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Calendar of Events

  1. July 2014

    1. It is only through our people that we can deliver considerable lasting improvements so we need to set clear objectives, offer clear, positive and constructive feedback and develop people to deliver more of what we want. If you want to grow your skills in these areas join us for this two part programme where you can benefit from eight weeks between workshops to apply your new skills and reflect on your learning when you return for part 2. 5 key things delegates will learn: • How to be a leader, regardless of your job title or position in the hierarchy • What it really means to manage people - the needs and expectations of you in that role • How to set clear, meaningful goals that people want to work towards • How to give feedback, improve performance and challenge inappropriate behaviour • How to provide the environment for motivated, high performing teams Organised by British Veterinary Association.
      Contact: Alys Walker 7 Mansfield Street Phone: 0207 908 6336
    2. Equine Gastroenterology Sarah L Taylor VN BSc (Hons) PhD BVetMed Cert. Equine Surgery (Orthopaedics) This equine course will cover the common and more unusual conditions of the horse digestive system, including predispositions, prevention and practical tips. The course aims to make participants confident in assessing acute and chronic colics, working up weight loss cases and recognising dental, gastric and intestinal disease. Organised by online, Massey University.
      Contact: Frances Little Massey University, Tennent Drive, Palmerston North, New Zealand Phone: +64 6 350 5303
    3. An online distance course with Tony Andrews BVetMed, MRCVS, PhD. Develop your knowledge and confidence in the area of calf medicine, health and management planning. Extend yourself in Massey University’s international learning community without leaving home. Organised by Massey University.
      Contact: Frances Little Massey University, Tennent Drive, Palmerston North, New Zealand Phone: +64 6 3505303
    4. Get to grips with the challenges of cardiopulmonary examination, diagnostics and case management with the guidance of Gil Jacobs DVM DipACVIM (cardiology). Join an international learning community for tailored in-depth distance study. Organised by online, Massey University.
      Contact: Frances Little Massey University, Tennent Drive, Palmerston North, New Zealand Phone: +64 6 3505303
    5. Update your skills in clinical pathology with in-depth distance learning. Integrate laboratory based- clinical pathology with in-house diagnostic evaluations and make sound decisions in patient management. Taught by Mary Anna Thrall BA DVM MS DipACVP Organised by online, Massey University.
      Contact: Frances Little Massey University, Tennent Drive, Palmerston North, New Zealand Phone: +64 6 3505303
    6. Hone your skills in taking and interpreting radiographs with this in-depth distance course, taught by Donald E. Thrall DVM PhD DACVR. Learn special radiographic procedures and the role of other diagnostic imaging modalities. Organised by online, Massey University.
      Contact: Frances Little Massey University, Tennent Drive, Palmerston North, New Zealand Phone: +64 6 3505303
    7. An in-depth case-based distance course which will give you the knowledge and skills to manage challenging gastrointestinal cases. Taught by Bill Rogers DVM, DipACVIM. Join an international learning community without leaving home. Organised by Massey University.
      Contact: Frances Little Massey University, Tennent Drive, Palmerston North, New Zealand Phone: +64 6 3505303
    8. Principles of Veterinary Epidemiology Naomi Cogger BSc (Hons), PhD This online course is well suited to clinicians (small or large animals) and also those with a more policy bent. The aim is to have students thinking critically about the quality of evidence used to make decisions, look at issues with diagnostic tests and think about how to design an epidemiological study. Organised by online, Massey University.
      Contact: Frances Little Massey University, Tennent Drive, Palmerston North, New Zealand Phone: +64 6 350 5303
  2. August 2014

    1. How to assess and localise neurological lesions in companion animals Wednesday 20 August, Glasgow Course outline This course will discuss the approach to the common neurological patient in small animal practice, concentrating on localisation of the lesion, establishing the prognosis and how to differentiate between common differential diagnoses. 5 key things delegates will learn How to recognise brain and cranial nerve lesions Differential diagnoses for brain lesion on the basis of localisation, signalment and onset Localising and assessing the severity of spinal cord and peripheral nerve lesions The paralysed patient: establishing the differential diagnosis list and planning the intervention Exercise intolerance and the neurological patient: assessment and diagnosis Speaker: Rita Gonçalves DVM, DipECVN, MVM, FHEA, MRCVS, RCVS & European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Neurology, University of Liverpool Organised by British Veterinary Association.
      Contact: Alys Walker Phone: 0207 908 6336
    2. 118.817: Students will gain advanced skills necessary to analyse data in the health and biosecurity context. Techniques covered include multivariable analysis of data with logistic, Poisson and time-to-event responses, and latent class analysis using the concept of Bayesian statistics. Students will work with real data collected during epidemiological studies with examples and case studies drawn from a range of species including humans, production animals, wildlife, aquatic species, companion animals, horses and plants. Organised by Massey University.
      Contact: Cord Heuer Massey University Phone: +64 6 350 5948
  3. September 2014

    1. Fees: BSAVA Member £240.00 Non BSAVA Member £360.00 Orthopaedics can be scary for a number of reasons – all that equipment which you don’t recognise, the post-op X rays which show up every imperfection, the expectations of the owners, the confidence of those who already ‘do orthopaedics’. It can be difficult to build your own confidence and skills. If you recognise that first paragraph, this course is for you. All those confident surgeons were beginners once, and this course will guide you gently through the steps you can take to gradually develop your own confidence. Organised by British Small Animal Veterinary Association.
      Contact: Membership services team Woodrow house, 1 Telford Way, Waterwells Business Park, Gloucester, GL2 2AB Phone: 01452 726700 Fax: 01452 726701
    2. The grass is greener Thursday 4 September, Nantwich Course outline This course will look at the costs of grazed grass, its nutritive value and the design of systems to use grass more efficiently. We will look at monitoring grass growth and ways to maintain healthy paddocks and cows. 5 key things delegates will learn Nutritive value of grass What costs can be saved by more efficient use of grazing Rotational paddock grazing and other systems Monitoring grass growth and matching it with cow requirements How to avoid metabolic disease at grass Speaker: James Husband, Veterinary Consultant, Director Evidence Based Veterinary Consultancy (EBVC Ltd) Organised by British Veterinary Association.
      Contact: Alys Walker Phone: 0207 908 6336
    3. The grass is greener Thursday 4 September, Nantwich Course outline This course will look at the costs of grazed grass, its nutritive value and the design of systems to use grass more efficiently. We will look at monitoring grass growth and ways to maintain healthy paddocks and cows. 5 key things delegates will learn Nutritive value of grass What costs can be saved by more efficient use of grazing Rotational paddock grazing and other systems Monitoring grass growth and matching it with cow requirements How to avoid metabolic disease at grass Speaker: James Husband, Veterinary Consultant, Director Evidence Based Veterinary Consultancy (EBVC Ltd) Organised by British Veterinary Association.
      Contact: Alys Walker Phone: 0207 908 6336
    4. The Veterinary Defence Society will be hosting their annual Graduate Reunions for 2013 veterinary graduates. The format of the day which qualifies for CPD points is as follows. In the morning session, delegates will be given the opportunity to build on the communication skills they learnt at undergraduate level and in the afternoon representatives from some of the major veterinary societies and associations will be on hand to offer advice on issues the graduates have had to face since qualifying. In the evening there will be a reunion dinner which provides a great opportunity for graduates to catch up with their colleagues. The VDS and the other sponsors and supporters of these events hope to see as many graduates as possible at these popular events. Contact Marina Baxter, c/o The Veterinary Defence Society Ltd. Tel: 01565 652737. Cost: £60 for the graduate for the day and dinner, £40 for your partner to attend the dinner. Organised by The Veterinary Defence Society Ltd.
