pround that this happened on The Balkans  and we are able to be part of the world veterinary journay.

Do you have the Right Mindset to Success?


Dr Elli Kalemtzaki

Do you have the Right Mindset to Success?


Helen is an exceptional veterinary professional. She’s been running her own veterinary practice for several years now. Her clients love her and have great trust in her.

However, she feels that she has hit a plateau because her business is not growing at the rate she would like. Finding ways to attract new clients is challenging, frustrating and intimidating for her.

She doesn’t really enjoy marketing, and her efforts have been ineffective because she’s uncomfortable promoting herself. She believes that being a good veterinarian should be more than enough to attract new clients to her practice. She relies on word of mouth to attract clients, but with growing competition in the veterinary profession this is no longer enough.

Does Helen’s situation sound familiar? Maybe you are facing similar challenges in attracting more clients and generating the full earnings potential of your business. Vet school did not prepare you for the business world. You had to go through long years of study to obtain the knowledge and skills required to be a good veterinary practitioner. And then you decided to start your own private practice. And this was an entirely new experience. An experience that requires a totally different skill set.


You want to make a difference! You are talented at what you are doing and you love helping your patients. But maybe you’re not attracting as many clients as you would like. You assume it will just happen naturally since you are good at what you do. But this is not always the case and this is why you need a marketing strategy in order to make more people aware of what you are offering, to show how you are better than competition and attract more of the clients that you prefer to work with.


Helen is in exactly this same place! And she too has been wondering what she could do differently with her business.


Marketing can be particularly challenging. Why? Because there’s always the possibility of rejection. When we put out our message and present our services there’s always a possibility that people might not be interested. This is why Helen, like many other veterinary practice owners, tends to avoid or resist marketing activities.

The first thing Helen needs to realize is that her own mindset is the major obstacle to the growth of her business. Like everything else in life, our attitude and mindset determine how we approach something and whether or not we succeed.

Tony Robbins says that 20% of the obstacles are around the mechanics of running a business and 80% have to do with your psychology – that is, your own fears, limits and stories about why your practice isn’t where you want it to be.

Most people think that they need to change their strategy to make real change. Whilst strategy is absolutely important, it’s not the first element to start with. Take a moment and think about your perceived limitations. They may be the “reasons” why you’ve convinced yourself you can’t achieve something.

Here are some of Helen’s limiting beliefs:

  • Marketing is bragging about what I am doing, it feels unnatural. It’s simply not me!
  • If I write this article on pet care nobody will like it and I will make a fool of myself
  • Clients get so frustrated from prices. They constantly blame me for charging them a fortune.

What does it cost Helen to think in this way? The cost is never moving an inch in her marketing, not attracting clients, and staying indefinitely stuck.

Helen has to realize that these thoughts are blocking her success and are probably not true; she needs to start exploring alternative and more realistic beliefs: “Marketing is about helping my clients learn what I am doing and to make informed decisions” or:  “Some people will like my article and might even think I’m smart for writing it.”

This shift of mindset through working with her marketing coach can have a more profound impact on Helen’s marketing effectiveness than anything else.

Marketing is a game of communication. Learning how to communicate in the most appropriate ways will get the attention and interest of your potential clients. The more you communicate, the more the relationship and trust builds.

Do You Want More Practice-Building Support?


Ask questions, get engaged, and let me know how I can help you!

Meet the Founder of VetConsultancy!


Dr Elli Kalemtzaki

Meet the Founder of VetConsultancy!


I’m Elli Kalemtzaki, originally from Greece, but now living and working in Prague. I’m a qualified veterinarian, and have worked in the pet nutrition industry for more than 20 years, the last nine spent with a multinational in an international marketing role. My journey as a trainer and coach started in 2005 when in response to an impactful change in my personal life, I joined a self-awareness course.

It was during this 4 year course that I discovered the connecting threads between everything that was happening to me and most importantly, I discovered my calling. A Veterinary Leadership course in the US in 2006 was yet another life changing experience for me. I began to see my professional role with fresh eyes and became aware of a new mission to use my knowledge and skills supporting others to become successful. This realization transformed my career by giving me the confidence to move from a local position in a Greek company to an international role in a multinational company.

