Programme highlights


The 8th World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology will provide over 170 hours of topics pertaining to veterinary dermatology. Attendees can attend lectures, seminars, interactive discussions and workshops presented by some of the world’s leading experts. 

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The congress will have six main themes with State of the Art presentations, Supporting Reviews and Supporting Original Studies.

  • Genetics and genomics of the skin and skin diseases
  • Skin as an immune organ - allergy
  • The living skin - skin biology and the cutaneous ecosystem
  • New trends in therapy
  • Infectious diseases
  • New diagnostic approaches


These are world-class lectures reporting the most recent scientific advances by leading international experts. The information in these lectures will influence your professional activities whether it be research, teaching, or clinical practice of veterinary dermatology. You can’t miss these!
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More expert presentations designed to report the very latest advances in veterinary dermatology from leading academics and researchers. These presentations will update and excite educators, clinical specialists and all veterinarians with an interest in dermatology.
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These are oral presentations of original studies within the Congress themes. These prestigious presentations of research studies with broad and significant impact in veterinary dermatology are accompanied by a travel and expense grant for the presenting author.

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FELINE PROGRAMME (Thursday - Friday June 2nd-3rd)

Feline skin diseases have become a focus of both research and clinical advancements in recent years. This 2-day programme, will be a must for feline practitioners and as well as clinicians and dermatologists looking to advance their knowledge and skills in feline skin disease and therapy.

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EQUINE PROGRAMME (Thursday - Friday June 2nd-3rd)

Equine practitioners and veterinary dermatologists will enjoy learning the latest diagnostic and therapeutic advances in equine skin diseases. This 2-day programme will feature keynote lectures, original research studies as well as many problem-oriented and practical continuing education lectures.

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Exotic animal skin disease is a growing area in dermatology with rapid developments in our understanding of both diagnosis and management. This 1-day programme will update those in attendance on the current state of expert knowledge about disease and therapy for various avian, reptilian and small mammal species commonly encountered in clinical practice.

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WORKSHOPS – controversial topics in dermatology

The always popular "controversies" workshops enable interactive presentation and discussion in a small group.
Workshop topics will include various and varied common issues and diseases in the field of veterinary dermatology and dermatopathology. Topics under consideration include epidermal barrier, ectoparasiticides, food adverse reactions, diagnosis and management of pruritus, antimicrobial resistance and topical therapies, antimicrobial therapy into 2020, leishmaniasis and otitis. The finalized list of topics will reflect trends and needs in veterinary dermatology from the point of view of delegates as well as industry.
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Wetlabs allowing for an interactive experience between the attendees and world class experts will be offered in varied areas including lasers, dermatoscopy, cytology and dermatopathology.
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Over 100 original scientific studies, clinical studies or case reports for oral or poster presentation will cover a wide variety of topics in dermatology.
  • Allergic diseases: pathobiology (pathogenesis and diagnosis)
  • Allergic diseases: treatment
  • Otitis
  • Parasites and parasitology
  • Follicular or cornification function or pathology
  • Skin biology and ecology
  • Infectious skin disease
  • Neoplastic skin disease
  • Immune mediated skin diseaae
  • Rare and novel conditions
  • Equine skin disease
  • Skin disease of exotic species
  • Miscellaneous diseases
  • ACVD residents abstracts


A full day programme will feature keynote lectures, research abstracts, continuing education and discussion of mystery slides, to encompass the latest developments in dermatopathology.
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Science and Industry Day.
A full day of the Congress will be devoted to company-sponsored educational events. Wednesday, June 1 will be designated Science and Industry Day, with five 2 hour sessions available for our corporate sponsors to highlight the latest research and clinical applications.
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The impact of the meeting will be reinforced by publication of the abstracts in a special issue of Veterinary Dermatology and in the Congress proceedings and the post-congress e-book "Advances in Veterinary Dermatology", the eighth in this series, which has become essential reading for all with an interest in dermatology. "Advances" is provided to all registrants.


Attendees can obtain over 24 hours of continuing education which will be presented by the world’s best lecturers on a wide range of common everyday skin diseases as well as unusual and challenging conditions. There will be two streams for general CE: an advanced level of continuing education for veterinary dermatologists and veterinarians with a special interest in dermatology, and a comprehensive level for general practitioners.
  • RACE accreditation
    This program 980-18881 is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of69.50 CE Credits with 24.00 being the maximum available to any one veterinarian or veterinary technician (nurse). This RACE approval is for the subject matter categorie(s) of: Category One: Scientific using the delivery method(s) of: Seminar/LectureLab/Wet Lab. This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements


  • Approved as a New York State sponsor of continuing education for veterinarians and veterinary technicians
  • The WCVD8 has been approved for continuing education credit by the following:
    Swiss Association of Small Animal Medicine
    Conseil National Vétérinaire de la formation continue et complémentaire (France)


  • CE Approval for German veterinarians
    Die Teilnahme am8th World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology von Tierärzten aus Deutschland wird von der Akademie für tierärztliche Fortbildung (ATF) folgendermaßen anerkannt:Gesamtkongress (01.-04. Juni 2016): 24 ATF-Stunden Katzenprogramm (02./03. Juni 2016): 12 ATF-Stunden Pferdeprogramm (02./03. Juni 2016): 12 ATF-Stunden Exotenprogramm (04. Juni 2016): 6 ATF-Stunden
    For German veterinarians, participation as delegate or speaker at this conference will result CE approval by the Academy of veterinary continuing education (ATF) as follows:Complete Congress (01-04 June 2016): 24 ATF hours Feline Programme (02/03 June 2016): 12 ATF hours Equine Programme (02/03 June 2016): 12 ATF hours Exotic animal Programme (04 June 2016): 6 ATF hours