Published time: June 12, 2018
With the theme of ‘Healthy Pig, Safe Pork’, the 25th International Pig Veterinary Society (IPVS) Congress kicked off on June 11, 2018 in Chongqing. It is a debut show for the Congress in China since its foundation in 1969 by the IPVS.
The opening ceremony of the 25th IPVS Congress
Zhongqiu Zhang, China's Chief Veterinary Officer, addressed at the opening ceremony of the Congress that attracted more than 1500 delegates from all over the world. Mr. Zhang said the pig industry is a pillar in China’s animal agriculture, and an improving veterinary system will guarantee a steady development of the industry. He hopes the 2018 Congress could also contribute to a sustainable development of the global pig sector. Prof. Qixin Sun, President of China Agricultural University, and Prof. Lusheng Huang, President of Chinese Association of Animal science and Veterinary medicine, the academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, to make the welcome remark.
Zhongqiu Zhang, China's Chief Veterinary Officer
Prof. Lusheng Huang, CAAV Chairman
Prof. Qixin Sun, CAU President
Prof. Huanchun Chen
Mr.Zuxiang Xia, Deputy director of the Standing Committee of the Chongqing Municipal People's Congress
BOARD OF THE IPVS
Prof. Hanchun Yang, President of IPVS 2018, introduced the organizing work of the Congress during his presentation. There are total eight topics to be discussed during the separate sessions, namely 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, as well as the Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome. The 2018 International Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Symposium (IPRRS 2018), together with four corporate symposiums and a Clinical Veterinarian Saloon, will also be held simultaneously.
According to Prof. Yang, the 2018 Congress records more than 5000 registered delegates, including about 1500 delegates from 42 overseas countries. A total of 956 abstracts have been received, with 165 selected for oral presentation and 738 for poster, in addition to 37 invited speakers. The event is supported by six international strategic partners and seven local ones, as well as 27 sponsors at home and abroad.
Prof. Hanchun Yang, President of IPVS 2018
The 2018 International Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Symposium
Prof. Trevor Drew made the Tom Alexzander memorial lecture as the IPVS Congress tradition. The opening ceremony was chaired by Mr. Chuang Ma, Deputy Secretary General of the CAAV and Secretary General of IPVS 2018.
Prof. Trevor Drew, United Kingdom
Mr. Chuang Ma, Secretary General of IPVS 2018
China is the biggest pork production and consumption country in the world. Its pork output accounted for 44.8% of the global total in 2016, with pork imports and consumption accounting for 30.7% and 46.9% respectively, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. China’s per capita consumption of pork was about 40kg, ranking top 5 in the world. The country has basically achieved the goal of domestic balance between supply and demand.
However, the efficiencies of China’s pig production are still poor, with the crop rate and carcass weight below the world average levels. Improving efficiency is no doubt the core issue in the development of China’s pig industry, and the IPVS Congress 2018 is expected to advance this process.
The 2018 Congress will last till June 14. Besides of the sessions and symposiums, and a welcome cocktail party after the opening ceremony, the IPVS will celebrate its 50th anniversary on June 13 with a gala dinner. There will be also an IPVS General Assembly before the Congress closes in the afternoon of June 14.
The welcome cocktail party for the IPVS 2018
A traditional music performance on the opening ceremony
1. About the IPVS Congress
The IPVS Congress was established by the International Pig Veterinary Society (IPVS) in 1969 and the first congress was held in Cambridge, UK. The number of delegates and abstracts has grown to a record 3600 and 1000 respectively in the 2016 Congress in Ireland, compared with 500 delegates and 123 abstracts in the 1969 Congress. In its history of total 24 congresses, 14 were held in European countries, 6 in America, and one each in Africa and Oceania. Thailand and South Korea, the Asian countries, hosted a congress in 1994 and 2012 respectively. Only five countries (Germany, UK, US, Mexico, and Denmark) hosted the Congress twice. While the official language for IPVS Congress is English, the 2018 Congress will provide simultaneous interpretation for the Chinese delegates.
2. About the IPVS
The International Pig Veterinary Society (IPVS) was established in 1967 and its secretariat is based in South Africa. Its main tasks are to hold international congresses for the exchange of knowledge related to pig health and production, and to promote the formation of Pig Veterinary Societies in all pig producing countries and the cooperation between such societies. There are 8 members in the Society’s executive committee, including the Secretary General, the presidents of the former five congresses, the president of the current, and the president-elect for the next. Hanchun Yang, a professor of the China Agricultural University (CAU) and the Secretary General of the Chinese Association of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine (CAAV), was elected as IPVS President for the term of 2016-2018.
3. About the CAAV
The Chinese Association of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine (CAAV) was founded in 1936 in Nanjing. It now has 38 branches and more than 50,000 registered members. The objectives of the Association include: organize academic exchanges and promote scientific and technological cooperation; edit and publish animal husbandry and veterinary books and periodicals; provide science and technology consulting and technical services for major decisions on national animal husbandry and veterinary development strategies; accept commissions for assessment and demonstration of science and technology projects, identification of scientific and technological achievements, technical titles and qualifications, review of scientific literature and standards; promote science and technology popularization; cultivate professional talents, and promote the strategy of rejuvenating the country by science and technology and the great power of talent.
4. About the CAU
The China Agricultural University (CAU) is originated from the agricultural college of the Imperial University of Peking established in 1905. For more than a century, its unwavering pursuit is to alleviate the problems of people’s livelihoods and cultivate the elites of the world. CAU now has developed into a research university with special characteristics and advantages in agronomy, life sciences, agricultural engineering, and food sciences. It is moving towards the objective of becoming a world-class agricultural university.
5. The IPVS Executive Committee
President：Prof. Hanchun Yang（China, President of IPVS 2018）
Executive President：Dr Pat Kirwan（Ireland，President of IPVS 2016）
President-elect：Professor Fernanda Almeida（Brazil，President of IPVS 2020）
Members：Dr Alberto Stephano（Mexico，President of IPVS 2014）
Dr Won Hyung Lee（Korea，President of IPVS 2012）
Dr Ernest Sanford（Canada，President of IPVS 2010）
Dr Peter Evans（South Africa，President of IPVS 2008）
Secretary General：Dr Francois van Niekerk（South Africa）
6. Industry Partners and Sponsors
According to the IPVS regulations, once the number of participants exceeds 2000, it will inevitably seek support from the industry to meet the relevant requirements by the Society on organization of the event. Statistics since 2006 show that the past six congresses have received a total of 75 sponsorships. Boehringer Ingelheim has always been the strategic partner, while Bayer, MSD, ELANCO, Zoetis (Pfizer), HIPRA, Merial and other international players have also actively supported the IPVS Congress.
7. Partners and Sponsors of IPVS Congress 2018
（1）International strategic partners
Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health
MSD Animal Health
（2）China strategic partners
HUAPAI BIOLOGICAL GROUP
BIO PHARMA VET
Eastern Along Group
（7）Congress stationery (pen + notebook) sponsor
（8）Congress bag sponsor
（9）Simultaneous interpretation sponsor
（10）Shuttle bus sponsor
（11）Bottled Water sponsor