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The Conference

Recognising the need for veterinary students to actively engage with ethical issues that will equip them for their careers, the annual veterinary ethics conference was first held in 2017. 

The conference has been a great success with 150 delegates attending each year. It is a 2-day event with lectures, workshops, and debates covering a range of species and topics. 

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2021 Virtual Conference

With Covid-19, we were unable to hold an in-person conference in 2020. Instead, we have decided to host a virtual conference in April 2021. We believe this will be the ideal opportunity to have international speakers join us online, and engage more students across vet schools. 

Watch this space for information about potential topics! 


2019 Conference (Sep 28/29)

  • Treating British Wildlife Casualties

  • Laying Hen Welfare

  • Pet Obesity in First Opinion Practice

  • Unnecessary Suffering 

  • Ethical Dilemmas in Farm Animal Production 

  • Communicating with Clients about Chronic Pain 

  • Surgical Interventions in Companion Animals 

  • Ethics and Welfare of Sports Horses

  • Life in a Corporate Practice

  • Fostering Compassion 


2018 Conference (Sep 29/30)

  • Brachycephaly Crisis

  • Welfare Considerations in Zoo Medicine

  • Dog Welfare and Behaviour

  • Tough Topics with Clients

  • Social Media in the Vet Profession

  • Puppy Farming and the SSPCA

  • Equine Welfare Considerations

  • Pain Assessment in Farm Animals

  • Feline Welfare and Behaviour

  • Ethical Considerations in ECC

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