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.

Hannover History Section of the German Veterinary Medical Society – 17th Annual Conference and Methodology Seminar


During the 59th Annual Congress of the German Society for Small Animal Medicine the Department of History of the University of Veterinary Medicine and the Hannover History Section of the German Veterinary Medical Society will present their 17th Annual Conference and Methodology Seminar.  This two day event will be held 8 – 9 November 2013 at the Estrel Convention Center in Berlin and will focus on the topic of “Man – Animal – Medicine Interplay and Problems in History and the Present Day.”

Organiser and Presenter: Johann Schäffer

The full conference program is now available.  The original Call for Papers can be seen here in English and German.  For more information about the conference or to register, visit the website at www.csm-congress.de, email info@csm-congress.de,  or call tel. ++49-(0)8142-570183 (fax ++49-(0)8142-54735).


Conference languages: German and English

Participation fee: € 95; DVG, ATF, WAHVM, DGGMNT members € 45; students free.

Congress organisation (Registration, participation fee, room reservation): CSM, Congress & Seminar Management, Industriestraße 35, D-82194 Gröbenzell, Germany

Scientific Programme (Registration of presentations and posters): Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dr. Johann Schäffer, Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover, Fachgebiet Geschichte, Bischofsholer Damm 15 (Haus 120), D-30173 Hannover, Germany

ATF-Recognition: 8 hours

Deadline: 1 April 2013: Registration of presentations and posters, speaking time max. 15 min + 5 min discussion, abstracts 1-2 pages each (only as separate email attachment as WORD document, Arial font, single-spaced, 1-2 illustrations)

Denmark – 1997

Visit of the Danish Veterinary History Association to Berlin and Poland,

1-10 June 1997. Report by Ivan Katic.

To commemorate the fact that prof. Eric Viborg travelled 200 years ago to Poland in order to buy horses for the Royal Danish Studs*), 34 members of the Danish Veterinary History Association followed Viborg’s steps. The way there, they made a stop in Berlin, where they were received by Dr. Martin Brumme. He showed them around at the old Veterinary School in Berlin-Mitte with its famous Zootomy Building, and told about the history of the school, established in 1791. His talk was followed by a short lecture by I. Katic on 200 years of relations between the Danish and the Berlin schools. In the afternoon Virchow’s Museum was visited and the restauration of his institute, demolished during World War II, was seen.

The next stop was in Poland, where the participants had the chance to visit the Wavel Castle in Cracow and some museums, a.o. the Czartoryski Museum, where Leonardo da Vinci’s Lady with the ermine is the absolute attraction. South of Cracow, in Bialsko, the Danish vets visited a stud farm with Anglo-Arabian horses. Every year many yearlings are sold to be trained for the sport.

In Pulawy the Veterinary Institute was visited, and also the famous Czartoryski Castle, once the only place where Polish noblemen could meet and discuss the liberation of their country. In Pulawy is also a small museum with a display in memory of the eradication of rinderpest in Poland in the 1920’s.

In Lublin a visit was paid to the Veterinary School, the University and the Lublin Academy, where a concert was given.

The last destination was the Veterinary Museum in Ciechanowiec. The visitors were received there very cordially. Under the guidance of Grzegorz Jakubik DVM the large collection, consisting of 3500 items, was admired. Jakubik explained the activities of the museum, that regularly organizes symposia together with the Veterinary History Section of the Polish Veterinary Association. In 1997 two symposia are held: one on the contributions of women veterinarians in Poland (vide infra sub POLAND) and the other on Polish veterinarians abroad.

The total price of this excursion was 4500 DKr. (approx. US $ 750.-) with travel by bus and very good hotels.

*) A brochure of 32 pp. to commemorate Viborg’s journey, and at the same time the 175th anniversary of his death, was published by I. Katic under the title En rejse til Polen og Rusland i 1796 (Kilder til veterinærhistorisk forskning nr.10. ISBN 0903-96-86), also published as a supplement to Dansk Veterinærhistorisk Aarbog38, 1998.