40th International WAHVM Congress

The 40th International WAHVM Congress was held on August 22nd – 25th, 2012, in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

The Main Themes of the congress were “History of Veterinary Associations” and “History of the World Veterinary Association.”

For more information and a complete conference program, visit the congress website at http://www.veterinaryhistory.nl/

Click on the following links to read minutes from the General Assembly and from the Board and Liaison Meeting.

utrecht universityUtrecht’s ancient city center features many buildings and structures from the Early Middle Ages and the largest university in the Netherlands.

Our Congress is a unique experience: You will investigate the history of animals in health & disease, and their veterinary caregivers, with colleagues from 20+ different nations. You will enjoy gourmet dinners in historic venues such as University Hall (where the Treaty of Utrecht was signed in 1579) and cocktails in the Old Veterinary School (don’t miss the restaurant in the former rabies isolation building!)

Conference Overview

More than 120 people, representing 24 countries, registered for the 40th WAHVM Congress August 22-25, 2012. Organized around two themes–the history of veterinary associations and the history of the World Veterinary Association, the program also featured papers and a poster session on veterinary history in general.

These contributions were especially memorable: Johann Schäffer, “‘For Science and Philanthropy:’ Professional and Cultural Political Organization of Veterinarians in Germany, 1833-2012”; Julie Hipperson, “Vets First, Women Second?: The Society of Women Veterinary Surgeons in Britain, 1941-1990”; Veronika Goebel, “The Third Reich and the Munich Veterinary Faculty: Effects and Consequences for Students, Academic Staff, and Institutions”; Fernando Camarero Rioja and Joaquin Sanchez de Lollano Prieto, “Veterinary Movies Produced by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture”; and Floor Haalboom, “Bacteria, Babies, Bovines and Birds”.

On Wednesday the congress got under way with a social hour at an historical landmark, the Institute of Veterinary Pathology; on Tuesday members attended a dinner at the Railway Museum in Utrecht; Friday they attended the splendid Congress dinner at the University of Utrecht’s Academy Building; and on Saturday registrants travelled by bus to the spectacular Dutch Open Air Museum at Arnhem, where they also dined.

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