      Contact: Marina Baxter c/o the VDS, 4 Haig Court, Parkgate Estate, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 8XZ Phone: 01565 652737
    5. This six week online course will cover avian and reptile medicine for the practitioner and will also address the latest anaesthesia, analgesia and critical care medicine for these species. The emphasis will be upon common conditions and their latest therapies although the discussion groups may allow discussion of more advanced cases. The course consists of a mixture of notes, specific case presentations and assessments, self assessment activities and online discussions. The majority of discussion board activities will be case based. Participants can earn up to 36 CPD hours if the course is fully completed. Key areas: •Common diseases affecting cage birds and pet reptiles and their latest medical treatments •Safe anaesthetics protocols for a variety of different procedures in cage birds and reptiles •Common surgical procedures and analgesia for cage birds and reptiles •Critical and emergency care therapy in cage birds and reptiles Fee £699 Organised by Royal Veterinary College.
      Contact: Ms M Hodgson Phone: 01707 666865
    6. The aim of the course is to provide practical, day-to-day advice for managing common patient scenarios in practice. Content will also be useful for those contemplating the CertAVP B-Small Animal Practice module, as well as providing some of the fundamentals for the C module in small animal anaesthesia. The course is run online over four weeks and will consist of a mixture of webinars, online case assessment exercises, supplementary reading material and discussion forums involving the tutors and veterinary colleagues from around the world. Participants can earn up to 16 CPD hours. Fee £299 Organised by Royal Veterinary College.
      Contact: Ms M Hodgson Phone: 01707 666865
    7. Veterinary receptionists are critical, not only to client satisfaction, but to achieving clinical resolution and optimising profit. Veterinary receptionists need a spectrum of skills, but all too often veterinary receptionist training is ad hoc and ‘on the job’ and can be one of the biggest challenges to running a practice. Poorly trained receptionists will have a knock on to the whole team resulting in inconsistent client experiences. You will be shown how veterinary receptionists are pivotal in ensuring pets, owners, nurses and vets work together to achieve optimum clinical resolution. And how, by getting this right, they contribute to optimum financial resolution. It goes without saying that happy, effective receptionists are key to a positive and productive practice culture. The day will include case studies of practices with such successful embedded reception training programmes. Who will benefit: Practice managers, owners, head nurses or head receptionists whose job description includes training the reception team. The day will start at 10:00am and finish at 4:30pm. Workbooks, CPD certificates, lunch and refreshments are included. Cost (ex vat): Non-members: £255; SPVS and VPMA members: £180 Organised by SPVS/VPMA.
      Contact: Jaqui Hofman Phone: 01453 872 731
    8. Internal medicine II refresher Tuesday 16 September, London Course outline This second internal medicine day will concentrate on refreshing the principles and updating your knowledge of recent advances in the diagnosis and management of some commonly encountered disorders in small animal practice. 5 key things delegates will learn Diabetes mellitus in dogs and cats Hyperadrenocrticism Hyperthyroidism Chronic kidney disease Renal disease Speakers: David Church, BVSc PhD MACVSc MRCVS, Professor of Small Animal Medicine, The Royal Veterinary College Harriet Syme, BSc BVetMed PhD FHEA MRCVS D-ACVIM D-ECVIM, Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine, The Royal Veterinary College Organised by British Veterinary Association.
      Contact: Alys Walker Phone: 0207 908 6336
    9. WSAVA 2014 will unite small animal practitioners for the great African vet adventure in South Africa. Presenting top speakers, a dymanic scientific program forwarding small animal veterinary science and welfare. See you in Cape Town! Organised by Kenes International.
      Contact: Niels Funther 1-3, Rue du Chantepoulet; P.O. Box 1726 Phone: +41 22 908 0488 Fax: +41 22 908 9140
    10. Within this 1.5 days course both theory and practical aspects of youngstock rearing will be covered. The course is ideal for those studying for CertAVP(cattle) as well as for those wanting an intensive short course in calf management and heifer rearing. Organised by BCVA.
      Contact: Rachel Browning BCVA Office, Unit 17, The Glenmore Centre, Waterwells Business Park, Quedgeley, Gloucestershire, GL2 2AP Phone: 01452 725735 Fax: 01452 725780
    11. Backyard bird essentials Thursday 18 September, Bristol Course outline This course is ideal for anyone who has little or no experience or confidence with chickens, but is also appropriate for vets who are interested in chickens and want to provide better medical care. 5 key things delegates will learn How to approach the sick chicken case in a more confident and knowledgeable fashion How to recognise signs of disease and formulate differential diagnoses for chickens and select further diagnostics How to safely anaesthetise a chicken and provide appropriate analgesia How to develop appropriate treatment protocols for a wide variety of presentations How to dispense medications to backyard birds responsibly and legally Speaker: Steve Smith, BVetMed (Hons) CertZooMed DipECZM (Avian) MRCVS RCVS Certified in Zoological Medicine European Veterinary Specialist in Zoological Medicine (Avian Organised by British Veterinary Association.
      Contact: Alys Walker Phone: 0207 908 6336
    12. Fees: BSAVA Member £240.00 Non BSAVA Member £360.00 The course covers a pragmatic clinical approach, interpretation of chest radiographs, echocardiography for the practitioner, essentials of ECGs, and what’s relevant in blood work. This course is interactive, case-based and problem-oriented with plenty of practical “tips” &, of course, “cutting edge” information. The delegates are expected to be happy to participate in discussion. Organised by British Small Animal Veterinary Association.
      Contact: Membership services team Woodrow house, 1 Telford Way, Waterwells Business Park, Gloucester, GL2 2AB Phone: 01452 726700 Fax: 01452 726701
    13. The Veterinary Defence Society will be hosting their annual Graduate Reunions for 2013 veterinary graduates. The format of the day which qualifies for CPD points is as follows. In the morning session, delegates will be given the opportunity to build on the communication skills they learnt at undergraduate level and in the afternoon representatives from some of the major veterinary societies and associations will be on hand to offer advice on issues the graduates have had to face since qualifying. In the evening there will be a reunion dinner which provides a great opportunity for graduates to catch up with their colleagues. The VDS and the other sponsors and supporters of these events hope to see as many graduates as possible at these popular events. Contact Marina Baxter, c/o The Veterinary Defence Society Ltd. Tel: 01565 652737. Cost: £60 for the graduate for the day and dinner, £40 for your partner to attend the dinner. Organised by The Veterinary Defence Society Ltd.
      Contact: Marina Baxter c/o the VDS, 4 Haig Court, Parkgate Estate, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 8XZ Phone: 01565 652737
    14. This online course runs for six weeks and will build on the problem solving skills introduced to participants in logical clinical problem solving courses as well as further enhancing their knowledge and understanding of internal medicine. Led by a team of five expert tutors from the RVC, the course is only open to those participants who have attended an RVC logical clinical problem solving course (onsite or online). Course materials are a combination of course notes, case assessments and discussion forums in which participants review and discuss cases with their colleagues and the tutors. Participants can earn up to 36 CPD hours. The course will also be of value to veterinarians preparing medical case reports for the RCVS CertAVP - Small Animal Practice Module (B-SAP.1) and C modules in small animal medicine. Fee £699 Organised by Royal Veterinary College.
      Contact: Ms M Hodgson Phone: 01707 666865
    15. Emergency cases can be some of the most fun and rewarding patients we see in veterinary practice. However, they can also be some of the more challenging and stressful patients to treat. This course will provide practitioners with a rational and logical approach to the assessment of the emergency patient. This course will provide practitioners with a rational and logical approach to the assessment of the emergency patient. It will focus on interpretation of physical examination findings and basic clinicopathologic and imaging data with an emphasis on information that will help you formulate a rational stabilisation plan. Participants can earn up to 36 CPD hours. The course is suitable for both veterinary surgeons in general practice and those with a special interest in (or fear of!) emergency medicine. It will also be useful CPD for veterinarians preparing for RCVS CertAVP C modules in emergency and critical care. Fee £699 Organised by Royal Veterinary College.
