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Vet professionals gather for inaugural BVA Live
"It was wonderful to see so many people from across the veterinary community under one roof" - Justine Shotton, BVA

The successful event took place at the NEC Birmingham.

More than a thousand members of the veterinary profession and some 100 exhibiting companies gathered in Birmingham last week for the inaugural BVA Live.

Delegates from across the veterinary community, including non-BVA members, enjoyed a packed programme of CPD, debates, discussions, exhibits and hands-on sessions.

BVA Live took place over two days (23 and 24 June) at the NEC in Birmingham after being postponed for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hot topic sessions were designed to involve delegates and get them talking about contentious subjects such as exotic pets and brachycephalic breeds. There were also sessions designed to help delegates learn about boosting their CVs, the importance of flexible working and rebuilding veterinary businesses for “health, wealth and happiness”.

The BVNA held a clinical nursing stream with sessions in a dedicated theatre created with veterinary nurses in mind. There were also practical training sessions and wet labs covering ophthalmology, respiratory emergencies, suturing techniques for nurses and none fracture repairs.

A social event on the first evening allowed delegates to continue the discussions, network and relax with a drink at several venues around the NEC.

BVA president Justine Shotton said: “After being postponed for two years, it has certainly been worth the wait for BVA Live. It has been a huge success! It was wonderful to see so many people from across the veterinary community under one roof and to have the opportunity to meet with and hear from such a wide range of experts about so many fascinating topics. 

“We are thrilled by the feedback we have had so far and delighted to hear so many veterinary professionals have been inspired and have learnt so much from this event. We are already looking forward to next year and cannot wait to build on the success of this first, incredible event.”

The 2023 BVA Live is scheduled to take place 11-12 May 2023. For more information, visit 

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Laura Muir wins gold at Commonwealth Games

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 Veterinary surgeon and Olympic silver-medalist Laura Muir scooped the gold medal in the 1500m final Commonwealth Games on Sunday.

Winning Scotland's 12th title of the games, Muir finished in four minutes 2.75 seconds, collecting her second medal in 24 hours.

Dr Muir commented on her win: "I just thought my strength is in my kick and I just tried to trust it and hope nobody would catch me. I ran as hard as I could to the line.

"It is so nice to come here and not just get one medal but two and in such a competitive field. Those girls are fast. It means a lot." 

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