Triumphant Return for VET Festival 2022
More than 2,000 delegates celebrated the return of VET Festival in style, enjoying two days of learning, combined with well-being activities, including music, yoga, face-painting, a pub quiz and the legendary VETFest™ Live Party Night. The event took place at Loseley Park, Guildford on 20-21 May.
With lecture tents packed, delegates participated in lively sessions exploring the latest thinking across a wide range of areas of clinical practice, practice development and well-being. Speakers included Dr Tom Dutton, a European Specialist in Avian Medicine; European and RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (soft tissue) Dr Jon Bray; RVN and BVNA Council Member Jack Pye, and RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine Dr Nicki Reed. MWI Animal Health, the event’s headline partner, reported record take-up of its ‘bike-powered’ smoothies and a full house for its Friday night pub quiz. Head of Marketing, Zoe Iliffe, said: “We were thrilled to welcome friends old and new to our stand for a chat and to see so many of them taking up the challenge to use ‘pedal-power’ to create their own delicious smoothie.
“Sustainability is one of the founding principles of VET Festival so it was also great to see the interest in our latest electric van, which we were demonstrating at the event, and to talk to vets and nurses about their sustainability goals in practice”.
VET Festival differentiates itself from other CPD events through its outdoor location and its focus on well-being – both in terms of the lectures and the activities on offer outside the lecture tents. With delegate and exhibitor numbers up since 2019, it is proving a successful formula. Comments from delegates included:
· ‘A fun and refreshing way to learn, network and look after yourself in what is currently a strained profession. This is my favourite CPD event every year!’
· ‘One of the nicest conferences I've ever been to. That's why I come all the way from Germany.’
· ‘It makes you feel proud and inspired by your profession - a real community feel.’
Brian Faulkner, Co-founder of Colourful CPD, who spoke at the event said: “VET Festival was a fantastic event. It was lovely to see so many people back together again in a relaxed setting, that combines education in a laidback context, with the ever-expanding exhibition and entertainment. The lectures were well attended and we made lots of new contacts. The band on the Friday evening was amazing!”
Nicole Cooper, VET Festival’s Managing Director, added: “The atmosphere this year was absolutely brilliant with the glorious sunshine on Saturday the icing on the cake. It was a privilege to see so many dedicated veterinary professionals enjoying spending time together in the fresh air, learning, laughing, reconnecting, relaxing and generally just having a good time.
“We could not run VET Festival without the generous support of our partners. We particularly thank our headline partner MWIAH for its deep commitment to the event, even during the uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We also thank our newer partners, ManyPets, Medivet and Vetoquinol-Felpreva for supporting us on this journey.”
VET Festival is a CPD conference for companion animal veterinary professionals. Conceived by Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, Clinical Chair at Fitzpatrick Referrals, it was launched in 2015 with the intention of investing in the future of veterinary education and supporting mental and physical well-being at all levels of the profession in a unique outdoor environment.
VET Festival has presented many world-class speakers 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. For more information about VET Festival, please visit: www.vetfestival.co.uk.
MWI Animal Health - www.mwiah.co.uk
To support the veterinary practice of the future, MWI Animal Health has combined its extensive wholesale services, its market-leading practice technology and its buying groups. As a result, the
company now provides meaningful, comprehensive, and flexible solutions, working in partnership with veterinary practices to move animal health forwards together.
As a partner, veterinary practices can rely on MWI Animal Health for the safe and secure supply of medicines and other important products, cutting-edge technologies to enhance client communication and patient care, and the right services and expertise to compete in a dynamic industry.
ManyPets - www.manypets.com
Meet ManyPets, the new name for Bought By Many. We love pets, which is why we’re on a mission to make the world a better place for pets and their parents.
We’ve helped keep half a million pets healthy and happy since 2017, and there are many reasons thousands of pet parents are joining us every day. Over the past few years, we’ve won awards for our customer service and our product continues to lead the pack. We offer pet insurance policies with a range of pet health benefits that are designed to meet the needs of pets and pet parents.
Love every moment. Love ManyPets.
Medivet - www.medivet.co.uk
Medivet is a veterinary led group of more than 350 branches with 27 pioneering 24-hour veterinary hospitals across the UK. Underpinned by its branch partnership ethos, it is forging a national community of passionate vets, delivering exceptional veterinary care.
Felpreva by Vetoquinol – www.vetoquinol.co.uk
Felpreva is the first spot-on parasiticide for cats that covers all major types of feline parasites in the UK (including tapeworms) in a single three-monthly spot-on and is active for 13 weeks against fleas and ticks. It covers other endoparasites like gastrointestinal roundworms as well as lungworms and is licensed for the treatment of cats with, or at risk from, mixed parasitic infestations.
For further information, please contact Rebecca George at George PR: Email: [email protected]