The Annual Vet Trust Conference

The Annual Vet Trust Conference was held at the Stirling Court Hotel on the 7th and 8th June 2016. It continues to be a well supported conference with a mixed species programme allowing delegates to pick’n'mix and drop in and out of sessions according to their interest and requirements. This year we had over 30 nurses and 100 veterinary surgeons from the Western Isles to Aberdeen and as far south as Yorkshire and Lancashire. We were lucky to have the continued support of the Commercial exhibitors who generously support us financially by taking a stand but also with their time speaking to delegates. NVSL at Vet Trust

As is often the case with our Conferences in Stirling we picked the best of the weather. Unusually for Scotland we had delegates in T-shirts and Shorts.

We were very lucky to have a field of excellent speakers. The Equine programme boasted Kate Thompson, Gemma Pearson, Tim Greet and Simon Curtis and led delegates through Equine anaesthesia, behaviour and flexural limb deformities. One delegate expressed that the Equine Behaviour session was the best Vet Trust had ever organised – high praise indeed!

The Production Animal sessions focused on a theme this year of Respiratory disease in Sheep and Cattle and how to perform and get the most from a field post-mortem. Speakers included representations from SRUC, Ian Gill, Tim Potter and Beth Newman.

The Companion Animal and Nurse sessions gave a very mixed range of topics. They included exotic species, opthalmology, dermatology, imaging, surgery, medicine and anaesthesia. Some sessions were interactive which delegates thoroughly enjoyed. Speakers included Neil Geddes, Peter Forsythe, Madonna Livingstone, Jennifer Kinns and Joy Howell amongst other excellent contributors.

Colin Warwick and Alastair MacDonald of Edinburgh University gave us a history lesson after dinner with an interesting walk through the original 3 Veterinary Schools in Edinbugh. Dinner Guests then dug deep before competing in a Heads and Tail game to raise just under £500 and the promise of a Centrifuge from Nationwide laboratories for Mission Rabies in Malawi.

Vet Trust this year also welcomed its First Prize winner from Edinburgh’s 2015 graduates as well as a delegate Vet Trust funded on behalf of Vet Life.

Vet Trust is very lucky to have a very good loyal following with many delegates coming back year on year. Next Year will see the 25th Anniversary of the Charity and we hope to make it special, hopefully we will see you there? We continually strive to support the education of the Profession. If you are interested in learning more then contact Vet Trust through vettrust@btconnect.com