Conference on Tangible & Intangible Veterinary Heritage & Hill Committee Logo Unveiling Ceremony

The Conference on Tangible & Intangible Veterinary Heritage was held on 4 July 2013 in the National Musuem of Medical Science History in Tehran, Iran.

The aim was to raising awareness of the importance of the preservation of the tangible and intangible scientific and cultural veterinary heritage and its mediation to the widest possible public and especially young generation.

Following the establishment of the International Bourgelat Committee (IBC) in Paris on Monday, 21 May 2012, under the patronage of OIE and WVA, during the General Session of OIE and under the term of its statute, IBC encourage the setting up of national committees in as many countries as possible, and the national committees have to adopt the name of the founder of the first veterinary school in their country.

It is worthy to note that this conference was organized on the occasion of the establishment of the National Committee of World Veterinary Heritage in Iran as well as, Hill Committee Logo unveiling ceremony, Since In 1912; Konrad Hill founded Persia’s first Veterinary Boarding School, thus laying the foundation for the modern veterinary education system in this country. Konrad Hill was a part of a group from Sweden invited to Persia to set up a functioning gendarmerie and police force.

Organized by National Committee of World Veterinary Heritage (Hill Committee), Embassy of Sweden in Tehran, National Committee of ICOM and Iranian Veterinary Association, and in cooperation with Ms Sadry Sharifi, International officer of the ICCN, which is the UNESCO Accredited Network and only International Network in the field of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. The conference was attended by 100 participants from universities, museums, Iranian Veterinary Association, Iranian Veterinary organization, Ministries of Agriculture, as well as Culture.

The conference illustrated the important role of veterinary skill and knowledge in the society in the Persian Empire, as well as Iran-Sweden Cooperation in the field of Veterinary and short biography of DVM Hill, The Role of Scientific Associations in Transmission of Veterinary Heritage, as well as Introduction on World Veterinary Heritage Committee.

Keynote speakers were Dr. Shams Shariat, Head of National Museum of Medical Science History of Iran, Dr. Hasan Tajbakhsh, Permanent Member of Iranian Science Academy, Mr. Peter Tejler, and Ambassador of Sweden in Tehran, Mr. Seyed Ahmad Mohit Tabatabai, Deputy of the Iranian National Committee of ICOM, Mr. Hamidreza Mahmoudi, Head of Hill Committee.

Tour of museum, which is located in the royal mew of Naser Al-Din Shah Qajar (Shah of Persia) and especially its veterinary department provided an enjoyable interlude, during which participants had the opportunity to observe and discuss about the history of veterinary profession.