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BEVA Helps SPANA Vets Join BEVA Congress

8 months ago

14th September, 2023 17h13


BEVA has given two vets from the global teams of SPANA  (the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad) free registration for this year’s BEVA Congress (13-16 September 2023 at the ICC Birmingham) and has invited them to speak at the event. The initiative is part of BEVA Trust’s partnership with the global working animal charity. Research conducted by both vets will be presented in abstract form at the event.

Dr Youness Elouasbi, is attending from SPANA’s veterinary centre in Chemaia, Morocco. He has been working with SPANA for 15 years, treating working animals, including equids, and offering advice on animal care to their owners. 

“I am really thrilled to attend my first BEVA Congress,” said Dr Elouasbi. “I will be presenting my work on standing flank laparotomy for small colon obstruction in working donkeys in Morocco. It is an incredible opportunity for me to share my experience with my peers and to learn from them too. This event is very important for me to update my knowledge and to share this with my local colleagues once back home too. My biggest thanks to BEVA for offering me the opportunity to attend the whole congress. My thanks also go to SPANA for arranging my trip.”

Dr Boubker El Mouhaine is from SPANA’s veterinary centre in Marrakech, where he has been working since 2006, contributing to improving the welfare of working equids in Morocco. Unfortunately, he is unable to attend BEVA Congress, so his colleague Dr Anna Bowker, SPANA’s Veterinary Advisor, will be presenting his abstract; a retrospective study of 571 cases of tetanus in working equids in Morocco (2006-2022).  

“I am deeply disappointed not to be able to attend this scientific event but am grateful to my colleague for presenting my abstract in my absence,” said Dr Boubker El Mouhaine. “I would like to thank BEVA for their generous offer of free attendance for the whole congress and I look forward to enjoying access to the lecture recordings.”

BEVA Congress is uniquely designed and produced by equine veterinary professionals for equine veterinary professionals, and this means the event delivers a pertinent and practical programme from a true equine veterinary perspective. It is an exclusive opportunity for horse vets, at any age or stage of their career, to catch up on 90+ hours of CPD and catch up with old friends, with the perfect blend of professional and social activities. 

SPANA was established 100 years ago, in 1923. The charity works to improve the welfare of working animals in low-income communities across the world through global activities that include ensuring the provision of veterinary treatment, training for owners in animal care and the teaching of animal welfare for children. Last year, the charity worked in 23 countries across the world, providing vital care and support to 306,412 working animals, including 278,626 working horses, donkeys and mules.

BEVA members prices for Congress are £679 for vets and £260 for nurses for all three days (with concessionary prices available for those in their first three years of graduation or earning less than £25,000). Day tickets are also available. 

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