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Memorial - Nivaldo da Silva, Executive Secretary General of CFMV-Brazil

It is with deep sorrow and immense sadness that the WVA communicates the untimely passing of Professor Dr Nivaldo da Silva, Executive Secretary General of CFMV Brazil on 20th November 2018.

Prof. Nivaldo had been hospitalized since 7th October as a result of a car accident in which he had suffered multiple fractures and serious condition. 

Prof Dr. Nivaldo holds a master's degree from two universities (UFMG and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) and a doctorate from the Complutense University of Madrid-Spain.  He worked as a clinical veterinarian, surgeon and animal husbandry, always working with large animals, a function he considered to be his first specialization in the area.  He was a researcher at Embrapa and, since the 1980s, He published numerous scientific articles in national and international journals and received important honors. For 40 years he was a professor at the Veterinary School of UFMG and retired as a full professor in 2016.  He considered that the greatest honor was to have contributed to the mentoring of more than 4,500 veterinarians; "This greatly gratifies me, because I was a student of a very humble origin and, thus, I was able to repay what I received for having studied at a federal public university, supported by the Brazilian people". Always optimistic and humble he used to say that it is in the simplest things that lies the essence of Life.

Prof Dr Nivaldo joined us at the 34th WVA Congress in Barcelona, met with One Health world leaders and the WVA General Assembly, leading the Brazilian Delegation to discuss possibilities to hold the 3rd Global Conference on One Health Brazil next year. He was enthusiastically looking forward receiving WVA and WMA members and colleagues in Brazil.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Dr da Silva grieving family, friends and colleagues and we honour his great contributions and leadership to Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science.

WVA Family