June 8, 2016


24th IPVS sees strong turnout on opening day


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The 24th International Pig Veterinary Society (IPVS) Congress marked a breakthrough in Dublin, Ireland as it collaborates for the first time with the European Symposium of Porcine Health Management to bring together the pig veterinary conferences in Europe in 2016.

 The chairperson of the local organising committee of IPVS 2016, Dr. Pat Kirwan, gave the opening speech, and handed over the stage to a lecture devoted to the memory of Dr. Tom Alexander, who was well known in academia for being the first to describe the etiologic agent of swine dysentery. Dr. Alexander was also a founding member of the IPVS.


The memorial lecture was given by Dr. Jill Thomson, was incidentally met Dr. Alexander when she started her career in 1982 with the Scottish Agricultural College.

An interesting remark from Dr. Thomson set the tone for the evening. She said that as it was a social programme, quite unlike the rather in-depth scientific presentations that would be made the next few days, she chose to talk about pigs in Irish folklore, as the audience was there to celebrate for pigs, to celebrate for Ireland, and to celebrate the memory of Dr. Alexander who loved stories.


Very appropriately, her lecture was followed by an Irish tap dance performance with the audience clapping their hearts out along with the beat, before they proceeded to an event hall for a cocktail reception.


IPVS 2016 takes place from June 7 to 10.

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