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BEVA opens ticket sales for Christmas CPD event
This year's theme will be sport horse vettings.

The event combines festive celebration and professional development.

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) has launched ticket sales for its Christmas Cracker CPD event in December.

The two-day event will take place from 19-20 December, as part of London International Horse Show at ExCel London.

It aims to combine a social Christmas party atmosphere with educational professional development opportunities. BEVA members will be brought together to learn, share ideas and catch up with colleagues.

This year’s theme will be sport horse vettings, examining the challenges involved with Pre Purchase Examinations (PPEs) of sport horses and how to tackle them.

The format is strongly discussion based, with delegates encouraged to share their PPE experiences, upload cases in advance, and bring images to the event.

Events on 19 December will investigate the leg, foot, back and sacroiliac, focusing on imaging from acquisition to interpretation. Speakers will include Vanessa Peter, Peter Milligan and Sarah Boys-Smith.

The first day will close with an open discussion, followed by a drinks reception.

The second day of the event will focus on image acquisition and interpretation of the neck, respiratory noise and cardiology. Richard Hepburn, Emmanuelle Van Erk, Philip Cramp and Sarah Boys-Smith will speak on the topic, and the course will conclude with an open discussion and summary.

Roger Smith, BEVA president, said: “BEVA's Christmas Cracker is your Christmas party, with an exclusive BEVA drinks reception after the Thursday programme,

“With the buzzing backdrop of the London International Horse Show’s electrifying competitions and performances, together with the ultimate shopping village, this event is the perfect way to gain CPD points while reconnecting with colleagues during the festive season.”

There are one-day and two-day tickets available on the BEVA website, with ticket options for different memberships and non-members. Delegates will also get 50 per cent off evening performances.

All non-member tickets will include a 12-month digital BEVA membership.

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