Past Congresses

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Bordeaux, France.
31 May to 04 June 2016

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 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

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.

WAVD 7th World Congress, Vancouver, 2012 Vancouver, Canada.
July 24-28, 2012.
President: Manon Paradis

Impressions from the congress are available in the Photo Galleries

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A highly successful seventh World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology was held in Vancouver, Canada from July 24 to July 28, 2012. A record number of delegates participated in the Congress with more than 1600 veterinarians, dermatologists, pathologists, basic scientists, exhibitors and accompanying persons in attendance.

The World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology has become a global event of unsurpassed status in the international sphere of veterinary science and education. Congress delegates from over 50 countries had the option of attending lectures from world-class experts delivering cutting edge, state-of-the-art research to an extensive program of both advanced and comprehensive continuing education in dermatology for the veterinary practitioner.

In conjunction with seven streams of lectures covering topics in allergy, oncology, infection, immune mediated disease and barrier function; there was a specific focus on feline, equine and exotic dermatology. Fourteen small workshops allowed for informal exchanges of ideas between experts and participants in wide ranging subjects from otitis to parasites, as well as interactive cytology, comprehensive and advanced dermatohistopathology and parasitology/mycology laboratories.

Company-sponsored forums presented the latest findings on pharmaceutical and dietary research. The Congress is a show-case for original scientific research and 69 free communications and 122 poster presentations were presented in Vancouver, 2012. The spectacular social events left delegates with lasting memories of a fabulous meeting and a commitment not to miss the eighth World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology to be held in Bordeaux France in 2016.

WAVD 6th World Congress Hong KongHong Kong
19-22 November 2008
President: Toshi Iwasaki

The first time for such an event in Asia, the 6th World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology, held on 19-22 November 2008 attracted a record number of scientific submissions and also the highest number of delegates for any Congress.  1190 delegates from over 50 countries worldwide converged on the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre for four days of lectures featuring a diverse range of topics in both the Continuing Education Programme and the Plenary Sessions which focused on six themes: Immunology, Therapy, Infection, Parasitology, Otology and Skin Biology. Delegates had many scientific options with seven concurrent sessions including lecture tracks focusing on equine dermatology and dermatopathology; wetlabs in parasitology, dermatopathology and otology; and interactive workshops.   Many veterinarians from the region attended the comprehensive Continuing Education Programme which was translated into Japanese, Korean and Putonghua. 

The highlight of the extensive Social Programme was the Oriental Extravaganza, where the Japanese Taiko Drum Performance set the stage for a wonderful night of food and entertainment from around the region.  


View images from the Hong Kong event in the galleries here


WAVD 5th World Congress, ViennaVienna, Austria
25-28 August, 2004
President: David Lloyd

Over 1.500 veterinarians and technicians from 56 countries and 6 continents met in August 2004 at the 5th World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology in Vienna.

This year's event took place on the beautiful premises of the "Hofburg Conference Centre".

A total of 45 companies from around the world presented their products and services in the dermatology field. Top specialists from different countries were invited to give lectures at the event.

To accommodate the diverse backgrounds and interest of delegates, a significantly expanded programme was organized and offered at this congress. In addition to the traditional plenary sessions, free communications poster abstracts, workshops and continuing education sessions, several new features were introduced. These included special sessions for nurses, technicians, equine veterinarians, and dermatopathologists, as well as hands-on courses for otoscopy, parasitology, cytology and wound dressing.

View images from the Vienna event in the galleries here

San Francisco, California, US.
31 August - 2 September 2000
President: Peter Ihrke

The Fourth World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology was organized by the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology, the American College of Veterinary Dermatology, the Canadian Academy of Veterinary Dermatology, the European College of Veterinary Dermatology and the European Society of Veterinary Dermatology. Over 1000 delegates from 42 countries were attracted to a scientific program with four plenary sessions, with 21 state of the art lectures, supporting reviews, and supporting original studies, 22 workshops, 81 free communications, 64 posters and a two-track clinical programme.

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Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
11–14 September 1996
President: Hans Koch

The Third World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology was organized by the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology, the American College of Veterinary Dermatology, the Canadian Academy of Veterinary Dermatology and the European Society of Veterinary Dermatology. It was especially appropriate that this congress was held in Europe where the growth in the specialty had been nothing short of astounding. Over 800 delegates from countries throughout the world attended. The scientific programme featured six plenary sessions with 30 state of the art and supporting papers, 16 workshops, 62 posters and 64 free communications.

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Montreal, Canada
13-16 May 1992
President: Richard Anderson

The Second World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology attracted over 500 delegates from countries throughout the world who participated in symposia organized into five major themes. A state of the art address reviewing each theme was followed by scientific supporting papers which presented new data. Clinicopathologic conferences on topics of controversy allowed divergent viewpoints to be aired. Fifteen informal workshops spanning various areas of interest provided a forum for fruitful discussions.

Dijon, France
27-30 September, 1989
President: Richard Halliwell

The First World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology was the culmination of 15 years of extraordinary progress for the discipline. Never before had there been an opportunity to bring together expertise in dermatology of all animal species and from all parts of the globe in one meeting.

The event was attended by some 600 delegates from 35 countries. Five major themes, each consisting of a major review paper supported by four to six scientific papers, were selected. In additon there were workshops, free communications, poster sessions, a special programme on buiatrics and a clinicopathological conference.

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