2020 Conference Cancelled

The Conference

The conference aims to provide topical and useful education targeted at Veterinary Surgeons in practice in a setting where there is ample opportunity to meet informally with speakers, colleagues, pharmaceutical and equipment representatives.  Bookings may be made for the full conference, one day or a half day.  Practices may opt to mix and match, by paying the full conference fee and sending delegates on different days or half days.  Partners are welcome to join delegates at the conference dinner on Tuesday evening.

The Venue

Stirling Court Hotel is set in 300 acres of parkland with the spectacular backdrop of wooded hillsides and the Wallace Monument. The centre is a member of the Conference Centres of Excellence Consortium, providing high quality service and delivery.   With the National Swimming Academy’s 50m swimming pool, a state of the art fitness suite and 9-hole golf course all located within the spacious grounds of ‘the most picturesque university campus in Europe’, delegates can exercise their bodies as well as their minds during their stay.

Stirling is within easy reach of Glasgow and Edinburgh.  The town has been at the centre of Scotland’s history for 1,000 years and is known as the “Gateway to the Highlands”.  For more details visit the website: www.explore-stirling.com.  

The main aims of this charitable organisation are to:

  • organise the annual CPD Conference in Stirling
  • award grants to vets to allow CPD attendance
  • support local CPD initiatives

The Trust is indebted to its membership and to pharmaceutical companies’ support to continue its work.

The Programme

Companion Animal Programme – Tuesday 9th June 2020

SessionsTopicsSpeaker(s)
9.30 -10.30 Shelter Medicine Part 1: how is it relevant to me?Ian Futter
11.00 –12.00

12.00 – 1.00
Suture Materials – There’s more to life than Catgut!

Top Tips for the Bendy Bits
Sam Woods

Ross Allan
2.00 – 3.00Thoracic Radiography & CT: When to Use Which?Tobias Schwarz
3.30 – 5.00Canine and Feline Dentistry: A team approach for first opinion veterinary practiceClaire Harrison

Equine Programme – Tuesday 9th June 2020

SessionsTopicsSpeaker(s)
9.30 -10.30 Refresher on Equine Dental AnatomyChris Pearce
11.00 –12.00

12.00 – 1.00
Application of modern dentistry in geriatric care

Feeding the Geriatric horse/pony
Chris Pearce

Jo-Anne Murray
2.00 – 3.00Investigating weight loss in the older horseAndy Durham
3.30 – 4.15
4.15 – 5.00
Update on diagnostics and treatment of Equine PPID
Orthopaedic conditions of the older horse and pony
Andy Durham
Graham Hunter

Nursing Programme – Tuesday 9th June 2020

SessionsTopicsSpeaker(s)
9.30 -10.30 How to broach the nutrition subjectNicola Ackerman
11.00 –12.00

12.00 – 1.00
Your community needs you – the call of the veterinary district nurse

Rabbit Anaesthesia and Analgesia: it’s more than just drug doses!
Dot Creighton


Jo Hinde
2.00 – 3.00Help them NOW! The VNs role in behaviour managementLinda Ryan
3.30 – 5.00Canine and Feline Dentistry: A team approach for first opinion veterinary practiceClaire Harrison

Companion Animal Programme – Wednesday 10th June 2020

SessionsTopicsSpeaker(s)
9.30 -10.30 Shelter Medicine Part 2: case examplesIan Futter
11.00 –12.00

12.00 – 1.00
Managing Urolithiasis

No need to feel twitchy! What’s new on the canine antiepileptic horizon?
Nick Bommer

Fabio Stabile
2.00 – 3.00Help – this animal has a sore eye!Ben Blacklock
3.30 – 4.15

4.15 – 5.00
Small Animal Oncology – using TKIs – when how and why?

Rabbit emergencies – fly strike/gut stasis
Clare Knottenbelt

Jo Hedley

Production Animal Programme – Wednesday 10th June 2020

SessionsTopicsSpeaker(s)
9.30 -10.30 Maedi Visna in commercial flocks in the
Scottish Borders
Andrew Robinson
11.00 –12.00

12.00 – 1.00
OPA – tackling the iceberg

Impact and future plans for Cattle Health Schemes
Chris Cousens

George Caldow
2.00 – 3.00Where are we now on sustainable worm control in livestock?Dave Bartley
3.30 – 4.20

4.20 – 5.00
Future Shape of Disease Surveillance in Scotland

Livestock Health Scotland (project updates)
George Caldow

Nigel Miller

Business Management Programme – Wednesday 10th June 2020

SessionsTopicsSpeaker(s)
9.30 -10.30 Leadership in the Veterinary Profession, are we different to the other Professions?Paul Horwood
11.00 –1.00Your best teacher is your last mistake!Catherine Oxtoby
2.00 – 3.00Objection Handling – can we steal ideas from other industries? Paul Horwood
3.30 -5.00Your Personal Brand – Why do clients choose you? Paul Horwood

AGM – 5.15pm Tuesday 9th June 2020

Conference Dinner – Tuesday 9th June 2020

Pre-dinner drinks 7.00-8.00 pm;
Dinner 8.00 pm (Partners Welcome)
After-dinner speaker

We are now taking bookings for our 2020 Annual Conference.