A 15th Anniversary celebration!

WikiVet proudly presents:

Global WikiVet Ed Fest 2022

A FREE live CPD event taking place on Saturday 24th September 2022, 9am - 5pm BST.

We are pleased to invite you to our first ever WikiVet virtual event

Students can enjoy a 1-day virtual congress, with over 6 hours of premium quality webinars taking place live during the day with expert speakers.

All delegates will be able to access the sessions for free live, and will each receive a CPD certificate of attendance.

Event programme

All of the webinars will be available to watch on demand after the event takes place (with the exception of the final session with David Charles).

Click on the sessions to find out more!

Speakers: Gemma Gaitskell-Phillips and Bev Panto

WikiVet started as a pathology resource which was a joint effort and inspired by the CLIVE program. It was officially established in 2007 as primarily an anatomy and physiology resource and has grown to provide online access to a comprehensive veterinary undergraduate curriculum in addition to clinical content. The consortium was initially formed by three UK veterinary schools, London’s Royal Veterinary College the University of Edinburgh’s Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies, and the University of Cambridge’s Department of Veterinary Medicine, and was subsequently joined by the University of Nottingham’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Science. WikiVet was initially funded by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). Subsequent commercial sponsors include Mars Petcare, RCVS Trust, Pfizer Global Alliances, Ceva, and the Donkey Sanctuary. WikiVet is now run by The Webinar Vet, who are responsible for the ongoing curation of the site.

The website has grown from strength to strength since its inception as primarily an anatomy and physiology resource. It now contains clinical information on a wide range of species as well as interactive resources such as radiographic anatomy, flashcards, quizzes, self assessment cases and much, much more. WikiNormals provides an invaluable wealth of information on normal parameters in a broad range of species, as well as breed and species identification guides.

Learning objectives:

– History and evolution of WikiVet
– Aims of the project
– Brief overview of content and how this has grown
– WikiVet today

Speaker: Nicole Mant

A discussion about preparing for your first day, week, month in practice. Advice from a first-opinion vet in mixed practice.

Learning objectives:
1. Preparing for Day 1 – develop an understanding of your own knowledge
2. Developing a Vet Starter Pack – pointers on creating a useful reference document to help you in your first few weeks of practice
3. Equipment List – What Do I Need in My Car / Van / Room?
4. The Art of Veterinary Medicine – hints and tips for communicating with owners.
5. Finding Support and Asking for Help
6. Comparison is the Thief of Joy – Being Happy with Yourself

Speaker: Navaratnam Partheeban

Calf health and welfare have a major impact on the economic viability of cattle operations, due to the direct costs of calf losses, treatment and the long-term effects on performance. It is therefore crucial that as farm vets, we support the farmer by working to pro-actively support high standards in this area. However, due to economic pressures on farmers, it is important we also look at ways of promoting good health and welfare which does not cost huge amounts of money but also saves money.
This talk will discuss the principles of good calf health and welfare and the theory of how to achieve it. We will look at methods of assessing welfare and health before discussing what tools we have to maintain this at a high standard. Finally, the talk will highlight a real U.K. case example from initial setup to implementation of ideas to create a profitable calf rearing unit.
You should go away feeling more confident in using a similar approach on your farms and being able to adapt and change for different setups and conditions.

Learning objectives:
• Understand what health, disease and welfare is and how they are connected
• Learn what tools we have, to assess these parameters
• Identify issues and problems in a calf unit
• Assess and prioritise the factors to work on
• Formulate a plan of action for your own farms

Speakers: Alice Moore and Neil Sandercock

You’ve just qualified, your brain is brimming with knowledge and interest, and you have a plethora of fancy diagnostic and treatment options at your fingertips. But what you might not have is an insured patient, an NHS for pets, or an owner with a bottomless pit of money. Dealing with the financially constrained case can be clinically frustrating, but when approached well it can also be immensely rewarding. With a wealth of experience from the general practice and charity sectors, Neil & Alice will be sharing their top tips on how to give a ‘gold-standard’ service, no matter what the budget is.

Learning objectives:
• How to discuss financial constraints in a sensitive and helpful manner with clients
• Communicating the cost of veterinary care
• How to prioritise diagnostic tests when there are financial limitations
• To understand what ‘gold-standard’ might look like in different scenarios
• The role of charities in the UK veterinary sector
• Understanding payment plans & insurance policies

Speaker: James Kyffin

Acute diarrhoea is a common complaint seen in first-opinion small animal veterinary practice. Even though it is often self-limiting and likely to resolve with symptomatic treatment alone, antibiotics are frequently prescribed as part of the therapeutic management plan. Faecal analysis can be a useful diagnostic tool to guide our treatment choices, however it may be difficult to distinguish the significance of these results. In this webinar, we cover these interesting topics in more detail to help answer some common uncertainties surrounding the use of antibiotics in cases of acute diarrhoea.

