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.
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
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.