2024 Conference

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 Stream- Tuesday 11th June 2024

SessionsTopicsSpeaker(s)
9.30 -10.30 Plenary Session. One Welfare in Veterinary Medicine – A Paradigm For Continued ProgressDr. Heather Bacon OBE BSc BVSc CertZooMed SFHEA PhD MRCVS
10.30 –11.00Coffee Break
11.00 – 12.00BOASCharlotte Bray
12.00 – 13.00Fluid TherapyAli Patrick
13.00 – 14.00Lunch
14.00 – 15.00EndoscopyStuart Garde
15.00 – 15.30Coffee Break
15.30 – 17.00An Update On Feline Endocrine DiseaseAlisdair Boag

Equine Stream – Tuesday 11th June 2024

SessionsTopicsSpeaker(s)
9.30 -10.30 Plenary Session. One Welfare in Veterinary Medicine – A Paradigm For Continued ProgressDr. Heather Bacon OBE BSc BVSc CertZooMed SFHEA PhD MRCVS
10.30 –11.00Coffee Break
11.00 – 12.00Optimising The Farrier-Vet-Owner Team For Continued PerformanceJim Ferrie FWCF
12.00 – 13.00Mares Behaving Badly – Is It The Ovaries?Kirsty Gallacher
13.00 – 14.00Lunch
14.00 – 15.00My Horse Isn’t RightRichard Reardon
15.00 – 15.30Coffee Break
15.30 -16.15Musculoskeletal problem or gastric ulcer?John Marshall
16.15 -17.00PanelPanel Session

Nurse Stream – Tuesday 11th June 2024

SessionsTopicsSpeaker(s)
9.30 – 10.30 Plenary Session. One Welfare in Veterinary Medicine – A Paradigm For Continued ProgressDr. Heather Bacon OBE BSc BVSc CertZooMed SFHEA PhD MRCVS
10.30 -11.00Coffee Break
11.00 -12.00Communicating With CatsNikki McLeod
12.00- 13.00Oncology NursingFiona McDowell
13.00 – 14.00Lunch
14.00 – 15.00Wildlife EmergenciesPaul Reynolds
15.00 – 15.30Coffee Break
15.30 -16.15Diabetic NursingHayley Gowan
16.15 – 17.00Help! There’s A Bird Coming DownDonna Brown

Companion Animal Stream – Wednesday 12th June 2024

SessionsTopicsSpeaker(s)
9.30 -10.30 Plenary Session.
One Welfare – A Community Approach
Scottish SPCA Director of Innovation & Strategic Relations, Gilly Mendes Ferreira and Scottish SPCA Community Veterinary Nurse Manager, David Smith
10.30 -11.00Coffee Break
11.00 -12.00BrucellosisGlynn Woods
12.00- 13.00Breaking Bad NewsClare Knottenbelt
13.00 – 14.00Lunch
14.00 – 15.00A Review Of Dentistry In Rabbits and RodentsMadonna Livingstone
15.00- 15.30Coffee Break
15.30-16.15NSAIDS In Cancer- Are They As Good As We ThoughtClare Knottenbelt
16.15- 17.00Behaviour First Aid In PracticeBenjamin Cross

Production Animal Stream – Wednesday 12th June 2024

SessionsTopicsSpeaker(s)
9.30 -10.30 Plenary Session.
One Welfare – A Community Approach
Scottish SPCA Director of Innovation & Strategic Relations, Gilly Mendes Ferreira and Scottish SPCA Community Veterinary Nurse Manager, David Smith
10.30 – 11.00Coffee Break
11.00-12.00The Role Of Vet Techs In PracticeMike Denholm
12.00- 13.00AMU Recording PilotBruce McConachie
13.00-14.00Lunch
14.00-15.00Pigs For The Mixed PractitionerHannah Orr
15.00- 15.30Coffee Break
15.30-16.15Bull Breeding Soundness Examinations;
How To Sell Them To Your Clients.
Kenny Johnston
16.15- 17.00Practical On Farm NutritionKaren Stewart

Practice Stream – Wednesday 12th June 2024

9.30 – 10.30Plenary Session. One Welfare – A Community ApproachScottish SPCA Director of Innovation & Strategic Relations, Gilly Mendes Ferreira and Scottish SPCA Community Veterinary Nurse Manager, David Smith
10.30 – 11.00Coffee Break
11.00-12.00Positive Psychology In PracticeTamsin Durston
12.00- 13.00I’m Being Complained AboutRuth Serlin
13.00-14.00Lunch
14.00-15.00Mentorship For Career DevelopmentDonna Kennedy
15.00- 15.30Coffee Break
15.30-16.15Conflict ManagementAli Orton
16.15-17.00BoundariesKrissy Green

AGM – 5.15pm Tuesday 11th June 2024

Conference Dinner – Tuesday 11th June 2024

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

We are now taking bookings for our 2024 Annual Conference.