YGVA Past Meetings

Report from past meetings

Fifth YGVA meeting in Utrecht

The fifth YGVA meeting was held May 21 and 22, 2009 in the Veterinary Faculty of the Utrecht University, The Netherlands with 43 participants. The main theme was plastination in teaching. The participants of the teaching anatomy session had been asked to make a presentation about their current curriculum, to experience the differences between the vet schools.

After this session a lively discussion was started leading to the following conclusions:

  • Dissection is an important tool in teaching the 3D body plan, plastinates cannot replace that. It’s merely supplementary.
  • In histology the ideal situation is to combine working with the microscope and digital images. The microscope provides the real image, the digital image the ideal representation.
  • It is important that we focus more on clinical anatomy or applied anatomy.
  • It is important to educate the teachers how to teach. The education of teachers is currently done in Hannover, Nottingham, Helsinki and Utrecht.

During this session we welcomed prof. dr Jimmy Saunders, vice-president of the ECVDI (European College of Veterinary diagnostic Imaging), Ghent University, Belgium. He came to explain the ECDVI proposal to form a joined college with our ECVAnat. With the previous conclusion that clinical anatomy is important, this proposal is welcomed. Prof. Saunders explained that the mutual benefits of a combined college. The meeting agrees with this initiative, and asks the members of the founding committee of the ECVAnat to proceed in this way.

During this meeting prof. dr Wim van den Broeck is appointed as interim representative to the board of the EAVA to replace dr. Malan Strbenc who is on sabbatical leave.

Furthermore, many presentations were given about research projects, we organised a faculty tour to the horse department and the study landscape, and afterwards we had a BBQ. The workshops were dedicated to the technical aspects of plastination and the role of plastinates in self-directed learning, both subjects the Utrecht anatomy department has a lot of experience in. All the participants were given a plastinated cat heart when saying farewell.

Sixth YGVA meeting in Nottingham, UK

The sixth YGVA meeting was held 6-9th July 2011 in the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham with 46 participants representing 15 different countries.

Throughout the meeting, 39 poster and oral presentations were given, focussing on anatomy and histology research and advances in veterinary education and anatomical teaching. The relaxed and friendly atmosphere of the meeting lead to very lively and constructive discussions after oral presentations and around the posters. We also had presentations and discussions regarding the ‘European College’ and ‘Anatomical Education’ which gave us the opportunity to share experiences, put ideas forward and to discuss possible future directions. We were delighted to see the progress that has been made with the European Master of Comparative Morphology. In addition to the tour of the Vet School, there was also a 3 hour workshop about the usage of technology in teaching veterinary anatomy. This includes the ‘hand on’ exploration of teaching tools and innovations used in the lecture theatres, clinical skills, dissection and surgery laboratories. This gave us more opportunities to compare the different techniques used in Vet Schools across Europe (and beyond). Much of the discussion was around the use of technologies (including models, computer software development) and about the clinical importance and integration of anatomy into the modern curriculum.

As always, this meeting was lively and sociable. We enjoyed a reception dinner at the Vet School, English Afternoon Strawberry Tea during a poster session and a countryside walk to have dinner at a Traditional British Pub. We also participated in an electrifying cricket match, where despite the famous British rain, thunder and lightning – play continued until all of the Young Generation Anatomists retired for a BBQ party.

We would like to thank the Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and James Cook University Australia for their kind sponsorship. We would also like to thank Dr Pieter Cornillie (YGVA representative), Professor Salazar (EAVA president) and everyone that helped us to organise, plan and carry out the meeting. Finally we would like to thank all of the delegates who provided us with such an exciting and informative meeting.

Dr Catrin Rutland and Dr Karl Klisch.

Seventh YGVA meeting in Leipzig, Germany

The seventh meeting of the YGVA was held in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Leipzig, Germany from 17th to 20th of July 2013 with 83 participants from 18 different countries attending.

This meeting offered a modified open space conference including interactive workshops covering a variety of different scientific methods. Additionally the participants took the opportunity to present their research in an oral as well as in a poster session. Altogether 22 oral and practical contributions were given within the workshops; additionally 15 oral and 32 poster presentations were delivered in classical sessions.

The participants appreciated having their own contribution in designing their contents for the workshop. They particularly enjoyed the practical hands-on parts. As the setting of the workshops offered a very relaxed atmosphere, especially the younger participants did not hesitate to take part in the vivid discussions.

Apart from the scientific program emphasis was also put on different social activities. So the welcome reception took place at the on-site BBQ area after a scavenger hunt across the campus. After Thursday´s dinner in the anatomical museum we all could present our “throwing” talents while playing “kubb” (Scandinavian Viking Chess) accompanied by a mob of very hungry German mosquitos. Furthermore the participants could enjoy a tour through the historic city center by foot or a journey through “Gondwanaland” of the Leipzig Zoo.

On Friday Claudia Wolschrijn provided an overview and update on the continued efforts towards establishing a European College Diploma of Veterinary Anatomy. Afterwards the present members of the EAVA elected the new representative of the YGVA. We are very pleased that Catrin Rutland will act in our interest from next summer on!

Last but not least we would like to thank all our sponsors, without their generous support this meeting would have been impossible! Furthermore a great thank-you to all our smart and busy helpers before, during and after this successful meeting!

On behalf of the organizing committee
Dori Bernigau and Mondy Bahramsoltani.