The programme for the 2017 VET Festival has been announced, with more than 100 CPD lectures across 10 streams presented by international speakers.

The festival’s theme is “wellness” and aims to re-energise and rekindle the passion in veterinary professionals in response to increasing levels of dissatisfaction and concern in the profession, organisers said.

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Highlights of the programme include:

  • VetCoach director Richard Nap, who will lecture in the “Wellness and team building” stream with Andy McCreadie, managing director of Sandler Training.
  • Lowri Davies, president of the British Veterinary Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Association, who will lecture in the “Rehabilitation” steam.
  • Tim Hackett, director of Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Colorado State University, who will lecture on both days in the “Internal medicine” stream.
  • Brian Saunders, assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at Texas A&M University, who will speak on both days in the “Orthopaedics” stream.
  • UK feline expert Kerry Simpson, who will present three lectures in the “Feline medicine” stream.

Wellness and fulfilment

Noel Fitzpatrick.
VET Festival founder Noel Fitzpatrick.

VET Festival founder Noel Fitzpatrick said: “A central core theme for this year is ‘wellness’ – for the animals, of course – but also for those of us looking after them.

“Our vocation can be stressful and extraordinarily demanding. We selflessly give of ourselves, we worry and we take failure very personally. We often have the weight of the world on our shoulders and, sometimes, our daily lives do not match up to our expectations when we came into the profession and we get disenchanted.

“This event will help support the care of animals via the Humanimal Trust charity, which aims to give all animals a fair deal by promoting the concept ‘one medicine’.”

Centaur Services is the official partner for VET Festival 2017 and sponsors the “Wellness and team building stream”.


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