      Contact: Ms M Hodgson Phone: 01707 666865
    16. Soft tissue surgery refresher Thursday 23 October, London Course outline This day will review surgical principles that will help increase your confidence when you step back into the operating theatre including aseptic technique, perioperative antibiotic and analgesia, choice of suture materials and suture patterns, appropriate instrument use and surgical techniques. 5 key things delegates will learn An update on current surgery protocols including how to prepare yourself and the patient for surgery and which surgeries require antibiotics Practical tips for surviving difficult bitch spays and emergency C-sections The importance of revising anatomy before performing a thorough exploratory laparotomy Tips for performing atraumatic intestinal surgery and preventing intestinal wound breakdown Advice on maximising success and avoiding common pitfalls when closing simple wounds Speaker: Vicky Lipscombe, MA VetMB CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS, Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery, European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery, The Royal Veterinary College Organised by British Veterinary Association.
      Contact: Alys Walker Phone: 0207 908 6336
    17. Business and vet performance - pricing and charging Wednesday 24 September, London Course outline There is increasing pressure on practice turnover from a variety of sources. This one day course examines the changing competitive veterinary market and suggests practical pricing strategies for both clinical and preventative work. 5 key things delegates will learn How turnover is generated and how to generate more The lifetime value of a bonded client How to analyse the profitability of their own practice How to implement strategic pricing strategies How to improve vet performance Speaker: Alan Robinson, BVSc MRCVS DMS, Vet Dynamics Organised by British Veterinary Association.
      Contact: Alys Walker Phone: 0207 908 6336
    18. Many veterinarians are keen to develop their knowledge and skills in echocardiography as it is such a useful diagnostic tool in general practice. There are many CPD courses available from different providers that provide a rich learning experience in a variety of formats. However, some courses cannot offer a practical component, of those that do there is rarely time for more than a few hours of practical experience and there is virtually never an opportunity for participants to return for further guidance after the course. These practical scanning days will be an opportunity for veterinarians to build on their ultrasonography skills by spending the day scanning under the expert guidance of Virginia Luis-Fuentes and David Connolly. The days will be entirely devoted to scanning - there will be no lectures or course notes and participants will be expected to have attended a CPD course (from any suitable CPD provider, not just RVC) previously where the basics of ultrasound theory and echocardiography were discussed and techniques demonstrated. You’ve listened to the lectures, watched the videos and tried it on your own. Now come and practise your skills with the experts! Fee £249 Organised by Royal Veterinary College.
      Contact: Ms M Hodgson Phone: 01707 666865
    19. TOPICS TO BE ADDRESSED:- The Role of the Marketing Authorisation Holder The European QP for Pharmacovigilance (PV) Adverse Event Reporting Requirements for Periodic Safety Update Reports Company-Sponsored Post-Authorisation Safety Studies Literature Searches Signal Detection Benefit-Risk Assessments Risk Management/Minimisation Crisis Management Communication with the Public Pharmacovigilance Inspections and Competent Authorities Organised by Management Forum Ltd.
      Contact: Leigh White The Rembrandt Hotel Phone: 441483730071 Fax: 441483730008
    20. This day offers a practical update, refresher or introduction to current H&S requirements and legislation, including radiation, waste regulation, COSHH and Risk Assessements, fire safety, staff safety protocols and medicine legislation compliance. You will leave knowing what you need to know and what you need to do to ensure your practice is legal and compliant. Includes a practical workshop in completing Risk Assessments and a question and answer session in which Citation will share the most commonly asked questions to their helpline. There will be a practical demonstration on fire safety, tailored to vet practice, with the chance to try out fire extinguishers and fire blankets and including a separate certificate. Who will benefit: Anyone new to H&S or feeling in need of a refresher. The day will start at 10:00 and finish at 4:30. CPD certificate, lunch and refreshments are included. Cost (ex vat): Non-members £255; SPVS and VPMA members £180 Organised by SPVS/VPMA.
      Contact: Jaqui Hofman Phone: 01453872731
    21. “I've done the echo, now what?” Developing proficiency in practical echocardiography is a challenge in itself, but obtaining good images is only the start. This course will focus on how to integrate the results of your echocardiography with your clinical practice. It is designed to be suitable for participants with some echocardiography experience. The potential contribution of echocardiography will be critically evaluated in the major cardiac conditions in dogs and cats, with discussion on how echocardiography compares with other diagnostic tests, and how management can be tailored to the individual patient according to echocardiographic findings. Fee £350 Organised by Royal Veterinary College.
      Contact: Ms M Hodgson Phone: 01707 666865
  4. October 2014

    1. Fees: BSAVA Member £240.00 Non BSAVA Member £360.00 This day is particularly aimed at those clinicians that feel they have grasped some of the basics of ophthalmology and wish to look further into more complicated cases. The day will cover some of the more taxing problems that may be faced in first opinion practice. We will be looking at how to assess and improve decision-making in our cases and how to deal with some of the difficult problems that will face you in first opinion practice. We may also discuss some of the newer techniques being used in referral practice and the potential controversies associated with them. Organised by British Small Animal Veterinary Association.
      Contact: Membership services team Woodrow house, 1 Telford Way, Waterwells Business Park, Gloucester, GL2 2AB Phone: 01452 726700 Fax: 01452 726701
    2. This course is aimed at the practitioner who is ready to tackle ophthalmic problems commonly seen in general practice. The course focuses on ophthalmic diagnostic skills that require practice but do not require specialist training. A series of lectures are accompanied by a hands-on practical to increase familiarity with important aspects of ophthalmic examination that will help in the recognition of clinical eye disease. This is followed by a series of lectures that serve to remind the delegates about common ocular diseases they are likely to encounter through ophthalmic examination and that answer the very important questions of what can I treat, what should I refer. Fee £350 or £725 if combined with Ophthalmology surgery. Organised by Royal Veterinary College.
      Contact: Ms M Hodgson Phone: 01707 666865
    3. This course is aimed at the general practitioner who is ready to tackle the surgical aspects of common ophthalmic problems that can be dealt with in general practice. The course is composed of a set of brief presentations, each of which is followed by a practical performed on cadavers under the guidance and supervision of a specialist. The hands-on practical is aimed at increasing familiarity with instruments, patient positioning, the role of magnification in ophthalmic surgery and basic ophthalmic surgical skills. Fee £399 o £725 if booked with Ophthalmology fundamentals. Organised by Royal Veterinary College.
      Contact: Ms M Hodgson Phone: 01707 666865
    4. This two day course will equip clinicians in small animal practice with the knowledge and skills required to apply logical clinical problem solving skills to the common problems that present in small animal practice. The course consists of short lectures, small group work on clinical cases applying the problem based approach and interactive sessions. Participants will develop a logical problem-based approach to medical cases, will improve their skills in assessing clinical pathology in relation to internal medicine and will update their knowledge about important clinical disorders in small animal practice. The course is open to any veterinarian interested in developing a rational problem-based approach to medical cases. It will also be of value to veterinarians preparing medical case reports for the RCVS CertAVP - Small Animal Practice module (B-SAP.1) and C modules in Small Animal Medicine. Fee £699 Organised by Royal Veterinary College.
