AAVP History


This information is provided on behalf of the 2016 AAVP History Committee (Al Marchiondo, Chair; Tom Nolan, Sue Howell, Ashley McGrew, and Raf Roncalli) to post and provide a repository of historical annual meeting presentations and other historical AAVP documents. Powerpoint presentations of some posted abstracts and additional information posted in this section are visible only to logged in AAVP members. Please send presentations, slide decks and photographs for posting to the committee chair.

You're Invited!

The History Committee invites AAVP members to publish short articles and/or power-point presentations on the history of Veterinary Parasitology on the AAVP History page. These will not be peer-reviewed, but will need to be approved by the History Committee.


  1. Power point presentations:

    If you have a power point presentation that you have given at a meeting (AAVP or elsewhere) you can easily adapt it for publication on the AAVP History pages as follows. Go to the Notes view of your power point presentation and for each slide add something to the notes section to explain what is being shown. Generally this would be what you told the audience at the original presentation, but if the slide is self-explanatory, you can leave the notes section blank. You can also use the notes section to give your sources or references for that particular slide. The first slide in your presentation should give the title, your name and affiliation. The presentation will be published as a .PDF, so print it out to your PDF printer/publisher and email it to the Chairperson of the History committee with your request that it be published on the AAVP web site. If you are unable to print it as a pdf file, then contact the Chair and make other arrangements (Dropbox, etc.) as PowerPoint presentations are often too big to email.

  2. Short Article:

    The title should convey what the paper is about (i.e. the title will be serving as the abstract). The title should be followed by the author(s) name(s) and affiliation(s). No abstract is required, and the paper should be kept fairly short (6 pages of text or less). Footnotes (if used) should be indicated by superscript lowercase letters and should immediately follow the text. Sources and references (indicated by consecutive numbers in parentheses embedded in the text) should then follow. Figures and pictures should be embedded into the text in an appropriate location (the sources of the pictures and figures that are not your own should be indicated in either a figure legend or the footnotes). Authors are required to get permission to publish figures from the original source. Save your article as a PDF file and email it to the Chairperson of the History committee with your request that it be published on the AAVP web site.

The copyright will remain with the author for both formats.

History of the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists

(1956-2005) 2005 pp. 286pp
Amici, R. R.
ISBN: 0-9770942-0-0
Record Number: 20053181842


The objective of this publication is to collate the information available on the history of the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists (AAVP) from its inception in 1956 up to the present. As synopsis of all the AAVP meetings from 1956-2004 is constructed. Biographical sketches of various parasitologists are compiled, and each is accompanied by several references of works published by the author. The biographical sketches of the scientists who pioneered the veterinary parasitology in the USA as well as those who over the years interacted with AAVP are included in this book. A review of the important contributions made to veterinary parasitology by American women working in government institutions, universities and industry is given. Another section of the book deals with the history of veterinary parasitology advertising in America. The evolution of veterinary parasitology in the USA over the last 150 years is discussed.

AAVP Proceedings 2014, Abstract 48 Glimpses of parasitology history through commemorative medals.

Raffaele Roncalli – Milltown, NJ

Over the centuries, medals have been coined to celebrate distinguished personages or historical episodes of note. This is also common in the world of parasitology, where as early as the 17th century, medals were coined to celebrate distinguished researchers (i.e. Francesco Redi--1684--et alia) for their discoveries as well as for special events. In more recent years, several organizations have established memorial awards (medals) for distinguished researchers for their contributions to parasitology i.e.: in the USA the Henry Baldwin Ward Medal by the American Society of Parasitologists; in the U.K. the C. A. Wright Memorial Medal by the British Society for Parasitology; in Australia the Bancroft'-Mackerras Medal by the Australian Society for Parasitology and others. In addition, special medals have been coined to celebrate events of note; among them two distributed by the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists in 1993 to celebrate the authors (D. E. Salmon, T. Smith, F. L. Kilborne and C. Curtice) of the discovery of the agents causing Texas Cattle Fever in 1893 and in 2005 to salute the 50th anniversary of the first meeting of the association. These medals will assist in perpetuating the history of parasitology in the years to come.

AAVP Proceedings 2015, Abstract 79 Foundations of veterinary parasitology in the Bureau of Animal Industry.

Sidney Ewing – Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

Late in the 19th and early 20th Century the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) was a hotbed of parasitologists, including Charles Wardell Stiles (1867-1941) and Albert Hassall (1862-1942) who established the Index Catalogue of Medical and Veterinary Zoology. Stiles and Hassall also laid the foundation for the U. S. National Parasite Collection, which was curated in the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 1892 until 2013-14 when it was transferred to the Smithsonian Institution. Two other parasitologists at BAI, Cooper Curtice (1856-1939) and Maurice Hall (1881-1938), were key figures in the emergence of the sub-discipline, veterinary parasitology. Many recognize Curtice as founder of veterinary parasitology. Accordingly, Maurice Hall might well be considered father of the sub-discipline in the United States. Hall’s extensive writing and his impact on professional development of numerous other parasitologists was key to emergence and recognition of veterinary parasitology in America. Hall influenced many BAI colleagues and others outside of government service. Research conducted by these scientists addressed parasitism and its effect on animal health; the knowledge generated was important to veterinarians and others devoted to improving health of livestock and companion animals. Hall’s work on anthelmintics and hookworm disease in dogs led to his transfer from BAI to the National Institutes of Health in 1936 where his focus changed to human health, especially trichinosis. Hall had served as president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (1930-31) and as president of the American Society of Parasitologists (1932). Hall’s move from BAI echoed that of Stiles who left BAI for the Hygienic Laboratory in 1902, which changed his focus toward human health. Some of Hall’s BAI protégés, including Wendell Krull (1897-1971), became leaders who founded the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists in 1956.

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