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Mental health discussed at BSAVA Congress

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) will be raising awareness of its Mind Matters Initiative at the BSAVA Congress next month.

It will be hosting a reception to promote the Practice Standards Scheme (PSS) Awards, amongst a number of other activities.

Staff from the RCVS will be on Stand 103 at the Congress, which takes place from Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 April at the Barclaycard Arena and ICC in Birmingham.

They will be on hand the entire Congress to answer questions about a range of different projects and initiatives including the Mind Matters Initiative, the PSS, and the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct.

On the Saturday, Lizzie Lockett, director of the Mind Matters Initiative, will also be talking with Catherine Oxtoby, risk manager at the Veterinary Defence Society, in a session titled: ‘Blame and shame: lost learning in the veterinary profession’ from 8.30am to 10.10am.

From 4.30pm to 5.35pm Dr Elinor O’Connor from Alliance Manchester Business School will be giving a talk titled ‘Occupational stressors in veterinary practice in the UK’, while from 5.45pm to  6.30pm Richard Dorney MBE, Director of Strongmind Resilience Training Ltd, will be giving a talk titled ‘Resilience; What does it really mean?’.

In addition on Thursday 6 April in Hall 10 from 9.10am to 9.55am Julie Dugmore, the College’s Director of Veterinary Nursing, will be joining British Veterinary Nursing Association President Sam Morgan for a joint talk entitled ‘Where do we see the profession in 2025?’

Finally, on Friday 7 April the College will be hosting a Big Issues Stream in Hall 6 from 8.30am to 10.10am, providing updates on the College’s Brexit Presidential Taskforce and the new pilot of outcomes-based CPD.

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