      Contact: Ms M Hodgson Phone: 01707 666865
    5. This six week online CPD course for veterinary surgeons will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to apply clinical problem solving skills to important neurological problems that present in small animal practice. You will not only develop and strengthen your problem solving skills in veterinary neurology, you will also become more confident in identifying abnormalities seen on the neurological examination and in managing neurological cases. It is suitable for all clinicians in small animal practice who wish to develop their neurological skills. Participants will enhance their neurological problem solving skills and their ability to interpret neurological examination. Participants can earn up to 36 CPD hours if the course is completed fully. Fee £699 Organised by Royal Veterinary College.
      Contact: Ms M Hodgson Phone: 01707 666865
    6. The course is aimed at general practitioners with an interest in small animal gastroenterology, dermatology and nutrition who are often faced with conditions which will require dietary modifications. The course will provide the attendee with practical tips on how to differentiate such cases from other chronic gastrointestinal and dermatological cases, how to treat them and how to educate the owners on the use of hypoallergenic, exclusion and home cooked diets. Some controversial topics will be tackled and lively debates are assured! Learning material will be a mixture of weekly webinars, supplementary reading material and discussion forums involving the tutors and veterinary colleagues from around the world. Fee £299 Organised by Royal Veterinary College.
      Contact: Ms M Hodgson Phone: 01707 666865
    7. Fees: BSAVA Member £240.00 Non BSAVA Member £360.00 Endocrine disorders are frequently encountered in dogs and cats, but their diagnosis and management can sometimes be frustrating. Using case examples of both common and less commonly encountered diseases, we will discuss the aetiology, clinical signs, and the rationale behind laboratory testing and diagnostic imaging. Case-based examples will be used to illustrate management options, including the latest treatment recommendations. Personal keypads will allow delegates to vote anononymously in decision making-processes as we work through clinical cases. Organised by British Small Animal Veterinary Association.
      Contact: Membership services team Woodrow house, 1 Telford Way, Waterwells Business Park, Gloucester, GL2 2AB Phone: 01452 726700 Fax: 01452 726701
    8. Fees: BSAVA Member £240.00 Non BSAVA Member £360.00 This one day course will focus on evidenced-based decision making, current controversies and how to deal with problems in the most common hind limb joint conditions. The day will also include discussion of surgical techniques, tips and pitfalls. It is of interest to practitioners who are starting to manage hind limb orthopaedic conditions and to those who have experience but wish to change or update their techniques and management. Organised by British Small Animal Veterinary Association.
      Contact: Membership services team Woodrow house, 1 Telford Way, Waterwells Business Park, Gloucester, GL2 2AB Phone: 01452 726700 Fax: 01452 726701
    9. Customer service - reception skills and communication Wednesday 8 October, London Course outline You will learn the financial implications of gaining or losing a client, how to ask for money and deal with difficult situations. You will create an action plan to improve client care within your practice. 5 key things delegates will learn How to recognise client needs How to communicate and interact effectively with clients and colleagues How to handle complaints competently How to deal with bereavement more confidently How to increase client numbers and retail sales Speaker: Vicky Gower, Vet Dynamic Organised by British Veterinary Association.
      Contact: Alys Walker Phone: 0207 908 6336
    10. Social Networking and the internet can be powerful marketing tools, but in a rapidly changing world, do you have a grip on how to control the message? This one day course will give you the tools to ensure you optimise your online presence and make sure people can find you first. You will leave with key tips on how to manage what others are saying about you and how your practice looks online. If you have attended our Websites, Facebook, Twitter and Tweets course last year, this is the logical next step. If you haven’t, but are reasonably familiar with social media and want to take your knowledge to the next level, then this day is not to be missed. The day will start at 10:00 and finish at 4:30. CPD certificates, lunch and refreshments are included. Cost (ex vat): Non-members: £255; SPVS and VPMA members £180. Organised by SPVS/VPMA.
      Contact: Jaqui Hofman Phone: 01453 872 731
    11. Fees: BSAVA Member £240.00 Non BSAVA Member £360.00 The good clinician should try to practise evidence-based medicine, but much of what we do is based more on clinical convention than the results of clinical research. This course will review the diagnostic and treatment options available for common clinical scenarios, examining the evidence behind each approach. Organised by British Small Animal Veterinary Association.
      Contact: Membership services team Woodrow house, 1 Telford Way, Waterwells Business Park, Gloucester, GL2 2AB Phone: 01452 726700 Fax: 01452 726701
    12. Fees: BSAVA Member £240.00 Non BSAVA Member £360.00 Cardiac problems in cats are confusing and challenging, and unfortunately very common. A practical approach will be outlined for dealing with the frequent frustrations of managing feline heart disease. A better understanding of risk factors is helping us make more rational decisions about our feline patients with suspected heart disease. Organised by British Small Animal Veterinary Association.
      Contact: Membership services team Woodrow house, 1 Telford Way, Waterwells Business Park, Gloucester, GL2 2AB Phone: 01452 726700 Fax: 01452 726701
    13. The Veterinary Defence Society will be hosting their annual Graduate Reunions for 2013 veterinary graduates. The format of the day which qualifies for CPD points is as follows. In the morning session, delegates will be given the opportunity to build on the communication skills they learnt at undergraduate level and in the afternoon representatives from some of the major veterinary societies and associations will be on hand to offer advice on issues the graduates have had to face since qualifying. In the evening there will be a reunion dinner which provides a great opportunity for graduates to catch up with their colleagues. The VDS and the other sponsors and supporters of these events hope to see as many graduates as possible at these popular events. Cost: £60 for the graduate for the day and dinner, £40 for your partner to attend the dinner. Organised by The Veterinary Defence Society Ltd.
      Contact: Marina Baxter c/o the VDS, 4 Haig Court, Parkgate Estate, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 8XZ Phone: 01565 652737
    14. During this online CPD course participants will enhance their knowledge in small animal radiology and their skill at reading radiographs. A large number of radiographic cases will be presented for individual study and group discussions to enable participants to share their experiences and to enhance their skills in assessing radiographs. The course would be useful CPD for veterinarians preparing for RCVS CertAVP C modules in diagnostic imaging. Participants can earn up to 36 CPD hours if the course is completed in full. The course will consist of a mixture of radiographic cases and assessments, downloadable reference sources, links to other useful websites and online discussions. It is designed to work around the varied and demanding schedules of the busy practitioner and is run entirely on-line with no need to travel to a distant venue or take time off work. There is no need to log on at any particular time of the day or night so the course can be completed in your own time. However, you do need to be able to spend at least 6 hours per week on the course and log on several times per week to get maximum benefit. Once registered, all participants are issued with a unique ID, allowing them to log on at any time to a discussion board and various on-line tasks. Radiographic cases will be presented for individual study and group discussions to enable participants to share their experiences and to enhance their skills in assessing radiographs. A copy of the radiographic images viewed online during the course is also provided on a CD sent with the course notes to each participant. Please note that if you are using an old non flat screen monitor with your PC this may not be adequate for viewing radiographs optimally therefore you may wish to try viewing the images on an alternative screen (e.g. at home, laptop). Fee £699 Organised by Royal Veterinary College.
      Contact: Ms M Hodgson Phone: 01707 666865
    15. Clinical challenges in ophthalmology Tuesday 14 October, London Course outline This course covers some of the more common clinical challenges in veterinary ophthalmology including feline infectious conjunctivitis and keratitis, the management of intraocular tumours in dogs and cats, and surgery of the eyelids and third eyelid. 5 key things delegates will learn Latest treatment options for FHV-1 keratitis Common clinical challenges in veterinary ophthalmology Tips for differentiating iris melanoma from benign iris pigmentation How to improve your eyelid surgery technique ‘Cherry eye’ surgery: do’s and don'ts Speaker: David Gould, BSc (Hons) BVM&S PhD DVOphthal DipECVO MRCVS RCVS and European Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology, Head of Ophthalmology at Davies Veterinary Specialists Organised by British Veterinary Association.