In the last decade I have traveled extensively and have met and worked with amazing people from many different countries and cultures. I gained valuable experience in coaching and mentoring individuals, leading development workshops and training business teams in different countries across Europe. A psychologist coach that I met during the Veterinary Leadership Course inspired me to become a professional coach. So I chose Adler International, an accredited school of coaching in Canada, and received my accreditation from the International Coach Federation in 2010. In the same year I became a certified facilitator of Team Coaching International. My fundamental belief is that we are all creative and resourceful beings, able to achieve the life we desire and deserve. I find the way the human brain works fascinating, and the fact that we can utilize our emotional and mental states to create our desired future absolutely thrilling. This is why I decided to add Neuro Linguistic Programming to my professional ‘tool kit’ and in 2012 I certified as a Practitioner of Neurolinguistic Programming. And then five years ago I relocated to Prague.

Whilst this new experience initially took me out of my comfort zone it also helped me to gain more clarity about my mission to help professional people uncover their unique talents and core values, and how to use strategies and tools to create a more fulfilling and successful life and business career. This is why in 2016 I launched Design for Life to offer coaching and training courses to working women in order to enhance their personal and professional skills and be happier and more successful. Then a year later I started out on an entirely new and independent journey, and left my corporate job to launch my own consultancy business. Combining my marketing with my coaching and training skills my focus now is to help veterinary practice owners build their dream practice, attract more quality clients and achieve their preferred work life balance. I look forward to connecting with you to help you see new possibilities in creating the business and life you desire!


Best wishes, Elli Kalemtzaki

Vets must ‘dare to speak out’

WSAVA imageVets must ‘dare to speak out’

Urgent action on brachycephalic dogs called for during panel discussion at FECAVA/WSAVA/DSAVA Congress in Copenhagen


The rise in the popularity of so-called brachycephalic (flat-faced) breeds, including pugs and French bulldogs, is linked to concerning trends for dog health and welfare, according to the Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations (FECAVA), the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) and the Danish Small Animal Veterinary Association (DSAVA/FHKS).


Experts from around the world discussed the issues facing these breeds and the implications for veterinarians during a panel session following a lecture stream dedicated to hereditary disease and the importance of responsible breeding on Tuesday 26 September during FECAVA-WSAVA Congress in Copenhagen. More than 200 delegates attended, including Danish TV celebrity, Sebastian KIein, well known for his interest in animal welfare issues. At the end of the session, panel members issued a number of recommendations to help veterinarians to take steps to improve the health and welfare of brachycephalic dogs (see below).


During discussions, panel members were questioned on strategies to help address the problem in particular countries. Panellist Helle Friis Proschowsky explained that The Nordic Kennel Union had issued recommendations and breed-specific guidelines for judges but acknowledged that the majority of brachycephalic dogs in all countries were unlikely to be registered with a kennel club. Panellist Peter Sandøe confirmed that only 15% of French bulldogs in Denmark were registered, the majority coming from unregistered breeders.  “The education of owners remains the most important priority,” commented Helle Friis Proschowsky.


‘Dare to speak out’

Soft tissue surgeon and panellist Laurent Findji said he had seen the explosion in the popularity of French bulldogs at first hand because of the number he was now operating on. FECAVA Vice President Wolfgang Dohne called on vets to help brachycephalic dogs but to advise owners to neuter their animals if they have conformation-altering disorders. Panellist Gudrun Ravetz, Senior Vice President of the British Veterinary Association said that, in the UK, owners and breeders now consent to having conformation-altering surgery reported: “However, while a recent BVA survey showed that 67% of vets say they see breed-related problems, few submit conformation-altering data to the Kennel Club though this would support the development of evidence-based solutions.” She added: “As veterinarians we must educate ourselves.”


“Vets should dare to speak out,” commented panellist Kristin Wear Prestrud. “We must educate owners on all health and welfare matters, whether we are simply advising them that their dog is overweight or if we need to give advice on breeding or refuse planned Caesarean sections.”


Urge advertisers to stop using images of flat-faced dogs

Toril Moseng, President of the Norwegian Veterinary Association, highlighted initiatives carried out in Norway, including an awareness-raising petition signed by 1,700 veterinarians; a press release urging advertisers not to use brachycephalic breeds in campaigns and a hand-out produced for brachycephalic breed owners, letting them know ‘what to expect.’ Similar work has been done by the British Veterinary Association explained Gudrun Ravetz. “We contacted advertisers and many apologised saying that they were simply unaware of the problems.”