Speaker: Katie Ford

You’re preparing for an exciting career in a profession full of possibilities, but then a whisper appears: “how did I get here?”, “am I good enough?”, “everyone else is doing so much better”. Sound familiar? You are not alone, and not just amongst your peers, but many of those that you look upto as well. Join us for an empowering session on how to back yourself in your career moving forward.

Learning objectives:
● Define imposterism and how it might show up in our careers.
● Explain how personal development and exploration can be useful as a professional.
● Explain what personal core values are and how we might identify our own.
● List exercises we can use to improve our own confidence.
● List who can help to support us and when we might benefit from this.

Speaker: Tshidi Gardiner

For too long, a stigma around mental health has fuelled misunderstandings around mental health that have prevented people from seeking support. This talk is based on the understanding that mental health and wellbeing, just like physical health, can be sustained and improved through some simple yet effective steps. Similar to the ABC in physical first aid, we can all give Mental Health First Aid. Everyone within a team is able to learn the specific safe steps to take & signpost colleagues to the correct support.

You will learn:
– How to Approach a colleague/fellow student and have an open conversation
– Key points on Listening & communicating with someone non-judgmentally
– When to Give appropriate support & correct information as needed
– Encourage the person to get appropriate professional help by appropriate signposting
– Encourage other supports that may be available to you & them



Speaker: David Charles



You might be starting your rotations or you might be just starting out as a first year; but most likely you all have a similar end goal in mind – signing the register and becoming ‘MRCVS’ and eligible to practice veterinary medicine in the UK.

Many people compare being a new graduate vet to getting in a car after you pass your driving test ‘you only really learn to do it after you pass your test’ springs to mind.

Interspersed with personal experiences, honest reflections about things that could have been done differently and discussing some real highlights of his first 3 years in practice – he will discuss tips and tricks that will help you thrive in your first year in practice by highlighting ‘what they don’t teach you in vet school’

Learning objectives:
– How to seize control of the start of your career
– How to optimise, or reflect on, your rotations & EMS
– What to consider asking at a job interview
– Why the ‘perfect job’ doesn’t exist
– Why this is the best profession in the world!

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Attending the event

This event takes place live on Saturday 24th September 2022.

You will receive more information and the link you need to join the live sessions via email before it takes place. Can’t attend the live session? No problem! The event recordings will be available to watch on demand on our website within a few days of the live broadcast and will be available for 6 months after the live event (with the exception of the final session with David Charles)

Meet the speakers

Bev graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2009 with an intercalated degree in Veterinary Conservation Medicine from the University of Liverpool. She spent a year working in East Africa both with wild and domestic species, whilst working on an international development education initiative at the RVC. She then spent 3 years as a small animal and exotics general practitioner in Horsham, alongside weekly pro bono work for a large wildlife hospital. In 2013 she moved into full time wildlife work as the Veterinary Officer at RSPCA Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre and Cattery, working with a wide range of British wildlife and domestic species. She is Honorary Lecturer at the University of Liverpool, and runs their final year exotics and wildlife clinical rotation. She holds the RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice in Zoological Medicine.

Gemma graduated as a vet from the RVC and since then has combined consultancy, translation and marketing work on veterinary education projects with her passion for horses, spending five years managing the logistics of a showjumping stables in Madrid before going on to pursue a Masters degree in equine reproduction. She is currently completing a PhD using proteomics to look at the effects of artificial reproductive technologies on equine sperm in addition to other translation and consultancy work.

Navaratnam is currently a clinical farm animal vet and includes co-ordination of the Westpoint Pro Dairy Group. Previous roles include working in university higher education, the pharmaceutical sector and in the global animal health industry. He has studied and consulted in several countries with a focus on dairy production. Other roles have included managing the health and running of a commercial calf rearing unit and sheep flock.

Navaratnam has further responsibilities in being a current Director for the Oxford Farming Conference, trustee for the Country Trust and Co-founder of the British Veterinary Ethnicity and Diversity Society. He also sits on the farm animal working group for Vet Sustain.

