The Hugo Schindelka Award

Hugo Schindelka Award - WAVDThe Hugo Schindelka Award commemorates initiation of the scientific approach to veterinary dermatology and its establishment as a discipline in 1903 when Dr. Hugo Schindelka, a teacher at the Vienna Veterinary School, published his book, Hautkrankheiten bei Haustieren Handbuch der Tierärztlichen Chirurgie und Geburtshilfe (Skin Diseases of Domestic Animals).

The award, a medal and US$ 5,000, will be presented every 4 years at the World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology, beginning with the 6th Congress in Hong Kong in 2008. A Shindelka Memorial Lecture will be given by the recipient at the congress.



The Purpose of the Award

The award recognizes excellent scholarship and publication in the field of veterinary dermatology.

Scholarship includes organisation and development of the discipline, teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in universities and within other educational systems, and the development of diagnostic and therapeutic methods, courses and teaching material.

The recipient should have published a substantial volume of high quality material relating to veterinary dermatology with a significant impact on the discipline. Research papers should include new discoveries and publication in high impact journals.

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Nomination and Selection

Nominations for the award are evaluated by an Award Committee established by and reporting to the WAVD Board.

Nominations should be submitted on the nomination form which can be downloaded here.

Nominations will be initiated 2 years before the next World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology with selection 1 year before.


Recipient 2016: Professor David Lloyd

Professor David Lloyd embodies the spirit of this award: a senior academician, a renowned scientist, a long-time mentor and a tireless contributor to specialty organizations. David is known because of his training of numerous prominent veterinary dermatologists both in practice and academia. This is not mentioning all of the undergraduate and graduate students who trained under his mentorship. David is known by all of us because of his books, book chapters, monographs, editorials, audiovisual aids and national or international lectures; because of his instrumental work in the set-up and leadership of the British Veterinary Dermatology Study Group, the European Society of Veterinary Dermatology, the European College of Veterinary Dermatology, the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation, the World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology, the journal Veterinary Dermatology and the Veterinary Wound Healing Association. Finally, David is well-known internationally from his contributions to veterinary dermatology and microbiology, having done pioneering work on dermatophilosis since the 1970’s in Africa and in Europe. He then moved to study factors affecting skin colonization by staphylococci and is currently researching carriage of antibiotic-resistant Staphylococci.

In the words of the late Didier Carlotti, David is one of the “group of friends, who used to travel across Europe to meet and share their passion, veterinary dermatology. They thought that friendship and brotherhood would sublimate their profound need to improve, to advance, and to promote and develop their discipline. They had to build up something. Not for themselves but indeed for their Profession and the Service to the Public.”

Closer to home, David set up the Dermatology Unit at Royal Veterinary College, University of London, in 1979, held the chair of Veterinary Dermatology here for many years and has supervised numerous dermatology residents, PhD students and post-doctoral projects. He has had leading roles in undergraduate microbiology and dermatology teaching at the RVC and his enthusiasm, energy, ideas and vision continue to drive research and guide the dermatology group at the RVC.

David Lloyd has published a substantial volume of high quality material relating to veterinary dermatology. He has 141 peer reviewed publications listed on PubMed today, ranging from a publication on the “Incidence of cutaneous streptothricosis in Nigeria” from 1971 to the currently most recent publication on whole genome sequencing of Staphylococcus pseudintermedius isolates investigating its evolution of multidrug-resistance. His work has significantly shaped our understanding of bacterial skin disease, initially in the field of dermatophilosis where most of the work published is based on David’s research, and subsequently in the area of canine pyoderma and skin ecology and his most recent involvement focussed on limiting the spread of antimicrobial resistance as one of the most pressing challenges for public health.

Recipient 2012: Prof. Dr. Richard E.W. Halliwell

Prof. Dr. Richard E W HalliwellAt the WCVD 7 in Vancouver in 2012, the second Hugo Schindelka medal was awarded to Prof. Dr. Richard E. W. Halliwell, another great-grandfather of veterinary dermatology in America as well as Europe.

Prof. Halliwell taught Veterinary Dermatology over more than a decade in the United States before returning back to Europe to teach in Edinburgh.

Professor Halliwell has not only served as advisor to multiple veterinary students, residents and graduate students, he also contributed his talents to numerous professional organizations. Among others, he was president of both the American and the European Colleges of Veterinary Dermatology, the first president of the World Association for Veterinary Dermatology as well as the president of the first World Congress held in Dijon, France in 1989.

He authored in excess of 100 peer reviewed papers on dermatology and clinical immunology and was awarded a Lifetime Career Achievement Award by the ECVD in 2004.

Recipient 2008: Dr. George H. Muller

Dr George H MullerAt the WCVD 6 in Hong Kong, the first Hugo Schindelka medal was awarded to Dr. George H. Muller one of the great-grandfathers of veterinary dermatology in America as well as Europe.

George H. Muller is the main author and editor of the first editions of "Small Animal Dermatology", by many considered as "the bible of veterinary dermatology". He was born as Georg Heinz Müller in Breslau, Germany (now Wrozlaw, Poland) and emigrated with his family to the USA.