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NAVC Colin F. Burrows International Scholar Program

Providing world-class veterinary CE to overseas practitioners

Founded in 1995, the NAVC International Scholarship Program was created to invite attendees from Cuba, Eastern Europe, South America and the Middle East to the annual Veterinary Meeting & Expo (VMX formerly the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) Conference). As a nonprofit association, the NAVC’s Mission is “To provide world-­class continuing professional development for the global veterinary healthcare community.” In 2014, the NAVC partnered with the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) in the candidate selection process and in 2015, the program was renamed the “NAVC Colin F. Burrows International Scholar Program.”

The NAVC supports at least three candidates per year, with a focus on each of the three WSAVA Regions:

  • Europe, Africa and the Middle East
  • Asia and Oceania
  • The Americas
  • An additional candidate is also selected from Africa and is nominated by the Board of the WSAVA Foundation’s African Small Companion Animal Network (AFSCAN).

The WSAVA solicits candidates through its 95 Assembly member association representatives with preference being given to applicants from the WSAVA’s Tier 1 and Tier 2 associations. Nominations beyond these processes are acceptable if the candidate meets the scholarship criteria.

WSAVA Assembly member association representatives are invited to nominate one (1) candidate from their country’s association. Preference will be given to applicants who are active members of their association, and have the potential to develop and support continuing veterinary education in their region.

Selected Scholars receive:

  • One (1) complimentary VMX registration
  • Travel expenses
  • Seven (7) nights hotel accommodations
  • Seven (7) days of per diem
  • One (1) complimentary Hands-on Workshop (based on availability)
  • A current NAVC Board of Director or Past President to serve as a host while on-site
  • Invitation to special events as a VIP
  • A Pre-VMX meet/greet
  • A Post-VMX evaluation/questionnaire


The nomination package should consist of:

  • A completed application
  • A Curriculum Vitae (resumé)
  • A statement from the candidate as to how the VMX (formerly the NAVC Conference) experience will allow him or her to develop educational programs and enhance the standards of veterinary care in their region
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from senior members of the association or profession who know the candidate well and can address their potential to fulfill the award criteria

IMPORTANT: Applications and all supporting documents, including letters of recommendation must be in English. Candidates should be able to converse in English.  Potential Scholars must also have at least six (6) months validity on their Passport past the January VMX dates. The NAVC will assist where possible for selected candidates to secure the appropriate Visa for travel to the United States.

The nomination packets should be sent to the NAVC Office:

NAVC Colin F. Burrows International Scholar Program
ATTN: International Department
622 E Washington Street, Suite 300
Orlando, FL   32801

Or submitted electronically to NAVC at International@navc.com.

All applications must be received by April 1 of the year preceding the upcoming VMX (formerly the NAVC Conference). These packets will then be sent to a selection committee composed of two NAVC representatives and two WSAVA representatives. The final nominations will be approved by the NAVC International Committee.


Candidates will be assessed against the following standards/criteria:

  1. Prior experience with veterinary continuing education programs in the nominee’s home country or region
  2. Potential to use the VMX (formerly the NAVC Conference) experience to foster improved veterinary continuing education in the nominee’s home country and/or region
  3. Demonstrated leadership qualities

Each successful candidate will be contacted by an NAVC representative by June 1 of the year preceding the upcoming VMX (formerly the NAVC Conference), to explain the details of the award, to arrange details of travel, any necessary visa applications, etc. NAVC will also contact each unsuccessful candidate and encourage them to apply again the following year. The WSAVA Secretariat is copied on these communications.

At the VMX (formerly the NAVC Conference), the Scholars will attend an initial orientation and are invited to develop an individual personalized curriculum. This includes:

  1. Attendance at lectures of their choice
  2. Insights into the registration process
  3. A tour of the exhibit hall and a demonstration of exhibitor registration
  4. A tour of the Hands­‐on Workshops
  5. Attendance at all formal VMX functions

An exit interview will be conducted with the Scholars on the afternoon of the last day by members of the NAVC International committee and a representative of the WSAVA.