Commenting on the session, DSAVA President Anne Sørensen said: “The fact that so many participated so actively in the discussion shows the seriousness with which veterinarians view this issue. There is no easy answer but by working together and sharing experiences and successes, we will start to change the minds of pet owners who think that these animals are cute when many of them are, in fact, born into a life of suffering. We thank all those who joined us to highlight this important issue and especially Sebastian Klein. His attendance has helped us to highlight the issue to the dog-owning public in Denmark.”


Education and raising awareness

FECAVA President Jerzy Gawor commented: “As veterinarians, we put the best interests of our patients first. For affected animals – including flat-faced dogs but also cats and rabbits – this may involve performing surgical procedures to correct or overcome conformational disorders, such as enlarging the nostrils, shortening the soft palate, correcting the bite or performing Caesarean sections. We are concerned that these procedures – which should be exceptional – are becoming the norm in many brachycephalic breeds.”


WSAVA President Walt Ingwersen added: “Our members see the results of extreme brachycephalic confirmation in practice on a regular basis and it is one of our top animal welfare concerns. The discussion panel helped to highlight the complex issues raised by the popularity of these breeds and to explore potential solutions. A reduction in the health problems faced by these breeds will be most effectively achieved through the education of veterinary professionals, breeders and owners and through leadership and consensus-building between stakeholders.”


Vets should ‘show leadership’

All three associations committed to develop and contribute to initiatives that aim to address the health and welfare of these animals. Panellist Professor Åke Hedhammar, member of the WSAVA Hereditary Disease Committee and scientific advisor to the Swedish Kennel Club, stressed: “We will continue to work with all stakeholders who can positively influence and improve the health and welfare of brachycephalic breeds. Extreme phenotypes should be avoided and, in the show ring, moderation of such phenotypes should be rewarded. Animals showing extremes of conformation that negatively impact their health and welfare should not be used for breeding.”


FECAVA past president Monique Megens, who chaired the discussion, concluded: “As advocates of and experts in animal health and welfare, veterinarians should speak up and show leadership in taking action against the breeding of dog with excessive traits leading to health and welfare problems. The great attendance at the panel discussion shows the willingness of the profession to do so. We hope that the recommendations prepared by our panellists will be adopted by veterinarians and by veterinary associations all over the world, leading to a future with healthy and happy dogs.”





Notes for Editors


  • The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) aims to advance the health and welfare of companion animals worldwide through creating an educated, committed and collaborative global community of veterinary peers. It currently represents more than 200,000 veterinarians through 105 member associations. Its annual World Congress brings together globally respected experts to offer cutting edge thinking on all aspects of companion animal veterinary care.


  • The Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations (FECAVA) is the platform for the promotion of the professional development and representation of companion animal veterinarians in Europe. Founded in 1990, it currently has 40 national member associations and 13 associate member associations. FECAVA represents over 25,000 companion animal practitioners throughout Europe.


  • The Danish Small Animal Veterinary Association (SvHKS) represents small animal veterinarians in Denmark and has around 1,000 members. It was the host organisation for the 2017 FECAVA/WSAVA Congress.


  • Members of the expert panel were:
  • Peter Sandøe (DK) – professor of ethics and welfare
  • Helle Friis Proschowsky (DK) – vet working with the Danish Kennel Club
  • Laurent Findji (FR/UK) – specialist in soft tissue surgery
  • Gudrun Ravetz (UK) – Senior Vice President, British Veterinary Association
  • Kristin Wear Prestrud (NO) – veterinary scientific director of the Norwegian Kennel Club
  • Åke Hedhammar (SE), professor em. in internal medicine (companion animals), veterinary consultant for the Swedish Kennel Club and member of the WSAVA Hereditary Disease Committee.


  • Media contacts:

Karin de Lange, FECAVA Press officer

Rebecca George, WSAVA Press Officer

Anne Sørensen, President, DSAVA (SvHKS)





Expert recommendations: the vet’s role


Following the panel discussion on the health and welfare of brachycephalic dogs on 26 September, the expert panel issued a number of recommendations for veterinarians as below:


As advocates of, and experts in, animal health and welfare, veterinarians should speak up and show leadership in taking action against the breeding of dogs with excessive traits which can lead to health and welfare problems, such as brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS).


