Congratulations to Tomas Guerrero for winning the second term as AO VET Latin America Board chairperson
11 December 2019
He was reelected with an absolute majority vote and with participation of 92 percent of eligible voters.
An internationally acclaimed consultant veterinary surgeon, Guerrero works and teaches in Europe; Grenada, West Indies; and Latin America. He earned his veterinary medicine degree in 1993 from the University of La Plata in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and completed his internship and European College of Veterinary Surgeons residency in Switzerland. Since 2011, he has been a professor in the small animal medicine and surgery academic program at St. George’s University in Grenada, West Indies.
An AO VET member since 2001, Guerrero served as an education representative on the AO VET Latin America Board before being elected chairperson in 2017.
“The last few years were quite challenging for the region,” he said, explaining that the region—with the support of the AO VET International Board—developed a new business/education model bringing together its own sets, sponsorships, and limited industrial partner support to reignite its activities. “Now we offer courses in the whole region—and in 2019 we held courses in Argentina, Mexico, and Brazil with a total of 433 participants.”
During Guerrero’s first term as AO VET Latin America Board chairperson, competency-based courses were implemented region-wide.
“Of course, this is an ongoing process and quite a large amount of work is still needed,” he said.
During his second term, which begins in July 2020 and finishes in June 2023 Guerrero’s priorities include:
- Increasing the number and variety of courses offered, providing more advanced educational opportunities for those who have already taken AO VET basic principles and advanced courses
- Continuing the search for sponsors and supporters for regional activities
- Maintaining membership with new seminars webinars and other activities
- Continuing to build AO VET regional faculty and providing faculty members with appropriate Faculty Education Program (FEP) and Chairperson Educational Program (CEP) development opportunities
- Motivating young faculty members to pursue AO VET fellowship and continuing education opportunities abroad
- Developing new needs- and competency-based masters courses
- Establishing a balance between male and female faculty members
- Motivating the region’s veterinarians to pursue lifelong learning in orthopedics and traumatology
“I truly view myself as a team player and am always willing to work with others to solve problems swiftly, effectively, and efficiently,” Guerrero said.