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VET Festival announces nursing stream
“Without a question of a doubt, surgeons could not do their jobs without the passion and skill of their veterinary nurses."
Event aims to leave nurses ‘empowered and inspired’

A dedicated nursing stream has been unveiled for this year’s VET Festival, the CPD conference conceived by Professor Noel Fitzpatrick.

The nursing stream covers both days of the conference (8-9 June 2018) and allows delegates to choose and create their own CPD agenda across the full conference programme. New subject areas this year include minimally invasive surgery, cardiopulmonary, diagnostic imaging and nutrition.

Noel Fitzpatrick commented: “Without a question of a doubt, surgeons could not do their jobs without the passion and skill of their veterinary nurses. I don’t want lectures with nursing in mind to be an afterthought or to be mutually exclusive.

“From inception of VET Festival, we have specifically designed an integrated conference programme that allows all delegates to easily explore other streams and select their own lecture path across the festival.

“I want every single veterinary nurse to leave the field feeling empowered, valued and inspired to achieve his or her personal aspirations. We aim to revolutionise the current expected conference formula that not only provides exceptional CPD, but reignites a sense of joy and purpose in your vocation.”

Speakers for the 2018 nursing stream include:
  • Professor Carrie Palm, associate professor of Clinical Medicine & Epidemiology at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, California, USA
  • Dr Padraig Egan, surgical resident (ECVS) at Fitzpatrick Referrals, UK
  • Enzo Minghella, anaesthetist at Fitzpatrick Referrals, UK
  • Professor Mike Conzemius, professor of surgery and director of the Clinical Investigation Center at University of Minnesota, USA
  • Professor Lisa Freeman, professor of clinical nutrition at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Massachusetts, USA
  • Professor Virginia Luis Fuentes, professor of veterinary cardiology at RVC, UK
  • Professor Brendan Corcoran, personal chair in veterinary cardiopulmonary medicine at The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, UK

The full conference programme can be found at: www.vetfestival.co.uk/conference

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Amur leopard cubs caught on camera

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 A pair of Amur leopards have been captured on camera for the first time since their birth. The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland announced the birth in July, but with human presence being kept to a minimum, it was not known how many cubs had been born.

Motion sensitive cameras have now revealed that two cubs emerged from the den - at least one of which may be released into the wild in Russia within the next two or three years. The Amur leopard habitat is not open to the public, to help ensure the cubs retain their wild instincts and behaviour. Image © RZSS 

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New canine and feline dentistry manual announced

A new canine and feline dentistry and oral surgery manual has been published by the BSAVA. Announcing the news on its website, the BSAVA said this latest edition contains new step-by-step operative techniques, together with full-colour illustrations and photographs.

‘This is a timely publication; veterinary dentistry is a field that continues to grow in importance for the general veterinary practitioner,’ the BSAVA said. ‘The manual has been fully revised and updated to include the most relevant, evidence-based techniques.’

The BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Dentistry and Oral Surgery, 4th edition is available to purchase from www.bsava.com/shop