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2021 Virtual Conference

With the unique circumstances we find ourselves in, we have decided to hold our annual conference virtually.

Registration is free - and will count towards your clinical EMS.

If that's not enough to make you join... we are offering free food vouchers to attendees who attend 4 live webinars. 

Don't miss out on this great opportunity!

Sign up using the link below. 

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Virtual Webinar Series

March 1st - 20th 2021 

This conference is dedicated to Emily Fyfe, who was an important committee member of our society 

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Thursday March 4th, 7:00pm

Humane Slaughter – a concept and its history 

Charlie Mason, director of the HSA (Humane Slaughter Association) will be discussing the history of humane slaughter, reviewing various slaughter methods and recent research developments. 

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Sunday March 7th, 7:00pm

Pain Management in Companion Animal Practice

Dr. Erin Troy, the director of Muller Veterinary Hospital, is a practicing rehabilitation veterinarian. Certified by the IVAPM, Dr. Troy is experienced in helping owners manage various presentations of pain. We are pleased to have Dr. Erin Troy join us to discuss chronic pain management in small animal practice, tips for effective client communication, and treatment modalities. 

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Monday March 8th, 7:00pm

Animal Welfare- The Human Element

Suzanne Rogers, the co-director of the Human Behaviour Change for Animals, will be discussing human behaviour and how it influences animal welfare using case studies.

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Wednesday March 10th, 6:30pm

Is farm animal welfare being overlooked in favour of production?

We are delighted to have Dr. Matthew Dobbs from the Animal Welfare Foundation discuss the topics: Has the drive for agricultural productivity caused welfare of farm animals to suffer, what is the role of vets in livestock farming in the 21st Century, and how can we help farms achieve sustainability without compromising welfare? 

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Wednesday March 17th, 6:00pm

Thriving- Self care in Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Carolyne Crowe will be discussing the importance of self-care and looking after your mental and physical health. Her talk will encompass the concept of being "responsibly selfish", so we have the resilience to look after the animals under our care even in the face of uncertainty, moral/ethical dilemmas, and non-ideal clinical outcomes. She will also be touching on compassion fatigue and the impact of client complaints. 

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Thursday March 18th, 7:00pm

Challenging Subjects: Sentience and the Legal Status of Research Animals in the UK 

Carley Lightfoot, currently studying for her PhD in law at the University of Leicester, will be discussing her research on the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 in regards to vivisection and xenotransplantation, focusing on animal law, but also the overlap with medical and public law. 

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Saturday March 20th, 7:00pm

Ethical considerations when treating British wildlife 

We are delighted to have Dr. Liz Mullineaux back for the 2021 conference to discuss some ethical dilemmas faced in wildlife rehabilitation, wildlife triage, and decision making. 

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Our Sponsors

Thank you to the following sponsors for making the conference possible.

A special thanks to the Jimmy Speed trust, available to RDSVS student societies for supporting us with the food vouchers!

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