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.
Information from the WAVD:
In 2014, the World Association for Veterinary Dermatology (WAVD) initiated a Publication Endorsement Policy which has led to WAVD recognition of numerous clinical practice guidelines, review articles and other scientific papers of interest to dermatology specialists and general practitioners around the globe. These papers have been published in Veterinary Dermatology and BMC Veterinary Research but endorsement may be made for papers published in any high quality refereed scientific journal. The WAVD Administrative Committee recently updated the endorsement policy.
Kenneth W. Kwochka, DVM, DACVD
Manager of Veterinary Services, Health and Wellness, Animal Health