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  Keynote speakers

Dr Yap Him Hoo

Dr Yap Him Hoo is the Deputy CEO, Professional Development & Services (PDS) and concurrently the Director-General, Animal & Veterinary Service (AVS) in the National Parks Board (NParks), a statutory board under the Ministry of National Development.

As Deputy CEO, PDS, he is responsible in building capacity and strengthening NParks’ core competencies and expertise in horticulture, arboriculture, biodiversity, ecology and conservation. This would also include improving standards and professionalism of the local landscape industry. As Director-General, AVS, he oversees all matters pertaining to animal health and welfare, as well as animal and wildlife management, which includes strengthening and raising the standards of animal health & welfare and veterinary services in Singapore.

Dr Yap is the Delegate to the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE) for Singapore and is currently a member of the OIE Council.  

Prior his appointment in NParks, Dr Yap had served in various capacities in the public sector, including Deputy CEO, Regulatory Programmes and Operations in the former Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority and Senior Director, Infrastructure Division in the Ministry of National Development. 

Dr Yap obtained his veterinary degree from the University of Queensland, Australia and completed the Masters of Preventive Veterinary Medicine (MPVM) programme in University of California, Davis.