At a PRACTICE level, veterinarians should:


  1. Advise the public not to buy animals with extreme conformation. This applies both to breeds and to individual dogs.


  1. Raise awareness among dog owners and advise them about health and welfare issues in dogs with extreme conformations.


  1. Raise awareness among breeders, breed clubs and show judges and advise them as to health and welfare issues in dogs with extreme conformations. Take an active role in pre-breeding examinations and in giving advice regarding potential breeding stock.


  1. Inform dog owners and breeders about breeding restrictions if a dog is surgically treated for BOAS or other problems related to extreme traits linked to breeding. (In countries where no such restrictions exist, strongly advise against breeding.) Advise neutering at the time of surgery if good practice allows.


  1. Share data on health and welfare issues related to extreme breeding. Where a national submission system exists, submit details on conformation-altering surgery and caesarean sections related to extreme breeding traits.



At PROFESSIONAL ORGANISATION level, veterinarians should:


  1. Implement a communication campaign to proactively raise awareness among the public in general and to advise them about health and welfare issues in dogs with extreme conformations.


  1. Work together with national cynological organisations and other stakeholders to set up registers of confirmation-altering surgeries and caesarean sections as well as relevant screening programmes (ie pre-breeding examinations).


  1. Call for the revision of breed standards to help prevent BOAS and other brachycephalic-related disorders. Breed standards should include evidence-based limits on physical features (eg muzzle length) and approaches such as outcrossing should be considered.


  1. Launch and distribute veterinary health certificates for puppies and/or checklists for prospective buyers in support of responsible, healthy breeding.


  1. Develop evidence-based international standardised protocols for the examination of breeding animals regarding respiratory function and thermoregulation.


  1. Set up systems allowing the gathering of data from veterinary practices regarding health and welfare-related issues in dogs with extreme conformations.


  1. Set up undergraduate training / CPD to equip vets to take a more active role in providing breeding advice to breeders, breeder organisations and judges, related to extreme conformation and screening procedures.


Copenhagen, 26 September 2017.

Fourth Bulgarian Congress for Veterinary Cardiology Sofia, 2017 is about to happen

04-05 th  November 2017

A two day summit organized by the Bulgarian Association for Veterinary Cardiology (BAVC).


Main topic


Dr Luca Ferasin

Feline Cardiology


Main Congress speaker:

Dr Luca Ferasin

DVM PhD CertVC PGCert(HE) DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology) GPCert(B&PS) MRCVS

European & RCVS Specialist in Cardiology

Lumbry Park Veterinary Specialists, UK


Dr Ferasin graduated with honours in 1992 from Bologna University. After 3y research in endocrinology in Cambridge he was awarded his PhD in 1996. Following 3y as Assistant Professor at Padua University, he moved to Bristol University, where he taught cardio-respiratory medicine of the dog and cat for 7 years. In 2005-2007 was Associate Professor in Cardiology at the University of Minnesota. Between 2008 and 2014 he ran his own cardiology consultancy company, comprising a mix of private clinical referral work, telemedicine and post-graduate teaching. In March 2014 he joined CVS Referrals and he is currently Clinical Director of Lumbry Park Veterinary Specialists, in Hampshire, UK. He obtained RCVS certificate in cardiology in 2001, certificate in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education in 2002, ECVIM diploma (cardiology) in 2004 and certificate in Business & Professional Studies in 2011. He has vastly contributed to the veterinary literature with articles, abstracts, and book chapters, including the recent chapter on coughing in the Ettinger’s textbook of Internal Medicine. He is a regular speaker at National and International veterinary conferences.logo

Scientific program

04 November 2017, Saturday

9.00 – 9.45           Registration

9.45 – 10.00        Welcome from the current Chairman of BAVC – Ranko Georgiev, DVM

10.00 – 11.30      Clinical approach to the feline cardiac patient. – Luca Ferasin, DVM

11.30 – 11.45      coffee break

11.45 – 13.15      Approach to cats with dyspnoea, arrhythmia, syncope and hyperthyroidism.” – Luca Ferasin, DVM

13.15 – 14.00      lunch break

14.00 – 16.00      Short clinical case presentations – “From vets to vets”

