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VET Fest announces conference programme

VET Festival, in partnership with Centaur Services, has announced its 2018 conference programme comprising over 120 lectures, brand new subject areas and featuring over 30 speakers.

Now offering a wider variety of forward-thinking CPD choice, VET Festival has added Minimally Invasive Surgery, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging and Nutrition.

The conference programme offers veterinary professionals exclusive access to ground-breaking opinion leaders from across the world not usually found on the speaker circuit, who will bring their skills, knowledge and passion to the content of their discussions.

Highlights of the VET Festival 2018 conference programme include:

 Professor Mike Conzemius, Professor of Surgery and Director of the Clinical Investigation Center at
University of Minnesota, USA
 Professor Don Hulse, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Texas A&M University & Austin Veterinary
Emergency Center, USA
 Professor Bill Culp, Director of Service at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, California, USA
 Professor Nick Bacon, Clinical Director of Oncology & Soft Tissue at Fitzpatrick Referrals and
Professor of Veterinary Oncology at University of Surrey, UK
 Dr Jonathan Bray, Senior Surgeon in Oncology & Soft Tissue at Fitzpatrick Referrals, UK
 Professor Mike Targett, Associate Professor of Veterinary Neurology at University of Nottingham, UK
 Professor Brendan Corcoran, Personal Chair in Veterinary Cardiopulmonary Medicine, Royal (Dick)
School of Veterinary Studies, UK

 Professor Lisa Freeman, Professor of Clinical Nutrition at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine,
Massachusetts, USA
 Professor Carrie Palm, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine & Epidemiology at UC Davis School
of Veterinary Medicine, California, USA
 Dr Kerry Simpson, RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine, Highcroft Veterinary Referrals, UK
 Dr Chris Zink, Specialist in Canine Sport Medicine and Diplomate at American College of Veterinary
Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, USA
Lizzie Lockett, Chief Executive Officer of RCVS, UK

Professor Noel Fitzpatrick commented: “We created VET Festival to lead the way in redefining veterinary learning and to totally revolutionise the current expected CPD formula. I personally invest a great deal of time into collaborating with speakers who will not only bring unrivalled expertise and knowledge, but inspire, motivate and deliver excellent content that is relevant to all veterinary companion animal professionals.

“The skills shared will be totally unique amongst other veterinary conferences, and our conference programme comprises a choice of subjects and talent that is hard to beat. I sincerely feel that the academic programme is presented by folks who are truly at the clinical coalface and will bring you insights that aren’t available in textbooks or on-line.

“Our aspiration is that lectures in tents and the music festival vibe will freshen the air of education and that this open-field learning will help to open minds and hearts to a new paradigm of veterinary education. Our goal at VET Festival is to collectively become a positive force for good so that every one of us benefits. With wellness for animals and every member of the profession at the beating heart of VET Festival, we want to enthuse everyone to try to make your vocation exactly how you want it to be. We want to reignite the spark that you had when you signed up to the veterinary profession in the first place and keep it burning brightly.

“This year the wellness stream has a specific focus on how we cope day to day in a busy clinical environment full of stresses and strains on our mind and body.

“We have wonderful speakers from across the globe focussing on life-enhancing subjects as diverse as coping with stress and failure, communication, personal nutrition, postural aches and pains, getting to sleep and work-life balance.

“Our commitment is to listen to the delegates – what they want, what they need. Our endeavour is to make VET Festival the greatest and most enjoyable veterinary CPD event in the world and our legacy is the animals and the veterinary professionals we shall help through our endeavours. I can’t wait for 2018.”

The full conference programme is available on the VET Festival website:

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