Affiliated Groups at Congress


The BSAVA collaborates with its affiliated groups to offer specialist CPD. Many of the groups organize talks during the Wednesday of Congress while others participate in the main programme. For full details and registration for pre-Congress events, please contact the organisation directly.


Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists (AVA) 

Executive Room 1, ICC (Wednesday 4 April)

The AVA is offering a pre-BSAVA congress day on Wednesday 4 April 2018 from 08:30 to 16:30 at the ICC in Birmingham.
Becky Robinson and Vicky Ford-Fennah will lead the day exploring patient monitoring from hands-on to multiparameter monitors, and the monitoring of mechanical ventilation including blood gas analysis. You will learn how the different monitoring modalities work, what information they provide, how to interpret the readings and waveforms, and how to respond to them to keep your patient safe. Monitoring modalities selection for particular patients will also be discussed.
Registration can be done online on the AVA’s website. You can also become an AVA member by joining online and gain access to the veterinary anaesthesia community and many free resources. As a member you will also be able to register for AVA congresses at reduced prices.

The Association of Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgeons (AVSTS)

Hall 11b, ICC (Wednesday 4 April)

The AVSTS are pleased to announce their programme for the 2018 spring meeting which will be held at the ICC, Birmingham on 4 April. 
The traditional ‘What’s new and hot’ theme for this meeting will include a review of common micturition disorders and the recent consensus statement on urolithiasis from Dr Joseph Bartges, an update on the clinical experiences from the cardiac bypass programme at the Royal Veterinary College from Professor Dan Brockman and team along with a summary of the current evidence base relating to the surgical management of congenital portosystemic shunts from Dr Vicky Lipscomb. There will also be an update on new studies running in association with the AVSTS research cooperative, including a call for cases, and a selection of clinical research abstracts will be presented. We look forward to seeing you in April!

Alison Young - avsts10@gmail.com
The British Association of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (BAVECC)
Telford Suite, Austin Court (Wednesday 4 April)

BAVECC is a small but enthusiastic group of veterinary nurses, practitioners and ECC specialists who have a special interest in dealing with the emergency or intensive care patient. We meet every year for a dedicated CPD event during the pre-BSAVA Congress day during which we have lectures dealing with current veterinary ECC topics.
For further information and to register, please contact Tobias Grave (tobias.grave@vets-now.com).

The British Association of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (BrAVO)
Kingston Theatre, Austin Court (Wednesday 4 April)

From Chloramphenicol to Exocin, Maxidex to PredForte, Acular to Yellox, making a decision about which eye drop to use can be challenging. The Spring (2018) meeting of the British Association of Veterinary  Ophthalmologists (BrAVO) has something for all practitioners who want to learn more about eyes. 
Meeting on 4 April, the pre-Congress day in Birmingham, the programme entitled ‘Therapeutics – Which drop when?’ aims to provide a critical review of drugs available to treat common eye conditions.
BrAVO encourages practitioners with a developing curiosity in ophthalmology to join its meetings as well as those with extensive experience. The extremely good value CPD offers an opportunity to meet other vets with similar interests, develop skills and hopefully make new friends. 
For more details visit www.bravo.org.uk. Follow us on Twitter @BrAVO_UKEyeVets or find us on Facebook.

The British Veterinary Behaviour Association (BVBA)
Hall 10, ICC (Wednesday 4 April)

The annual BVBA pre-Congress study day on Wednesday 4 April is themed “Common conundrums – the experts’ view”. Speakers are Professor Danny Mills, Sagi Denenberg from Bristol Vet School, John Chitty, BSAVA President, and Kirsti Seksel from Sydney. As well as the main speakers covering cats, dogs, birds and small furries there will be sessions on current research both as short presentations and as posters.
The day starts at 09:30 and finishes at 17:00 with lunch, coffee and tea provided. To book go to the BVBA website.

The British Veterinary Behaviour Association exists to facilitate the exchange of information, experiences and ideas between its members who include veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses, students and other professionals from the field. As an affiliate of the BSAVA the group is also involved in producing educational materials and lectures for the veterinary and related professions. Membership includes free access to a variety of webinars on behaviour subjects.

