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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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Celebrity chefs urge public to get baking to support Cats Protection fundraiser

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 In support of Cats Protection's Pawsome Afternoon Tea fundraiser, Masterchef winner Tim Anderson and Great British Bake Off star Kim-Joy have shared biscuit recipes to help keen bakers raise money for needy cats across April.

The celebrity chefs are both cat owners and have said that they hope this fundraiser will help to raise awareness of cats in need and the importance of adopting a cat, rather than buying one.

This is the fourth year Cats Protection has run its Pawsome Afternoon Tea campaign, which encourages people to hold tea parties, bake sales and fundraising events to help raise money for the charity.

To view the recipes and other fundraising resources please visit the Cats Protection website. 

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BEVA offering free membership to vet students

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is offering free membership to veterinary students. As part of a new initiative with the aim of encouraging more veterinary professionals into equine practice.

According to BEVA, less than one in ten veterinary students choose to work in equine practice. The association hopes that this initiative will provide insight into the field and the benefits of a career in equine medicine.

Benefits of membership include:
▪ access to a network of nearly 3,000 members
▪ special student rates to attend BEVA Congress
▪ online access to BEVA's Equine Veterinary Education (EVE) journal
▪ free access to the association's online learning platform
▪ free access to BEVA's practical veterinary apps
▪ exclusive discounts on a range of things from cinema tickets to grocery shopping.

BEVA will be releasing a series of short videos over the next few months from BEVA Council members, explaining what inspired them to work in equine practice.

Image (c) BEVA.