Hugo Schindelka Award

The Purpose of the Award

The Hugo Schindelka Award commemorates initiation of the scientific approach to veterinary dermatology, its establishment as a discipline, and is given to recognize outstanding contributions to our discipline.

The award consisting of a medal and US$ 5,000 is presented every 4 years at the World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology, starting with the 6th Congress in Hong Kong in 2008. From 2016 onwards it was decided that the recipient would be invited to deliver The Shindelka Memorial Lecture at the Congress on a topic of their choosing. A recording of the Schindelka Lectures will be forthcoming.

The award recognises excellence in scholarship and publication in Veterinary Dermatology.


Scholarship includes organisation and development of the discipline, achievements in basic and applied research providing new knowledge, teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in universities and within other educational systems, the development of courses and teaching materials and the development of diagnostic and therapeutic methods. Contributions to scholarship will be assessed by multiple criteria, including but not limited to the following:
  • Development and delivery of courses for veterinary degree programmes
  • The development of novel teaching materials for course delivery
  • The delivery of continuing education for veterinarians at regional, national and international meetings
  • Invited state-of-the-art presentations at national and international meetings
  • Participation and leadership in national and/or international organisations devoted to veterinary dermatology
  • Training and mentorship of residents in veterinary dermatology
  • Basic research that enhances our understanding of the discipline
  • Applied research leading to improved diagnostic and therapeutic strategies
  • Training and mentorship of postgraduate students enrolled in MSc and PhD programmes


Publications evaluated in the assessment can be of any type, and can be scientific papers, popular articles, books and electronic media etc. They can include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Scientific publications reporting original research, some of which should be in high impact journals
  • Reports of cases and series of cases that add new knowledge
  • Publications in the popular press that enhance the standing of the discipline
  • Insightful review papers, particularly where they change our perceptions pertaining to the diagnosis and treatment of disease conditions
  • Textbooks and chapters in textbooks used for the teaching of veterinary students and/or the postgraduate education of those in clinical practice or in academia
  • Editorships and/or service on the editorial boards of journals devoted to veterinary dermatology and/or the allied disciplines

It is, of course, not expected that nominees should necessarily have been active in all of these areas, and the awarding committee will assess the overall outcomes resulting from involvement in any of the relevant fields in determining the significance of the nominee’s contributions to the discipline. The award is not restricted to veterinary graduates.

Nomination and Selection

Nominations will be sought 18 months to 2 years prior to each World Congress and will be evaluated by a panel appointed by and reporting to the Administrative Committee.

Hugo Schindelka


Dr. Hugo Schindelka, a teacher at the Vienna Veterinary School, established veterinary dermatology as a discipline with the publication of his book, Hautkrankheiten bei Haustieren Handbuch der Tierärztlichen Chirurgie und Geburtshilfe (Skin Diseases of Domestic Animals), in 1903.

Past Recipients

The WAVD recognizes past recipients of the Hugo Schindelka Award.

Danny Scott

Dr. Danny Scott
2020 Recipient

Dr. Danny Scott was the epitome of the university clinician of his era, devoting his time to teaching, clinical service and research, and service to the profession and public.


David Lloyd

Professor David Lloyd
2016 Recipient

Professor David Lloyd embodies the spirit of this award: a senior academician, a renowned scientist, a long-time mentor and a tireless contributor to specialty organizations.


Dr. E. W. Halliwell

Professor Dr. Richard E.W. Halliwell
2012 Recipient

At the WCVD 7 in Vancouver in 2012, the second Hugo Schindelka medal was awarded to Prof. Dr. Richard E. W. Halliwell, another great-grandfather of veterinary dermatology in America as well as Europe.


Dr. George H. Muller

Dr. George H. Muller
2008 Recipient

At the WCVD 6 in Hong Kong, the first Hugo Schindelka medal was awarded to Dr. George H. Muller one of the great-grandfathers of veterinary dermatology in America as well as Europe.