***NEW SESSIONS ADDED!***

The world's longest running online veterinary conference

Join us from 6th – 10th February 2023 for our 11th annual Virtual Congress. Enjoy brand new live clinical content delivered by expert veterinary speakers.

ABOUT VC2023

We're excited to invite you to join us for
Virtual Congress 2023

Virtual Congress is back in February 2023, and it’s our best programme yet.

We listened to your feedback after this year’s event in January, and have put together a brand new programme filled with clinical content delivered by experts. Taking place live in the week commencing 6th February 2023, you will enjoy a 5 day online congress with over 10 hours of premium quality CPD webinars on a variety of topics.

 

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

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Event programme

All delegates will be able to access the sessions for free live, and will each receive a CPD certificate of attendance. If you would like full access to all of the sessions on demand too, you will have to purchase an event Gold Ticket.

Monday 6th February  |  19:00 – 20:00 GMT  |  Oncology

The Top 10 List: 10 Recent Advances in Veterinary Oncology

Douglas Thamm VMD, DACVIM

The past 5-10 years have brought about some noteworthy and exciting changes in veterinary oncology, many of which are available to the practitioner or the client willing to consider referral. A brief discussion of these advances, their applications, and potential for the future, may be helpful in informing the clinician and the dedicated client.

Monday 6th February  |  20:00 – 21:00 GMT  |  Oncology

What are the latest treatment options for canine lymphoma?

Owen Davies MA VetMB MVetMed MANZCVS(SAM) DACVIM(Oncology) MRCVS

Canine lymphoma is now recognised as a diverse group of different diseases and a “one treatment fits all” approach is becoming outdated. In this lecture we will review how to recognise different types of lymphoma and suggest appropriate treatments for each. We will discuss new therapies which are available to practitioners as well as budget options. It’s not all about CHOP or COP anymore!

Tuesday 7th February  |  14:00 –  16:00 GMT  |  Sustainability

Sustainability in the veterinary profession and Green Awards Ceremony

Join us for an afternoon of discussions about sustainability, followed by the 2nd Veterinary Green Awards Ceremony

More information about the afternoon session TBC.

The ‘Green Award’ for Most Green Practice and Most Green Individual will be announced during the Sustainability Summit at Virtual Congress 2023. We invite members of our community to enter below to win, giving examples of what they are doing to be green, sustainable, and combat climate change.

 

Prizes:
– Most Green Practice – £2,000 prize
– Most Green Individual – £1,000 prize

The nominations will close on 13th January.

Tuesday 7th February  |  19:00 – 20:00 GMT  |  Nutrition

Alternative Diets: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Georgia Woods-Lee BSc (Hons) RVN CertCFVHNut VTS (Nutrition)

Alternative diets, such as raw meat-based diets, home-prepared cooked diets, grain-free diets, and vegan diets are becoming popular choices among pet owners. The session will look at specific concerns associated with each diet type and will provide guidance for improving safety when feeding an alternative diet. The sessions will also detail how to have conversations with pet owners that provide education and support so owners can make informed decisions when deciding what to feed their pet.

Tuesday 7th February  |  20:00 – 21:00 GMT  |  Nutrition

Interactive Obesity Care

Georgia Woods-Lee BSc (Hons) RVN CertCFVHNut VTS (Nutrition)

This fast-paced session will be a highly interactive and will test current knowledge on obesity care as well as delivering useful tips and strategies to enhance obesity care in practice. This session will additionally allow communication directly with the speaker and others throughout, as well providing an opportunity to share ideas for the management of specific aspects of obesity care, enhancing learning for all.

