World Association for Veterinary Dermatology

Our mission is to promote the worldwide advancement of veterinary dermatology.


Due to the ongoing epidemic situation with COVID-19, the organizing committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the traditional format of the 32nd European Veterinary Dermatology Congress, planned to take place in Porto, and organize the congress online.

For the online congress, the congress dates will remain 16-18 September 2021. Registration is now open!

During the online congress, scientific invited lectures will be streamed, including live Q&A. All lectures will remain available on demand until 31 December 2021.

A virtual commercial exhibition area will be available with digital booths of each sponsor and exhibitor. The commercial exhibition will also remain accessible until 31 December 2021.

In 2022, the congress will take place in Porto, Portugal.

What We Do

Through scholarship programs, a World Congress, and the continued support of organizations around the world, the WAVD continues to carry its mission forward.

Scholarships & Awards

The WAVD provides scholarships and awards through the Peter Irhke Scholarship and the Hugo Schindelka Award.

World Congress

Every four years, the WAVD puts together an event around the world. Learn about the history, location, and more.

Continuing Education

The WAVD provides Consensus Guidelines, Proceedings and Meeting information to further the knowledge of our specialty.

The Hugo Schindelka Award

The Hugo Schindelka Award commemorates initiation of the scientific approach to veterinary dermatology and its establishment as a discipline. The award is presented every four years at the World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology.

the peter irhke scholarship

The WAVD honours the life and career of Professor Peter Ihrke by offering a scholarship to commemorate his contribution to the discipline of veterinary dermatology. This scholarship provides 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.

Peter Ihrke

Stay Informed

We provide occasional updates about WAVD-related happenings, including information about the upcoming 9th World Congress. If you would be interested in receiving emails from WAVD, subscribe below.

* indicates required
The World Association for Veterinary Dermatology (WAVD) will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing. Please let us know all the ways you would like to hear from us:

You can change your mind at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of any email you receive from us, or by contacting us at We will treat your information with respect. For more information about our privacy practices please visit our website. By clicking below, you agree that we may process your information in accordance with these terms.

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp's privacy practices here.