22 - 25 August, 2012
We heard papers and saw posters about the history of animals in health & disease, and their veterinary caregivers, presented by colleagues from 20+ different nations. We enjoyed the gourmet Congress dinner at the historic University Hall (where the Treaty of Utrecht was signed in 1579), a buffet and dance at the Railway Museum, and cocktails in the Old Veterinary School.
Members: you may review the Minutes from the General Assembly (GA) meeting & the Board and Liaison Committee Meetings.
Congress Organizers & Participants, Utrecht 2012
Join us to explore how humans have cared for animals in different times and places!
Every two years, members of the World Association for the History of Veterinary Medicine meet for a Congress at which we present our research, exchange ideas, and socialize. In August 2012, we met in the historic university city of Utrecht, The Netherlands, and discussed topics such as the history of veterinary associations in Turkey, Korea, Europe, and North America; the movement of diseases such as plague and rinderpest in animal populations around the world; how and why animal protection societies became established; and many other topics in the history of veterinary medicine and animal disease. We enjoyed excellent arrangements for entertainment and activities, including visiting historic sites in Utrecht and the Open-Air Museum near Arnhem--a unique collection of buildings such as houses, barns, a brewery, shops, and even a tram brought here from around the Low Countries. We thank our hosts, The Netherlands Veterinary History Society, for an unforgettable experience!
Between Congresses, we continue our discussions through this website, meetings in our own countries, and professional conferences. The result is a vibrant field of research that includes students, veterinarians, historians, and interested people from all walks of life.
Past-President and Current Presidents
We have 1400 members from 44 nations, with our activities coordinated by the Officers and Board (which represent 10 of those nations) and aided by a Liaison Committee. In photo: Past-President Gerhard Forstenpointner (Austria), co-President Susan Jones (USA), co-President Peter Koolmees (Netherlands).