A themed lecture day aimed at vet nurses will be held on the last day of BEVA Congress on Saturday, September 12.

Practical lectures on aspects of caring for the hospitalised horse have been scheduled. In the morning session Joanna Suthers from B and W Equine Hospital will discuss how to appraise a paper.

Dawn McHugh from Newmarket Equine Hospital will take a look at current evidence-based practice in theatre nursing. Louise Southwood and Katherine King from Liphook Equine Hospital will cover nurse and intern theatre essentials in abdominal surgery and arthroscopic surgery respectively.

A session on inpatient care will cover management of the recumbent horse by Nicola Pusterla from the University of California, Nicky Jarvis from Redwings Horse Sanctuary will look at care of acute and chronic starvation cases, Bonny Millar from Rossdales Equine Hospital and Victoria South from Liphook Equine Hospital will present on dystocia and care of the post-parturient mare Victoria South from Liphook Equine Hospital, will consider atypical myopathy masquerading as colic for years or as an emerging disease.

The afternoon session will start with a down-to-earth appraisal of hospitalised horses and their owners. Gemma Pearson from the University of Edinburgh Royal (Dick) Equine Hospital will discuss dealing with the difficult and dangerous horses. Clare Scantlebury from the University of Liverpool will look at horse owner approaches to equine health and the role of veterinary advice.

Angela Garner from Environmental Animal Sanctuary and Education will discuss the sensitive topic of euthanasia and dealing with grieving horse owners, and David Green from Veterinary Defence Society will provide pointers on dealing with difficult clients.

The closing session will explore hospital techniques, covering the investigation of wounds (Padraig Kelly, University of Liverpool), intravenous catheter placement, care and complications (Sarah Ross, University of Bristol), abdominal ultrasonography and getting the best images (Rachel Conwell, Equimed Referrals) and radiography: reaching the parts other nurses can’t reach (Katherine King).

BEVA Congress will be held from September 9 to 12 at the Liverpool Arena Convention Centre. BEVA and BVNA Members receive discounted congress registration. Visit www.beva.org.uk to find out more and to sign up.

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