VET Festival 2021 is delivering a world-class CPD programme across 18 streams. Our programme features thought leaders delivering practical, clinically relevant advice for any practitioner involved in companion animal veterinary practice.
We understand how overwhelming it can be to keep up-to-date with an explosion of knowledge, techniques and drug availability, plus business models, financial concerns and client demands. Our 2021 conference programme has been curated to help you deal with the challenges you face within your field. We guarantee you’ll come out of our lecture theatres inspired to be the best you can be in practice. Take a look below at our interactive programme.
CPD Hours at VET Festival
VET Festival is certified by the CPD Standards Office. If you attend the two-day conference, you will receive 17 CPD hours, and if you attend just one day it is 8.5 CPD Hours.
Certificates are issued after the event via email, which can then be kept by the individual to show the CPD hours gained from attending. If you have any queries about the CPD at VET Festival, please contact us.
09.45 - 10.30
A preventive approach to orthopaedic disease in young dogsDAY: FridayTIME: 09.45 - 10.30
Preventive medicine in the veterinary field is carried out for infectious disease with vaccine prophylaxis and for general health conditions with haematological check-ups. In the field instead of orthopaedics, there is still no preventive medicine culture among veterinary surgeons that allows identification of orthopaedic pathologies at their beginning through scheduled screening.
The current approach is still only of a therapeutic type, undertaken once the orthopaedic problem has manifested itself through persistent clinical signs. On the other hand, it is of fundamental importance to be able to intercept all orthopaedic diseases at their onset, before the arthritic degeneration that is their consequence has been established.
Osteoarthritis can be defined as a one-way street since once established it can only progress and never regress. Treatments whether pharmacological, surgical or physiotherapeutic can reduce or, at best, stop this evolution but never restore the original joint condition.
10.40 - 11.25
Early screening and treatment for hip dysplasia in puppies: Why and how?DAY: FridayTIME: 10.40 - 11.25
Since hip dysplasia is a progressive disease that develops as the puppy’s skeleton matures, evaluation of the hip joints during growth enables the condition to be picked up at its onset and to determine, therefore, whether or not the dog will have dysplasia.
The first and foremost aim of early assessment of CHD is preventive: the detection of the first signs of hip dysplasia, prediction of its development and the possibility of, prompt preventive interventions to minimise or arrest expression of the disease.
12.30 - 13.15
Early screening and treatment for elbow dysplasia in puppies: Why and how?DAY: FridayTIME: 12.30 - 13.15
Elbow dysplasia is a major cause of front limb lameness in medium to large breed dogs. Underlying causes of elbow dysplasia include ununited anconeal process (UAP), medial coronoid process disease (MCPD) and osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) of the medial humeral condyle.
In view of a preventive medicine approach for all developmental skeletal diseases, early diagnosis is critical for successful treatment. Later in life, the degenerative joint disease could become severe and invalidating with a very poor quality of life, with limited possibilities of treatment. Early diagnosis of elbow dysplasia allows prompt surgical treatment, which is aimed at restoring joint congruity. As well, the progression of the disease and osteoarthrosis may be prevented or reduced.
13.25 - 14.10
14.20 - 15.05
15.15 - 16.00
Surgical approach to patellar luxation in puppiesDAY: FridayTIME: 15.15 - 16.00
Patellar luxation is one of the most common orthopaedic problems in the dog. Medial patellar luxation is more common (80%) than lateral patellar luxation (20%). Small breeds are usually affected by medial patellar luxation, but large breed dogs like Labradors, Rottweilers, Boxers, Bullmastiffs and Pitbulls can be affected too. Other large and giant breeds (Newfoundlands, Great Danes, St. Bernards and Caucasian Shepherd dogs and others) are more predisposed to lateral patellar luxation.
Surgical treatment of patellar luxation is a very common procedure but has a high percentage (20% or more) of failure and recurrence. Understanding the underlying predisposing factors for patellar luxation in each patient and addressing them with custom-made treatments can help in improving the success of the surgical treatment.
Early treatment in puppies can be less invasive compared to surgical treatment in adult dogs and can affect the residual growth to correct predisposing skeletal deformities.
16.10 - 16.55
17.05 - 17.50
18.00 - 18.45
Conference KeynoteDAY: FridayTIME: 18.00 - 18.45
Moving away from the traditional conference keynote format, the VET Festival conference keynote is a relaxed discussion between a special guest and founder of the event, Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, set in an inviting inclusive setting that invites all present to feel and be a part of the conversation.
It is a chance to be part of the community, who share not only a profession but similar values and outlooks on life. The keynote will be an entertaining and insightful conclusion to the first day of the conference.