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BVA Congress reveals 2019 programme
The full programme for BVA Congress includes sessions on the ethics of large-scale puppy farming.
Experts to discuss anti-vax movement and puppy-farming 

Some the veterinary profession’s biggest challenges and most talked about issues are set to go under the spotlight at this year’s BVA Congress (14-15 November).

A highlight of the London Vet Show, the event will include sessions on sustainability, the rise of ‘anti-vaxxers’ and diversity in the workplace. It will also include a thought-provoking discussion on EMS and whether the current system is truly sustainable.

Launching the programme, BVA President Simon Doherty said: “This year’s BVA Congress will provide a platform for delegates to come together to lift the lid and debate issues such as sustainability within the profession, pet obesity, diversity within the profession, anti-vax attitudes, and EMS.

“It’s an opportunity for vets of all career stages to take time out of clinical CPD and sink their teeth into wider issues that we all feel passionately about.”

The full programme for BVA Congress includes sessions on the ethics of large-scale puppy farming in association with the AWF, the future of the veterinary nurse with the BVNA and pet obesity with Mars Petcare.

Dr Temple Grandin, Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, will deliver the highly-anticipated Wooldridge Memorial Lecture in which she will give ‘a unique insight’ into the minds of animals. Dr Grandin is a pioneering animal scientist, best-selling author and autism spokesperson named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

For more information about the event visit london.vetshow.com. BVA members can get access to the full BVA programme, as well as the usual London Vet Show programme, for 15 per cent less than the lowest advertised price.

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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.