Pre-Congress Sessions

Pre-Congress Sessions

KoiPrax 3: “Koi Ulcer Disease and Aeromonas species: Current Clinical Presentations, Diagnostic Resources and Treatments”

The Koi Practitioners Working Group is pleased to announce its third annual session (KoiPrax3), which will take place 21 March 2021 in Warsaw, Poland.

This full-day meeting will feature speakers that are at the forefront of research on bacterial diseases of koi. Our honored keynote speaker will be Dr. Verena Jung-Schroers.


WAVMA members: free of charge – registration required
Non-WAVMA members: 100 EURO

Registration & Information

Please contact: J.M. Tepper, Meeting Chair for info and reservations at


Dr. Verena Jung-Schroers

Dr. Verena Jung-Schroers is a specialized veterinarian in fish diseases working at the Fish Disease Research Unit of the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover, Germany.  She is the leader of the ECAAH (European College of Aquatic Animal Health) approved training centre of the Fish Disease Research Unit in Hannover. Verena Jung-Schroers is involved in many research projects of different topics, like microflora and bacteriology, the welfare of aquatic animals like fish and shrimp, and virology.

ESVC Behavior: Introduction into behavioural Medicine for small animal vets from the general practice

Date: 23 March 2021
Time: 09:00 – 17:30
Place: Room E – Pavilion 4


09:00-12:00 Goncalo Da Graca Pereira (Portugal):  Dealing with inter-cat tension: Is it simply a toilet? Details make the difference in cat’s perspective

12:00-13:00 Lunch break

13:00-16:00 Barbara Schöning (Germany):  Dealing with fearful and aggressive dogs: Useful approaches, necessary clinical examinations and anamneses, useful training techniques and when to send to a specialist.

16:15-17:30  Joanna Iracka (Poland): Medical Training dogs and cats:  Less stressed animals ensure easier handling and better diagnosis

Fees: 100 USD per person

One Health And Animal Welfare And Wellness Committee Workshop

Pets and Domestic Violence as a One Health Issue – Veterinary Community Response Plans

Date: 20 March 2021
Time: 08:00 – 17:00
Place: Warsaw EXPO XXI (Congress Venue)


Workshop participation is free of charge, but places are limited. Details about registration will be available soon.
The workshop is aimed at veterinarians, social services, domestic violence groups, prosecutors, victim support services.


8:00 – 8:30
Registration, Continental breakfast

8:30 – 9:00
The Link Between Animal Cruelty and Domestic Violence

9:00 – 10:00
Managing Suspected Animal Cruelty and DV in Veterinary Practice

10:00 – 10:15

10:15 – 12:15
DV Pet Response Plans: UK Perspective

  • Paula Boyden: Links Group and Dogs Trust
  • Freedom Project
  • Links Veterinary Training Initiative

12:15 – 1:15

1:15 – 2:15
DV Pet Response Plans: USA Perspective

  • Madeline Bernstein: President SPCA Los Angeles
  • Animal Safety Net Program

2:15 – 2:30

2:30 – 3:00
Legal and Prosecution Considerations for DV and Animal Cruelty Cases

  • Madeline Bernstein: former New York Animal Cruelty Prosecutor
  • Opportunities for Legal and Prosecution Efforts

3:00 – 5:00
Panel Discussion

  • all speakers, invited partners