Veterinary professionals can learn more about the latest techniques for dealing with wounds at a conference in London.

The international conference of the Veterinary Wound Healing Association (VWHA), called The Secrets of Successful Wound Closure, is at the Excel Centre on May 14 and 15.

The primary theme is wound bed preparation, but it will encompass all aspects of wound management to deliver cutting-edge techniques and therapies for both equine and small animals.

Hosted in conjunction with the 25th conference of the European Wound Management Association, the event will showcase the latest thinking in wound management science and practical expertise.

A VWHA spokesman said: “It will offer something for everyone dealing with wounds, from veterinary surgeons to experienced nurses, including the latest ways to achieve debridement, new technologies, and the latest research on biofilms and bacterial resistance.”

The keynote speaker will be army plastic surgeon Steven Jeffery, of Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham who will talk about reconstruction and plastic surgery from the front line.

Other speakers on May 14 will be:

  • Derek Knottenbelt, emeritus professor at the University of Liverpool and consultant professor at the University of Glasgow
  • Jacintha Wilmink. from Woumarec in the Netherlands
  • Georgie Hollis, founder of the Vet Wound Library
  • Samantha Westgate, of Perfectus Biomed
  • Dylan Gorvy, a European specialist in equine surgery from Sweden
  • Loni Lofthus, secretary of the VWHA
  • Denis Verwilghen, associate professor in large animal surgery at the University of Copenhagen.

On the second day, May 15, delegates will be able to take part in practical workshops shedding new light on traditional methods, including modern debridement, surgical techniques, bandaging and wound dressings.

The full conference costs £245 for VWHA members and £312 for non-members. Attending the practical day only (May 15) will cost £180 for VWHA members £204 for non-members. To register, go to

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