The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has unveiled its programme for this year’s London Vet Show (LVS).

Following a successful showing at 2013’s event, the association is returning to Olympia London on November 20-21, bringing contentious issues sessions at BVA Congress, as well as farm and equine CPD streams, the BVA Careers Fair and the BVA Gala Dinner.

BVA Congress, said the association, will bring debate to LVS, with discussions on some of the hottest topics facing the veterinary profession. Subjects include:

  • The uncomfortable truth” – Phil Wilson, of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), and the University of Glasgow’s Christine Goddall will provide both human and medical perspectives on links between animal and human abuse.
  • Surveillance cuts” – the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agencies’ (AHVLA) Chris Hadkiss and the Royal Veterinary College’s (RVC) Dirk Pfeiffer will explore the potential impact of cuts and reorganisation of the UK’s scanning surveillance capacity
  • Antimicrobial resistance: one health, one problem” – chief medical officer Sally Davies and Federation of the Veterinarians of Europe president Christophe Buhot will look at the challenge antimicrobial resistance presents to both people and animals and different approaches to dealing with it
  • Ask the CVOs” – the UK’s four chief veterinary officers (CVOs) will answer questions from the floor.
    “Dangerous dogs – culprits or victims?” – dog legislation officer Keith Evans and vet and dog behaviour expert Kendal Shepard will consider some of the factors contributing to dog attacks and what more might be done to prevent them.

Elsewhere, CPD streams offered by BVA, it said, will provide general practitioners – particularly those in mixed practice and recent graduates – with a knowledge boost on farm and equine issues. Subjects include:

  • camelids beyond the first consult
  • old diseases, new threats on the farm
  • the joys and perils of pet pigs
  • food for thought – integrating nutrition with routine veterinary service
  • equine castration, its complications and their avoidance
  • chemical restraint in a fractious horse
  • crashes, ditches and other equine rescues

Highlights of the BVA Careers Fair, meanwhile – which is the only part of the show reserved for BVA members – include:

  • converting complaints to compliments
  • assertiveness in 60 minutes
  • life as a vet in government and research
  • juggling kids, cows, cats and dogs: discussions on work-life balance
  • what else are vets good for?
  • specialisation within practice and how to go about it

BVA president Robin Hargreaves said the association was “excited” to be back at LVS.

“BVA’s popular CPD streams are returning with all new content for 2014, offering a great opportunity for vets at all stages of their careers to develop their skills.

“I’m particularly looking forward to hearing members share their opinions on the issues that really matter to the profession. The standard of debate is always extremely high and it’s a great chance to hear from members in all areas of the profession from across the UK.”

The full programme can be downloaded from the BVA’s website.

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