International Conference of the World Association of Veterinary Parasitology 2021
The World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology (WAAVP) holds an international conference every two years. There, scientists from around the world present the most recent developments in veterinary parasitology. However, with the trials presented by COVID-19, this year’s conference will be fully virtual.
What is the WAAVP?
The WAAVP is a non-profit organisation of scientists who study diverse aspects of veterinary parasitology. It is the largest such organisation in the world and is closely affiliated with the well-respected journal, Veterinary Parasitology. The primary purpose of the WAAVP is encouraging research and promoting information exchange among researchers, health investigators, and veterinary practitioners. To aid in this goal, they hold a biennial conference to bring together interested parties from across the globe.
Ridgeway and the WAAVP
The Managing Director of Ridgeway Research, Maggie Fisher, has been an active member of the Executive Committee of the WAAVP for many years, including two Vice-President positions. While her term as VP is ending this year, there is little doubt that she will remain an important voice in the field for years to come. At the conference this year, she is participating in a roundtable on the global regulation of veterinary medicines. She is also presenting a brief history of the WAAVP guidelines and where they are now.
This Year’s Conference
This year, while plans were in place to hold the conference in Dublin, Ireland, it will now be totally online. The theme of ‘Parastologists Without Borders’ encompasses the interdisciplinary nature of parasitology research, and the global challenges facing the scientific, and wider, community.
There are certainly many difficulties involved with taking such a huge event online. Scientific conferences are an incredible and valuable source of up-to-date information. They also provide an opportunity for socialising and networking that can be hard in such fields. With this in mind, the WAAVP have organised a few socials to help delegates relax and get to know each other. This includes everything from a virtual cocktail evening to an online Pilates and mindfulness class.