Published time: June 20, 2018
The four-day 25th International Pig Veterinary Society (IPVS) Congress came to a successful end on June 14, 2018 in Yuelai international convention center of Chongqing, China.
It’s the Congress’ debut show in China in its 50 years of history. A celebration of its 50th anniversary was also held on June 13. “The 2018 Congress is an extremely important and memorable event in IPVS’ history,” said Dr. Francois van Niekerk, Secretary-General of the Society. The successful holding of this conference is based on the rapid development of China’s pig industry and the pig veterinary scientific research. At present, the veterinary related scientific research capability in China has reached the international leading level. The leaders of the major veterinary disciplines are among the top in the world and are widely recognized by scholars at home and abroad.
A Gala Dinner and Celebration for 50th Anniversary of IPVS
Dubbed ‘Home of World Veterinary’, the IPVS Congress intents to provide an international exchange platform for the scientific and technological community and industry. Thousands of world-class pig veterinarians, researchers and industry scientists gather to share research results, discuss in-depth industry issues, analyze actual cases, and boost popularization of practical techniques, so as to promote the healthy development of pig veterinary business and the pig industry in the world. According to a tradition, all registered participants can become full members of IPVS. By far, there are more than 10,000 members all over the world.
Prof. Hanchun Yang, President of IPVS 2018
With the theme of ‘Healthy Pig, Safe Pork’, the 2018 Congress offered various and the latest research results on pig health, via invited keynote lectures, oral presentations, satellite symposiums, and posters. Covering the eight topics of Virology & Viral Diseases, Bacteriology & Bacterial Diseases, Emerging and Re-emerging Swine Diseases, Swine Production & Welfare, Veterinary Public Health & Food Safety, Nutrition & Herds Health Management, Swine Farm Management & Environmental Control, Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome, as well as the China Pig Disease Control Practice Symposium and the Pig Veterinary Salon, there were total 211 presentations by all the speakers in 15 special conferences. Among them, the 37 keynote speakers are the authoritative figures in the field of pig veterinary worldwide, representing the world-class levels in the sector. The event also offered many opportunities for young veterinarians around the world to demonstrate themselves, by presenting oral reports and wall presentations.
Delegates are enjoying the speeches
Besides of the academic discussions, the four satellite symposiums organized by leading global animal health companies also brought exciting presentations to the participants. With the development of the industry, there are variety of methods for animal health companies to serve pig farms and industries. Based on the deeply understanding of customer needs, these companies are able to combine their characteristics and advantages with solutions, and the satellite symposiums are just some examples. According to one of the presentations, the latest artificial intelligence (AI) tools have been applied in some pig farms in China, helping monitor and diagnose pig health, and track the safety of animal food.
Application of AI in pig production
A parallel event with the Congress was the International Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Symposium (IPRRS 2018), which offered total 21 presentations on the topics of Genetic Diversity and Evolution, Epidemiology and Clinical Diseases, Virus-host Interaction and Pathogenesis. The event showcased the latest veterinary research achievements on PPRS, enriching the entire content of the Congress.
The sessions of the 2018 Congress were held simultaneously, and participants could attend the specific ones on their actual needs and interests. The success of the Congress also benefited from nearly 50 professional presenters who unscrambled and commented on the content of reports and 13 senior veterinarians who provided simultaneous interpretations.
Delegates are asking questions to the speaker
According to Prof. Hanchun Yang, President of IPVS 2018, that the Congress attracted total 5599 registered delegates from 42 countries, including 1479 delegates from overseas, and the top five sources were Thailand, South Korea, US, the Philippines and Spain. He attributed the great success to all speakers, presenters, interpreters and the executive committee of the Congress, as well as the solid support from strategic partners and sponsors, and the hard work by the organizing team and volunteers.
Awards were also granted at the closing ceremony of the Congress. There were 3 scientists received the 2018 Boehringer Ingelheim PRRS Research Award, and another 3 scientists received the PEDC Research Award, as well as 5 scientists from different countries received the Youth Veterinarian Award.
5 scientists who received the Youth Veterinarian Award
Dr. Francois van Niekerk presided an IPVS General Assembly and announced modification of the Society’s statute.
Dr. Francois van Niekerk, General Secretary of IPVS
Leipzig, Germany was voted to host the 2022 IPVS Congress.
The 25th IPVS Congress formally closed as Prof. Hanchun Yang handed the President's badge to Prof. Fernanda Almeida, President-elect of IPVS 2020 in Brazil.