London panorama
A panoramic view from the Queen Elizabeth II Congress Centre, which played host to ESVOT 2016.

London was the centre of the European veterinary surgical community earlier this month when the city played host to the 18th European Society of Veterinary Orthopaedics and Traumatology (ESVOT) Congress.

Held from 8-10 September, the event was organised under the leadership of ESVOT president John Innes, whose team put together a scientific programme to address some of the big issues in veterinary orthopaedics – from joint disease and bone abnormalities to reconstructive surgery.

John Innes
ESVOT president John Innes.

The 2016 event featured 65 speakers and was attended by 700 vets, 60 nurses, technicians and paraprofessionals, who travelled to London from 44 countries.

Pre-congress labs

Congress got underway on 8 September with pre-congress labs at the University of Surrey School of Veterinary Medicine, where sessions included:

  • canine unicompartmental elbow
  • principles in corrective osteotomies deformity reduction device jig-assisted – hind limb
  • dynamic ulna osteotomies and proximal abducting ulnar osteotomy for elbow dysplasia
  • I-Loc IM fixator
  • using a novel self-compressing headless titanium screw for humeral condylar fractures and humeral intracondylar fissures

Parallel programmes

In the Queen Elizabeth II Congress Centre, three parallel programmes were presented: osteoartritis and chronic pain, physiotherapy and sports medicine and, for the younger audience, a tailored students and new graduates symposium.

Veterinary Business Development, publisher of Veterinary Times, offered all participants to the latter symposium a complimentary copy of the book Essentials of Veterinary Practice Management by Philippe Moreau and Richard C Nap.

House of Lords

The Friday 9 September programme featured presentation streams on:

Friday night featured the sounds of Squeeze. Image © Rob O’Connor via
  • bone healing and challenging canine fractures
  • interfaces between orthopaedics and other disciplines
  • a “How I treat…” session

All this, as well as talks on feline orthopaedics, controversies, techniques for clinical research and free communications.

During the evening, speakers were invited by veterinary colleague and member of the house, Lord Sandy Trees, to a tour and dinner in the House of Lords.

The final congress day programme in the Queen Elizabeth II Congress Centre featured sessions on innovations, patellar luxation, an update on implants, arthroscopy, fracture surgery issues in joint replacement and hot topics.

The congress closed on Saturday evening with the grand finale party, supported by comedian John Moloney and British band Squeeze.

  • The next ESVOT Congress will take place in 2018 in Barcelona.
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John Innes
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Thanks VT for your support for the ESVOT Student and New Grad day. Thanks to UK vets and nurses for supporting the biggest and best ESVOT ever! See you in Vienna next year for practicals and Barcelona in 2018 for ESVOT Congress.


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