Outreach Program

Outreach Program

Join this year’s outreach program; the Breeder’s Day Session

Through its annual outreach program, WSAVA aim to promote a global veterinary community, bringing together veterinarians from different countries to advance the quality and availability of small animal medicine and surgery worldwide.

By running regular regional outreach projects, WSAVA provides opportunities for veterinarians to volunteer to use their knowledge and experience to help build a better future for people and animals in the region of the world which is hosting World Congress.

Outreach Program 

Breeder’s Day-Session for Dog Breeders

Optimal reproductive performance and welfare of breeding dogs

Date: 20th March 2021

Time: 9:00 – 14:45

Language – Polish

Location: Lecture room on the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine – Warsaw University of Life Sciences

Nowoursynowska Street; 02-787 Warsaw


Moderation: Wojciech Niżański

9:00-9:45  Healthy pet as a mutual endeavour – on cooperation between veterinarian and breeder (Zdrowe zwierzę to wspólny sukces – o współpracy pomiędzy lekarzem a hodowcą) – Natalia Strokowska

9:45-10:30  Optimal nutrition of breeding dogs (females and males) (Optymalne żywienie psów reprodukcyjnych) – Michał Jank

10:30-11:30  Determination of ovulation and optimal mating time (Wyznaczanie terminu owulacji i najkorzystniejszego czasu unasienniania) – Adam Gierulski, Konrad Kalisz

11:30 – 12:00  Coffee break

12:00-12:45  Correct maintenance and breeding use of stud dog (Prawidłowe utrzymanie i wykorzystanie do rozrodu psa – reproduktora) Piotr Jurka

12:45-13:30  Management and welfare of breeding bitches at pregnancy and term (Dobrostan i prowadzenie ciąży i porodu) – Wojciech Niżański

13:30-14:15  Veterinary care on puppies – from birth to weaning (Opieka na szczeniętami-od urodzenia po odsadzenia) – Tomasz Nowak

14:15-14:45  Panel discussion – with participation of all speakers


Wojciech Nizanski

Wojciech Nizanski graduated in 1992 at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine University of Environmental and Life Sciences in Wrocław, Poland. He defended PhD on cryopreservation of the dog semen in 1999 and habilitation on artificial insemination in relation to semen quality in dogs in 2009. From the year 2011 employed as a university professor. Current Head of the Department of Reproduction on Wroclaw Vet Faculty since 2009. Member of the Board of the European Society for Veterinary Small Animal Reproduction EVSSAR in 2007-2013 and President of EVSSAR 2011-2013. Member of the Board and President of Wroclaw division of Society for Biology of Reproduction in Poland and member of committees of Polish Academy of Sciences. He has published over 200 original studies, reviews and books dedicated to small animal reproduction for practitioners, students and academics. Invited speaker at many national and international Congresses (Congresses ESDAR, ISCFR, EVSSAR, AI Vets etc). In 2014 received the title of Full Professor of veterinary sciences. Active practitioner on the field of animal reproduction, especially artificial insemination and fertility disorders in males and females. Researcher on the field of the use of Assisted Reproduction Technologies in programs of the rescue of endangered animal species. He established in Wroclaw Bank of Gametes and Somatic Cells of Companion Animals and Endangered Animal Species. Has organized for 16 years biggest national congresses on small animal reproduction, many workshops (also EVSSAR Courses 2017 and 2019) and international conferences dedicated reproduction of small animals.

Michał Jank

Michal Jank, DVM, PhD graduated in 1999 from the Warsaw University of Life Sciences Faculty of Veterinary Medicine where he received PhD grade in animal physiology in 2002. In his professional career, he worked at Division of Dietetics Department of Physiological Sciences Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Warsaw University of Life Sciences (Poland), at Veterinary Institute at Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences Poznań University of Life Sciences and recently he has been working at Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology in Institute of Veterinary Medicine Warsaw University of Life Sciences (Poland). Member of European Society of Veterinary Comparative Nutrition. He teaches animal pharmacology and animal dietetics to veterinary medicine students and post-graduates. He is the author and co-author of many articles in the field of animal dietetics and nutrition that have been published in scientific and popular journals. He has presented also many seminars and lectures in the field of animal nutrition in different countries. In his scientific work, he is focused on the use of functional genomic tools in the evaluation of the effect of different biologically active substances on the animal growth and development as well as in other fields of veterinary medicine. He is also investigating the role of selected nutrients and additive on dogs and cats health and welfare. He developed several nutritional products and supplements offered on veterinary and pet market in Poland and several other countries.

