Top specialists confirmed for extended Rehabilitation stream at VET Festival 2018

Top specialists confirmed for extended Rehabilitation stream at VET Festival 2018 picture

Rehabilitation stream to cover both days of this year's VET Festival.

In response to continued delegate feedback, the dedicated Rehabilitation stream now covers both days of the conference on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th June, assuring huge diversity and stronger interaction in sessions delivered by three world thought-leaders in their field.

  • Dr Chris Zink, Specialist in Canine Sport Medicine and Diplomate at American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, USA
  • Dr Ellen Martens, Instructor at the Canine Rehabilitation Institute and Advanced Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, Belgium
  • Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, Managing Director of Fitzpatrick Referrals and Professor of Orthopaedics at University of Surrey, UK

Now offering a wider variety of forward-thinking CPD choice, VET Festival has also added Minimally Invasive Surgery, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging and Nutrition. This unique conference programme offers rehabilitation professionals exclusive access to ground-breaking opinion leaders from across the world not usually found on the speaker circuit, who will bring their skills, knowledge and passion to the content of their discussions.

Other highlights of the VET Festival 2018 conference programme include:

  • Professor Mike Conzemius, Professor of Surgery and Director of the Clinical Investigation Center at University of Minnesota, USA
  • Professor Don Hulse, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Texas A&M University & Austin Veterinary Emergency Center, USA
  • Professor Bill Culp, Director of Service at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, California, USA
  • Professor Mike Targett, Associate Professor of Veterinary Neurology at University of Nottingham, UK
  • Professor Lisa Freeman, Professor of Clinical Nutrition at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Massachusetts, USA
  • Professor Danielle Gunn-Moore, Professor of Feline Medicine at Hospital for Small Animals, University of Edinburgh, UK

An integrated conference programme at VET Festival encourages delegates to easily explore other streams and select their own lecture path across the festival. The 2018 programme has been specifically designed by Founder Professor Noel Fitzpatrick to allow delegates to choose and create their own desired CPD agenda.

Professor Noel Fitzpatrick commented: “We created VET Festival to lead the way in redefining veterinary learning and to totally revolutionise the current expected CPD formula. I personally invest a great deal of time into collaborating with speakers who will not only bring unrivalled expertise and knowledge, but inspire, motivate and deliver excellent content that is relevant to all veterinary companion animal professionals. The skills shared will be totally unique amongst other veterinary conferences, and our conference programme comprises a choice of subjects and talent that is hard to beat. I sincerely feel that the academic programme is presented by folks who are truly at the clinical coalface and will bring you insights that aren’t available in textbooks or on-line. Our aspiration is that lectures in tents and the music festival vibe will freshen the air of education and that this open-field learning will help to open minds and hearts to a new paradigm of veterinary education.

Our goal at VET Festival is to collectively become a positive force for good so that every one of us benefits. With wellness for animals and every member of the profession at the beating heart of VET Festival, we want to enthuse everyone to try to make your vocation exactly how you want it to be. We want to reignite the spark that you had when you signed up to the veterinary profession in the first place and keep it burning brightly. This year the wellness stream has a specific focus on how we cope day to day in a busy clinical environment full of stresses and strains on our mind and body. We have wonderful speakers from across the globe focussing on life-enhancing subjects as diverse as coping with stress and failure, communication, personal nutrition, postural aches and pains, getting to sleep and work-life balance.

Our commitment is to listen to the delegates – what they want, what they need. Our endeavour is to make VET Festival the greatest and most enjoyable veterinary CPD event in the world and our legacy is the animals and the veterinary professionals we shall help through our endeavours. I can’t wait for 2018.”

The full clinical conference programme is available on the VET Festival website: All tickets booked by 31st January 2018 include an Early Bird 20% discount rate. Tickets are available to buy on Eventbrite.

Veterinary companies retailing or promoting companion animal products, primary care veterinary practices or referral practices have the opportunity to exhibit at VET Festival 2018. For further information on exhibitor or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kara on [email protected]




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VET Festival
VET Festival is a CPD conference for companion animal veterinary professionals and is in its fourth year. Conceived by Professor Noel Fitzpatrick (Managing Director of Fitzpatrick Referrals), VET Festival launched in 2015 at the University of Surrey before it relocated to Loseley Park in 2016. VET Festival has presented many world-class speakers from across the world to make it the most engaging, clinically relevant and innovative CPD conference in the UK. Multiple lecture streams take place in a professional and contemporary atmosphere, which is combined with an exhibition arena for industry representatives.

Centaur Services
Centaur Services was founded in 1964 by a group of veterinary surgeons that wanted to increase their buying power and improve the range of products available to them. Fast forward more than five decades and Centaur Services has grown to be one of the UK’s leading veterinary wholesalers, supplying over 22,000 veterinary medicines and ancillary products to over 1,200 veterinary practices throughout the UK. Centaur Services’ company mission is clear: to be the best resource to the animal health profession by delivering superior value, efficiency and innovation.





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