• 15 August 2017

You’d be mad to miss this year’s BEVA Congress

Whether a horse vet, vet nurse, farrier or equine dental technician, BEVA Congress 13-16 September 2017 is aimed at you.


With the opportunity to gain so much knowledge in a short space of time in such an inspiring and fun environment, you’d be mad to miss it.

13 reasons why you need to be there:

Live Horse Ultrasound: On the Saturday world-renowned anatomist, lameness clinician and ultrasound guru Professor Jean-Marie Denoix will be demonstrating the techniques and interpretation of ultrasound examination of the equine musculoskeletal system on a live horse in the Conference Centre.

Dentistry: Sessions kick off on Thursday morning with talks covering periodontal disease, diastemata, caries and extractions. On Saturday there’s a full day of talks and discussions with the emphasis on practical equine dentistry for both vets and EDTs.

Farriery: Saturday is farriery day, focusing on the science and care of the horse’s foot. It’s suitable for both farriers and vets and will be moderated by Professor Renate Weller of the Royal Veterinary College.

Veterinary Nursing: On Saturday a whole day will be dedicated to equine veterinary nursing, presented by a combination of vets and vet nurses and attendance counts as valuable CPD.

Professor Derek Knottenbelt: National treasure and long-time supporter of BEVA, Professor Knottenbelt will be presenting The John Hickman Memorial Plenary Lecture on Thursday. He’ll be giving his personal view of the evolution of equine veterinary science reminding us about the importance of past experiences.

Moral Maze: On Friday panellists and witnesses will argue for and against the viewpoint that corporatisation is inevitable and will benefit vets and their clients.

General Practice sessions: On Thursday afternoon, emergency care in general practice is being discussed. On the Friday morning it’s the pre-purchase examination, including a debate about the pros and cons of including a detailed oral examination. Friday afternoon includes sessions on the welfare case and the issues relating to euthanasia and end of life.

Medicine, imaging and therapeutics: There are sessions on evidence-based medicine neurology, dermatology, infectious diseases, biosecurity and imaging (Thursday) and foals (Friday). The popular imaging quiz returns WHEN? There will be a discussion on BEVA’s first consensus statement relating to analgesic therapy and Professor Lord Trees will delve into the issue of antimicrobial resistance (Thursday).

Workshops: Run by experienced practitioners, daily workshops will lead delegates through a series of real life cases and scenarios in areas including imaging, dentistry, medicine, ophthalmology. There will also be a workshop related to the important subject of resilience in vets (with a related session on mental and physical wellbeing).

Surgery and Ophthalmology: World-renowned equine practitioners will bring updates on orthopaedics, diseases of the horse’s head and neck, surgical complications and surgical infections (Thursday and Friday), as well as a full morning on ophthalmology on Friday. For anyone interested in colic, there will be a day and a half meeting devoted to colic and colic surgery held at the University of Liverpool’s Leahurst campus on the Tuesday and Wednesday immediately before Congress.

Human Factors: In a work context, human factors are the environmental, organisational and job factors, and individual factors that influence behaviour at work. Every day around the world people are harmed as a result of their treatment or as a consequence of their admission to hospitals. This Saturday session introduces the concept of human factors in human healthcare and explores what lessons can be transferred to veterinary practice.

Exhibition hall: Every day the packed out commercial exhibition will be buzzing with opportunities for daily socials, networking and negotiations over coffee, lunch and drinks. You can also enter the Imaging Quiz on Thursday, Friday or Saturday morning to be in with a chance of winning a first prize of £150 or a second prize of £100 of EVJ book vouchers.

Parties: Over the years the Congress party scene has become as memorable as the outstanding quality of the lectures.

How can you afford to miss it?


BEVA Congress, Europe’s largest equine veterinary conference, will be held at Liverpool Arena Convention Centre from 13-16 September 2017. The early registration rate has now finished but if you use the voucher code PRES17 before 22nd August you will receive 10% off registration (the code needs to entered at the end of the booking journey).