The specialization in Veterinary Medicine and the current increase in the importance of swine production have demanded the cooperation of Veterinary professionals from all over the world. This cooperation aimed the development of know-how to solve problems related to raising and reproducing this animal species.
The IPVS – International Pig Veterinary Society – was founded with this objective and with the purpose to promote, every two years, a meeting with professionals from the swine production chain to discuss the studies developed by the international scientific community.
In the last 50 years, this IPVS objective and purpose have been achieved. Since the first conference held in Cambridge/England, in 1969, the scientific and technical community had shown its interest in this international forum, where all the problems related to pig production were presented and debated. Thanks to the dedication and seriousness with which IPVS representatives have treated the issues of this community´s interest, more than 40.000 people have already had the opportunity to participate in IPVS conferences, with the presentation of more than 13.000 scientific papers.
The interest in technical-scientific development is the main motivation to organize IPVS Congresses. Many of the debates have led to the development of procedures, which were incorporated into pig production systems, aiming to increase productivity. At each Conference, a complete review of the new advances is presented in search of more efficient solutions to face pig production challenges.