Wednesday 8th February  |  14:00 – 16:00 GMT  |  Pharmaceuticals 

Pharmaceutical stewardship; how we can deliver high quality care to patients through prescription medications

Dr. Ian Battersby BVSc DSAM DipECVIM-CA FRCVS RCVS and European Specialist in Internal Medicine

Margo Mosher Global Director of Sustainability at Mars Veterinary Health

Pharmaceuticals are a core component of how we, as veterinarians, care for pets. This may be medication to treat a disease, alleviate pain, prevent a disease or anaesthetics to enable us to treat a patient. This series of short talks will discuss the principles of pharmaceutical stewardship and apply them to examples such as antibiotic usage and the development of antimicrobial resistance. Clinicians can then apply them to all aspects of their daily prescribing

Wednesday 8th February  |  19:00 – 20:00 GMT  |  Exotics

Tonight Matthew, I’m going to be… A Chicken Vet

Dr Fabian George Blake Rivers

Chickens are becoming ever more popular as companion pets and as a result, learning about some more of the common quickfire conditions and diseases, is so important. The aim is to discuss and review basic, what you see, what to be aware of and what to do in a variety of situations with your chicken work ups.

Wednesday 8th February  |  20:00 – 21:00 GMT  |  Exotics

The emergency reptile patient

Dr Sonya Miles BVSc CertAVP(ZM) MRCVS

This webinar will take the view through the importance of obtaining an accurate clinical history and performing a clinical examination in the emergency reptile. As well as covering the importance of thermoregulation, analgesia and anaesthesia, the best ways of providing fluid therapy, medication administration and how to perform cardiopulmonary – cerebral resuscitation. Finishing with common emergency presentations seen in a wide range of reptile species.

Thursday 9th February  |  12:30 – 13:30 GMT  |  Pathology

Small Mammal Pathology Through the Lens of Innovation

Sandra Dawson BSc BVMS FRCPath MRCVS

Small mammals are popular as pets and people are increasingly knowledgeable about their husbandry and care. It is therefore likely that many small mammals will experience a higher quality of life and longer lifespan, meaning that they are more likely to present at veterinary practices for examination in the same way as dogs and cats. At NationWide Laboratories we are compiling data from surgical biopsies submitted to the laboratory. Specially selected cases will be presented using our new 3DHISTECH PANNORAMIC® 1000 RX high-end, extra fast and super-efficient slide digitalization system. This presentation will review the range of lesions we see in some of our most common small mammal pets at NationWide Laboratories.

Research partner: Dr. Alison M. Lee BSc MVB MRCVS DipACVP

Thursday 9th February  |  19:00 – 20:00 GMT  |  Ultrasound

Responding FAST - the use of ultrasound in ECC

Jack Pye RVN

This webinar will demonstrate the use of FAST scanning techniques in ECC scenarios. It will cover what we are looking at on the ultrasound screen along with case based scenarios that can be applied in clinical practice as well as building up your image library of normal and abnormal findings. Ultrasound is hugely under utilized and by using this more it can benefit the patient care we offer as veterinary professionals as well as having a positive impact on patient outcomes.

Friday 10th February  |  19:00 – 20:00 GMT  |  Anaesthesia

Managing hypotension under general anaesthesia

Stacey Parker RVN, ISFMCert (FN), NCert (Anaesth) and (Dent), MBVNA

So, I have given a fluid bolus what is next? Unfortunately, hypotension is a common side effect of general anaesthesia, that can be incredibly detrimental to our patient in both the short and long term.  We may have improved their health and wellbeing through performing surgery but must ensure we do not harm any other part of the patient whilst doing so. This webinar will talk us through trouble shooting monitoring blood pressure under general anaesthesia. We will walk through different causes of hypotension and steps we can take to prevent it occurring. If it cannot be prevented, we will talk through how to treat it, covering careful use of fluids, analgesia, local anaesthesia, and supportive drugs including vasopressors and anticholinergics.

Friday 10th February  |  20:00 – 21:00 GMT  |  Cardiology

Tetralogy of Fallot is not as common as you think! A practical approach to small animal congenital cardiology

Dave Dickson BVetMed DVC MRCVS

Detecting a murmur in a puppy or kitten is a nightmare. Did I hear it? Is it bad? What do I tell the owners? Fortunately, there’s a simple approach to this complex subject. Using a combination of evidenced-based medicine and practical cases, find out how you can get the most from your stethoscope and know if, and when, to refer.

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All delegates will be able to access the sessions for free live, and will each receive a CPD certificate of attendance. If you would like full access to all of the sessions on demand too, you will have to purchase an event Gold Ticket here.

