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BEVA Congress returns for 2021
BEVA Congress will be taking place at the ICC Arena, Birmingham, in September.
Event will be celebrating BEVA’s diamond anniversary

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) annual congress will return for 2021 after a year of absence due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Taking place live from The ICC, Birmingham (4-7 September), the event will be celebrating BEVA’s diamond anniversary with the theme of 60 years of teamwork within the profession. 

BEVA President Lucy Grieve said: “We are all so excited that BEVA Congress is back this year, albeit that it will be a little bit different. You can expect the same event we all know and love but with a few new measures in place to ensure we can all stay safe during these uncertain times. We are also offering a virtual option for those that can’t attend in person so that no one misses out.” 

BEVA Congress will provide the first opportunity for professionals to get back together since the pandemic began. Delegates will be able to listen and interact with leading practitioners, get updates on the latest innovations and hear perspectives from world-renowned specialists. 

There will also be special celebrations to mark BEVA’s diamond anniversary, as well as the 13th International Equine Colic Symposium taking place during the event. 

Congress committee co-chair Tim Barnett said: “My co-chair Ceri Sherlock and I have been working hard over the past few months to put together a programme that rivals anything we’ve had before. You can expect lectures, discussion and debates on a number of topics including learning from mistakes, working in teams, and a dedicated stream of nursing lectures.”

Lucy Grieve added: “In modern day veterinary medicine, no one person can satisfactorily deliver all that is required,” she said. “Without a team approach, from vets, nurses, practice managers, farriers and paraprofessionals the potential to maximise the health and welfare of horses cannot be fulfilled. This year, we intend to celebrate 60 years of teamwork and how we can do far more to serve our patients as a harmonious team than if we work alone.”

Early bird tickets providing access to all three lecture halls, exhibition halls and full access to the virtual congress hub are available from 19 April until 16 August 2021. The tickets also include a complimentary ticket to the 13th International Equine Colic Symposium. 

Those purchasing virtual tickets will receive access to the virtual congress hub only. A 'peace of mind' bookings policy is in place to reassure those whose personal situation may change between booking their ticket and the event.

For more information about the event and to purchase tickets, visit

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Budding 'Dr Dolittles' sought for writing competition

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 Vets are being invited to enter a writing competition run by the Page Turner Awards for a chance to get their story published or even made into a film.

Dubbed the 'Rolls Royce' of writing awards, the Page Turner competition provides an opportunity for aspiring writers to submit unpublished fiction and non-fiction work to be read by a panel of influential players in the publishing industry.

A spokesperson said: 'Do you think of yourself as a magical healer, like Dr Dolittle. Or maybe you have a story to share about the times when, sadly, animals can't be treated, and pet owners reflect on those moments they took for granted."

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Avian influenza confirmed in Lancashire

A case of highly pathogenic (HPAI H5N8) avian influenza has been confirmed in two captive peregrine falcons on a non-commercial, non-poultry premises near Skelmersdale, West Lancashire.

Following a risk assessment, APHA has declared that no disease control zones have been put in place surrounding this non-commercial, non-poultry premises.

Eighteen cases of HPAI H5N8 have now been identified in poultry and other captive birds in England. A housing order for poultry and captive birds introduced by Defra to control the spread of the disease expired on 31 March, although bird keepers in England are still required by law to comply with biosecurity measures.

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