The British Veterinary Association (BVA) announces this year’s annual Congress theme ‘Vets in a changing world,’ will be delivered in association with the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA). The Congress will take place September 22-24 in London at the Royal College of Physicians.
The Congress includes a scientific program covering feline medicine, gastroenterology medicine and surgery and cardiorespiratory medicine. Speakers include Ian Ramsay, Hattie Syme, Sue Murphy (feline), Penny Watson, Alex German and John Williams (gastro), Mike Martin, Adrian Boswood, Pete Mantis, Sophie Adamantos and Jackie Brearley (cardio).
“We are delighted to announce the collaboration between BVA and BSAVA to deliver an outstanding Congress for the members of our two associations,” says Harvey Locke, president of the BVA. “BVA Congress has become the most important date in the veterinary political diary. This year’s contentious issues and overseas programs will highlight the role of vets in a changing world and discuss how we can adapt to new challenges as individuals and as a profession.”
Highlights of the clinical program include:
• The Wooldridge Memorial Lecture ‘Making a global impact’ by Peter Roeder, professor, who led the Global Rinderpest Eradication Program
• ‘Teeth, feet and reproduction – what next for veterinary services?’ discussing what should be in a new Veterinary Surgeons Act and how paraprofessionals should be regulated
• ‘Veterinary education – a price worth paying?’ debating the impact of the tuition fee increases on the future of the veterinary profession
• Disaster relief management – two sessions looking at the role of vets in disaster situations, comparing and contrasting man-made and natural disasters
Professor Richard Bennett will report on the progress of the Veterinary Development Council, and Professor Sheila Crispin will deliver an update on the work of the Dog Breeding Advisory Council.
“We are keen to inject the excellence of BSAVA Congress science into an already prestigious event,” says Andrew Ash, president of BSAVA. “The combination of contentious and topical lectures works really well alongside the science we can provide, plus it draws a wider audience. It is right and good that the veterinary associations work together and support each other in difficult economic times to provide the profession with the most accessible and exceptional CPD.”
Members of BVA and BSAVA will receive an early bird registration discount of 10 percent runs until June 30.