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Meet the speakers

Dr. Thamm is the Barbara Cox Anthony Professor of Oncology and Director of Clinical Research at the Colorado State University Flint Animal Cancer Center. He has authored over 150 peer-reviewed publications and 20 book chapters in veterinary and basic cancer research, is Co-Editor for the most recent edition of the textbook Withrow and MacEwen’s Small Animal Clinical Oncology, and is Co-Editor-In-Chief of the journal Veterinary and Comparative Oncology. His clinical and research interests include novel targeted therapies for animal and human cancer and ways to integrate these therapies with existing treatment.

Owen is an RCVS & American Specialist in veterinary oncology. He is a Cambridge graduate who spent 9 years in practice before his residency term at the Royal Veterinary College. Since 2017, Owen has worked for Highcroft Referrals in Bristol. He interested in all aspects of oncology but especially haematopoietic malignancies, immunotherapy for cancer and paraneoplastic disease

Georgia Woods-Lee qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2004 from Myerscough College, Preston. After working in mixed practice, a multidisciplinary referral centre and a busy out of hours ECC hospital, in 2010 Georgia was appointed as Head Nurse and clinical coach of a small animal practice in Cheshire.

In June 2015, Georgia took the position of ROYAL CANIN® Weight Management Clinic Nurse at the University of Liverpool, Small Animal Teaching Hospital, where she is now dealing exclusively with pet obesity care and nutrition. In addition to running of the clinic, Georgia assists with the research the clinic undertakes and has provided education to vets and nurses throughout many countries around the world.

Georgia gained her Certificate in Canine and Feline Veterinary Health Nutrition in 2017, the American Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in nutrition certificate in 2019, being 1 of only 25 people to hold this accreditation and her BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing (Top up) degree in 2022.

Ian was appointed Global Responsible Pharmaceutical Stewardship Lead for Mars Veterinary Health, in June 2022.

In this newly created role, Ian supports Mars Veterinary Health clinics and hospitals around the globe in practicing responsible pharmaceutical usage through campaigns, interventions, strategies, and performance tracking that advance our One Health priorities, in partnership with the Mars Veterinary Health Sustainability team, our business-wide Antimicrobial Resistance working group, and Mars Veterinary Health Quality and Patient Safety team.

Ian has a 20+ year history practicing veterinary medicine, previously serving as Head of Medicine at Linnaeus-owned Davies Veterinary Specialists in the U.K. In 2012, he conceptualised and led the development of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) ‘PROTECT Antibiotics’ Scheme. During his time at Davies, Ian served as the antimicrobial resistance subject-matter expert for Linnaeus.

Ian is currently the Chairman of Mission Rabies and a member of the DEFRA Core Rabies group, as well as a member of the specialist’s advisory council for the charity Street Vet.

In 2019, Ian was awarded a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) fellowship for meritorious contributions to clinical practice, particularly his work in antibiotic stewardship.

Ian, his wife, two children, and two pets, a cat and dog, are based outside of London. He enjoys getting outdoors, particularly on two self-propelled wheels, both on the roads and in the woods.


As Global Director of Sustainability at Mars Veterinary Health, Margo Mosher is working to implement more sustainable practices across the business. Margo supports Mars Veterinary Health’s hospital businesses, including AniCura, Banfield, BluePearl, Linnaeus and VCA, to improve sustainability impacts across the areas of environment, people and pets. Key focal areas of work within Mars Veterinary Health’s sustainability efforts include climate change, waste and antimicrobial resistance, and developing approaches for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from anaesthesia and hospital practices, improving impacts from the procurement of medical supplies, reducing waste in hospitals, and developing educational materials for educating veterinarians on antimicrobial resistance. Margo is passionate about making pet ownership sustainable and building a sustainable future.

 

Margo joins Mars Veterinary Health from the field of corporate sustainability consulting, where she worked for the past ten years at SustainAbility, Inc. and ERM. Margo has supported dozens of large, multi-national clients to develop their sustainability strategies that drive impactful change across a breadth of issues such as climate change, human rights, sustainable sourcing, and health and wellbeing. Margo received her Master of Environmental Management at Yale School of the Environment. Margo is a proud pet parent to her rabbit, Hooper.

