43rd International Congress

On behalf of the Norwegian Society for the History of Veterinary Medicine it is a pleasure to invite you to the 43 International Congress of World Association for the History of Veterinary Medicine (WAHVM) in Bergen, Norway from the 7th to 9th June 2018

Please visit the Website for the Congress for further details.

For information regarding the World Association for the History of Veterinary Medicine:
Young Scholars Award Competition, 2018, please visit – wahvm announcement 2018 young scholars competition



19th Annual Conference of the History Section of the German Veterinary Medical Society

The 19th Annual Conference of the History Section of the German Veterinary Medical Society will be held at the Estrel Convention Center in Berlin/Germany, 10-11 November 2017, within the framework of the DVG-Vet-Congress.

The main topics are:

  1.  Veterinary Medicine and National Socialism in Europe: Status and Perspectives of Research
  2. Freely chosen topic

The Call For Papers can be found here

The programme can be found here

Conference Languages are German and English.

Launch of RCVS Vet History – Archive Catalogue

Launch of RCVS Vet History – Archive Catalogue

RCVS Knowledge is pleased to announce the launch of a fantastic new way to access their unique veterinary history collections. From 7th November 2016, the new Archive catalogue is available to view online, with detailed descriptions of hundreds of items from the last 150 years.

RCVS Knowledge holds the historic archive collections belonging to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons; these consist of unpublished manuscripts, correspondence, clinical case notes and photographs illustrating the history of the British veterinary profession from 1800 to the present day.

Following the appointment of a qualified archivist in October 2015, a five year project commenced to improve access and awareness of the wealth of material we hold. This begins with the creation of an online database with descriptions of material catalogued to international archive standards. The catalogue will be fully searchable with biographical profiles for major persons featured in the collections.

Search the Archive Catalogue at http://www.VHcatalogue.org

The papers of the prolific veterinary author and army veterinarian Major General Sir Frederick Smith (1857-1929) are amongst the first collections to be fully catalogued and described online. The material covers the length of Smith’s career from case notes recording treatment of army horses in India in the 1880s to correspondence from the last 20 years of his life, in which he wrote a four volume history of veterinary literature. Smith was involved in the Army Veterinary Service during the Second Anglo-Boer War and the First World War, and his honest and candid accounts of the loss of horses by the Army illustrate fascinating aspects of veterinary, social and military history.

The launch of the Archives catalogue covers a critical and fascinating time in the nation’s history, both for the advances in veterinary science and its role in marinating a functioning British military presence in the 19th century. Through this unparalleled collection, RCVS Knowledge can be an invaluable source of information for academic research and the general public.” Chris Gush, Executive Director, RCVS Knowledge

The RCVS Vet History project is ongoing, and further collections will be catalogued periodically over the next four years. Visitors are encouraged to check the catalogue regularly, and follow RCVS Knowledge’s social media channels for news and updates. To see behind the scenes of the Project, and find out more about highlighted items, follow the Historical Collections blog here.

The RCVS Vet History Project is supported by The ALBORADA Trust.

For more information, please contact: Lorna Cahill, Archivist, RCVS Knowledge
Tel: 020 7202 0771  Email: archives@rcvsknowledge.org

Survey results

We wanted to extend our thanks to everyone who took time to respond to our recent survey about the future of WAHVM.  We received 160 responses, and your comments and ideas will be fed into the priorities of the Association for the coming years.

Our Community

The geographical spread of responses confirms that the WAHVM community is truly international. The majority of respondents came from the Netherlands and the UK, with good responses from Germany, Spain, Norway, South Africa, Turkey and the USA.  We also had responses from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada Columbia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Nigeria, Republic of Korea, Romania, Switzerland, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Over 80 per cent of all respondents were qualified vets, with 46 per cent of them over the age of 60, and just over two-thirds being men.  There is also a growing number of professional historians, with 36 per cent of respondents saying veterinary history is either their main or forms part of their career, and with nearly 76 per cent of respondents supporting the idea of mentoring for colleagues interested in a career in veterinary history.

Developing networks 

The overall tenor of responses was that you would like more of a sense of research networks, through the advertisement of local activities.  To ensure a good flow of information from national associations to WAHVM, we have already been in touch with representatives of national associations to ask they inform us about events taking place at national level so they can be advertised on the website.

