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BEVA Congress to host wetlab practicals
Interactive sessions will support practitioners with arthroscopy and joint blocks.
Hands-on sessions will help practitioners improve their skills.

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is to host wetlab practicals for the first time at its congress this year.

BEVA Congress, which runs from 11- 14 September 2024, will include interactive sessions to support practitioners with arthroscopy and joint blocks.

The association is working with an exhibitor to enable attendees to use their skills in a laboratory. The training sessions will provide access to an ultrasound scanner, arthroscope and an arthrobox.

On Thursday, 14 September, there will be three wetlab sessions being held across three different stations. Under guidance, delegates can inject tendons and ligaments, as well as perform an arthroscopy of the fetlock joint.

The next day, the sessions will be on forelimb joint blocks, with arthroscopic demonstrations of needle locations. Experts will support practitioners with the use of nanoscope, DIP joint and arthroscopy.

Roger Smith, BEVA president, said: ”The ability to practice ultrasound-guided injections at the conference provides the opportunity to hone your skills in ultrasound and enable you to cement to ultrasound-guided injections of tendons and ligaments and joints into your daily practice.
“It is the first time we have worked with an exhibitor this way and we hope it will lead to more opportunities to work with our exhibitors, to create more, exciting interactive initiatives within the exhibition space.”

Meanwhile, in the Congress exhibition hall, BEVA will be hosting its normal practical teaching programme.

Other training sessions being hosted as part of the congress will include expert-led tutorials on skills and techniques for nerve blocks, wound management and the imaging of the head and lower limbs.

The theme of this year’s congress is ‘One Health’, as the association highlights the importance of knowledge sharing between human and equine medicine. An opening address will be delivered by Olympic gold medallist Sally Gunnell, who will talk about maximising performance.

The full BEVA Congress programme, featuring over 90 hours of live and on-demand CPD, is now published.

Super early bird tickets are available until 7 June 2024. Day tickets and practice tickets can also be purchased.

The tickets provide access to lectures, practicals, the exhibition hall, and the virtual Congress hub.

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