The two-day outdoor conference held at Loseley Park, Guildford, featured 36 international speakers that delivered the most relevant CPD applicable to small animal practice today, supported by 39 leading exhibitors.
The 2017 conference theme of ‘Wellness’ was truly at the heart of the festival. Delegates enjoyed a collegiate, relaxed and vibrant atmosphere with a Wellness Hub, festival games and healthy food to enjoy between lectures.
Founder of The VET Festival, Professor Noel Fitzpatrick said: “VET Festival has always been so much more than just another CPD event. These two days are all about providing food for the heart, mind and soul of the veterinary professional in a beautiful grassy field with a genuine sense of community.
“The atmosphere in Loseley Park this year was buzzing – full of enthusiasm, inspiration, relaxation and fun, all at the same time as delivering world-class knowledge from global leaders with a wealth of experience which can’t be learned from books.
“The theme of Wellness was extraordinarily well received and the community of compassion we are trying to build for the greater good of the profession – and for wider society – resonated with absolutely everyone that attended. It was a privilege to be able to talk to Russell Brand about the struggles that everyone has in life and to relate that to veterinary professionals who can often feel stressed, lonely, isolated and depressed.
“Mental health issues are at an all-time high in our profession and what was really great is that together we looked in the mirror and wanted to do the very best we can for each other.”