BEVA’s 2021 Diamond Anniversary Congress Speakers Confirmed

Book your ticket now for the September 2021 British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) Congress and 13th International Equine Colic Symposium.

A second plenary lecture, postponed from 2020, will be given by Jean-Marie Denoix (Professor of Veterinary Anatomy, CIRALE, Normandy), who will present his expert views on how clinical manifestations help with the management of musculoskeletal injuries. Courtesy BEVA

A diamond-rated program of speakers has been confirmed for the 60th British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) Congress, Europe’s largest equine veterinary event. It will take place live from September 5-7, 2021, at the ICC, Birmingham, and will be celebrating BEVA’s diamond anniversary with the theme of 60 years of teamwork within the profession.

The full program is now available online and involves a lineup of outstanding speakers from the UK and around the world as well as the 13th International Equine Colic Symposium taking place during the event.

This year’s plenary lecture will be given by Tim Greet (Consultant, Rossdales Veterinary Surgeons), who will be sharing his thoughts and experiences on working as a part of a team. A second plenary lecture, postponed from 2020, will be given by Jean-Marie Denoix (Professor of Veterinary Anatomy, CIRALE, Normandy), who will present his expert views on how clinical manifestations help with the management of musculoskeletal injuries.

Clinical highlights include a potentially provocative afternoon discussing ‘controversies amongst us’ that will include Ben Sykes (Associate Professor in Equine Internal Medicine, Coffs Harbour, Australia) answering the question ‘How strong is the evidence that gastric ulceration causes performance/behavioral problems?’ and Maren Hellige (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Veterinary Medicine, Hanover) exploring the topic of PPE radiographs and how useful they may or may not be. 

In the orthopedics session what, why, when, Roger Smith (Professor of Equine Orthopaedics, Royal Veterinary College, London) will discuss the use of stem cells or PRP for tendon/ligament injuries.

In the medicine hot topics session, Dr. Thomas Divers (Department of Clinical Sciences, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, New York) will delve into the facts about West Nile virus. 

A highlight of the anesthesia hot topics session includes Mark Senior (Professor in Equine Anesthesia, University of Liverpool) discussing complications after sedation. David Rendle (Equine Internal Medicine Specialist) Jacqui Matthews (Chief Scientific Officer, Roslin Technologies, Edinburgh) and Dr Bryony Sands (Senior Research Associate, University of Bristol) will cover the latest knowledge on parasite control and the environmental effects of anthelmintics.

A morning session on a team approach to dental health will include Dr. John Mark O’Leary (UCD Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Dublin) explaining what every GP should be looking for in the horse’s mouth and the role of the dental specialist in treating dental disease.

From a practical perspective especially relevant to ambulatory vets, Celia Marr (Equine Internal Medicine Specialist, Rossdales Veterinary Surgeons) will share her knowledge to help vets advise their clients on whether it is okay to keep riding a horse with a heart murmur. 

Scott Morrison (Partner Rood & Riddle, Kentucky) will discuss foot care for the acute laminitic horse, and Tamzin Furtado (Post-doctoral Research Associate at the University of Liverpool) will present her insight on dealing with owner perceptions of obesity. 

A full afternoon on current concepts in endocrine disease will include an update on the diagnosis of EMS and PPID from Kelsey Hart (Associate Professor of Large Animal Internal Medicine University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine Athens). 

In the pregnancy and parturition session, David Freeman (Professor in Equine Studies, and Director of the Island Whirl Equine Colic Research Laboratory, University of Florida) will help with the decision-making process ‘is she foaling or is she colicking.’

Non-clinical sessions include the timelessly popular Moral Maze, which will debate the challenges in achieving the perfect work/life balance. 

Catherine Oxtoby (Risk Manager, Veterinary Defence Society) will be proving the maxim ‘your best teacher is your last mistake’ with an interactive session on managing a meeting when it has all gone wrong. 

Ellie West (Specialist in Veterinary Anesthesia and sustainability Lead, Davies Veterinary Specialists) will be looking at how to promote environmentally friendly initiatives in veterinary practice. 

Staying safe at work will be explored and will include Tim Brazil’s (Surgeon and Director, Equine Medicine on the Move Ltd) guidance on safeguarding yourself against client complaints.

A dedicated stream for vet nurses on the final day includes an intriguing session from Dot Creighton (Past BVNA President and Veterinary Nurse Millennium Veterinary practice, Essex) and Marie Rippingale (Equine Veterinary Nurse and Lecturer for Bottle Green Training) on whether there is a place for a district nurse type position in equine nursing and options for EVNs, post qualification.

Early bird tickets for BEVA Congress are available now until August 16, 2021. Tickets provide access to all three lecture halls and exhibition halls as well as full access to the virtual Congress hub. They also include a complimentary ticket to the 13th International Equine Colic Symposium. Virtual tickets receive full access to the virtual Congress hub only.

Early bird BEVA member prices are £499 for vets and £187 for vet nurses for all three days (with concessions available for those in their first three years of graduation or on a lower salary). Virtual tickets are £99 for BEVA members.

BEVA has introduced a ‘peace of mind’ bookings policy to reassure those whose personal situations might change between booking their tickets and the event.

To find out more and to book your tickets visit

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