      Contact: Alys Walker Phone: 0207 908 6336
    16. Following the fantastic feedback on our first Focus on Diagnostics Day, we are repeating this in a bigger venue with more exhibitors and new seminars. If you are trying to decide what equipment or skills to invest in and how to ensure a return on your investment, then this is the day for you. Expert-led workshops will offer tips from suppliers and practising vets on everything from making money from dentistry to deciding between in house or external labs. And once you’ve decided what you want to buy, we’ll help you plot a finance model to pay for it. Exhibitors will include laboratory and diagnostic imaging companies, suppliers of specialist equipment such as laser therapy, dental and laproscopes and providers of financial packages. Cost for SPVS and VPMA members is £100 and non members is £150. Organised by SPVS/VPMA.
      Contact: Jaqui Hofman Phone: 01453 872 731
    17. 7:30-8:00pm - Arrive for Registration 8:00-9:30pm - Workshop with discussion and questions In 2011 the RCVS RVN Disciplinary system was introduced and in 2013 the first RVNs underwent disciplinary action after complaints had been made about their practice. Are you sure that you or the RVNs that you work with are undertaking duties that are within the remit of the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Nurses and are working within the law? There may be occasions at work where the RVN's professional responsibilities conflict with what they are doing, leaving them in a dilemma of what to do that's correct legally and professionally. Using examples and typical clinical scenarios, this workshop will provide a safe place to discuss how you and your colleagues might approach and resolve these situations and avoid potential disciplinary action. Speakers: Ms Hilary Orpet MScVetEd BSc DipAVN (Surg) FHEA CertEdDipCABT(COAPE) RVN is the Course Director for the FdScVN & BSc VN at the RVC and RCVS VN Council Member and Chair of VN Legislation Working Party Mrs Perdi Welsh BSc (Hons) DipAVN (Surg) CertEd VN is the Course Director for the Graduate Diploma in Professional and Clinical Veterinary Nursing at the RVC and module leader for the Professional Studies module Mrs Belinda Andrews-Jones VTS (ECC) DipAVN (Surg) RVN, Senior ECC VN at the RVC's QMHSA, Clinical Educator and Deputy Module Leader for the Grad Dip ECC module. This meeting is kindly sponsored by RVC Intended for Veterinary Nurses and Veterinary Surgeons Venue: Royal Veterinary College Hawkshead Campus Haawkshead Lane North Mymms Hatfield Hertfordshire AL9 7TA Fees: BSAVA Members: FREE, Non Member Vet £20 inc VAT, Non Member Nurse £5 inc VAT Organised by British Small Animal Veterinary Association.
      Contact: Membership Services Team Woodrow House, 1 Telford WAy, Waterwells Business Park, Quedgeley, Gloucester, GL2 9DE Phone: 01452 726700 Fax: 01452 726701
    18. During this one and a half day course the principles of common and emerging infectious diseases of cattle will be covered. Organised by BCVA.
      Contact: Rachel Browning BCVA Office, Unit 17, The Glenmore Centre, Waterwells Business Park, Quedgeley, Gloucestershire, GL2 2AP Phone: 01452 725735 Fax: 01452 725780
    19. A practice’s Facebook page is becoming almost as important as their website in attracting new clients and bonding with existing ones. It is the human face of your practice where you can exchange photographs and tips and keep your followers up to date with practice news. This one day course is aimed at practices who already have a facebook page that they would like to take to a new level. It will look at techniques to make it look good and how to maximise your hits and likes. It will also cover promoting your page, pinning, tabs and highlighting, scheduling, and social network aggregating. It will also consider how to deal effectively with negative comments and guard your online reputation, and what to include in your social media policy. This is a brand new course from Susie Samuel and the Vet Help Direct team, put together exclusively for SPVS/VPMA and building on the success of her sell out social media events and Google Masterclass. The day will start at 10:00 and finish at 4:30. CPD certificate, lunch and refreshments are included. Cost (ex vat): Non-members £255; SPVS and VPMA members £180 Organised by SPVS/VPMA.
      Contact: Jaqui Hofman Phone: 01453 872 731
    20. Santa Barbara is truly the American Riviera - nestled between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean it is the home to some of California's best wineries and a Mediterranean climate and way of life. This conference October 23-26, 2014 will feature 15 hours of CE in Small Animal Anesthesia, Emergency Medicine and Cardiology by Drs. Ben Brainard (DACVA, DACVECC) and William Rausch (DACVIM-Cardiology). There will be optional group outings on bike and for wine tasting and full details can be found at vetlectures.com Organised by International Union of Veterinary Cyclists.
      Contact: Dr. William Rausch Phone: 773-234-8387
    21. The Veterinary Defence Society will be hosting their annual Graduate Reunions for 2013 veterinary graduates. The format of the day which qualifies for CPD points is as follows. In the morning session, delegates will be given the opportunity to build on the communication skills they learnt at undergraduate level and in the afternoon representatives from some of the major veterinary societies and associations will be on hand to offer advice on issues the graduates have had to face since qualifying. In the evening there will be a reunion dinner which provides a great opportunity for graduates to catch up with their colleagues. The VDS and the other sponsors and supporters of these events hope to see as many graduates as possible at these popular events. Cost: £60 for the graduate for the day and dinner, £40 for your partner to attend the dinner. Organised by The Veterinary Defence Society Ltd.
      Contact: Marina Baxter c/o the VDS, 4 Haig Court, Parkgate Estate, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 8XZ Phone: 01565 652737
    22. This is a practical based course that aims to teach the participant the skills required to implement local anaesthesia techniques on a day to day basis in veterinary practice. The course is designed to cover information relevant for both vets and nurses. We encourage vets and nurses from the same practice to attend the course so that a coordinated approach to analgesia in their practice can be developed. Relevant legislation will be covered. Wet lab facilities will allow all participants plenty of time to practice each technique under guidance from RVC anaesthesia staff. The course will be concluded with material covering alternative techniques, such as CRI’s, that can be used when local techniques are unsuccessful or inappropriate. The course sold out quickly in 2013 so don't delay booking your place! Provisional programme 08.30 - 09.00 Registration and refreshments 09:00 - 09:10 Introduction to course (Susanna Taylor) 09:10 - 09:40 Introduction to local anaesthetics (Susanna Taylor) 09:40 - 10:40 Local anaesthetic techniques I (Jaime Viscasillas) 10:40 - 11:00 Tea/Coffee break 11:00 - 12:00 Local anaesthetic techniques II (Jaime Viscasillas) 12:00 - 12:30 Alternative analgesia therapies (Susanna Taylor) 12:30 - 13:30 Lunch 13:30 - 14:00 Practical: basic local anaesthetic techniques 14:00 - 15:00 Practical: dental nerve blocks 15:00 - 15:30 Tea/Coffee break 15:30 - 16:30 Practical: advanced techniques: peripheral limb blocks and epidurals 16:30 - 17:00 Practical: dissection to see spread of dye Organised by Royal Veterinary College - Boltons Park Farm.
      Contact: Maggie Hodgson Hawkshead Lane, North Mymms, Herts, AL9 7TA Phone: +44 (0)1707 666865 Fax: +44 (0)1707 666877
  5. November 2014

    1. This is a four week course that provides a solid foundation for surgeons who wish to review, consolidate and update their knowledge of surgical principles and techniques, including neutering, exploratory laparotomy and commonly performed abdominal surgeries. It would also be suitable CPD for CertAVP candidates preparing case reports for the B module in Small Animal Practice. The course will consist of four two hour webinars, supplemented by reference material, videos, quizzes and case scenarios as well as a Q&A discussion forum with the tutors. Participants can earn up to 16 CPD hours. Fee £299 Organised by Royal Veterinary College.
