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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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Kennel Club appoints new chief executive

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 The Kennel Club has announced the appointment of Mark Beazley, who was previously Cats Protection's director of operations, as chief executive. Mark replaces Rosemary Smart, who stepped down from the role in April after 18 years.

Mark has held several senior strategic and executive roles, including executive director at Dogs Trust Ireland and chair of the Companion Animal Working Group at Eurogroup for Animals. He was also heavily involved in the establishment of the Eu Cat and Dog Alliance.

Mark will take up his new role in October. 

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Claire Bessant, iCatCare's chief executive said: "We're absolutely delighted to be welcoming Nathalie to the charity. She brings a depth and breadth of feline expertise and understanding which fits perfectly with the charity's work and development, and her enthusiasm for cats is infectious."