Cookie use on MRCVSonline
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive all cookies.
If you would like to forward this story on to a friend, simply fill in the form below and click send.

Your friend's email:
Your email:
Your name:
Send Cancel

BSAVA Congress 2018 highlights revealed
Haematology wet lab sessions are being run again at BSAVA Congress 2018.

Expanded programme includes new ‘Beyond the Clinics’ stream

In what it claims to be the largest event in Europe dedicated to the provision of small animal veterinary CPD, the BSAVA has expanded its annual congress programme to include more than 450 lectures from world-renowned speakers, a new ‘Beyond the Clinics’ personal development stream, and more practical, wet lab and small group sessions.
The ‘Beyond the Clinics’ stream on the final day (Sunday) will provide a series of non-clinical lectures on physical and mental health, financial planning and other areas of personal development, alongside a Careers Diversity Fair – all of which will count towards CPD.
BSAVA president, John Chitty said: ‘Beyond the Clinics’ aims to create a vision of holistic support and encourage delegates to think more deeply about their career and personal development.
“We all live extremely busy lives and sometimes spending time on non-clinical skills or learning how to love your vocation can be secondary priorities; but if we are not functioning as people, we are not going to function as professionals,” he said.
The programme will also feature a ‘canine brachycephalic’ stream highlighting the latest thinking and clinical advice, rounded off with an evidence-based discussion from key opinion leaders. A full social programme will be announced later this year.
Congress programme committee chair, Sue Murphy, said: “Our dedicated volunteer vets and nurses have spent more than two years planning the extensive CPD timetable, which has been designed with something of interest for everyone working in small animal practice.
“Highlights in 2018 include a dynamic range of world-class speakers hailing from the USA, Netherlands, Australia and the UK, an expanded practical and wet lab offering, and a new advanced veterinary practitioner stream for those looking to develop specialised skills and knowledge.”
Angharad Belcher, head of Congress commented: “Congress 2018 will see the BSAVA continuing to innovate and provide exceptional CPD at great value for our members and the profession, hoping to top the almost 50,000 hours of CPD delivered in 2017… Delegates can gain up to 31 hours of CPD for a veterinary surgeon, or up to 30 hours for a veterinary nurse, over the four days.”
BSAVA Congress 2018 runs from April 5-8 at the ICC and Arena Birmingham (formerly Barclaycard Arena); and registration will open online at towards the end of October.

Image (C) BSAVA

Become a member or log in to add this story to your CPD history

Outreach work in Mongolia aims to learn about Pallasís cat

News Story 1
 The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) is supporting work in Mongolia to help improve understanding of the Pallasís cat (Otocolobus manul). The society is working with local communities to raise awareness and learn more about how people interact with the cats. The aim is to gather knowledge on the species and the threats it faces, to inform global conservation efforts.  

News Shorts
New canine health awareness week launches

The Kennel Club has launched Canine Health Week (13-19 November) to raise awareness of the most common health issues in dogs. Canine Health Week is set to become an annual initiative to highlight resources, research and information to make a difference to dog health.

According to clinical veterinary data from VetCompass, the five most common health issues are ear canal disease, dental disease, anal sac impaction, overgrown nails and arthritis. It is hoped the awareness week will help to familiarise dog owners with common conditions, to better meet the healthcare needs of their dogs.