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We are approaching our next buiatric congress in Madrid, Spain. The organizing committee led by ANEMBE is active setting up another major scientific program as well as a memorable social program. Please, do not hesitate to promote the event in your country.

Recently the WAB officers met with the organizers of two international congresses with different approaches to choosing venues for their congress. For one of the two organizations, the solution was to rely on a professional convention organizer for the choice of destinations. The other organization relied on the national association as does the WAB. Both methods have their advantages and can certainly lead to high quality congresses for the participants. Regardless of how you do it, you must consider the costs and benefits associated with organizing the conference. The organization's mission and objectives must be kept in mind when choosing the best way to proceed.

This brings me to the importance of involving our national members in the selection of a site and the organization of a successful congress. For the organization of the WAB Congress we still choose to rely on the submission from member countries with a strong and active national association. In the months preceding each congress, we rely on our members to submit their application for the congress which will take place 4 years later. The bid will be evaluated very seriously by the Executive Committee of the WAB, based on the quality of the candidacy. Bids are open to every country.

In accordance with our selection procedures, the WAB officers have chosen not to accept invitations from professional conventions organizers (PCO), tourism bureau or convention centers. We want to favor discussions and invitations from full member associations of the WAB.

I would like to end my message by offering you my Season’s Greetings and best wishes for the New Year!


President Bouchard and I were able to meet with representatives of the Organizing Committee for Madrid 2020 during the recent American Association of Bovine Practitioners Annual Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. 

Plans for the 2020 World Buiatrics Congress (Madrid 2020), both the scientific program and the social events, are progressing very well and the Congress promises to be an exception event, please plan to attend.  Take a moment to review the information and links to Madrid 2020 which appear later in this WAB Newsletter.

The WAB continues to receive communications from buiatricians around the globe interested in national and international activities and congresses.  I strongly encourage each WAB member to keep the WAB Secretary General informed of future meetings, congresses and other programs of interest.


The new BID guidelines for the 2024 WBC will be available in early January on our website.


SOUTH KOREA: The College of Veterinary Medicine at Seoul National University in South Korea has earned accreditation from the Council on Education and become the 50th member institution of the AAVMC. The college becomes the first international institution since Vet Ag Sup in Lyon, France (2013) to earn accreditation. See AAVMC newsletter

USA: AABP Bovine Practitioner articles are now available through a partnership with Texas A&M. For the first time, peer-reviewed articles on cattle health, science and management published in the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Bovine Practitioner publication are available free online to veterinarians, students, researchers and the public. To view and search, you must register on the site. You can find the Bovine Practitioner online.

UK: A document from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) in collaboration with the British Cattle Veterinary Association and other organizations: Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine Matters: Our Commitment to the Future. Chapters of interest for buiatricians:

  • An evidence-based plan to control mastitis in dairy cows (p.10)

British Cattle Veterinary Association
“A farm-specific approach to the control of mastitis, with evidence at its heart, resulted in a reduction in clinical and sub-clinical mastitis of 20% in a one-year period.” The plan included a novel strategy to evaluate farm data to ‘diagnose’ infection patterns, using a trained advisor to identify likely contributory factors and a software-enhanced method to select the most beneficial interventions for individual farms.

  • Ensuring a humane death for young farm animals (p.12)

University of Bristol

  • Rapid diagnostic tests to reduce antimicrobial resistance (p.16)

University of Surrey



WBC Madrid 2020: September 27 to October 1st, 2020.
Preliminary Program

Important Dates
- Abstract Submission: Open since October 2019
- Registration: Opens - December 2019
- Abstract Submission: Deadline - End of February 2020
- Practice Topics Submission: Deadline - May 2020
- Abstracts Author: Notification- May 2020
- Early Registration: Deadline - June 2020


The following awards will be presented at WBC 2020 in Madrid.

WAB President’s award:
Provides a 3000 € award to a young veterinarian (35 years old or younger) presenting at WBC 2020 in Madrid.
Deadline for submission is September 1st, 2020.

BVDzero students’ scholarship.
A scholarship (1500 € value) to help students attend WBC 2020 in Madrid. The recipients are listed

The Gustav Rosenberger Memorial Fund Grant (GRMF).
The Gustav Rosenberger Memorial Fund provides an annual grant to a young and promising veterinarian, preferably from a country or area with suboptimal possibilities and is sponsored by MSD Animal Health.

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