We’re halfway through Veterinary Webinar Month but I’ve already got a lot to share with you

I’m writing this email at 38,000 feet or 11,000m if you prepare the metric scale, in the middle of the Atlantic near to where the Titanic sank in 1912. I am on my way to Florida for the first time to visit the North American Veterinary Congress in Orlando.

We are already half way through Veterinary Webinar Month but I just wanted to share some of my highlights with you in case you missed them.

We’ve had two excellent webinars concerning vets and the internet. Nigel and Sophia James were passing on their tips as to how to improve your websites and Kelly Baltzell, a speaker at last year’s LVS, was speaking about the importance of mastering social media in the practice. I’ve said it before and will probably say it again, social media is not an optional extra anymore for a business- it’s essential. Both speakers offered further help at the end of their webinars. If you are committed to growing your business with the help of the internet this year then both webinars would be invaluable.

The recordings can be found at the following page:


We have also continued with our Chicken Vet Series and nursing webinars. Richard Jackson and Alison Colville-Hyde discussed chicken Anatomy and Post-mortem guide and Kate Wallis discussed the care of the wild bird patient. Both of these webinars are available to purchase:


Of course, I was hugely excited and a tiny bit trepidacious about our Virtual Congress last Saturday. Over 520 vets registered from 43 countries to make this a truly international affair. It was also RACE accredited with 21 hours being awarded for the conference due to the late addition of Mike Willard to the congress as a 7-9pm GMT session on oesophageal disease partly to cater for North American veterinarians. Mike is one of my big heroes, a fantastic speaker who entertained as well as taught on Saturday evening. I had earlier been chairing the rabbit and oncology streams. Bruce Stevenson, a South African colleague, chaired the other streams with Wendy on hindlimb lameness and feline infectious diseases. Here are just some of the testimonials from the Congress:

I would just like to say how much I enjoyed Saturday. I attended the hindlimb, the feline and oesophageal diseases streams all of which I enjoyed immensely. It’s always good to learn something new and when the presenters are crisp, informative and engaging it makes it all the more worthwhile. I am certainly looking forward to next year, just booked my ticket though it meant I am now overbudget for the month (yikes!). Congratulations to all who made this possible and thanks once again. Will definitely be watching the recordings several times.
Margaret Chin

To be honest, I enjoyed it more than the London Vet Show! The oncology was a bit too far in the future for me – I doubt if anything over 5 years in the future will affect me – and even that’s too long, in my opinion, but I do enjoy the subject, just thought the cats would be more relevant. Thanks for all your hard work and patience with the old fogies who are not so computer literate! 

Liz O’Connor-Pierce

There were one or two technical glitches but this did not seem to detract too much from the attendee’s enjoyment. Those of you who didn’t register for the Virtual Congress can still do so at:


I was at my old school last night with Sian Smith, a fellow Edwardian, who works up at Myerscough Vet Group in Clitheroe. I saw a lot of practice as a student with the opposition, Mearley and also did referrals in dermatology for a number of years. It’s real sheep country and I must admit even I, a dyed in the wool (sorry) small animal vet found some of the stats on sheep numbers and the effects of subsidy fascinating. I won’t spoil the surprise so if you see sheep please go and look at the recording- over 500 vets registered for this webinar even though I advertised it very late. I’m sorry about my tardiness and hope you can watch the recording with my apologies:


Matt Colston, the speaker also mentioned the success of last year’s Sheep Veterinary Society’s webinar series. This begins again on Monday 20th January 2014 at 8pm with Harriet Fuller speaking about sheep scab.

This series is an excellent, up to date resource for any vet serious about sheep and can be purchased at www.thewebinarvet.com/svs2014

Of course, Monday 20th January is also supposedly the most depressing day of the year! Ann Dickinson, a vet from ColwynBay, and a leading light of Mental Health Research UK has renamed it Blooming Monday and wants veterinary staff to come to work dressed in bright colours. I’ve put a little video on the blog as I did last year with a bit of guitar which will hopefully brighten your day. Feel free to comment on the blog or YouTube! I will be in Florida so I will definitely be happy!

If you do get dressed up bright, please add your pics to The Webinar Vet’s Facebook Page or let’s try to trend on twitter with #blooming Monday

I think I will look at a film now.

I hope you enjoy the recordings and don’t forget to have a nose at the Virtual Exhibition:


There is some great information on there as well as some good prizes including £500 worth of satiety diet from Royal Canin- that definitely will keep pets sated for a while! But can you find Royal Canin’s stand?!

Have fun and to your CPD success!


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