Representation and Education

Congress Programme

A PDF of the Programme is available below. This is subject to change and still has sessions that are being confirmed.

Congress Programme 2018.pdf

Colour-coded lectures

We hope that by colour coding the lectures and their related streams, it will allow you to streamline your sessions in your main area of interest without missing out on too much of this year’s exciting and varied programme. The programme will be colour-coded into Keynote Speakers, Beef Streams, Sheep Streams (in conjunction with SVS), Practice Matters Stream, Workshops and Young Vets Stream. This year is a unique year where we are facing real and unknown challenges posed by Brexit, and the key theme of this year’s Congress is to focus on resileince in cattle practice. Hopefully the topics and their key messages will reflect this. Back by popular demand are our sessions with the Sheep Veterinary Society, we have split the sheep and beef steams, to allow mixed practitioners to attend both at different times. Beef cattle are an important part of our industry, and the beef stream has been increased to appreciate this. We have once again tried to provide delegates with a variety of subjects that appeal to all delegates in different types of large animal work, at all stages of qualifying, whilst always keeping our focus on how things relate to being useful and practical. This year we have introduced some short oral presentations into the main stream of the programme, instead of having dedicated streams, to keep people up to date with new research work in key areas. We are pleased to announce that on Saturday morning this year, we will be revisiting our new “Young Vets Stream” which is designed to provide appropriate topics and teaching to vets up to 8 years qualified. These will be in the format of shorter workshop style sessions, to provide the most interaction. Our keynote speakers are an important mix of international and regional experts in their field and are sure to deliver some excellent sessions. We really hope to see you there!

Keynote Speakers

Prof Michael Diskin, Teagasc, “There’s an art to handling semen”

Christine Middlemiss, Chief Veterinary Officer, UK “A vet’s life post-brexit”

Prof Matthew Lucy, University of Missouri, “Can we have it all? High production and high fertility”

Practice Matters

The popular Practice Matters Stream has become a mainstay of the Congress programme, and with the ever changing face of Veterinary Science, it is important for vets to adapt with it and understand our clients changing needs. There is now a high precedence set for looking after the general well being of our employees, and the Practice Matters Stream will address some of these issues in practice. Come along for an inspirational lecture or a workshop on how to practice resilience or how to best adapt your practice to be more suitable to accommodate the needs of new graduates.

Short Oral Presentations

The short oral lecture sessions contain a mixture of clinical, postgraduate and research presentation topics. These are designed to give more people a chance to share their work and for new exciting research findings to be presented in early stages.

Practitioner’s Hour

An hour dedicated to practitioners, given by practitioners! 6 short presentations of clinically different and interesting cases seen on farm, delivered by the real life people who dealt with them!

Young Vets Stream

After a successful debut in 2017 the Young Vets Stream is back with an exciting range of practical and relevant topics run all through the day on Saturday. The presentations are specifically aimed at vets up to 8 years qualified, although absolutely anybody is welcome to attend! In order to get the most out of them and be as interactive as possible, they will be presented in workshop style sessions. Come along for a varied day of excellent CPD, with beef and dairy subjects ranging from young-stock rearing, best sampling techniques, useful tips to managing obstetrical difficulties from “epidural to embryotomies and self awareness issues for dealing with life in a busy practice”. Also a fantastic opportunity to arrive on Friday night and catch up with old university colleagues.


There are an exciting range of workshops running constantly over the 3 days; these are designed to be interactive and to cover all aspects of cattle practice and experience. These are limited to 20 delegates to maximise teaching potential, so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment, as these are very popular. You can find the list of workshops on the back of the registration form.


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Delegate Brochure 2018 email.pdf

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