      Contact: Ms M Hodgson Phone: 01707 666865
    2. Heart disease in cats differs from heart disease in dogs in a number of important ways, including natural history, best diagnostic techniques and management options. Our knowledge about feline heart disease is expanding rapidly, and is not always reflected in the available literature. In this four week online course we will review the traditional and newer approaches to classifying cardiomyopathies, address common clinical scenarios for cats with heart disease, and debate the merits of the available treatments. The course material will be a mixture of webinars, online case assessment exercises, supplementary reading material and discussion forums involving the tutors and veterinary colleagues from around the world. It would be suitable for any veterinarian in small animal practice with an interest in cardiology as well as for CertAVP candidates studying for C modules in small animal medicine or cardiology. Participants can earn up to 16 CPD hours. Live webinars will take place each week on Mondays, 1pm to 3pm (registration from 12.30pm) during the course. Recorded versions of each webinar will be made available for viewing throughout the course. Fee £299 Organised by Royal Veterinary College.
      Contact: Ms M Hogson Phone: 01707 666865
    3. Clinical governance and evidence-based veterinary medicine - why you should bother Tuesday 4 November, London Course outline A course aimed at general practitioners to help them understand clinical governance and evidence-based medicine better and allow them to apply these ideas in their practice, engaging the whole practice team. 5 key things delegates will learn What the RCVS expects practices and individuals to do to comply with clinical governance requirements A practical understanding of EVM and how to apply it to practice How clinical governance and audit activities can help improve patient care in your practice A basic understanding of different types of evidence and its quality Ideas for engaging colleagues in EVM initiatives in your practice Speakers: Dr Rachel Dean BVMS PhD DSAM(fel) MRCVS Pam Mosedale BVetMed MRCVS Organised by British Veterinary Association.
      Contact: Alys Walker Phone: 0207 908 6336
    4. Course Summary The challenge for veterinary surgeons involved in flock health planning is to provide a service that improves and safeguards the productivity of their clients’ flocks. To succeed, the process must be dynamic and interactive, but above all progressive to ensure that the flock health plan is of continued relevance to the flock and not merely a box ticking exercise. To that end, this course will cover the production principles that govern the profitability of sheep flocks and focus on ewe nutrition, lamb growth rates and approaches to investigation of problems such as poor scanning percentage, abortion, ill thrift and neonatal losses. Course Content • The factors that determine production efficiency in the sheep flock • Generating production targets that are relevant for the individual client • The web-based health planning concept and how it will work for flocks • Analysis of production data and problem solving • Preventive programmes for the infectious diseases that have greatest impact on productivity of the flock Organised by SAC Consulting: Veterinary Services.
      Contact: Shona Sturgeon Allan watt Building, Bush Estate, Penicuik Phone: 0131 535 3130 Fax: 0131 535 3131
    5. The aim of this course is to facilitate the practitioner’s management of osteoarthritis by enhancing their understanding of the disease process and broadening their awareness of the variety and suitability of treatment modalities available. The course will consider the progress of osteoarthritis throughout the patient’s life in dogs and cats with a series of mini seminars indispersed with case based discussions. At the end of the day delegates should be able to build treatment plans for osteoarthritis with a better understanding of the individual patient’s problem and a wider selection of appropriate treatments. The course will use a combination of case-based discussions and short seminars and will encourage active participation from the delegates. Case scenarios that delegates have had to deal with including those with economic constraints will be welcomed as contributions. The course should be of interest to anyone treating osteoarthritis in dogs and cats on a regular basis. Fee £350 Organised by Royal Veterinary College.
      Contact: Ms M Hodgson Phone: 01707 666865
    6. Due to the popularity of our first Moving Up course, we are delighted to let you know we will be running this course again on 5th November at the Village Hotel Leeds South (Capitol Boulevard West, Tingley, Leeds, LS27 0TS). We are pleased to offer BVNA members our membership rates for this course. SPVS and VPMA rates also apply to any nurse who has a member of SPVS or VPMA in their practice. Some people are thrown into the midst of managing and leading a team whereas others make a gradual progression. Either way, we aren’t all natural managers or leaders. Moving from a purely clinical role to management can be daunting, particularly particularly if you are promoted within your practice and so find yourself managing well known work colleagues. But if you make the transition successfully, it can be very rewarding and beneficial to both the practice and your own personal development. These two experienced business consultants from the Zoetis team will give a structured introduction to some key leadership and management techniques, and will include various role specific case studies and scenarios to ensure the techniques fit your needs. Who will benefit: Nurses who have recently progressed to manage people or who aspire to move up to head nurse or practice manager, and existing head nurses or practice managers who would like to polish up their management and leadership skills. The day will start at 10:00 and finish at 4:30. CPD certificates, lunch and refreshments are included. Cost: Non-members: £255; SPVS and VPMA members £180. Organised by SPVS/VPMA.
      Contact: Jaqui Hofman Phone: 01453 872 731
    7. An introduction to dealing with stress in the workplace Thursday 6 November, Birmingham Course outline This workshop will help you develop new techniques for handling stressful situations as well as equipping you to help the people around you to cope better too. It will look at how you can build new attitudes and habits that increase your ability to flourish in a wider range of circumstances. 5 key things delegates will learn An understanding of the external and internal factors that lead to stress in the workplace, and the negative impacts of too much stress The ability to identify the early signs of stress in yourself and others Techniques for minimising the impact of stress in the short term and strategies for avoiding or addressing the causes of stress in the long term Methods to develop personal resilience and to support others through stress Strategies for promoting positive well-being and for helping yourself and others to flourish Speaker: Elaine Denniss, C2 Careers Organised by British Veterinary Association.
      Contact: Alys Walker Phone: 0207 908 6336
    8. The Veterinary Defence Society will be hosting their annual Graduate Reunions for 2013 veterinary graduates. The format of the day which qualifies for CPD points is as follows. In the morning session, delegates will be given the opportunity to build on the communication skills they learnt at undergraduate level and in the afternoon representatives from some of the major veterinary societies and associations will be on hand to offer advice on issues the graduates have had to face since qualifying. In the evening there will be a reunion dinner which provides a great opportunity for graduates to catch up with their colleagues. The VDS and the other sponsors and supporters of these events hope to see as many graduates as possible at these popular events. Cost: £60 for the graduate for the day and dinner, £40 for your partner to attend the dinner. Organised by The Veterinary Defence Society Ltd.
      Contact: Marina Baxter c/o the VDS, 4 Haig Court, Parkgate Estate, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 8XZ Phone: 01565 652737
    9. Fees: BSAVA Member £240.00 Non BSAVA Member £360.00 The day will be filled working through different gastro-intestinal-, liver- and pancreatic case-studies, followed by a discussion of the theory. Active participation by the delegates is an essential part of the learning process. The aim of this course is that by the end of the day, the delegates feel comfortable in their approach to the feline patient with GI-disease, having the right diagnostic approach, interpreting the results of the diagnostic tests and developing a treatment plan. Delegates are very welcome to bring their own case material, and if time allows these can be discussed. Organised by British Small Animal Veterinary Association.
      Contact: Membership services team Woodrow house, 1 Telford Way, Waterwells Business Park, Gloucester, GL2 2AB Phone: 01452 726700 Fax: 01452 726701
    10. This exciting one day course aims to refresh and update your knowledge about diagnostic testing and current therapeutic strategies for immune mediated diseases in dogs and cats. In addition there will be discussion related to immunology relevant to current controversies and concerns about booster vaccinations. It will be practical and relevant to general practice and will encourage an interactive approach with case discussions throughout. The day will be of interest to any practitioner interested in this fascinating area of medicine. The day will also be useful CPD for veterinarians preparing for RCVS CertAVP C modules in small animal medicine. Fee £350 Organised by Royal Veterinary College.