Alice graduated as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Cambridge in 2015 and has been working in small animal practice since then. She currently splits her time between her clinical role at Garston Veterinary Group, a large independent mixed practice based in Somerset, and managing a collaborative project on sustainable working practices for the XL Vet community. In addition, Alice has volunteered as a member of BVA’s policy committee since 2019 and is a regular columnist for BVA News in Vet Record. Alice’s particular interests include diversity & equality within the workforce, environmental sustainability and promoting responsible pet ownership.

Neil graduated from the University of Bristol in 2011, and spent two years in mixed practice in Devon. He worked for a small animal charity hospital in Cardiff for six years, before moving to Wiltshire and joining Garston Vets in December 2019. Neil enjoys all aspects of small animal work, with a focus on orthopaedic surgery. He lives locally with his partner, two daughters and three cats. Outside of work, Neil enjoys DIY and spending time exploring the countryside with his family.

James graduated with honours from the University of Bristol as a bachelor of veterinary science in 2005. He spent four and a half years working as a veterinary surgeon in first opinion small animal practice before joining ADM Protexin in 2009. James has worked as the International Veterinary Manager, Veterinary Technical Manager and Veterinary Director before assuming the role of Commercial Director – Animal Health in March 2020, overseeing the company’s veterinary division. James is passionate about all aspects of small animal internal medicine but has a particular interest in gastrointestinal disease, urinary health and feline geriatric medicine.

Outside of work James enjoys a variety of sporting activities including running, cycling, football and Crossfit. He has a black cat called Hugo who was rescued at the age of three – Hugo has a strong personality but has found the perfect home with James and his partner, Sheila (who is also a vet!)

Katie graduated with distinction from the University of Liverpool in 2012. Since then she has continued to work in small animal first opinion practice, gaining her RCVS Certificate in Internal Medicine in 2017. Realising the power of preventative mindset strategies through her career and journey, she trained as a coach and now teaches other professionals how to use these techniques to thrive in the veterinary world. She regularly helps individuals and companies on topics such as gratitude, self-worth and dealing with “Imposter Syndrome”

My name is Tshidi. I am a Life Coach who specialises in Mindset Mentorship & Wellness Coaching for Veterinary & Medical Professionals. I have been qualified for over 18 years as a Veterinary Surgeon, I am still in first opinion practice and am also proud Mum of Two boys. I come with 18 years of clinical experience having qualified in 2003. I currently hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Small Animal Surgery, Life Coaching Diploma and Nutrition Coaching Certification. In 2018, I went on a mission to figure out how to really help people make changes. I studied personal growth, psychology, how the brain works to make changes, NLP and many other behaviour science techniques. I love helping people.


I have worn many hats throughout my career that have included: Clinical Director, Practice & Business owner, Clinical Coach, Examiner for Duchy College, Guest lecturer for Bicton College and Bristol University. I spend my spare time collaborating with and working on several working groups and subcommittees on Ethnic Diversity, Equality & Inclusion.


In July 2021, I start my 4 year term as RCVS Council member where I expect to represent you, my fellow Veterinary Colleagues, so please feel free to contact me.

David graduated from The University of Bristol in Summer 2019, having previously studied Biology at The University of Birmingham. After initially working at a mixed practice in Norfolk, David joined the farm team at Scarsdale Vets in May 2020. In 2021 he founded Midlands Advanced Breeding Services to offer advanced breeding services, including laparoscopic AI, to flocks across the Midlands and in October 2022 he will open Scarsdale Vets’ new farm branch. He is currently studying for his CertAVP(Sheep)
A past President of AVS, David has always advocated that we must ‘pay it forward’ taking a keen interest in supporting EMS students and the Nottingham rotation students who see practice with him. He looks forward to talking at this conference to (hopefully) offer some advice for starting out in practice!

I graduated from the RVC in 2014, started as a mixed (mainly farm) vet in North Wales. Then moved to a mixed (mainly small) practice in Nottinghamshire in 2016. Interests include small animal medicine, dentistry and multi-species ECC.

Want to become a Student Ambassador?

Role includes:

– Working with the team at WikiVet to ensure the website is providing the right content, to those who need it most.

– Creating and sharing posts advertising WikiVet on social media and contributing your own school’s online community

– Feeding back to WikiVet any issued or suggestions for future development

How to apply:

Email WikiVet at info@wikivet.net

Please include a description of yourself (name, university, study year), your use of WikiVet so far (or state if you haven’t previously used it) and why you feel you would be suitable for the position.

*Successful candidates will need a good grasp of the English language.