• 08 May 2017

Revising Murphy’s Law at BEVA Congress

Tickets are now on sale for the UK’s only conference organised by horse vets for horse vets.


BEVA Congress 13-16 September 2017 will be hosting an exceptional line up of practitioner friendly ‘big cheese’ speakers, extensive CPD, quality science and novel demonstrations at Liverpool Arena Convention Centre this year. It will also celebrate the realities of being a horse vet and show that the effects of Murphy’s Law (Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong) can be reduced if we adopt some simple procedures. All this, together with the exclusive social shenanigans for which Congress is famed, means that Europe’s largest equine veterinary conference looks set to be better than ever.

The BEVA Congress will be held at Liverpool’s state-of-the-art Arena Convention Centre, which provides superior sound and visibility in numerous comfortable lecture theatres. The event attracts more than 1,200 equine and mixed vets each year, as well as hundreds of vet nurses, practice managers, students, farriers, physiotherapists and equine dental technicians. Over the years the Congress party scene has become as memorable as the outstanding quality of the lectures, while the big commercial exhibition buzzes with daily socials, networking and negotiations.

A substantial clinical research programme covers the latest in equine veterinary science. Running concurrently are themed lectures, workshops and demonstrations to cater for all levels of interest and expertise. Discussions at the end of sessions will aim to highlight that things can and do go wrong and show that, by taking joint responsibility and revising processes, problems can be reduced.

An undoubted programme highlight over the three days will be the ultrasound demonstrations, using cadavers and occasionally a live horse, by the legendary ultrasound anatomy guru Jean-Marie Denoix. Other highly notable speakers include Norm Ducharme DMV, MSc, Diplomate ACVS James Law Professor of Surgery, currently a large animal surgeon at the Equine and Farm Animal Hospitals at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York and a staff surgeon at the new Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists in Elmont, New York. Norm will be leading a review of the key developments over the past 12 months and also how to prevent/deal with complications of epiglottic surgery. Tom Divers DVM, Diplomat ACVIM, ACVECC, Professor of Medicine at Cornell University will be speaking about coronavirus enteritis, Dennis Brooks DVM, PhD, a member of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, and a Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida will discuss the ophthalmic examination, ulcerative corneal disease and uveitis. Pam Wilkins DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ACVECC, professor in veterinary clinical medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine Illinois will critically appraise the best treatment for mares with post-partum haemorrhage. Denis Verwilghen DVM, MSc, PhD, DES, Dipl ECVS, who currently acts as a consultant surgeon in several equine hospitals in the world and also performs consultancy in relation to surgical biosecurity measures will share knowledge on biosecurity and surgical infections, and Professor the Lord Trees a member of the House of Lords EU Select Committee and the EU Subcommittee for Energy and Environment, will discuss antimicrobial resistance.

Professor Derek Knottenbelt OBE, BVM&S, DVM&S, DipECEIM, MRCVS will be giving the plenary lecture entitled “Using the past to make the future better; the long and winding road”. There will be a debate on the Pre Purchase Examination and whether or not it should include an oral examination and the welcome return of the Moral Maze will see potentially heated discussions over the provocative statement “Corporatisation of equine practices is inevitable and will benefit vets and their clients”.

Critically appraised topics (CATs) will be included every day; speakers with access to RCVS Knowledge will be examining and critiquing the research evidence available at basic and clinical levels. They will draw conclusions on best practice to provide delegates with practical take home messages on the latest science in each given area.

New this year is the allocation of a hall solely for workshops which will provide the opportunity for small group round table learning on a first come first served basis. Diverse discussion topics include imagery, dentistry, dermatology, medicine, resilience in vets and general practice emergencies.

There will also be comprehensive sessions on neurology, dermatology, dentistry, evidence-based medicine, orthopaedics, emergency care, analgesics, antimicrobials, biosecurity and surgical infections, medicine, imaging, head and neck, ophthalmology, mental and physical wellbeing and resilience in vets, surgical complications, welfare cases, foals and reproduction, future trends in equine practice, end of life, improving patient safety, farriery, and nursing and clinical care.

David Mountford, Chief Executive of BEVA said: “No other event sees so many equine vets together at one venue or provides such a broad and high calibre range of equine CPD. Delegate feedback recognises that Congress provides excellent value – especially when using our early bird booking discount and playing back any missed sessions online after the event. We’re very clear that our primary goal is to provide the best experience for horse vets and, if the event makes a surplus, it is ploughed straight back into the Association to provide even better support for our industry.”

The full scientific programme can be viewed and managed on the free BEVA Congress App. If you are struggling for time or torn between several lectures you can use the BEVA Congress Encore Room to play back missed lectures at your convenience.


Anyone who registers before 3rd August will receive significantly reduced booking fees. Visit www.beva.org.uk today to find out more and to sign up.