The British Veterinary Dental Association (BVDA)
Lodges 1 & 2, Austin Court (Wednesday 4 April)

The BVDA scientific pre-Congress meeting offers great value small animal dentistry CPD for veterinary surgeons, dentists, students and VNs including lectures from UK and world experts on: 
■ Rabbit dentistry challenges
■ Oncology
■ Imaging
■ Traumatology
■ Cutting-edge, practical information for optimal patient treatment.

Industry exhibition
The UK’s only specialist veterinary dentistry exhibition:
■ Expanded for 2018, our exhibitor area allows you to see the latest innovations and equipment for dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery.
■ Speak to companies about how they can assist you in treatment and prevention for your patients.

Included in your attendance fee. Relax, meet friends and chat with colleagues whilst enjoying good food. 

Book your place by visiting our website and join us in Birmingham on Wednesday 4 April 2018.

British Veterinary Dermatology
Study Group (BVDSG)

Hall 4, ICC, Birmingham (Wednesday 4 April)

We are a well-established and friendly society with a passion for dermatology with members from general practice, academia and referral clinics. We hold two annual meetings – a day meeting prior to BSAVA Congress in April, and a weekend meeting usually in November. Both meetings attract eminent speakers from home and abroad, covering all aspects of veterinary and human dermatology. Members also have an opportunity to present their own work and findings at each meeting in the form of abstracts or short communications. These meetings are well-attended and extremely good value for money. Student and nurse members get free registration.
The next Spring meeting entitled ‘Otitis - Hear, Hear’ will be held at the ICC, Birmingham on Wednesday 4th April 2018. The day will include talks on the approach to otitis, otitis media, imaging techniques, the medical treatment of otitis including Pseudomonas and the surgical treatment of otitis. Confirmed speakers include Rod Rosychuk, Anette Wessmann, Sibylle Kneissl, Jo Michou and Ed Friend so expect a day of quality CPD that is not to be missed.
We have fantastic sponsorship again for this event creating high quality, but very reasonably priced CPD. For more information and registration, please visit www.bvdsg.org.uk or find us on Facebook.

British Veterinary Orthopaedics Society (BVOA)
Hilton Metropole Hotel (Wednesday 4 April)

BVOA’s Spring meeting will be held on the 4 April 2018 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole. The theme of the meeting will be ‘Clinical advances in small animal orthopaedics’ and we are very fortunate to have a selection of our own home grown veterinary orthopaedic surgeons speaking. The meeting will concentrate on how current evidence and recent advances in technology have influenced the clinical practice of our speakers.
Topics to be covered during the meeting include humeral intracondylar fissures (HIF), patellar luxation, carpal arthrodesis and the use of 3D printing technology in the clinical setting.
Clinical research abstracts will be presented at the meeting. Presenters less than 12 years graduated will be eligible for the BVOA’s Leslie Vaughan Prize for best clinical research abstract. The winner of the prize will receive free registration and hotel accommodation for the BVOA Autumn meeting that follows in the same year or £500 towards attendance at a scientific meeting of the winner’s choice.
For full details and registration visit our website.

European Association of
Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging – British and Irish Division (EAVDI-BID)

Hall 8a, ICC (Wednesday 4 April)

The European Association of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging – British and Irish Division, is pleased to invite you to the 2018 pre-BSAVA satellite meeting. This years’ theme is ‘Back to Basics’ and with exciting presentations from renowned speakers including Chris Lamb, Kate Bradley, Elizabeth Baines and Jennifer Kinns, the meeting can serve as an inspiring stand-alone event or an ideal introduction to the main BSAVA ultrasound stream for anyone keen to get the most out of imaging in practice.
The BID, as a division of EAVDI, exists to promote the interests of veterinary diagnostic imaging and provides a forum for discussion of all aspects of imaging, and is affiliated with the British Small Animal Veterinary Association.
Abstracts are also being accepted for the meeting with a submission closing date of Wednesday 28 February. Submission guidelines and instructions can be found on the EAVDI-BID events website.
Meeting programme and registration details can also be found on the events page, and EAVDI members can log in for a discounted registration rate. We look forward to seeing you in Birmingham.