16.00 – 16.30      coffee break

16.30 – 17.00      open panel discussion – “How many cats with a heart disease I see in my every day practice? How many see me? J”


05 November 2017, Sunday

9.15 – 10.00        coffee and free communications

10.00 – 11.30      Feline cardiomyopathy and arterial thromboembolism.” – Luca Ferasin, DVM

11.30 – 11.45      coffee break

11.45 – 13.15      Management of feline heart failure – Luca Ferasin, DVM

13.15 – 14.00      lunch break

14.00 – 16.00      Short clinical case presentations – “From vets to vets”

16.00 – 16.30      coffee break

16.30 – 17.00      open panel discussion – “My approach for treatment and long term management of Feline Cardiomyopathies.”

17.00 – 17.15      Closing words from the current Chairman of BAVC – Ranko Georgiev, DVM


General Information

When                                   The first weekend of November – 04 and 05.11.2017

Where                                  Vitosha Park Hotel Sofia – see the map below for instructions

Language                             English, translation not provided

Price                                      BAVC 2017 members      free (registration still mandatory)

Vet students                      free (10 places available, registration still mandatory)

Non BAVC members      100 lv (50 EU)

Registration                       Maximum number of participants – 90; early registration/payment will guarantee your participation; if places still available, the payment could be on    site, at the day of the Congress

How to                                 Fill the registration form (at; the fee should be transferred in the bank account provided there in advance

More                                     Every participant will receive a Certificate of attendance, together with the Congress proceedings and a T-shirt.

If you have other questions and/or suggestions concerning the summit, please contact Dr Ranko Georgiev –

Venue                                  Vitosha Park Hotel, Rosario 1 str., Studentski grad, Sofia 1700, BG

What are WSAVA and FECAVA? Who are these people? World Award for the Balkans veterinarians or something much more?

22045765_10214950207297979_2320859194427414874_nWhat are WSAVA (World Small Animal Association) and FECAVA (Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations)? Me, as a local veterinarian from the Balkans (East Europe) these two names were something far away from my daily job and my daily professional work. I am sure many veterinarians from my region are the same.








When you have the possibility to be part of their event, in fact, it is the product of their job, you are able to realize what really means WSAVA and FECAVA. To be able to create that kind of event you need to have a lot of people who really love their job and who strongly believe in their idea.WSAVA Board







Yes, it is a huge veterinary congress, very well organized, with thousand of possibilities , subjects and full of knowledge, but this is not the point. They create a meeting, a space, where you are able to speak with veterinarians all over the world, to understand where you are in that world.  You get new ideas, how to make your job better, how to make your daily work easier and to have more time to be happy, which is the most important in life. For me, this means “global vet”.


They have teams for every subject and field of veterinary medicine, all these people try to learn you something that will help you to refresh your daily work and to have better results for every single case in your practice. So, are they huge associations, far way from our job? You do not know these people, but they are the people who give their time and their life to help you every day. You do not see their help, you think , they are some people who have totally different job from your, but it is exactly the opposite.


And I am so proud to say that between this group of people, there are some veterinarians from the Balkans. Dr Denis Novak, Dr Lea Kreszinger , Dr Gizem Taktak and Dr Robert Popa are part of that important group who really care about us.





Dr Lea Kreszinger, Croatia


Dr Denis Novak, Serbia


Dr Robert Popa, Romania


Dr Gizem Taktak, Turkey











Dr Ann Criel










I wish all the veterinarians from the Balkans to have the chance to meet the board of WSAVA and FECAVA, to feel the pleasure to speak with them and to realize how close they are to all of us. The pleasure to hug Dr Katharina Brunner from Switzerland, to enjoy funny and deep friendly chats with Dr Ann Criel from Belgium is priceless experience in life.


Dr Katharina Brunner











I would like to express my gratitude to WSAVA Board and Hills Pet Nutrition ( and personality  to Dr Jolle Kirpensteinjn and Dr Iveta Becvarova)  for the possibility to realize these things that I have shared with you. Thank you, FECAVA for such a kindly attitude to me. It was more than award and honour, it is something for a life time. THANK YOU!

With Love

Dr Luba Gancheva


Dr Jolle Kirpensteinjn and Dr Iveta Becvarova