Is it right to keep treating an animal just because the technology is available? The BBC’s Bionic Vet Noel Fitzpatrick will be attending this year’s British Veterinary Association (BVA) Congress to answer this question in a debate titled “Treatment too far?”.

Is it right to keep treating an animal just because the technology is available? The BBC’s Bionic Vet Noel Fitzpatrick will be attending this year’s British Veterinary Association (BVA) Congress to answer this question in a debate titled “Treatment too far?” on September 24 at 4pm.
  Bionic vet Noel Fitzpatrick
The BVA Congress will take place in the Glasgow Marriott Hotel on September 23-25 under the theme Vets and the Public Good, looking at the role of veterinary surgeons in all aspects of society.

Led by BVA president Bill Reilly, this year’s congress will see clinical CPD (continuing professional development) sessions delivered by Scotland’s finest research and academic institutions, as well as a full non-clinical stream of lectures tackling employment law, management skills, and mental health.

Major highlights will include:

VETS AND THE PUBLIC GOOD: THE BROADER PERSPECTIVE

Prof Stuart Reid, dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Glasgow will deliver the keynote Wooldridge Memorial Lecture. He will consider the extent of the veterinary contribution to society, which extends into areas such as public health, infectious disease control, scientific research, public education, food production, national security, disaster management, care of the environment, and international development.

  • Fri 24 Sept, 12.15-13.25

 

PETS AND SOCIETY: TURNING A BLIND EYE TO ABUSE?

It is nearly a decade since attention began to be drawn to evidence of links between animal abuse and domestic violence towards humans. This session will examine the dilemmas confronting practising vets, asking at what stage should suspicions of abuse be reported and to whom?

  • Fri 24 Sept, 11.00-12.00

 

FOUR INTO ONE MUST GO

Following last year’s highly popular session, the UK’s four CVOs will again come together to debate and discuss current issues in veterinary politics and animal health and welfare, under the chairmanship of BVA president Bill Reilly.

  • Sat 25 Sept, 9.30-10.30

 

RESPONSIBILITY AND COST SHARING — WHERE ARE WE NOW?

This session will include a progress report from Rosemary Radcliffe, chair of the independent committee that will be advising the Government on establishing new arrangements in England, and a discussion of what this might mean for practising vets.

  • Sat 25 Sept, 16.00-17.00

In addition there will be contentious issue debates on:

  • the role of vets in promoting farm animal welfare
  • the practical difficulties of current dangerous dogs legislation, and
  • the role of vets as experts witnesses in cases of abuse or neglect.

Under the theme of “public good” there will be a session looking at the role of vets in international development “Improving the livelihoods of farmers in resource-poor countries”, and a session on the zoonotic infections that impact on public health, such as E.coli and Chlamydia, and what organisations like open farms can do to minimise the risks.

BVA president Bill ReillySpeaking ahead of the congress, Prof Reilly said: “Vets and the public good has been the theme of my presidential term because I believe that the role of vets in all aspects of society should receive more attention.

“Our congress programme combines the world-renowned expertise of Scotland’s academic and research institutes with significant topical issues of debate to capture the widest possible definition of the veterinary contribution to society.”

For more information on BVA Congress 2010 (including the full agenda and online registration) visit the BVA website

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