 International Cat Care

Hyatt Regency Hotel, Birmingham (Wednesday 4 April)

The International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) is holding two feline symposia ahead of the 2018 BSAVA Congress. The veterinary programme themed ‘How do I approach…?’ aims to provide vets with plenty of new ideas and techniques to use in practice. The nursing programme will offer plenty of practical hints and tips including information on blood types and transfusions, dentistry – preparation, monitoring and recovery, dentistry – descaling and polishing, cardiomyopathy, fluid therapy, emergency triage, running cat friendly nursing clinics and assisted feeding.
Both courses run throughout the day (10:00–18:00) offering affordable CPD for all those wishing to keep their feline
knowledge up-to-date. The course fee includes online proceedings, a buffet lunch, tea/coffee breaks and a CPD
certificate of attendance. To find out more, or to register for either symposium, go to www.icatcare.org/isfm-symposia.

Small Animal Medicine
Society (SAMSoc)

Hall 8b, ICC (Wednesday 4 April)

The Small Animal Medicine Society (SAMSoc) is a society aimed at veterinary surgeons with an interest in Small Animal Internal Medicine, from both general and referral practices and will be meeting between 09:00 and 17:00 to discuss topics including Aspergillosis (Mellora Sharman), Leishmaniasis (Paolo Silverstrini), ECG interpretations (Mike Martin) and Joe Bartges will be attending from the USA to talk about canine and feline urolithiasis. The meeting is open to both members and non-members and is a really good opportunity to meet like-minded veterinarians and a good excuse to start the BSAVA Congress experience early. Further details on the meeting and registration can be found on our website.

Veterinary Cardiovascular Society (VCS)
Hall 9, ICC (Wednesday 4 April)

The Veterinary Cardiovascular Society warmly invites you to its pre-BSAVA Spring meeting on 4 April 2018, where a stimulating meeting for anyone with an interest in cardiology is planned. This year we are lucky enough to have Mark Oyama joining us from the USA, and Professor Adrian Boswood will be updating us with more data from the EPIC study. We will also be providing an update on the proposed new heart testing scheme for Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, and how to perform CPCR (on humans). Registration will be available via our website and the fees this year are: Early bird registration – Members £95/non-members £120; later registration–Members £120/non-members £150. The cost is inclusive of lunch and proceedings.
Membership of the Veterinary Cardiovascular Society is open to any qualified or student veterinary surgeon or veterinary nurse from the UK and abroad with a particular interest in cardiology. Annual VCS membership is £20, paid by standing order. We are an enthusiastic and friendly group, holding two meetings a year, a one-day pre-BSAVA Congress Spring meeting at the ICC in Birmingham and a two-day Autumn meeting, usually in Loughborough in November. We also offer travel bursaries to VCS members to help them attend the ECVIM or ACVIM Congresses (two bursaries are available annually for each of these conferences).


Other groups


The ESCMID, Study Group for Veterinary Microbiology (ESGVM) and the Study Group for Antimicrobial Policies (ESGAP)

Birmingham Repertory Theatre, (Wednesday 4 April)

The Study Group for Veterinary Microbiology (ESGVM) in collaboration with the ESCMID Study Group for Antimicrobial Policies (ESGAP) is pleased to invite you to “Challenges in Veterinary Hospital Infection Control and Antimicrobial Stewardship” education course held at the 2018 pre-BSAVA satellite meetings.
The objectives of this one-day course are to promote hospital infection control and antimicrobial stewardship in small animal practice and to educate a new generation of veterinary specialists to develop and implement infection control and antimicrobial stewardship programmes. 
In this second edition of the ESGVM/ESGAP education course, a number of international renowned experts will cover topics such as implementation of infection control and antimicrobial stewardship in veterinary practices, surveillance of antimicrobial resistance in companion animals, MRSA/MRSP patient management and critical steps in antibiotic selection decision-making. 
Meeting programme and registration details can be found on the event web-page. A number of attendance grants are available for ESCMID “young scientist members” are available, the dead-line for application 7th February 2018. Please note that ESCMID membership is required to be eligible for the attendance grants. The ESCMID membership fee is affordable (only 38 euro for < 35 years) and gives more than 50% discount on the course fee and various other benefits. Visit our website for more information on ESCMID membership.
Non-ESCMID member can register for the course after they register as ESCMID website users
We look forward to seeing you in Birmingham. 

Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists Spring Scientific Meeting 2018 MacDonald Burlington Hotel, Birimingham, 17 March 2018 

This year the ABVA has two exceptional speakers for its annual Spring meeting, Gwen Covey-Crump and Bettina Dunkel. The focus this year is on the evidence-base for acupuncture and its integration into pain management practice.



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