Nearly 50 vets took to a Cornish beach to tame the waves as part of Virbac’s second “CPD and Surf” event.

Nearly 50 vets took to the beach to tame the waves as part of Virbac’s second “CPD and Surf” event.

Delgates practising on the beachThe wet and wild session, which took place in Newquay, Cornwall, on April 26, 2013, saw 48 vets attend morning sessions on  “current thinking on companion animal vaccines” by Virbac’s Alex Allen, and “awful atopics”, given by dermatologist Peri Lau-Gillard.

In the afternoon, delegates swapped note pads for wet suits and a surfing lesson on Fistral Beach.

Delegate Rebecca Skellern, from Coombefield Veterinary Hospital in Axminster, said both CPD talks were helpful and engaging, and provided her with a unique chance to try surfing.

She said: “Despite never having surfed before and being completely uncoordinated, I managed to stand up on my board – albeit for less than a second. The water wasn’t nearly as cold as I expected.”

Della Tomlinson, Virbac’s Cornwall territory manager, added: “We were delighted to have so many delegates, some from as far afield as Surrey.  

“Despite the chilly weather, we braved it in the water and had a fantastic time.  

“I’m proud to say that many of the delegates mastered the art of surfing in no time. As this mix of CPD and fun is proving so popular, we’re hoping to organise similar events in future.”

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