The 35th Annual Congress of the World Association for the History of
Veterinary Medicine was held in Torino/Grugliasco, Italy, September 8-11,
2004. Dr Susan Jones and Dr Raffaele Roncalli attended the meeting on
behalf of the AVMHS. Dr Roncalli was a keynote speaker and chaired a
session, while Dr Jones was a speaker and chaired a session. There were
many nations represented at this meeting, from the US to Italy to Romania.
About 70 papers were presented in English and Italian. There were also 30
posters displayed throughout the meeting. The Congress themes were: the
history of veterinary medicine in the Mediterranean world; and the history
of veterinary medicine during World War I. All of the papers were
interesting and informative, with a high quality consistent within the
At the business meeting and meeting of the Liaisons, several important items
were discussed. Drs. Frostenpointner and Weissengruber (Austria), the new
President and Secretary of the WAHVM, ran these meetings. Their efficiency
and conviviality certainly will maintain the high standards set by their
Dutch predecessors. Both officers will attend the Minneapolis meeting next
summer, as will the Past-President, Dr. Koolmees (Netherlands) Business
that concerns the AVMHS included: the successful nomination of Dr Robert
Dunlop for the Cheiron award; the adoption of the themes and advance
arrangements for the 2005 meeting in Minneapolis; and Dr. Jones' report from
the AVMHS over the past year. There were no problems identified with any of
these business items.
WAHVM officers and Liaisons are looking forward to the 2005 Congress in
Minneapolis. At the conclusion of the program, Dr Jones made a presentation
inviting the audience to the Minneapolis Congress in 2005. She estimates
that about twenty European and Mexican members will attend. The official
language of the Congress is English, and the call for papers will go out at
the end of 2004. Dr Jones will oversee the construction of a website that
will facilitate the submission of papers and registration for the Congress.
There will be a book of abstracts and the WAHVM History of Veterinary
Medicine bibliography CD will be available, as will several other
opportunities to exchange ideas with our colleagues from around the world.
The Torino Congress paved the way for a successful Congress in Minneapolis