Congress History

41st WAHVM Congress London, United Kingdom, 10 – 13 September 2014

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The 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.

40th WAHVM Congress Utrecht, The Netherlands. August 22nd – 25th, 2012

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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

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

Utrecht’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 Congress Istanbul, Turkey. September, 2010

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.

38th WAHVM Congress Engelberg, Switzerland.  September, 2008

37th WAHVM Congress Leon, Spain. September 22th – 24th, 2006.

36th WAHVM Congress Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. July 13-16,2005

35th WAHVM Congress Turin, Italy, September 7-10, 2004

The full text proceedings of the congress are published: Alba Veggetti, Ivo Zoccarato & Elizabetta Lasagna (Eds.) Proceedings 35th International congress of the World Association for the History of Veterinary Medicine (WAHVM) Grugliasco (Torino), 8-11 September 2004. (Brescia 2005), 609 pages. For book orders please contact Prof. Ivo Zoccarato in Turin .

34th WAHVM Congress Mexico City, Mexico, September 24-27, 2003

33rd WAHVM Congress Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany, 2002.

Cancelled : Due to the Elbe Flood – See Newsletter 2003/1
The abstracts and the majority of the full papers and posters of this congress are published:
Johann Schaeffer & Peter Koolmees (eds.): History of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture. Proceedings. DVG Service GmbH: Giessen 2003, 286 pp, ISBN 3-936815-80-1.
The book can be ordered at:

32nd WAHVM Congress Oslo, Norway, August 15-18, 2001

31st WAHVM Congress Brno, Czech Republic, 2000

30th WAHVM Congress Munich, Germany, 9-12 September 1998

29th WAHVM Congress Córdoba, Spain, 1997

28th WAHVM Congress Vienna, Austria, 1996
For the Programme and Abstracts, see: Historia Medicinae Veterinariae, vol. 22 (1/2), 1-48, 1997.

27th WAHVM Congress Kopenhagen, Denmark, 1994
For programme and Abstracts, see: Historia Medicinae Veterinariae, vol. 19 (3/4), 49-112, 1994

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