A new conference that aims to offer an update on the latest developments and thinking on all aspects of official veterinarian (OV) work is set to take place in October.

The UK’s first conference for official veterinarians will offer highly relevant content for all OVs, say organisers.

The inaugural event, organised by Improve International in association with the Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA), will also provide an opportunity for OVs to network and share experiences and ideas.

According to organisers, the conference programme will include a two-day stream of large animal lectures and round-table discussions on topics including bovine TB, brucellosis, anthrax, sheep scab and other important diseases.

A lecture stream for small animal practitioners will run concurrently, providing updates on export regulations and small animal exotic diseases, while a dedicated equine lecture stream will run on day two.

Improve MD David Babington said: “The world of the OV is a fast-changing one so this unique event provides an opportunity for OVs to come together in a relaxed atmosphere to hear industry experts deliver up-to-date and practical lectures which will have a positive impact on their work as an OV.

“The programme and content has been developed by our Scientific Committee in collaboration with APHA which is supporting us and we believe it will offer highly relevant content for all OVs.”

An exhibition of the latest products and services for OVs will run alongside the conference which takes place at the Alexandra House Hotel and Conference Centre, near Swindon, on October 22-23, 2016.

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