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



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.

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/

41st International Congress London

wahvm reception royal veterinary collegeThe Biennial Congress of the World Association for the History of Veterinary Medicine, hosted by the Veterinary History Society was held at Imperial College London, 10-13 September 2014.

This event, held for the first time in Britain, welcomed speakers from 30 countries to address the twin themes of ‘One Health‘ (connections between human and animal medicine) and ‘War, animals and the veterinary profession.’ There were also sessions on veterinary collections, general veterinary history and oral history.

Key notes were delivered by Professor Donald F. Smith, Professor of Surgery and Dean Emeritus at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine (‘History of One Health’), and Dr Hilda Keane, Ruskin College, Oxford (‘War, Animals and the Veterinary Profession’), who also led a walk on ‘Animal pasts in Hyde Park.’

There was a reception at the Royal Veterinary College, Camden, and a conference dinner at King’s College London.

The congress timetable can be viewed here and there is also a report of the event.

A photo slideshow from the congress can be viewed here through the Veterinary History Society.

You can also download the General Assembly minutes and the Advisory Board minutes from the meeting.

41st WAHVM Congress – Updates

WAHVM-London-Whistlejacket_crop-words-v4The 41st Congress of the World Association for the History of Veterinary Medicine (WAHVM) will be held at Imperial College London, UK from the 10th to 13th September 2014.  All official conference information can be found at http://www.veterinaryhistorylondon.com/

Registration and applications for bursaries are now open *until 18th August 2014*: registration payments cannot be accepted on the day of the conference.

Provisional program and timetable are now available.


WAHVM 2014 – Call for Papers

The call for papers is now available for the 41st International WAHVM Congress, which will be held at Imperial College, London, United Kingdom, 10-13 September 2014. The two conference themes are ‘the history of One Health’, and ‘war, animals and the veterinary profession.’ Papers and posters are invited on these and other topics relating to the history of animal health and veterinary medicine. Please submit an abstract using the form at www.veterinaryhistorylondon.com. The deadline is 31 Jan 2014. Students are particularly encouraged to participate, and bursaries are available for them.

Keynote speakers are:

Professor Donald Frederick Smith, Professor of Surgery and Dean Emeritus, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine: ‘The Three Parts of One Health’

Dr Hilda Kean, Ruskin College, Oxford: ‘Animals in wartime Britain: The Home Front’

The meeting is generously sponsored by: The Wellcome Trust, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Knowledge, Society for the Social History of Medicine, Royal Veterinary College, University of London, Kings College London, University of Surrey School of Veterinary Medicine, The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

More information at www.veterinaryhistorylondon.com

41st International WAHVM Congress

The 41st International WAHVM Congress will be held at Imperial College, London, United Kingdom in September 2014.


The two themes for the conference will be:

History of One Health

To include: the history of zoonotic diseases, comparative medicine, veterinary public health, antimicrobial resistance, the animal as experimental model, veterinary-medical relationships, examples of particular individuals and institutions that exemplify the One Health Approach, recent history of One Health.

War, Animals & the Veterinary Profession

To include: the use of animals in warfare, their acquisition, training, transport, breeding, and their management in health and disease. The wartime roles of vets in military settings, agriculture, and general protection of animal health and welfare.
The relationship between war and the development of veterinary knowledge and institutions.


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.

39th WAHVM International Congress

2010 Congress-Antalya MarinaIn September 2010, we met in beautiful and historic Antalya, Turkey, and discussed topics such as the history of veterinary education in Turkey, Europe, North America, and Latin America; the movement of diseases such as anthrax and rinderpest in animal populations around the world; how and why animal protection societies became established; and many other topics that linked the history of veterinary medicine and animal disease in the Middle East with that of other parts of the world. We enjoyed very warm hospitality from our hosts, the Turkish Association for the History of Veterinary Medicine and Professional Ethics. Discussions continued over raki andbeyaz peynir, and even while swimming in the Mediterranean Sea! Tours to nearby archaeological sites and a gala banquet capped off a delightful experience that none of us will ever forget.