Fabian Rivers graduated in 2018 from University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Brno. He is currently an exotics and companion animal vet in Birmingham. More commonly known as Dready Vet an initiative started in 2013, he has written, featured and given talks to a variety of veterinary and non veterinary publications, universities and initiatives. He is currently the British Veterinary Association recent graduate representative and is a keen contributor on topics surrounding mental health, racism, new graduate and student welfare, and the wider complexities of the veterinary community. In 2020, he was awarded BVA Young Vet of the Year.

 

He is currently undertaking a certificate in exotic animal practice clinically and mentors students on exotic specific casework when going into practice. He is the lead exotics vet at an independent practice and his interests are in preventative welfare particularly in reptiles. He is also one of the vets on the Pets Factor, a children’s TV show on the CBBC, mainly placed as the exotics focused member of the team. He also presented a documentary in 2021 named, ‘Britians Puppy Boom; Counting the Cost’ which aired on on BBC One, BBC Three and iPlayer.

Sonya qualified from Bristol University in 2013. In 2015 she started working for Highcroft Exotic Vets and now leads the busy first opinion and referral level department. Sonya became an RCVS Recognised Advanced Practitioner in Zoological Medicine in 2018 and in 2020 she became a WAVMA certified aquatic species veterinary surgeon. Sonya enjoys all aspects of working with exotic species, specifically reptiles, amphibians and fish. She particularly enjoys performing soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery, as well as teaching her interns and veterinary students seeing practice within the department.

Jack began his career in a “first opinion” practice where he developed a passion for progression. After successfully qualifying in 2018 Jack decided to pursue a new challenge at a small animal hospital in Norfolk, he worked solely in an emergency and critical care setting out of hours which is an area he enjoys. He is currently undertaking his certificate in emergency and critical care, which is further developing his knowledge in this specific area. He is now a full-time locum veterinary nurse working in a variety of settings from out of hours emergency work to first opinion practices.

He is particularly keen for continuous personal and professional development, in which he has developed a passion to support other veterinary professionals to grow and enhance their skill sets. He has a specialist interest in ultrasonography and currently is an IMV Imaging ambassador and vet nurse consultant speaker. Alongside this he also provides inhouse ultrasound training for veterinary professionals.

He regularly shares his experiences and new learnings by engaging with others on his social media platforms @Pye_rvn with the hope of encouraging and supporting others’ professional development and skills.

He is also enthusiastically involved with BVNA (British Veterinary Nursing Association) after being elected on to the council in 2019, which is a proud opportunity to represent veterinary nurses nationwide and assist in driving the profession forward.

Stacey qualified as an RVN in 2014, since then she has gained the NCert in both Anaesthesia and Dentistry, BVNA Oral Care Nurse Certificate, BSAVA Merit in Anaesthesia and Emergency Critical Care, and ISFM certificate in Feline Nursing.

She loves to constantly learn and apply the best patient care possible to all her patients and help others to achieve the same.

Stacey currently works with Rachel Perry both a RCVS and European Veterinary Specialist in Dentistry. She is passionate about animals’ teeth and veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia. Stacey also provides bespoke in-house dental anaesthesia training sessions for vets and nurses.

Dave Dickson is an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Cardiology, and a director of HeartVets. He lives and works in south Wales, where he offers cardiology referral clinics and helps lead a twenty-strong team at HeartVets. Dave regularly lectures regularly to local, national and international audiences and has published award winning research. He strives to balance expertise in his field alongside a sensible, practical approach to his cases.

Sandra is a graduate of Aberdeen and Glasgow Universities, gaining a BSc in agriculture with honours in animal science in 1991 and her veterinary degree in 1995. She moved from working in mixed practice in 1997 to take up a residency in veterinary pathology at Edinburgh University, latterly lecturing in reproductive pathology. After 5 years in industry, where she gained her RCPath qualification, Sandra joined Nationwide Laboratories in May 2006. In 2011 Sandra was appointed to the Royal College of Pathologists board of examiners in the speciality of small domestic animals. She enjoys teaching and mentoring and is an active STEM ambassador. Sandra works with surgical biopsies and fine needle aspirates. She can advise on all aspects of histopathology in a wide range of species.