      Contact: Ms M Hodgson Phone: 01707 666865
    11. Ophthalmology refresher Thursday 13 November, London Course outline Seeing eye cases can be scary even for experienced practitioners. This day will take some of the fear out of ophthalmology and aims to refresh and update your knowledge about common ophthalmological problems. 5 key things delegates will learn The ophthalmic examination Common conditions of the eyelid and third eyelid Comments on corneal ulcers Saving sight - when to refer Saving sight - when to treat Speaker: Rick Sanchez, BSciBiol, DVM, DipECVO, MRCVS, Lecturer in Ophthalmology, The Royal Veterinary College Organised by British Veterinary Association.
      Contact: Alys Walker Phone: 0207 908 6336
    12. The lame cat can be a significant diagnostic challenge. This may be due to a number of factors: the small number of cats which present for lameness evaluation and the paucity of information available on the subject of the lame cat means that veterinarians tend to be less well informed regarding orthopaedic disease in the feline than in the canine; a thorough lameness assessment and orthopaedic examination can be difficult to perform in the cat; and cats may present with different histories and clinical signs associated with orthopaedic disease than dogs. This course aims to increase awareness of specific feline orthopaedic diseases and the clinical signs associated with them. It will also highlight differences in management between the canine and feline with similar injuries in terms of both differing anatomy and implant requirements. Delegates will benefit through this increased knowledge as well as through practical sessions (using saw bones) illustrating the surgical management of some of these conditions. Day one will cover some of the simpler aspects and Day two some of the more severe and complicated conditions. Participants may register for one or both days. Fee £750 for two days; £399 for one day Organised by Royal Veterinary College.
      Contact: Ms M Hodgson Phone: 01707 666865
    13. Organised by Massey University.
      Contact: Cord Heuer Massey University Phone: +64 6 350 5948
    14. Fees: BSAVA Member £172.00 Inc VAT Non BSAVA Member £257.50 Inc VAT The role of the nurse is vital in dealing with emergency patients, and having good knowledge of how to deal with these patients is vital. The early detection of major abnormalities in emergency patients can literally make the difference between life and death. This course will look at several aspects of emergency and critical care from how to effectively and efficiently triage and assess the emergency case, through to dealing with a variety of presentations including dyspnoea, trauma, collapse and poisonings. The course will include practical demonstrations, and will give delegates the opportunity to view, and practice skills, on models, including gaining IV access, chest drain management and nasal catheter placement. Organised by British Small Animal Veterinary Association.
      Contact: Membership services team Woodrow house, 1 Telford Way, Waterwells Business Park, Gloucester, GL2 2AB Phone: 01452 726700 Fax: 01452 726701
    15. The Veterinary Defence Society will be hosting their annual Graduate Reunions for 2013 veterinary graduates. The format of the day which qualifies for CPD points is as follows. In the morning session, delegates will be given the opportunity to build on the communication skills they learnt at undergraduate level and in the afternoon representatives from some of the major veterinary societies and associations will be on hand to offer advice on issues the graduates have had to face since qualifying. In the evening there will be a reunion dinner which provides a great opportunity for graduates to catch up with their colleagues. The VDS and the other sponsors and supporters of these events hope to see as many graduates as possible at these popular events. Cost: £60 for the graduate for the day and dinner, £40 for your partner to attend the dinner. Organised by The Veterinary Defence Society Ltd.
      Contact: Marina Baxter c/o the VDS, 4 Haig Court, Parkgate Estate, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 8XZ Phone: 01565 652737
    16. Orthopaedics refresher Tuesday 25 November, London Course outline This course will review the clinical signs and management of common orthopaedic conditions. You will learn how to manage fractures in the early stages as well as the current treatment options available and when it is best to refer. 5 key things delegates will learn How to perform a complete orthopaedic examination How to evaluate the trauma patient in the first 48 hours and how to proceed prior to definitive fracture fixation The decision making process of when external coaptation of appendicular fractures with a cast is appropriate How to recognise and diagnosis common orthopaedic conditions Speaker: Elvin Kulendra, BVetMed MVetMed CertVDI DipECVS MRCVS, European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Surgery, The Royal Veterinary College Organised by British Veterinary Association.
      Contact: Alys Walker Phone: 0207 908 6336
    17. The 18th Federation of Asian Veterinary Associations (FAVA 2014) Congress, being held from 28th – 30th November 2014, will provide many opportunities to learn, share and network with acclaimed veterinarians from the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. Organised by Kenes Asia.
      Contact: Coralie Deguerville 20 Kallang Avenue Level 2 Singapore Phone: +65 6292 4710 Fax: +65 6292 4721
    18. The Veterinary Defence Society will be hosting their annual Graduate Reunions for 2013 veterinary graduates. The format of the day which qualifies for CPD points is as follows. In the morning session, delegates will be given the opportunity to build on the communication skills they learnt at undergraduate level and in the afternoon representatives from some of the major veterinary societies and associations will be on hand to offer advice on issues the graduates have had to face since qualifying. In the evening there will be a reunion dinner which provides a great opportunity for graduates to catch up with their colleagues. The VDS and the other sponsors and supporters of these events hope to see as many graduates as possible at these popular events. Cost: £60 for the graduate for the day and dinner, £40 for your partner to attend the dinner. Organised by The Veterinary Defence Society Ltd.
      Contact: Marina Baxter c/o the VDS, 4 Haig Court, Parkgate Estate, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 8XZ Phone: 01565 652737
  6. December 2014

    1. 118.817: Students will gain advanced skills necessary to analyse data in the health and biosecurity context. Techniques covered include multivariable analysis of data with logistic, Poisson and time-to-event responses, and latent class analysis using the concept of Bayesian statistics. Students will work with real data collected during epidemiological studies with examples and case studies drawn from a range of species including humans, production animals, wildlife, aquatic species, companion animals, horses and plants. Organised by Massey University.
      Contact: Cord Heuer Massey University Phone: +64 6 350 5948
    2. Fees: BSAVA Member £240.00 Non BSAVA Member £360.00 This day is aimed at the small animal veterinary surgeon who is keen to take the next step in being able to diagnosed and manage forelimb conditions. During the course of the day, the digits and carpus, the elbow, and the shoulder will be considered as separate topics. For each topic covered, the format will be that a 40 minute lecture will be followed by a 40 minute session of putting theory into practice, by using case material including video, X-rays, CT and MRI scans. Interaction from delegates will be encouraged to maximize learning opportunities, but this is not compulsory. Organised by British Small Animal Veterinary Association.
      Contact: Membership services team Woodrow house, 1 Telford Way, Waterwells Business Park, Gloucester, GL2 2AB Phone: 01452 726700 Fax: 01452 726701
    3. The RVC is actively engaged in a huge number of research projects that yield important new knowledge relevant to the general practitioner. Join us to hear about some of the latest findings from the work of are very talented clinicians, researchers and educators. Fee £149 Organised by Royal Veterinary College.
      Contact: Ms M Hodgson Phone: 01707 666865
    4. Assertiveness training Wednesday 3 December, London Course outline This workshop will help you express your needs and opinions more confidently whilst reducing the chances of confrontation and conflict. It provides practical advice on saying what you want and dealing calmly with other people’s reactions in a range of situations. 5 key things delegates will learn How to identify, prioritise and communicate your needs clearly to others in a range of situations How to understand and respond to other people’s needs and wants without sacrificing your own well-being How to anticipate potential negative reactions and minimise their likelihood How to provide feedback on other people’s behaviours without ruining relationships How to continue to build your ability to influence people and to successfully deal with any setback Speaker: Elaine Denniss, C2 Careers Organised by British Veterinary Association.
