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Equine colic symposium details released
The 13th International Equine Colic Research Symposium is to be held in Edinburgh.

Leading equine and gastroenterology experts to share their knowledge

Details for the 13th International Equine Colic Research Symposium, to be held 15-17 July 2020 in Edinburgh, have been released.

The triennial event presents a unique opportunity for equine vets to absorb and digest the latest clinical practice and scientific advances in the treatment and prevention of colic. This year’s meeting will see some of the world’s leading equine and gastroenterology experts deliver talks on surgical techniques, parasitology, gastric ulceration and epidemiology, amongst many other topics.


After each session, delegates will be able to ask questions and discuss the topic in question. Poster sessions on the first two days of the event will expand on the oral presentations, with delegates able to review and discuss the work with presenters.


Before the symposium, delegates can book a two-day advanced course on colic surgery (13 -14 July). This course will include a day and a half of lectures, presented by David Freeman from the University of Florida, followed by a half-day of practical sessions.


“Our colic symposium is always very popular; nowhere else will you find so many leading practitioners and researchers from around the world sharing their knowledge, experience and ideas via more than 120 oral and poster presentations,” said BEVA President Tim Mair. “With our colic surgery course neatly timed to tie in before the start of the symposium delegates can optimise use of their time and enjoy 4.5 educational days in beautiful Edinburgh.”

The deadline for submissions of abstracts for presentation at the meeting is 1 February 2020. The scientific committee will consider abstracts on all aspects of equine gastroenterology, including basic science research and reports of clinical cases or novel approaches to treatment.

The symposium is hosted alternately by BEVA and the American Association of Equine Practitioners. For more informartion about the symposium and to book online visit beva.org.uk/ColicSmposium

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Vets asked to opt-in to Scottish SPCA fostering programme

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 The Scottish SPCA is encouraging veterinary practices to opt into its new fostering programme, by agreeing to register foster animals when approached by one of the foster carers.

The programme goes live in August 2021, and will help to rehabilitate animals under the Scottish SPCA's care until they are able to be properly re-homed. The programme will help the animals to receive care and attention in a stable and happy home environment, as some animals do not cope with a rescue and re-homing centre environment as well as others.

Specific information for veterinary practices on the new programme can be found at www.scottishspca.org/veterinarysurgeons 

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Webinar provides insight into old age pets

A new webinar providing insights into the BSAVA PetSavers Old Age Pets citizen science project is now available free of charge to its members via the BSAVA Library

The webinar presents an exclusive insight into the research process and progression of the study, which aims to help veterinary professionals and owners provide the best care for their senior dogs.

It also discusses the study's research methods, the researchers' personal interests in this area of study, and how they envisage the findings being used to create a guidance tool to improve discussions between vets and owners about their ageing dogs.