Adam Gierulski

Graduated from Lublin Veterinary Faculty in 1996, a specialist in veterinary radiology and dogs’ and cats’ diseases. From 1998 associate in Animal Veterinary Clinic in Łódź. Professionally, he deals with problems related to reproduction, surgery and medical imaging of small animals. Author of publications in the field of reproduction and veterinary radiology. Privately, he devotes his time to family and he is interested in winter sports, mostly skiing. Additionally, he is the owner of a Staffordshire Bull Terrier whose name is Bibi.

Konrad Kalisz

Konrad Kalisz DVM, graduated in 1996 from Lublin Veterinary Faculty. Just following graduation joined the Small Animal Surgery Department at Lublin Veterinary Faculty. From 1998 founder and associate in Veterinary Clinic ANIMAL in Łódź. From 2011 participant in several ESAVS training in the field of neurology, neurosurgery and soft tissue surgery. Main clinical interest – small animal reproduction, general surgery, neurology and neurosurgery. Owner of two British cats, good cuisine lover and enthusiast of travelling.

Tomasz Nowak

A graduate of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Wrocław.  He completed specialization studies in the field of Animal Reproduction, Disease of Dogs and Cats and Veterinary Radiology. Participant of many national and international conferences and courses. His research and clinical interests include reproduction, surgery and ultrasound diagnostic. He uses the acquired knowledge and skills as an academic teacher and in veterinary practice in Poznań. Member of PSAVA and EVSSAR.

Natalia Strokowska

Natalia Strokowska DVM MRCVS is a PhD student at Veterinary Medicine Faculty of Warsaw University of Life Sciences. Her research is focused on wild boar parasitology and its impact on human health. She graduated from her Alma Mater in 2014 and then completed postgraduate studies in non-domesticated animal diseases in 2016, holding a national specialist title in this field. In 2019 she completed a postgraduate diploma in Academy of Leadership Psychology at Warsaw University of Technology Business School. She has international experience gained on five continents. Since graduation, she has been sharing her career between locum small animal and exotic pet veterinary work and running her own company Vetnolimits delivering education services, including conferences, workshops and Medical English course to veterinary students and surgeons. An experienced lecturer and speaker at international conferences and meetings, including among others e.g. TEDxWarsaw, ICARE, WVA Congress. She is a devoted teacher engaged in topics related to communication and marketing, professional burnout, mental health awareness and suicide prevention, humane euthanasia and modern challenges of veterinary medicine. Natalia loves long-distance backpacking in the footsteps of animals, dance, yoga, picking mushrooms and reading everything that will allow her to better understand animals and people.

Piotr Jurka

Piotr Jurka, Professor, DVM, PhD graduated in 1990 from the Warsaw University of Life Sciences Faculty of Veterinary Medicine where he received PhD grade in small animal reproduction in 1999 and habilitation in 2010. Current V-ce Dean of Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Warsaw University of Life Sciences (Poland) and head of the Small Animal Diseases Department with Clinic since 2016. Member of The European Society for Veterinary Small Animal Reproduction (EVSSAR) and The European Society for Domestic Animal Reproduction (ESDAR). He is the author and co-author over 190 original studies, reviews and book dedicated to small animal reproduction for practitioners, students and academics. Invited speaker at national and international Congresses. He teaches small animal reproduction, andrology and biotechnology to veterinary medicine students and post-graduates. His scientific work is focused on the use of various active substances for the control and treatment of ovarian cycle disorders in companion animals. He is co-organizer numerous courses of The European School for Advanced Veterinary Studies (ESAVS) on his Alma Mater (three in 2019 and eight in 2020) .