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 of 2018.
Information from the WAVD:
In 2014, the World Association for Veterinary Dermatology (WAVD) initiated a Publication Endorsement Policy which has led to WAVD recognition of numerous clinical practice guidelines, review articles and other scientific papers of interest to dermatology specialists and general practitioners around the globe. These papers have been published in Veterinary Dermatology and BMC Veterinary Research but endorsement may be made for papers published in any high quality refereed scientific journal. The WAVD Administrative Committee recently updated the endorsement policy.
Kenneth W. Kwochka, DVM, DACVD
Manager of Veterinary Services, Health and Wellness, Animal Health