Wednesday, 24 June 2015 16:26

WAVD – 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.

Other initiatives for WAVD in 2015 and beyond include providing support to the South African Veterinary Dermatology Interest Group, awarding at the next World Congress the Hugo Schindelka Medal recognizing excellence in scholarship and publication, establishing an educational scholarship to honor the life and career of Dr. Peter Ihrke, publishing clinical practice guidelines for dermatophytosis and staphylococcal infections of the skin, and endorsement and dissemination of dermatologic publications of importance to general veterinary practitioners. For more information on the WAVD and its members, see the WAVD website (

The 8th World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology will be held in Bordeaux, France on 31 May – 4 June, 2016. Detailed information is available on the Congress website ( Six themes have been selected for the scientific program: Genetics/Genomics; Skin an an Immune Organ/Allergy; Skin Biology/Living Skin; Infectious Diseases; New Diagnostic Approaches; New Trends in Therapy. There will also be equine, feline, and exotic animal programs plus continuing education sessions, free communications and posters. WAVD will be providing 30 scholarships to support attendance at WCVD8. See the WAVD or Congress websites for more information about the scholarship opportunities.