On Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th September, The VET Festival brought together world leading veterinary professionals to truly deliver ‘Veterinary Education for Tomorrow.’
Set in a dynamic festival atmosphere in the grounds of the University of Surrey, lectures and exhibition arenas for industry representatives were also combined with ONE LIVE – an exciting music event held on the Saturday night.
Dr Jane Goodall DBE received a standing ovation for her closing keynote speech at The VET Festival, with the overarching theme of ‘One Medicine’ – the emerging global concept of combining human and animal medicine for the good of both species.
Conceived and developed by Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, the most cutting-edge education was provided by world-class opinion-leaders who each had significant experience in practical clinical practice. Lectures were divided into four strands: Orthopaedics, Oncology and Soft Tissue surgery, Neurology and Veterinary Nursing. Each stream was specifically tailored to provide information relevant to guiding every-day decision-making and providing optimal patient care and client service.
Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, Founder of The VET Festival, said “I was really keen that Vets and Vet Nurses would go away feeling fulfilled, satisfied, educated, entertained and reinvigorated and I really think that did happen! I have a sense that the inaugural VET Festival brought the joy back into veterinary medicine and I was truly delighted by the support we received. The number of attendees was a testament to the quality speakers and exhibitors who came on the journey with us.
Over two special days last weekend, we reminded people why they dreamt about becoming Vets and Vet Nurses in the first place and the feedback we have had so far has been wonderful.
The theme of One Medicine and our moral responsibility for the animals on the planet is absolutely fundamental and that’s why bringing all veterinary professionals who share that dream together for a couple of days each year really will make the world a better place one dog and one cat at a time. We can’t wait to do it again next year!”
Matthew Allen, Professor of Small Animal Surgery at University of Cambridge and Speaker at The VET Festival said “It has been a very relaxed atmosphere with a very engaged and diverse audience generating an enthusiasm for what we do, and what we can do.”
Delegate feedback from The VET Festival 2015:
“The Vet Festival is the best CPD we have ever been to!”
“I’d love to come back next year, it’s a really good idea.”
“The lectures are really interesting, and they make you smile as well!”
A video of highlights from The VET Festival is available online: https://youtu.be/c4f4XVmOUhA