The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) innovation initiative ViVet will focus on how rapidly developing technology and data-driven practice will transform the veterinary profession and the care they provide at the second Innovation Symposium this autumn.
The ViVet programme grew out of the joint RCVS and British Veterinary Association (BVA) Vet Futures project, to establish a project to help encourage veterinary innovation and entrepreneurship and, through case studies and thought leadership, help the profession understand and thrive in the changing environment.
This year’s keynote speaker will be Nancy Rademaker, an IT professional with firsthand experiences straight from the places where technology is shaping the future. She will cover the impact of digitisation on customer behaviour and how that affects the way organisations should interact with customers while giving insights into how the veterinary professions can prepare for and thrive in the future.
Anthony Roberts, director of leadership and innovation at the RCVS, said: “Since our inaugural innovation symposium in 2017, innovation and technology adoption in the wider animal health and welfare sector has accelerated. In the longer term it is clear that technology will fundamentally change the role of the vet and how veterinary services are delivered.
“It is ViVet’s role to ensure veterinary professionals can navigate this transition and remain at the centre of animal health and welfare. It does this by providing insights as to what the future could look like, and supporting veterinary professionals to develop the skills they need to take charge of and to shape that future, by leading innovation.”