Affiliated Groups at Congress

BSAVA collaborates with its Affiliated Groups, to offer even more CPD to those with special interests. Many of the talks take place on the Wednesday of Congress, with others participating 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 5 April)

AVA will be holding a pre-congress day at BSAVA aimed at general practitioners and veterinary nurses. The theme for 2017 will be ‘Anaesthesia for special circumstances: not just fancy drugs!’ Clara Rigotti will be speaking about anaesthesia of head trauma patients, Denise Prisk will explore anaesthesia for patients with endocrine disease, and cardiovascular patients will be covered by Perrine Benmansour. The morning will round of with anaesthesia for renal patients presented by Claire Woolford. The afternoon will be filled with case-based discussions and simulator training. There is also the AVA Spring meeting, a spectacular three-day event, from 26 to 28 April. This year the event is being held at the Manchester Conference Centre, in the vibrant city centre. Registration and further information is available at www.ava.eu.com. 

The Association of Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgeons (AVSTS)

Hall 11a, ICC (Wednesday 5 April)

The Association of Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgeons (AVSTS) welcomes all vets and nurses involved with canine and feline soft tissue surgery cases, and aims to provide a thought-provoking discussion forum at its spring meeting. The spring meeting – in Birmingham on the Wednesday of BSAVA Congress week – covers “What’s new and hot?” and in 2017 we have another great international line-up, including Dr Chick Weisse, Head of Interventional Radiology at the Animal Medical Center, New York and Dr Duncan Lascelles, Professor of Small Animal Surgery and Pain Management at North Carolina State University, along with some homegrown speakers and abstract presentations. Our autumn meetings, held on a non-half-term Friday-Saturday, allow a theme to be explored with greater depth and breadth, and benefit from inclusion of the comparative aspects from human surgery, as well as fine food, wine, and laughter. We are currently accepting applications for spring abstract presentations. Please see our website for further details, booking information and for how to join our active society. AVSTS have also contributed to the How do I stream on Thursday in Hall 3.

The British Association of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (BAVECC)
Telford Suite, Austin Court (Wednesday 5 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 which deal with current veterinary ECC topics. This year we will discuss neurological dilemmas. 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 5 April)

The British Association of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (BrAVO) look forward to welcoming our main speaker, Dr. Ellison Bentley from The University of Wisconsin– Madison School of Veterinary Medicine at our pre-Congress meeting. Topics will include a thorough review (Superficial Chronic Corneal Epithelial Defects), a review on recent progress in Ocular Pain Management, and the question – should I rush and buy a HFRUS (High Frequency Ultrasound)? We are a sociable group and are always looking to welcome new members to our meetings. Additionally we have a range of companies exhibit their products with us each year, making it an ideal place to explore the current ophthalmic equipment on the market, and perhaps benefit from some show specials.

The British Veterinary Behaviour Association (BVBA)
Hall 10, ICC (Wednesday 5 April)

The BVBA will be holding their annual study day at BSAVA Congress. The theme this year is ‘The Pet’s Perspective – seeing it through their eyes’. There will be four main lectures, short presentations, poster sessions, commercial area for sponsors, and the usual excellent lunch plus regular caffeine top-ups The programme includes; ‘The human–animal bond from the cat’s perspective’ with Dr. John Bradshaw, ‘Frustration in dogs – understanding causes and importance in behaviour problems’ with Dr Rachel Casey, ‘The human-animal bond from the dog’s perspective’ with Dr Tammie King, and ‘The long-term effects of early life experiences in dogs and cats’ with Dr Helen Zulch. BVBA are proud of their reputation as an inclusive group; we welcome vets, nurses, students, behaviourists, charity workers and anyone else who has a genuine interest and enthusiasm for enhancing their knowledge of behaviour in domestic animals. For more information, costs of registration (including concessions) and registering for study day, please visit www.bvba.org.uk.

The British Veterinary Dental Association (BVDA)
Lodges 1 & 2, Austin Court (Wednesday 5 April)

BVDA offer great value small animal dentistry CPD for veterinary surgeons, dentists, students and VNs, with lectures from UK and international veterinary and human dentistry experts provide cutting-edge information to assist both specialist and general practitioners provide optimal treatment for their patients. Join us in Birmingham to learn more about this exciting field – topics scheduled include oncology, endodontics, anaesthesia and oral surgery.

British Veterinary Dermatology
Study Group (BVDSG)
Hall 4, ICC, Birmingham (Wednesday 5 April)

We are a well-established and friendly society with a passion for dermatology. Our members come 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! Our pre-Congress meeting will be on the topic of vector-borne and travel dermatitides. The day will cover a range of topics including Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases in dogs and cats, leishmaniosis and Alabama rot. Confirmed speakers include Patrick Bourdeau, Ian Wright, Richard Birtles and David Walker, 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 search for BVDSG on Facebook.

British Veterinary Neurology
Society (BVNS)

Hall 8a, ICC (Wednesday 5 April)

The British Veterinary Neurology Society or BVNS aims to bring together those with a passion for veterinary neurology by promoting and providing advanced CPD for anyone with a special interest in veterinary neurology and neurosurgery. We are holding our 3rd annual spring meeting on Wednesday 5 April at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham. The topic of this year will be advances in spinal disease with renowned speakers from veterinary and human medicine. After last year’s success, there will also be dedicated time to present research abstracts discussing state-of-the-art developments in veterinary neurology. Visit our website at www.bvns.org.uk or contact our President, Steven De Decker, sdedecker@rvc.ac.uk if you are interested in joining us in Birmingham or have any questions about the BVNS.

