I’m so pleased to tell you some fabulous news about the World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology which was due to take place in Sydney in October. First, I’d like to tell you a story!

After I qualified, I moved about a bit. I didn’t settle immediately into the profession. I’d always wanted to be a vet but I guess I didn’t spend as much time as I should have deciding what type of vet I would become.

About two years into my professional life I signed up for a weekend course on dermatology given by Richard Harvey at Cater and Campbell’s practice in Llandudno. It ignited my interest in dermatology and I started to attend the RVC symposia organised by Professor David Lloyd. I decided to attempt the RCVS certificate in Veterinary Dermatology in 1995 and managed to persuade David Grant to be my mentor. He was splendid and I managed to pass first time, having read Muller and Kirk’s Small Animal Dermatology from cove r to cover.

In 1996, I attended WCVD3 in the beautiful city of Edinburgh and had a lovely meal with the famous Danny Scott from Cornell University. In 1997, I won the Frank Beattie Travel Scholarship from the BSAVA and had 3 weeks in Cornell with Danny which was amazing. By this time I was running my own peripatetic dermatology clinics in the North of England and Wales.

2000 saw me travel to San Francisco to WCVD4 and give a short communication on the use of acitretin in the treatment of canine epitheliotropic lymphoma. I can’t believe it was 20 years since I was exploring the streets of San Francisco with veterinary dermatology colleagues who became friends like Stephen White David Shearer and Gordon Duncan.

In 2004, WCVD5 was in Vienna and we got a private view of the Lippizaner stallions which was fantastic. The conference was held at one of the Habsburg palaces-palatial!

In 2008, it was held at the exhibition centre in Hong Kong. I went via Dubai to see an old school friend and also to try to acclimatise to the jetlag. However, I found it really tough and was often awake in the night and then sleeping in and missing lectures. On the Sunday, after the congress finished, I took a ferry to one of the islands to run a very hilly 10k and met a Chinese lady sporting a Pennt Lane striders t-shirt from a run I had done also- small world. Hong Kong was so busy but I enjoyed sitting with a Japanese group one of the social evenings.

2012’s event took place in the summer holidays. I was able to take Rachael, my wife, to the beautiful city of Vancouver and also visit Vancouver Island. We watched orcas for an hour which was magnificent. The CE was, of course, amazing too!

In 2016, I had decided to stop practicing because The Webinar Vet was getting busier. My first European derm conference was also in Bordeaux so it was great to bookmark my dermatiology career with two conferences in Bordeaux. Both conferences were as famous for their splendid wine as they were for their amazing CE.

I was looking forward to Sydney in October to keep my hand in with dermatology and also to see old friends but unfortunately the Coronavirus popped up. I’m honoured that the committee of WCVD9 have asked me to help bring their fabulous conference online. If you are interested in knowing more click here