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Five Years of Supporting the Worldwide Advancement of the Specialty

The World Association for Veterinary Dermatology (WAVD) is celebrating the 5th Anniversary of its name change from the World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology Association. Along with the name change, the Association has transformed itself from an organization that primarily focused on planning of the World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology to one with additional new programs and initiatives to better address global needs in veterinary dermatology.

The WAVD is composed of seven national or multinational Member Organizations (American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology, American College of Veterinary Dermatology, European Society of Veterinary Dermatology, European College of Veterinary Dermatology, Canadian Academy of Veterinary Dermatology, Asian Society of Veterinary Dermatology, and the Dermatology Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists). In addition, WAVD is working with one Provisional Member Organization, Sociedad Latinoamericana de Dermatología Veterinaria, to help improve the discipline in Latin America. It is anticipated that the Latin America Society will achieve full member status in the future.

Over the past several years, WAVD has strengthened partnerships with other groups that share similar interests in veterinary dermatology. Affiliate Members of WAVD now include the International Committee on Allergic Diseases of Animals, International Society of Veterinary Dermatopathology and the Global Veterinary Dermatology Education Group. WAVD provides financial support to these affiliate groups, which helps them create unique scientific and educational programs in veterinary dermatology.

News Item ― 8th World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology 

Over 2,150 people gathered in Bordeaux, France from 31 May to 04 June 2016 for the 8th World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology. This was the largest number of participants ever for a World Congress and included 1,750 delegates from 72 countries. A little over half the delegates were from Europe with 20% from North America and 18% from Asia. Twenty-three sponsors contributed to the success of the Congress. Principal sponsors included Bayer Animal Health, Ceva Corporation, Elanco Animal Health, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, ICF (Industria Chimica Fine), Nestlé Purina PetCare, Royal Canin, Virbac, Zoetis and the World Association for Veterinary Dermatology (WAVD). 

The Scientific Program included state-of-the-art speakers, supporting reviews and original research in the areas of genetics, allergy, skin biology, therapeutics, infectious diseases and new diagnostic approaches. Over 230 research papers and posters were also presented. Scientific information from the Congress is available at no charge in the Volume 27, Supplement 1 issue of Veterinary Dermatology (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/vde.2016.27.issue-s1/issuetoc) and in the Advances in Veterinary Dermatology book to be published electronically early next year. Proceedings of the Continuing Education Program are available courtesy of WAVD at wavd.org. 

The opening ceremony of the Congress celebrated the lives of three prominent veterinary dermatologists ― Robert Schwartzman, Peter Ihrke and Didier Carlotti. As part of the ceremony, Professor David Lloyd was introduced as the third recipient of the Hugo Schindelka Award for exemplary scholarship in veterinary dermatology. The social program allowed participants to interact with colleagues, establish new friendships and exchange ideas in a relaxed atmosphere. Social events included a meet and greet reception at the Bordeaux Opera – Grand Theatre, welcome reception at the Congress Center and a Bordeaux Evening at Chateau Giscours. 

The WAVD provided scholarships for 30 veterinarians to attend the Congress. Scholarship awardees were from 17 countries and will be sharing scientific information from the meeting with practitioners in their home countries. 

 

Sydney, Australia has been awarded the 9th World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology to be held from 22-24th (Thursday-Saturday) October 2020. Look for more information about that Congress beginning next year.


WAVD Scholarship

The WAVD has a mission to share knowledge in veterinary dermatology with all veterinarians and to provide support for those individuals in every region of the globe. Some key members of the veterinary dermatology community have played a very important role in WAVD. The Association wishes to honour the life and career of Professor Peter Ihrke by offering a scholarship to commemorate his contribution to the discipline of veterinary dermatology. Peter was the Chief of Veterinary Dermatology at the University of California-Davis (UCD) Veterinary School and he inspired the careers of many key members of our global discipline by training and mentoring residents. He was also highly motivated to support the growth and development of veterinary dermatology amongst veterinarians denied the privilege of ready access to continuing education.

In this light, the scholarship will provide the opportunity for an individual from an under-privileged region to attend a two-to-four week externship in the veterinary dermatology service of the UCD Veterinary School. The scholarship will fund a return economy airfare, modest accommodation and meal allowance and professional liability insurance for the successful applicant. The scholarship will be undertaken in 2017 at a date to be determined by mutual arrangement between the successful recipient and the UCD veterinary dermatology service.

Applicants:
1. Must be a licensed veterinarian with at least three years, full-time experience working as a veterinarian. Dermatology residents or interns enrolled in a formal training program are not eligible to apply;
2. Must be able to provide proof of residency in a geographic location with limited access to continuing education opportunities in veterinary dermatology;
3. Will provide proof of adequate ability to write and speak in English;
4. Will provide evidence of interest and commitment to the discipline of veterinary dermatology;
5. Will provide a statement of financial need;
6. Will provide a brief curriculum vitae/resume;
7. Will provide a written reference from a veterinary professional associate or mentor;
8. Will provide a plan as to how their acquired knowledge will be of benefit to other veterinarians and/or veterinary technicians;
9. Will provide a written report (500 words) to the WAVD AC, within 12 months of completion, outlining how the applicant benefited from the scholarship.

Applications must be received by February 15, 2017 by midnight GMT. The application form can be accessed via the WAVD website www.wavd.org via the link http://www.wavd.org/peter-ihrke-scholarship-application.html. All applications will be reviewed by the Scholarship Subcommittee and the successful candidate informed by March 15, 2017.