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The biennial congress of the World Equine Veterinary Association (WEVA) was held in Budapest last month, hosted by the Hungarian Association of Equine Practitioners (HAEP) and the World Organisation of Hungarian Veterinarians. As Mel Lean reports, the city provided an exciting and cultural backdrop to a well-attended and well-planned scientific congress
ALMOST 500 delegates from 48 different countries, including Australia, the USA, India and Mexico, travelled to Hungary for the 13th WEVA congress, held from October 3 to 5. Veterinary students were offered a reduced rate, which attracted a number of attendees, including those from the Szent Istvan Veterinary Faculty in Budapest.
A lively and varied schedule of lectures and abstracts was on offer over the three days, with 45 invited speakers delivering keynote lectures and oral presentations on a wide variety of current and cutting-edge equine veterinary medicine subjects. At the opening ceremony, delegates were welcomed by Ravi Reddy, the president of WEVA, Zita Makra, president of the HAEP, and Sandor Fazekas, the Hungarian minister of rural development, before David Hodgson, of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in the USA, was introduced as the incoming president of the WEVA.
During the first day of lectures, the winner of the Merial Applied Research Award, Dominique Votion, of the University of Liège in Belgium, …
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