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BEVA Congress
Focus on performance at 50th BEVA congress

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More than 1600 people attended the 50th annual congress of the British Equine Veterinary Association, held in Liverpool from September 7 to 10. As well as an extensive scientific programme, with a focus on performance horses in anticipation of next year's Olympic games, the congress saw the launch of a new equine prepurchase examination certificate. It also included BEVA's annual general meeting, at which recent organisational changes were discussed. Gill Harris reports

SPEAKING at the congress's opening ceremony, the outgoing BEVA president, Deidre Carson, said that she was delighted to be back in Liverpool for a meeting that offered a full programme of lectures, panel sessions and ‘how to’ talks covering topics to suit every interest and range of expertise. The scientific programme at the congress had a performance horse bias in the lead-up to the 2012 Olympic games, with lectures on lameness diagnosis, keeping competition horses sound and the use of medication in performance horses.

Comparative medicine lectures, which were first introduced last year, provided delegates with an insight into developments in the small animal and medical fields, looking this year at cartilage repair and reproductive techniques. The scientific programme also included a full day's CPD for veterinary nurses, a half day on practice management topics and a series of sessions on equine welfare, looking at UK and international issues.

Prepurchase examination

A revised equine prepurchase examination (PPE) certificate and guidance notes were launched at the congress. The new documents have been revised by BEVA's PPE committee, chaired by Malcolm Morley. Describing the key changes that had been made, he said that the new certificate now provided ‘an accurate record of what was and wasn't done’ during the examination. The changes include:

  • The new certificate notes whether the seller of the horse is a client of the examining vet's practice; …

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