Emily Walder, VDM
The ISVD board are saddened to hear of the passing of Emily Walder VMD. Emily played a major role in the development of Veterinary Dermatohistopathology in the latter 20th and into the 21st century. Emily, along with Thelma Lee Gross and Claudia von Tscharner were the tutors for the first ESVD workshop at the Royal Veterinary College in 1987. In 1992 she was a co-author of Veterinary Dermatopathology: A Macroscopic and Microscopic Evaluation of Canine and Feline Skin Disease which was followed by a second edition entitled Skin Diseases of the Dog and Cat: Clinical and Histopathologic Diagnosis in 2005. These textbooks were and still are standard reference texts on small animal dermatopathology.
Emily was instrumental in the establishment of ISVD in the year 2000 and became its first treasurer remaining in post for over a decade thus maintaining continuity on the ISVD management board. Emily was always focussed on what was best for the ISVD and was determined to see the society survive its first decade and beyond. She was the steady hand on the tiller as we negotiated our way from one meeting to another for the first decade and a half ensuring that ISVD remained in profit and that our meetings around the World were viable. Her careful management of the ISVD funds also enabled ISVD to offer research grants to members as well as sponsorship for veterinarians with limited access to continued education to attend WCVD congresses.
Apart from her contributions to the ISVD she was widely published and promoted an interest in dermatopathology. She was the first ISVD member to be awarded honorary life membership for her contributions to the society.
The board wishes to recognize the enormous contribution that Emily Walder made to ISVD and the promotion of veterinary dermatopathology. To pay her homage we are creating an In Memoriam area on the ISVD website and dedicating the Advanced Dermatopathology Microscopy Lab at the WCVD9 in Sydney 2020 to her.
We all miss her as an esteemed colleague and friend.
The board, ISVD