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BSAVA Congress News Archive
BSAVA offers free membership to Ukrainians
25th April 2022
Following advice from its Ukrainian counterpart, the USAVA, the BSAVA is offering free overseas membership to support Ukrainian veterinary professionals.

Ukrainian veterinary professionals will have complimentary access to Congress on Demand content, and BSAVA Collections, as well as all other perks included in BSAVA membership. It is hoped that the information will help veterinary surgeons working in challenging conditions in Ukraine, support those working outside of their country for the first time, and help to keep those who are unable to work involved in the profession.

BSAVA president Sheldon Middleton said: "As an education charity we are limited in how we can utilise our funds in this situation but the USAVA told us that access to education resources would be valuable not only to vets still in Ukraine but also to so many of those who are now refugees."
Online veterinary conference to raise funds for Ukraine
4th April 2022
The Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations (FECAVA) is teaming up with The Webinar Vet to raise funds for the emergency effort in Ukraine.

The collaboration will take the form of a virtual CPD/CE session on Saturday, 9 April, from 10 am to 1 pm (9 am-9 pm BST), and will include more than 10 hours of lectures on an array of veterinary topics delivered by experts across the globe.

Funds raised by the event will go towards the Appeal of the Disaster Emergency Committee and Four Paws. To participate, register for free on The Webinar Vet website and select where you would like to donate.
SVN seeks help with canine behaviour dissertation
31st March 2022
A veterinary nursing student has launched a survey for her dissertation looking into the behavioural effects of long-term medical isolation in canines.

Final year Harper Adams student Amy Carter would like to hear from RVNs that have nursed a canine patient over 12 months old, admitted for a condition that warranted medical isolation for more than seven days.

The survey, a study into the behavioural effects of reduced stimulation in long-term isolated canines, is available on the Harper Adams website
Vet nurse student seeks public views on dog toxins
18th March 2022
A new survey has been launched to gain a deeper understanding of the public's knowledge of canine toxins.

Simran Tanda, a veterinary nurse student at the University of Bristol, is conducting the research as part of her dissertation. The survey takes a couple of minutes to complete and aims to improve current resources on toxins and ultimately reduce the number of accidental poisoning cases.

The survey can be found at
Battersea's Muddy Dog Challenge opens for registration
16th March 2022
Registration has opened for animal welfare charity Battersea's annual 'Muddy Dog Challenge'. The fundraising challenge, which can be undertaken as a 2.5km or 5km obstacle course, will see participants run through a variety of exciting obstacles. These include the bubble tunnel the doggy day spa and the ball pit bath.

The course can be ran or walked, and anyone interested is encouraged to take the challenge with or without a dog. Battersea is seeking both participants and volunteers for the events, and all money raised will go towards the charity's rescue and rehoming mission. Visit for registration and further information.
Vet nurses invited to free dermatology event
24th February 2022
Veterinary nurses are being invited to join a free event in Manchester looking at 'innovative solutions for itchy pets'.

Hosted by the Veterinary Nurse Dermatology Group, participants will learn more about the field of dermatology and gain valuable new skills. Lidiia Alaverdova DVM, founder of Vet Reflections will lead the session, and veterinary nurses will learn how to apply design thinking within a dermatology clinic.

The event takes place at Manchester Central, Petersfield, on Wednesday, March 23 - ahead of the BSAVA Congress. For more information and to register your place, visit
WSAVA Awards 2022 open for nominations
8th February 2022
Nominations for the prestigious 2022 World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Awards have been announced, with free registration and travel to the WSAVA World Congress in Peru for the recipients.

Nominations are invited in the following categories: The WSAVA Award for Companion Animal Welfare, The WSAVA Future Leader Award, The WSAVA Award for Global Meritorious Service, and the WSAVA Award for Scientific Achievement.

The recipient of this year's WSAVA One Health Award will be selected by the WSAVA One Health Committee. For more information about the awards and to submit a nomination, visit the WSAVA website.
BVNA Congress 2022 tickets go on sale
25th January 2022
Tickets are now on sale for the 2022 BVNA Congress, which takes place at the Telford International Centre, 7-9 October.

Taking place as a hybrid event, this year's Congress promises to be more inclusive and accessible, with super-early tickets providing access to new features and special events alongside the main scientific programme.

The event will also see the presentation of the BVNA bursaries and BVNA awards, an exhibition and a dinner dance event. To find out more and to book tickets, click here.
VET Festival returns for 2022
22nd November 2021
VET Festival, the unique CPD opportunity, is returning for 2022, running from 20 to 21 May.

The outdoor event, held at Loseley Park in Guildford, will feature 17 education streams, with a dedicated stream covering veterinary wellness, leadership and management topics. The festival will feature veterinary speakers from around the world, with the opportunity to collect 14 hours of CPD across the two-day event.

Alongside veterinary education, VET Festival will also offer wellbeing activities such as yoga and mindfulness activities, with the popular VETFest Live Party Night making a return for 2022.

Tickets available here.
RCVS Fellowship applications open
18th October 2021
Applications have now opened for RCVS Fellowship 2022. The RCVS is encouraging anyone who would like to be considered for Fellowship to apply, and if successful, they will be welcomed into the Fellowship next year.

The process for joining the fellowship has changed slightly for this year, as applicants will now need two signed referee forms instead of three professional references, and five assessors will review each application instead of three.

The deadline for applications is 14 February 2022, and more information on how to apply can be found here. If applicants have any questions, or would like informal advice from previous successful applicants, they are encouraged to contact Ceri Via Email
Webinar to explore the meaning of veterinary leadership
11th October 2021
The WSAVA has announced a free webinar exploring the meaning of veterinary leadership in the 21st century.

Taking place at noon on Tuesday, October 19, the webinar will explore the role of veterinary professionals in leading on animal welfare, the leadership competencies required of all veterinary professionals, and the effects of leadership style on teams.

The webinar, which ends with a Q&A session, will be moderated be WSAVA President Dr Siraya Chunekamrai and led by Veterinary Management Group President Richard Casey. For more information and to access the event, click here.
RVN views sought on senior pet care
29th September 2021
Veterinary nurses are being urged to fill in a short questionnaire on senior pet care to help share best practice and the latest thinking.

Organised by veterinary pharmaceutical firm Animalcare, the survey asks questions about engagement and compliance, the role of senior pet clinics and the most useful educational resources.

The survey will remain open until 5 pm on Thursday, 30 September, and the results will be made available in October. AnimalCare will select one respondent at random to receive a £50 Amazon voucher.