In support of Vetlife

Vetlife is a charity offering independent, confidential and free support for everyone in the UK veterinary community including veterinary nurses, students and non-clinical staff. We provide this support through our 3 services; Vetlife Helpline, Vetlife Health Support and Vetlife Financial Support.

Everyone in the veterinary community is welcome to contact Vetlife Helpline for free, independent, and confidential support. You do not need to be in crisis to call. Vetlife Health Support is here to offer help to veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses and veterinary students who are experiencing mental health difficulties, including, but not limited to; stress, anxiety, depression, alcohol and drug misuse, eating disorders.

Our mental health professionals will offer an assessment and advice or care management; guiding and supporting you to ensure you get the care that you need.

In support of VetLife

Vetlife is a charity offering independent, confidential and free support for everyone in the UK veterinary community including veterinary nurses, students and non-clinical staff. We provide this support through our 3 services; Vetlife Helpline, Vetlife Health Support and Vetlife Financial Support.

Everyone in the veterinary community is welcome to contact Vetlife Helpline for free, independent, and confidential support. You do not need to be in crisis to call.

Vetlife Health Support is here to offer help to veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses and veterinary students who are experiencing mental health difficulties, including, but not limited to; stress, anxiety, depression, alcohol and drug misuse, eating disorders.

Our mental health professionals will offer an assessment and advice or care management; guiding and supporting you to ensure you get the care that you need.

With thanks to our event partners

EXCITING NEW PROGRAMME FOR 2023!

The world's longest running online veterinary conference

Join us from 6th – 10th February 2023 for our 11th annual Virtual Congress. Enjoy brand new live clinical content delivered by expert veterinary speakers.

Monday 6th February  |  19:00 – 20:00 GMT  |  Oncology

Alternative Diets: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Georgia Woods-Lee BSc (Hons) RVN CertCFVHNut VTS (Nutrition)

Alternative diets, such as raw meat-based diets, home-prepared cooked diets, grain-free diets, and vegan diets are becoming popular choices among pet owners. The session will look at specific concerns associated with each diet type and will provide guidance for improving safety when feeding an alternative diet. The sessions will also detail how to have conversations with pet owners that provide education and support so owners can make informed decisions when deciding what to feed their pet.

Monday 6th February  |  20:00 – 21:00 GMT  |  Oncology

Interactive Obesity Care

Georgia Woods-Lee BSc (Hons) RVN CertCFVHNut VTS (Nutrition)

This fast-paced session will be a highly interactive and will test current knowledge on obesity care as well as delivering useful tips and strategies to enhance obesity care in practice. This session will additionally allow communication directly with the speaker and others throughout, as well providing an opportunity to share ideas for the management of specific aspects of obesity care, enhancing learning for all.

Monday 6th February  |  19:00 – 20:00 GMT  |  Oncology

The Top 10 List: 10 Recent Advances in Veterinary Oncology

Douglas Thamm VMD, DACVIM

The past 5-10 years have brought about some noteworthy and exciting changes in veterinary oncology, many of which are available to the practitioner or the client willing to consider referral. A brief discussion of these advances, their applications, and potential for the future, may be helpful in informing the clinician and the dedicated client.

Monday 6th February  |  20:00 – 21:00 GMT  |  Oncology

What are the latest treatment options for canine lymphoma?

Owen Davies MA VetMB MVetMed MANZCVS(SAM) DACVIM(Oncology) MRCVS

Canine lymphoma is now recognised as a diverse group of different diseases and a “one treatment fits all” approach is becoming outdated. In this lecture we will review how to recognise different types of lymphoma and suggest appropriate treatments for each. We will discuss new therapies which are available to practitioners as well as budget options. It’s not all about CHOP or COP anymore!

Cytology: How to get the best of it working as a team

Now entering its 11th year, Virtual Congress has quickly gained its reputation as THE place to go for online CPD for vets in both the UK and abroad. Next year, in the week commencing 6th February 2023, delegates can enjoy a 5 day online congress, with over 10 hours of premium quality CPD webinars taking place live during the evening.

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

It’s a melting ulcer (isn’t it?)- what are the treatment options?

Making your Practice “Cavy Content”-