The British Veterinary Association has announced that this year’s annual congress, under the theme “Vets in a changing world”, will be delivered in association with the British Small Animal Veterinary Association.
The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has announced that this year’s annual congress, under the theme “Vets in a changing world”, will be delivered in association with the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA).
The congress will be held at the Royal College of Physicians in London on September 22-24.
As part of an ongoing initiative to provide world-class CPD to members of both associations, BSAVA will deliver a scientific programme covering feline medicine, gastroenterology medicine and surgery, and cardiorespiratory medicine.
The clinical programme will be delivered alongside the BVA’s popular contentious issues and overseas streams. Highlights include:
- The Wooldridge Memorial Lecture “Making a global impact” to be given by Prof Peter Roeder who led the Global Rinderpest Eradication Programme ;
- “Teeth, feet and reproduction – what next for veterinary services?” discussing what should be in a new Veterinary Surgeons Act and how we should be regulating paraprofessionals ;
- “Veterinary education – a price worth paying?” debating the impact of the tuition fee increases on the future of the veterinary profession ;
- Disaster relief management – two sessions looking at the role of vets in disaster situations, comparing and contrasting man-made and natural disasters.
Additionally, Prof Richard Bennett will report on the progress of the Veterinary Development Council, and Prof Sheila Crispin will deliver an update on the work of the Dog Breeding Advisory Council.
BVA president Harvey Locke said: “We are delighted to announce the collaboration between BVA and BSAVA to deliver an outstanding congress for the members of our two associations.
“BVA Congress has become the most important date in the veterinary political diary. This year’s contentious issues and overseas programmes will highlight the role of vets in a changing world and discuss how we can adapt to new challenges as individuals and as a profession.
“BSAVA Congress is internationally renowned and so we are very pleased to be able to offer such an excellent clinical CPD programme alongside our political programme.”
BSAVA president Andrew Ash said: “We are keen to inject the excellence of BSAVA Congress science into an already prestigious event. The combination of contentious and topical lectures works really well alongside the science we can provide, plus it draws a wider audience.
“It is right and good that the veterinary associations work together and support each other in difficult economic times to provide the profession with the most accessible and exceptional CPD.”
- Members of both BVA and BSAVA will receive discounted registration and the early bird discount of 10% runs until June 30.