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Past NAVC International Scholars

Scholarship Winners
  • Dr. Lilyan Mathai – Kenya, 2018 (AFSCAN)
  • Dr. Predrag Stojovic – Montenegro, 2018
  • Dr. Adriaan Izak Adank, NAMIBIA, 2017 (AFSCAN)
  • Dr. Ketlin Sostra – ESTONIA, 2017
  • Dr. Mayuri Geethanjalie Thammitiyagodage – SRI LANKA, 2017
  • Dr. Oron Prager – ISRAEL, 2017
  • Dr. Beatriz Amaro Villaneuva – CUBA, 2016
  • Dr. Olatunji Nasir – NIGERIA, 2016 (AFSCAN)
  • Dr. Aleksandra Riso – MONTENEGRO, 2016
  • Dr. Kamilo Rivera – PERU, 2016
  • Dr. Sandra Skara-Sirma – LATVIA, 2016
  • Dr. Nadia Fabria Warastri – INDONESIA, 2016
  • Dr. Renato Campello Costa – BRAZIL, 2015
  • Dr. Vivian He – CHINA, 2015
  • Dr. Yovko Haralanov Mitev – BULGARIA, 2015
  • Dr. Berna Nakanwagi – UGANDA, 2015 (AFSCAN)
  • Dr. Ellen van Nierop – ECUADOR, 2014
  • Dr. Joy Santos – PHILIPPINES, 2014
  • Gunadi Setiadarma – INDONESIA, 2014
  • Dr. Vladlen Mykhaylovich Ushakov – UKRAINE, 2013
  • Dr. Fernando Chavez Zapata – PERU, 2013
  • Dr. Dardan Shehdula – ALBANIA, 2012
  • Dr. David Centellas – BOLIVIA, 2012
  • Dr. Nalinika Obeyesekere – SRI LANKA, 2012
  • Dr. Peng Fen Chen – CHINA, 2011
  • Dr. Guillermo Forero – COLUMBIA, 2011
  • Dr. Sonia Madrid – CHILE, 2010
  • Dr. Zhen-Sheng Shi – CHINA, 2010
  • Dr. Javier Pefaur, VENEZUELA, 2009
  • Dr. Denis Novak – SERBIA, 2009
  • Dr. Abdul Qader Fakhri – AFGHANISTAN, 2009
  • Siraya Chunekamrai – THAILAND, 2008
  • Miguel Jumbo – ECUADOR, 2008
  • Denis Novak – SERBIA, 2008
  • Oleksandr Halatyuk – UKRAINE, 2007
  • Leonardo Sepiurka – ARGENTINA, 2007
  • Igor Krampl – SLOVAKIA, 2007
  • Alan Maksimovic – BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA, 2007
  • Amir Zahirovic – BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA, 2007
  • Aguilar Joaquin Bobadilla – LATIN AMERICA, 2006
  • Umesh Karkara – INDIA, 2006
  • Maria Torano – CUBA, 2006
  • Bilal Abdul Jabbar – IRAQ, 2005
  • Antoon Antoon – IRAQ, 2005
  • Felipe A. San Martin-Howard – PERU, 2005
  • Lita Konopore – LATVIA, 2005
  • Saulivs Laurusevicius – LITHUANIA, 2004
  • Marco Antonio Gioso – BRAZIL, 2004
  • Gordana Blitva – YUGOSLAVIA, 2003
  • Norma Labarthe – BRAZIL, 2003
  • Tiina Toomet – ESTONIA, 2002
  • Otto Szenci – HUNGARY, 2002
  • Fermin Tuset – CUBA, 2002
  • Talat Gulbay – TURKEY, 2001
  • Josip Krasni – BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA, 2001
  • Adela Encinosa Linero – CUBA, 2001
  • Aelita Baumane – LATVIA, 2000
  • Tibor Brauner – SLOVAK REPUBLIC, 2000
  • Boyko Georgiev – BULGARIA, 1999
  • Alexander Tkachov – RUSSIA, 1999
  • Ago Partel – ESTONIA, 1998
  • Zlata Cop – SLOVENIA, 1997
  • Edward Komar – POLAND, 1997
  • Miroslav Svoboda – CZECH REPUBLIC, 1996
  • Pavo Zaninovic – SLOVENIA, 1996
  • Melinda Magdus – HUNGARY, 1995
  • Gabriel Varga – SLOVENIA, 1995

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