World Veterinary News
Friday, July 03, 2015
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History of the WAVLD
Brief History of the World Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (WAVLD)
Vaughn Seaton, DVM MS
Craig N. Carter, DVM MS PhD
Brief History of the WAVLD
Dr. Benjaman Jarra of Mexico visited the National Animal Disease Laboratory in Ames, 1976 to consult with Dr. Vaughn Seaton and others.
A new Veterinary Research and Diagnostic Laboratory at Palo Alto, Mexico was to be dedicated in 1977.
Planning began for the organizational meeting of the WAVLD to coincide with the dedication of the new lab.
The first informal ISWAVLD meeting was held in Guanajuato, Mexico in 1977 with several hundred in attendance.
At the Mexico meeting, Dr. Hans Glattli, lobbied to host the second ISWAVLD meeting in Lucerne, Switzerland, 1980.
A decision was made in Switzerland to name the new organization the “WAVLD” and Dr. Seaton installed as the first President. He remained in that position for 6 years.
The WAVLD constitution and bylaws were approved at the third ISWAVLD meeting in Ames, Iowa, USA in 1983.
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