Speakers for this year’s Official Veterinarian Conference have been announced.

UK CVO Nigel Gibbens.
UK CVO Nigel Gibbens will be one of the conference’s speakers.

“Safeguarding animal welfare – the role of the official veterinarian (OV)”,  on 29 and 30 September, includes dedicated lecture streams aimed at large animal, small animal and equine practitioners, together with round table question and answer sessions covering export issues relating to farm animals, companion animals and equines.

The speakers are:

  • Nigel Gibbens, UK CVO
  • Peter Jinman OBE, RCVS certification sub-committee chairman
  • Ian Wright, head of European Scientific Counsel Companion Animal Parasites (ESCCAP) UK and guideline director for ESCCAP Europe

Discussion topics

With concerns about bluetongue once again in the news, the threat it poses to the UK will be under discussion in the large animal sessions, together with diseases such as bTB and porcine epidemic diarrhoea.

Small animal sessions include certification, the Pet Travel Scheme and exotic diseases, while equine practitioners will discuss topics including importation, fly grazing and notifiable diseases. The role of OVs in enhancing animal welfare runs throughout as central theme.


The conference is a collaboration between Improve International, which handles OV registration and training in England, Scotland and Wales; 5m Publishing and the APHA.  It provides 12 hours of certified training to help OVs meet revalidation and RCVS requirements.

According to Improve International, registrations are up on last year and iM3, a company specialising in the design and manufacture of advanced dental equipment and instruments for the veterinary sector, has signed up as lead sponsor.

An exhibition of the latest products and services of interest to OVs will run alongside the conference, which will take place at the Alexandra House Hotel and Conference Centre near Swindon.

For more information, or to register, visit www.officialvet.com

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