British Veterinary Orthopaedics Society (BVOA)
Hilton Metropole Hotel (Wednesday 5 April)

The British Veterinary Orthopaedic Association (BVOA) is an affliate group of BSAVA. Membership of BVOA is encouraged for veterinary surgeons interested in the promotion of the study and development of orthopaedics in small animals. Membership is open to other members of the profession including veterinary students and veterinary nurses and other suitably qualified workers, provided that they have been proposed and seconded by BVOA members. Any veterinarian with an interest in small animal orthopaedics is eligible to become  a member of BVOA. Membership benefits allows exclusive rates to our bi-annual meetings, access to our Google discussion group for sharing of cases and advice, bi-annual newsletter, option for discounted subscription to VCOT, opportunity to apply for clinical research awards and BSAVA members rates for orthopaedics CPD. We actively encourage younger members of the profession to come along to our bi-annual meetings. Each year we have a day pre-BSAVA meeting in the Spring and a longer Autumn meeting over a weekend. It’s a great way to receive high-quality CPD relevant to general practitioners as well as members of the profession with advanced qualifications. Integrated within the Autumn meeting are social events in the evening. It’s a fantastic way to catch up with old friends and make new friends. Our upcoming Spring meeting will discuss the possible differentials for forelimb lameness not localised to the elbow joint. For further information about the Spring meeting, please visit the website. For further information or booking, please contact us at bvoa@btinternet.com.

British Veterinary Rehabilitation and Sport Medicine Association (BVRSMA)

Hall 4, ICC, Birmingham (Sunday 9 April)

The British Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Association’s spring meeting is to be held in conjunction with BSAVA on Sunday of Congress and will focus on the role of muscle pain and function in canine lameness. We are delighted to welcome three outstanding speakers: Dr Vibeke Sødring Elbrønd, Ed Ives and Lowri Davies. Whilst the role of joint and bone pain in canine lameness is well documented, little work to date has focussed on the equally important role of muscle and fascia in movement issues within the quadruped. The meeting promises to explore the diagnosis and treatment of common conditions arising from muscle and fascial pain. The BVRSMA is a veterinary organisation set up to promote excellence in the field of veterinary rehabilitation and sports medicine both through clinical practice and continuing education programmes. The organisation is open to veterinary surgeons and also offers associate membership to veterinary nurses. For more information please go to bvrsma.org.uk or email sianferris@smartvetwales.co.uk.

European Association of
Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging – British and Irish Division (EAVDI-BID)
Hall 8b, ICC (Wednesday 5 April)

EAVDI-BID will again be hosting their pre-BSAVA meeting and will be looking at recent advances in imaging. Speakers this year will include Tobias Schwartz talking about cone beam CT and use of pressure injectors for contrast imaging. Chick Weisse will be talking about advances in interventional imaging. Along with a selection of research abstracts we will finish with the answers to the ever-popular film reading session with a selection of cases provided to puzzle over during the course of the day. EAVDI have also contributed to the Imaging stream on Thursday in Hall 6.

International Society of
Feline Medicine (ISFM)
Veterinary division of
International Cat Care

Hall 5, 6 & 7, ICC (Wednesday 5 April)

For the first time and to celebrate its 21st year, the International Society of Feline Medicine is holding two separate pre-Congress meetings – one for vets and one for nurses. The veterinary programme in Hall 5 has its usual combination of great speakers with practical approaches to feline problems, including kidney and liver disease, analgesia, acromegaly and seizures. The nurse programme (Hall 6) has a combination of Cat Friendly Clinic issues with practical clinical approaches on subjects such as management of long-term catheters in cats, analgesia, seizures and diabetes. ISFM’s nurse membership now numbers over 8000 from over 60 countries and is free – benefits include a monthly online journal and monthly webinars. These programmes are always popular and delegates always enthusiastic – book early to ensure your place.

Small Animal Medicine
Society (SAMSoc)
Hall 11b, ICC (Wednesday 5 April)

SAMSoc are holding their pre-Congress day meeting, with something for all. Pituitary disease and its treatment, both medical and surgical, is highlighted with presentations by Tom Harcourt-Brown and Chris Scudder. The former is concentrating on surgical management and the latter is going to enlighten us on just how common feline pituitary disease really is. Allyson Berent will be giving us the low down on interventional approaches to feline ureteral disease and what options are available for our patients. Mike Martin, always a popular speaker, is discussing collapse in the dog from the cardiologist’s perspective and Ed Hall is going to enlighten us as to whether biopsy holds all the answers for intestinal disease in our patients. We are hosting a stream on neoplasia with Paul Avery discussing immunophenotyping in canine and feline lymphoma, Isuru Gajanayake offering us pointers on the role of nutrition in
managing our patients with neoplasia, Sophie Adamantos talking on new developments in transfusion medicine and a human oncologist (TBC) giving us a comparative perspective on lymphoma. This meeting hosts your Society’s AGM, giving you the opportunity to make your voice heard, as well as the ever-popular case report competition. We look forward to seeing you there!

Veterinary Cardiovascular Society (VCS)
Hall 9, ICC (Wednesday 5 April)

The Veterinary Cardiovascular Society warmly invites you to join us at our pre-BSAVA Congress meeting, where we hope to provide a stimulating day for anyone with an interest in cardiology. We have a fantastic line-up of speakers for 2017, including a visit from one of our members, Simon Swift, who is currently a lecturer at the University of Florida. We will be covering a variety of topics including cardiomyopathies (focusing on the feline varieties) and clinical and scientific aspects of heart failure. Please visit our website for the full programme and details of how to register. Registration is available from 1 February and the fees are: Members £120, non-members £150 before 20 March; after this date, members £145, non-members £175 (last date for registration 31 March). Cost includes 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 (dates for 2017 10–11 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).

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