For the coming 10th International Meeting of the Asian Society of Conservation Medicine (ASCM), we are moving the meeting into the Bornean rainforest! The venue for the meeting will be Kuching, Sarawak, in Malaysia. Sarawak is the biggest state of Malaysia, located on world’s third largest island, Borneo. The location itself is an adventure and it is definitely the place that a vet or a nature lover would love to visit. Kuching is also known as the cat city, the capital of Sarawak. However, it is quite different from the usual busy and crowded city, it is rather calm. The pre-congress workshops are going to be held around the cat city, and then for the two-day main conference we will move to a venue very close to the rainforest and beach. You are free to experience a stay close to the nature such as tree houses, a homestay to experience the real Sarawakians’ culture or if you prefer a hotel or resort there are several close by too. We want you to meet your friends or colleagues during the conference and at the same time experience the nature and culture in Sarawak. The post-congress workshops will include the Bornean biodiversity real experience, so do not miss it. This is going to be not just another conference, but we hope to make this experience in Sarawak memorable.
I am looking forward to meeting you all in Kuching!
Senior Board, ASCM
ASIAN SOCIETY OF CONSERVATION MEDICINE
We were founded in 2005 by the Japanese Society of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine (JSZWM) as a non-profit organization. Between 2005 and 2014 we were known as the Asian Society of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine (ASZWM). After 2014, the society started to convene as the Asian Society of Conservation Medicine (ASCM) and our goal is to bring together all the practitioners in the field of conservation medicine.
Our mission, “One Health in Asia Pacific” intends to establish an Asian Pacific network for conservation medicine (One Health), including zoonotic and wildlife diseases surveillance, and ecosystem health.
ASCM established the Asian College of Conservation Medicine (ACCM) and its diploma system in 2012. ASCM is the associate member of Asian Association Veterinary School (AAVS) (2012) and Federation of Asian Veterinary Association (FAVA) (2014). In 2014, with the support of FAVA and the attendance of international specialists, the One Health educational workshop started to introduce the zoo and wildlife medicine concept, as well as the importance of the One Health concept in our society. ASCM currently collaborates with the Wildlife Disease Association (WDA) every year for joint sessions since 2014. The society is appointed as a member of the Asian Board of Veterinary Specialists in the Asian Meeting of Animal Medical Specialties (AMAMS) (2015). Our forum and mailing list started in 2016 to improve the networking among its own members.