The Netherlands Society for Parasitology (NVP) was founded in Leiden on 2 June 1961. Dr. Jaap Jansen had received a letter from the International Federation of Parasitologists (later known as the World Federation of Parasitologists) announcing that national associations could become affiliated with the Federation. The inaugural meeting was held at the Laboratory for Parasitology on Rapenburg in Leiden.
The society’s first officers were Prof. P.H. van Thiel as chairperson, Dr. J. Jansen as secretary and Dr. H.J. Over as treasurer. The first general meeting was held on 29 September 1961 in the Institute for Veterinary Virology in the Gildestein building in Utrecht