With 87 per cent of survey respondents supporting the re-introduction of a twice-yearly newsletter, there are plans to develop this as a vehicle to foster networks.  A newsletter needs news, so if you want us to feature news, photographs, details prize-winners, news on publications and other items please be in touch with your national contact who will forward the information to us.

Online presence 

In terms of the website, the survey revealed that the majority of users visit wahvm.org for news of Congress and for resources such as journal contents, information on museums, archives and collections.  We are currently working to update and develop this content, and over the long-term we will be adding a section for oral history and for teaching materials.  We hope that having this new and rolling content will entice those users who currently never or very occasionally visit the website to check in more regularly.

2016 Young Scholars Award

The WAHVM Board is pleased to announce the results of the 2016 WAHVM Young Scholars Award. This year, we received 14 entries and the standard was extremely high. Many congratulations to the three prize winners:

1) Karl Bruno, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences: ‘Practical Training for Modern Practitioners: Nils Lagerlöf, India, and Early Swedish Development Aid at the Veterinary College’

2) Kit Heintzman, Harvard University. ‘A cabinet of the ordinary: Domesticating veterinary medicine’

3) Julie Hipperson, Kings College London. “While a tear is in the eye’: women and the gendered business of small animal practice in interwar Britain’

42nd International Congress – Vienna – Update #3


The 42nd Congress of the World Association for the History of Veterinary Medicine (WAHVM) will be held at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna July 27th to July 30th, 2016. The congress will be a joint conference with the European Association of Veterinary Anatomists (EAVA).  The full congress website is here.

Abstract submission and registration began on January 13, 2016. For registration please follow the link published on the conference homepage (Registration). You can also find detailed information on abstract formats and templates to work on (Abstracts).

Abstracts will be accepted until March 11, 2016.  Early registration is open from January 13 until May 13, 2016.  Late registration will remain open until July 22, and onsite registration is also available, but these are progressively more expensive.  See the registration link above for the full schedule of registration fees.

For those who have to apply for scholarships or other external funding, it might be of importance to know the expected time of decisions on abstract acceptance. The organizing committee aims at delivering the decision to the authors between April 25 and April 29, 2016.

Please make sure that your membership fees for 2016 have been transferred to the respective society in advance (final deadline for EAVA-memberships is January 31, 2016)  – so you can register as member in good standing and pay the reduced fees.

2016 Young Scholars Award Competition

The Young Scholars Award recognizes the best original essay on any topic of relevance to the history of the veterinary field.

First Prize: 1000 Euro plus up to 1000 Euro expenses to present the paper at the WAHVM biennial Congress in Vienna, 27-30 July 2016*

Second Prize: 400 Euro

Third Prize: 200 Euro

*All prizes will be awarded at the Vienna congress. The first prize winner must attend and present the paper to collect the prize money.

For application and submission details, please download this pdf.


42nd International Congress – Vienna – Updated


The 42nd Congress of the World Association for the History of Veterinary Medicine (WAHVM) will be held at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna July 27th to July 30th, 2016. The congress will be a joint conference with the European Association of Veterinary Anatomists (EAVA).

The main topics of the congress in veterinary history will be:

  • History of Animal Anatomy
  • History of Early Veterinary Schools

More information is now available, including the time line of registration, registration fees, a preliminary programme and information on the social programme at: http://www.vetmeduni.ac.at/de/eava-wahvm-2016/

Hannover History Section of the German Veterinary Medical Society – 18th Annual Conference and Methodology Seminar


During the 61st Annual DVG-Vet-Kongress in Berlin 12-15 of November 2015 there will also be a conference in veterinary history. The history conference is arranged by the History Section of the German Veterinary Medical Society and the Department of History of the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover and takes place 13 and 14 of November at Estrel Convention Center. There will also be a Methodology Seminar during the conference.

Two main themes have been chosen: “Role and importance of veterinary medicine in society” andSilent witnesses: Veterinary medicine and museology.” 

The cover picture of the Call for Papers depicts a synthesis of both themes: “La folie du Jour!”, ‘The madness of the day!’ is the title given to this empire engraving housed in the Veterinary Historical Museum of the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover. The caricature shows physicians who presumably after giving an enema to the lady of the house also give her lapdog an enema, a satire on veterinary medicine, which was emerging at the beginning of the 19th century.

Download the full seminar announcement or visit www.csm-congress.de for more information or to register. Professor Johann Schäffer is responsible for scientific supervision.