Hellenic Companion Animal Veterinary Society  (HCAVS)

Greece | Full Member

Prof. Tim Rallis, DVM, PhD, Professor, School of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, A.U.Th

WSAVA Representative: 
Dr. Ben Albalas, DVM, PhD - HCVAS Vice President
Phone: +30 6972 186181
Email: albalas@lar.forthnet.gr

Email: info@hcavs.gr

Members: 1020


64, L. Riankour Str.
Apollon Tower
GR-115 23


Association Overview 

Our Society was founded in 2009 and has since been the only veterinary society in Greece dedicated exclusively to companion animal medicine. 

In 2010 the HCAVS numbered 150 members. Today, five years later, the HCAVS has 1020 active members.

Its annual scientific activities include:

  • a Pan-Hellenic Veterinary Companion Animal Forum with pre-congress wet labs and international participation

  • a road show of advanced regional 2-day courses that travel in 5 cities around Greece

  • a scientific day-conference each fall.

Since 2012 HCAVS publishes the “Hellenic Journal of Companion Animal Medicine”, a bilingual (Greek-English) scientific journal targeting targeting the veterinarians who engage exclusively in small animal clinical work.

As a scientific society, our goal is to educate and train Greek practitioners by presenting and transmitting the latest scientific knowledge and achievements. We dedicate our presence to providing continuing education to our members who in turn will promote and provide proper companion animal care around Greece and improve the small animals’ general status and welfare.  

Being an exclusive Companion Animal Veterinary Society, our vision is: 

  • to provide the best scientific knowledge and training to our members and veterinary students in general and assist them to fulfil their professional goals. 

  • to promote animal welfare in our society and give the opportunity to our members to further educate the general public on the benefits of a responsible animal ownership. 

  • to support research studies in the Hellenic Veterinary Schools and publicize scientific advancements for the wellbeing of small animals. 

  • to provide, by being part of the veterinary global family, our members the opportunity to participate in scientific events worldwide and benefit from the exchange of scientific knowledge. 


Annual Report to WSAVA for 2016 


2016 List of Activities

  • March 2016: the 7th International Companion Animal Veterinary Forum held in Thessaloniki, titled "Cats only...". Two days of lectures with two pre-congress seminars and 530 paid delegates in a total of 640 attendees. 

  • March 2016: HCAVS Board Elections - the new Board members are as follows:

    Dr. Timoleon Rallis, DVM, PhD, Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine/Gastroenterology, Director of Companion Animal Clinic, School of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, A.U.Th, Thessaloniki
    President of the Board of Directors of HCAVS

    Dr. Benjamin Albalas, DVM
    Vice President of the Board of Directors of HCAVS

    Michael Chatzopoulos, DVM, Private Practitioner
    Honorary Secretary

    Dr. Lyssimachos Papazoglou, DVM, PhD, MRCVS, Professor, Companion Animal Clinic, School of Veterinary Medicine, A.U.Th, Greece
    Honorary Treasurer

    Stefanos Kladakis, Lt. Col., DVM, 3rd Army Veterinary Hospital, Thermi, Thessaloniki, Greece

    Ignatios Liapis, DVM, Cert Opth., Private Practitioner, Plakentia Vet Clinic, Athens, Greece

    Erricos Efstratios Tsipianitis, DVM, Private Practitioner, Athens, Greece

  • January through December: HCAVS's scientific road show around Greece, with more than 200 motivated participants - Five regional two-day courses on Soft Tissue Surgery, organized in five cities.

  • May 2016: Sponsorship and presence in the International Veterinary Student Association's (IVSA) 4th Hellenic Veterinary Student Congress held in Karditsa, Greece.

  • June 2016: Participation in the 22nd FECAVA Eurocongress in Vienna, in the informal FECAVA WSAVA Vienna Hofburg meeting organized by Renee Chalmers Hoynck van Papendrecht and in the 7GGA Meeting.

  • 1-2 October 2016: Scientific Two-day conference on “Clinical Hematology” held in Athens with two distinguished foreign speakers. Participation: 240 veterinarians.

  • June & December 2016: The “Hellenic Journal of Companion Animal Medicine”, the society’s bilingual scientific journal on companion animal medicine, published its two annual issues (Vol.5-Issue1 & 2) which were distributed to almost 1000 veterinarians, members of the HCAVS.


2016 Highlights

  • 1-2 October 2016: Scientific Two-day conference on “Clinical Hematology” held in Athens. Participation: 240 veterinarians.

Invited speakers: Dr. Urs Giger, Professor of Medicine in the Philadelphia School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania (U.S.A), Dr.Dennis DeNicola, international speaker of IDEXX Laboratories (U.S.A.) and Dr.Mathios Mylonakis, Associate Professor of Veterinary Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh).


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