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BEVA Congress Team Shares Top Ten Programme Picks

1 month ago

2nd May, 2024 12h16


BEVA Congress (11-14 September 2024, at the ACC in Liverpool) is uniquely produced by a team of horse vets, and in the name of this year’s congress theme of ‘one medicine’ and knowledge sharing, the team has chosen ten programme highlights to whet delegates’ appetites.

The full BEVA Congress programme is now live and super early bird tickets are available until 29th May, saving member delegates up to £200.

This year’s scientific programme has content to appeal to every member of the equine veterinary profession and offers the usual 90+ hours of quality live and on demand CPD for which BEVA Congress is renowned. Seven programme streams incorporate orthopaedics and sports medicine, internal medicine, reproduction, anaesthesia and imaging, dentistry and current affairs, farriery and nursing. Presentation formats cater for every learning preference from formal presentations and interactive discussion to debates and workshops.

To relax and unwind after a busy day, delegates can dip into the legendary social scene and enjoy the benefits of networking in a friendly and informal environment. They can meet up with major players in the equine sector, network for both business and career opportunities and find out about new products and innovations as they hit the market.

Members of the BEVA Congress team have picked their favourite highlights in this year’s programme that are especially useful for those in practice:

· Social licence to operate: This hugely important subject is a ‘must-see’ for everyone in the veterinary and equestrian industries, as it impacts us all, not just those who work with performance horses. If you can’t make it in person, be sure to watch it afterwards ‘on-demand’. Together with the sessions discussing fracture management, pain scoring and Dean Richardson’s John Hickman Plenary Lecture, there is a wealth of knowledge and potential for better understanding in how we can better conduct our use of horses in pleasure and sport.

· Lameness diagnosis: Michael Schramme will chair a stream on objective lameness diagnosis, while two sessions will feature the application of PET imaging in lameness diagnosis, and its use in predicting risk of fatal injuries in racehorses.

· Orthopaedic treatments and rehabilitation programmes: Experts will look at advances in understanding of distal sesamoidean ligament desmitis and cervical dysfunction in sports horses and critique the variety of joint injections that are available. The all-important topic of rehabilitation will feature in the ‘Managing tendon and ligament injuries’ and as a dedicated workshop on Saturday. The ‘Foot’ stream will also highlight the importance of farriery in these cases.

· Reproductive medicine: With a variety of streams to choose from, there will be presentations on the current thinking for dealing with pre-breeding management and common fertility issues, from fluid-producing mares and stallion sub fertility, through to dealing with late term pregnancy issues, including periparturient colic.

· Advances in ambulatory practice: A wealth of sessions should bolster the knowledge and skills of our coalface workers this year. With a whole session on ‘point of care’ imaging for colics, fat legs, the suspensory and the neck, featuring a stream on general medicine discussing stable-side laboratory testing and dealing with an array of cases, from those commonly-encountered yet frustrating ones, through to troubleshooting the less-common but all all-consuming ones. And then there is the Primary care guidelines session which covers the publications, brought to you by EVJ, which all practitioners welcome with open arms.

· Human behaviour change: This rapidly advancing field remains significantly underestimated in the veterinary world compared to other industries. An untapped source of knowledge, there is potential to massively improve client engagement and compliance, and in turn to positively impact the welfare and clinical outcomes of patients. All this without any further change to clinical veterinary skills and treatment options - it’s a win-win situation!

· Infectious disease and biosecurity: Whilst not the most exciting topic, the two streams devoted to this increasingly threat will prove that the knowledge we require and processes we need to employ are all at the tips of our fingers. Simple human behavioural change (see above!) can mean the difference between being out in the dark and caught off guard or being forewarned and forearmed. There is a tremendous amount of evidence and support out there already, and these sessions aim to percolate all the need-to-know information for vets and nurses in practice.

· Corporatisation of equine practice: With corporatisation now commonplace, this panel discussion explores the advantages and disadvantages it presents for both the workforce and our clients and looks at how these things may shape the future of our industry going forwards.

· Nurse CPD, for nurses, by nurses: The BEVA Nurse Committee have been involved in creating the nurses’ streams, with a critical care workshop, where groups rotate round various cases, to lectures on human factors and behavioural change. A second workshop explores neurodiversity in practice, and there are practical sessions to get hands-on with bandaging, casting and suturing. Something for everyone!

· Wednesday’s Welcome Reception: This year the event will take place at the fascinating and compelling Maritime Museum, where delegates will be free to browse the ‘Life on Board’ gallery whilst catching up with friends and colleagues. Following on from last year’s sold out event, there will be the option of food and drink with tickets again, so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.

“BEVA Congress gives you the biggest bang for your buck,” said BEVA President Roger Smith. “The programme is world-leading, and you will get teaching from all the top speakers in their fields, interactive sessions, demonstrations and displays in the exhibition hall, networking opportunities and, most importantly, great socials with friends, all under one roof.”

Individual super early bird BEVA members prices are £524 for vets and £144 for vet nurses for all three days (with concessionary available for those in their first three years of graduation or earning less than £25,000). Day tickets and practice passes are also available. Super early bird ends on Wednesday 29 May 2024.

Tickets provide access to all lectures, practicals, the exhibition hall, as well as full access to the virtual Congress hub, where delegates will have access to all Congress content for six months after the event.

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