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Meetings are convened two or three times a year. They are usually held in London but, if appropriate, they may be held elsewhere and it has been customary to arrange a summer visit to an outdoor site, museum or building of historical interest.

The joint meeting with International Cat Care and RCVS Knowledge was held on Friday 10 June at the RCVS. It had a working title ‘People, cats and vets through history.

Find out the details from the International Cat Care website

The 42nd Congress of the World Association for the History of Veterinary Medicine (WAHVM) was held at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna July 27th to July 30th, 2016. The congress was a joint conference with the European Association of Veterinary Anatomists (EAVA).

Find out about it at the WAHVM website

The meeting on Wednesday 2nd December 2015 was held at the RCVS included the AGM.

arrow Here is the agenda.

The Biennial Congress of the World Association for the History of Veterinary Medicine, hosted by the Veterinary History Society was held at Imperial College London, 10-13 September 2014.

This event, held for the first time in Britain, welcomed speakers from 30 countries to address the twin themes of 'One Health' (connections between human and animal medicine) and 'War, animals and the veterinary profession.' There were also sessions on veterinary collections, general veterinary history and oral history. 

Key notes were delivered by Professor Donald F. Smith, Professor of Surgery and Dean Emeritus at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine ('History of One Health'), and Dr Hilda Keane, Ruskin College, Oxford ('War, Animals and the Veterinary Profession'), who also led a walk on 'Animal pasts in Hyde Park.'

There was a reception at the Royal Veterinary College, Camden, and a conference dinner at King's College London.

Putting on this meeting was a huge achievement on the part of the organising committee. It brought the VHS on to the international stage, elevated the profile of veterinary history, and won plaudits from around the globe.

The congress timetable can be viewed here and there is also a report of the event. The photo slideshow will open in a new window.

arrow the Congress timetable (554Kb)

arrow the Congress Report (29Kb)

Slideshow of photos of the reception and the congress.

A meeting was held at the Natural History Museum at Tring, Hertfordshire on April 30th 2014.
arrowThis was the programme. (21Kb)

Thursday November 14th 2013: The 2013 autumn Meeting of the Society including the AGM was held at the RCVS, Belgravia House, Horseferry Road, London SW1P 2AF

arrowThis was the programme (67Kb)

arrow Here are the minutes from the 2013 AGM (82Kb)

Wednesday and Thursday July 17th and 18th 2013: This Meeting of the Society was held at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh. Papers were given in the impressive new Teaching Building at Easter Bush Campus, Roslin, just outside the city, where the entire Veterinary School is now located. A historical tour of the old premises of Summerhall and other veterinary sites in Edinburgh formed part of this meeting.

arrowThis was the programme (88Kb)

October 31st and November 1st 2012: A Meeting celebrating the Society's 50th anniversary was held at the Wellcome Trust in London.  The programme for the two day meeting included papers and films, described as erudite, novel, historical, all of interest.  At an excellent dinner at the Farmers Club toasts were proposed to our own future and to the Wellcome Trust.  The inaugural Meeting of the Society was held exactly 50 years ago in the old Wellcome Library, and we thank Wellcome for its frequent support over this half-century. 

Click the link below for the programme.

arrowHere are the minutes from the 2012 AGM (82Kb)

arrowThis was the programme (89Kb)

August 22nd to 25th 2012: The 40th International Congress of the World Association for the History of Veterinary Medicine was held in Utrecht.

arrowThis was the programme. (259Kb)

July 4th 2012: The meeting held in Queens' College, Cambridge, included papers on bovine obstetrics. deer parks, animals in the Crimean War and the unearthing of an old racehorse - our thanks to Peter Jackson, John Fletcher, Mike Hinton, Tim Cox and Alison Schwabe for the enthusiastic presentations of their interesting subjects.  The host for this meeting was Rev Dr Jonathan Holmes MRCVS, who also arranged for us to be shown the Old Library with some particularly fascinating items; he then acted as a guide to some of the older parts of the College.  An excellent lunch too. Many thanks indeed, Dr Holmes.

June16th/17th 2012: The RVCGA enjoyed their Meeting Celebrating The Rocky Road from Odiham at the George Hotel, Odiham, to present a plaque commemorating the role of the Odiham Agricultural Society in the founding of the RVC. Contact: Noakesdavid@aol.com

April 23/24 2008: We visited Copenhagen for a two-day, joint programme with the Danish Veterinary History Society on Wednesday/Thursday .
arrow Here is an article on the event published in the July edition of Veterinary Practice.(123kb)

For further details of meetings and visits, email the secretary from the Contacts page.