VET Festival continues to break the mould of veterinary education for 2018

VET Festival continues to break the mould of veterinary education for 2018 picture

8th & 9th June 2018 at Loseley Park, Surrey

Offering one of the most inspiring CPD programmes, VET Festival will provide delegates with 20 different subject areas of practically relevant learning material that will enhance the lives of companion animal veterinary professionals and their patients whilst enjoying a sense of genuine comradery. 


The unique outdoor environment and festival atmosphere will encourage delegates to talk about challenging issues and reflect on whether a career in veterinary medicine is all they thought and hoped it would be. VET Festival is set to deliver Veterinary Education for Tomorrow whilst creating and nurturing a community of compassionate veterinary professionals, where joy and fun is equal and integral to the forward-thinking CPD experience.


The 2018 CPD programme will be delivered by pioneering, internationally renowned opinion leaders who have walked the walk and performed hundreds of the procedures they will be lecturing about. They are some of the most published authors in the world and are incredibly experienced in their specialist field, and will bring to VET Festival their skill, knowledge, innovation and passion for all delegates’ daily working lives.


Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, who founded VET Festival, said, “We all feel the stresses and strains of failure, financial stress, management challenges, difficult inter-personal relationships, self-confidence, ego, fear and even depression. We lose our connectedness to each other and to our profession. The world of companion animal veterinary medicine is changing so fast in terms of business models, financial concerns, client demands and an explosion of knowledge, techniques and drug availability. It can be overwhelming.

VET Festival isn’t just about Veterinary Education for Tomorrow – it’s about looking after each other. It’s about saying I care. It’s about sharing the pain of the failure and the joy of the success as a group with speakers who have travelled that road and not just learnt it from a book. It’s about sitting side by side in the fresh air learning relevant material that can not only enhance the lives of our patients, but our own lives and our profession too. It’s about standing side by side enjoying great live music and a sense of comradery that feels real and unforced, that feels genuine and feeds the soul.

We seek to change the paradigm by which we learn, by which we interact with each other and how we feel about ourselves. It is time as a profession that we looked after each other more and where the effort and the money we put into our education and our networking with friends and colleagues goes back to help the animals we signed up to help in the first place.

VET Festival is sincerely aiming for something new; something that depends entirely on raw emotion, passion, knowledge and willingness to share. We want to be the best we can be, together in the open air surrounded by kindness and collegiality with very good food and music. Our pledge to you is to provide real value for money to delegates and exhibitors, to always listen, to never take anything for granted and to respectfully support the profession, the animals we serve and the people who love them.

All clinical streams in the 2018 CPD programme will combine with Wellness, which is at the very heart of VET Festival, to inspire delegates to try to make their vocation exactly how they want it to be whilst gaining peace of mind and health of body. Our motivation is to collectively become a positive force for good, so that each and every one of us, our friends and family, our work colleagues, our businesses, our profession and even our world may benefit. Most of all our motivation is to inject the enthusiasm, fun and sense of belonging which you dreamed about when you first wanted to become a veterinary professional.” 

  • A choice of 120 CPD lectures across 10 streams comprising of handpicked, international speakers.
  • A dedicated nursing trail across all 20 subject areas. Nurses are able to attend any stream for no extra fee.  
  • An interactive tent that will deliver live demonstrations of ultrasound in dogs and hands-on orthopaedics.  
  • A Festival Village featuring leading organisations who will demonstrate cutting-edge advancements in technology and innovative pharmaceutical solutions.
  • VETFest™ Party Night hosted on the Friday evening provides the opportunity to get into the festival spirit with live music, festival food and drink.

Following a record year in 2017 that saw a 40% increase in delegates as well as winning a UK Conference Award, VET Festival continues to raise the bar for veterinary education and is one of the fastest-growing veterinary conferences in the UK.

VET Festival is at Loseley Park, Surrey on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th June 2018. All tickets booked before 30th October 2017 include a Super Early Bird 25% discount rate. A Practice Package is available offering a two-day pass to groups of four, with the Practice Manager attending free. 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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