      Contact: Alys Walker Phone: 0207 908 6336
    5. Course Summary This course is for practicing vets looking to increase their knowledge on improving health and performance of the dairy calf and heifer through a preventative health planning approach. The heifer represents the future of the dairy herd, yet nationally losses during rearing are too high and age at first calving could be improved. This represents a significant cost to the UK dairy industry and an opportunity for veterinary involvement. This course, delivered by veterinarians and specialist agricultural advisors, looks at health management, nutrition and general rearing requirements relevant to the modern dairy heifer from birth to the end of the first lactation. Discussion workshops and practical sessions will be included. Course Content • Reasons for and economics of voluntary and involuntary culling in the dairy herd and how to assess on farm. What is the correct culling rate and how that drives heifer breeding policy and biosecurity? • Calf viability, colostrum management and care of the neonatal calf • A Hazard Analysis approach to the control of infectious disease in pre-weaned calves • Nutrition and management of the pre-weaned calf to ensure optimal growth • Growing heifer nutrition and growth targets for optimum longevity and performance • Disease control for growing heifers and promoting herd immunity • Introducing the heifer to the milking herd and options for first lactation management Organised by SAC Consulting: Veterinary Services.
      Contact: Shona Sturgeon Allan Watt Building, Bush Estate, Penicuik. EH26 0QE Phone: 0131 535 3130 Fax: 0131 535 3131
    6. The Veterinary Defence Society will be hosting their annual Graduate Reunions for 2013 veterinary graduates. The format of the day which qualifies for CPD points is as follows. In the morning session, delegates will be given the opportunity to build on the communication skills they learnt at undergraduate level and in the afternoon representatives from some of the major veterinary societies and associations will be on hand to offer advice on issues the graduates have had to face since qualifying. In the evening there will be a reunion dinner which provides a great opportunity for graduates to catch up with their colleagues. The VDS and the other sponsors and supporters of these events hope to see as many graduates as possible at these popular events. Cost: £60 for the graduate for the day and dinner, £40 for your partner to attend the dinner. Organised by The Veterinary Defence Society Ltd.
      Contact: Marina Baxter c/o the VDS, 4 Haig Court, Parkgate Estate, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 8XZ Phone: 01565 652737
    7. Emergency medicine refresher Thursday 11 December, London Course outline Emergency medicine is one of the most rewarding yet challenging areas of veterinary practice. During this course we will review a structured approach to assessment and treatment of the key life threatening problems seen in emergency patients. 5 key things delegates will learn Principles of fluid therapy - when, what, why, and how to use fluids The patient in shock - dealing with the sickest patients and how to resuscitate them Managing patients with respiratory distress Dealing with patient with multiple injuries New techniques in emergency medicine Speaker: Dan Chan, DVM, Diplomate ACVECC, Diplomate ACVN, MRCVS, Senior Lecturer in Emergency and Critical Care, The Royal Veterinary College Organised by British Veterinary Association.
      Contact: Alys Walker Phone: 0207 908 6336
    8. Antimicrobial resistance – how my practice can make a difference Wednesday 17 December, London Course outline Our actions can and will affect the development and spread of resistance nationally as well as within our own practices. This course will outline what you need to know about responsible antimicrobial use and how to implement effective infection control measures in clinical practice. 5 key things delegates will learn Why responsible antibiotic use matters, and the difference you can make How to use clinical signs, cytology and culture to confirm there is a bacterial infection How to make sense of sensitivity tests, MICs and MPCs Why clinical pharmacology matters; why your clients need to know this too The key steps in effective infection control Speaker: Dr Tim Nuttall, Head of Dermatology, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, The University of Edinburgh Organised by British Veterinary Association.
      Contact: Alys Walker Phone: 0207 908 6336
  7. January 2015

    1. Course Summary The purpose of this course is to provide in depth information on the major infectious diseases that impact at the herd level. We will cover the biology,diagnosis and control of BVD, IBR, Johne's disease, Leptospirosis, Neospora and SBV in relation to the UK livestock systems. This course will provide the veterinary practitioner with all the information required to advise their clients on the control, accreditation and prevention of these financially important diseases. The course will satisfy CHeCS requirement for cattle practitioners to have undergone appropriate post graduate training in these diseases in order to provide veterinary support to their clients participating in CHeCS programmes. The course also covers elements of the Certificate of Advanced Veterinary Practice. Course content - The biology of each of the diseases - The principles and limitations of diagnostic tests and their applications for each disease - Practical approaches to control in the dairy and beef herds Organised by SAC Consulting: Veterinary Services.
      Contact: Shona Sturgeon Allan Watt Building, Bush Estate, Penicuik. EH26 0QE Phone: 0131 535 3130 Fax: 0131 535 3131
  8. February 2015

    1. Course Summary This course is aimed at Veterinary Surgeons with an interest in routine health and fertility work. The majority of the course is practical and by the end of the day the participant will have the skills to carry out pregnancy diagnosis and bovine infertility examinations using ultrasound. Course Content - Introductory classroom theory session with images of key stages of pregnancy and infertility diagnoses discussed - Morning and afternoon practical scanning sessions with small group tuition - Examples of cows at all stages of pregnancy to 28 days post-insemination available - Examples of the main causes of infertility available for examination - Technical advice on choice of scanners to suit practice needs Organised by SAC Consulting: Veterinary Services.
      Contact: Shona Sturgeon Allan Watt Building, Bush Estate, Penicuik. EH26 0QE Phone: 0131 535 3130 Fax: 0131 535 3131
    2. Picture if you will sunshine, warm clean water, kayaking, white sand beaches, stand-up paddle boarding, unbeatable tacos and mountain biking......Now picture that in February. We will make a triumphant return to our winter home on the Sea of Cortez for 6 days and 5 nights of all-inclusive seaside Continuing Education. All lectures will be new for 2015. This is a small group meeting and limited to 16 attendees. Feb 7-12, 2015. Full details at vetlectures.com Organised by International Union of Veterinary Cyclists.
      Contact: Dr. William Rausch Phone: 773-234-8387
    3. Course Summary The challenge for veterinary surgeons involved in herd health planning is to provide a service that improves and safeguards the productivity of their clients' herds. To succeed, the process must be dynamic and interactive, but above all progressive to ensure that the herd health plan is a living document of continued relevance to the herd and not merely a box ticking exercise. To that end, this course will cover the production principles that govern profitability of the beef cow herd and focus on data collection and analysis. The interactive health plan programme as a tool for this will be explored. Course Content - The factors that determine production efficiency in the beef cow herd - Generating production targets that are relevant for the individual client - An introduction to risk management and its application to health planning - The web-based health planning concept and how it will work for beef herds - Analysis of production data and problem solving - Preventive programmes for the infectious diseases that have greatest impact on productivity of the herd Organised by SAC Consulting: Veterinary Services.
      Contact: Shona Sturgeon Allan Watt Building, Bush Estate, Penicuik. EH26 0QE Phone: 0131 535 3130 Fax: 0131 535 3131
  9. May 2015

    1. WSAVA 2015 will offer the global veterinary community unmatched access to the research of leading experts. This annual event is the preeminent forum for enhancing one’s veterinary education by way of a cutting edge scientific program.​​​​​​ Organised by Kenes International.
      Contact: Bas Schott 1-3, rue de Chantepoulet Geneva, Switzerland Phone: +41 22 908 0488 Fax: +41 22 906 9140

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