Organisers of the annual VET Festival extravaganza have promised 2017’s event will be “even bigger” than this year’s “bumper event”.

Noel Fitzpatrick takes to the stage during 2016’s VET Festival.

According to Fitzpatrick Referrals, 2017’s two-day event will “truly bring veterinary education for tomorrow” with two new streams and an “unrivalled” line-up of speakers.

New for 2017, VET Festival – taking place at Loseley Park in Surrey on 9-10 June – will have an internal medicine stream, covering the themes of:

  • emergency and critical care
  • endocrinology
  • cardiology
  • reproduction
  • respiratory
  • small furries

A dedicated stream to rehabilitation, said Fitzpatrick, will join fellow streams in:

  • orthopaedics
  • neurology
  • oncology and soft tissue
  • nursing and management
  • motivation
Pointing the way
Pointing the way.

Delegates are free to join any lecture at any stream and attendance to VET Festival contributes towards their CPD.

‘Glastonbury for veterinary medicine’

Noel Fitzpatrick, who conceived VET Festival, said: “The aim of the festival is very simple – to provide the best veterinary education in the world so as to ensure the best standard of care for our animal friends.

“I’m determined the festival is firmly focused on the greater good of the welfare of animals entrusted to our care, and on maintaining the fire in our bellies we first had when we signed up for this vocation.

“My dream is to create a Glastonbury for veterinary medicine in my lifetime, and that VET Festival will be the most interesting, innovative, exciting, dynamic, informative, career-enhancing and personally fulfilling veterinary CPD in the world.”

2016’s Vet Festival saw a 58% increase of delegates, plus a 30% increase in exhibitors.

VetFest Live, meanwhile, offered delegates and exhibitors an evening of entertainment to network and relax – acts included Hunter and the Bear, Lucy Spraggan, Morrissey and Marshall, Romeo’s Daughter and Black Tower.


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