Representation and Education

BCVA Congress 2018

BCVA returns to the Midlands for our Congress 2018. The central location, excellent road rail and air access and a very positive experience of the venue, facilities and catering in 2016 have brought us back! It will include some flavours of my life journey, including breakfast delicacies from the Netherlands, beer and chocolate from Belgium mixed with some Scottish experiences.

This year’s BCVA congress will continue the tradition of providing high quality CPD to suit all aspects and stages of career development, with a focus on resilience on all levels from people, profession to animals. Alongside this, the facility at Hinckley Island Hotel provides an excellent opportunity for delegates, speakers and sponsors to relax, chat and socialise over the 3 days.

Here are some of my highlights for this year, in no particular order:

  • Practice Matters: this year we will focus on resilience of vet practices. This will include, amongst others, on how we deal with new grads and what we can do better, as well as starting to understand more about perceptions and subsequent actions from vets and farmers.
  • Beef stream: We have a very strong line up this year on Friday morning exploring ways to make beef production more productive and thus sustainable.
  • Social sciences, helping us better understand why it might be that people don’t always do as we tell them. This will weave through most of the sessions.
  • Keynotes: Michael Diskin (Teagasc) will update us on the art of handling of semen, Matthew Lucy (University of Missouri) will answer the question whether or not we can have high fertility and high productivity and with less than 6 months to go till Brexit our CVO Christine Middlemiss might be able to shed some light on what our future as vets could look like post 29th March 2019.
  • Water: The forgotten nutrient. This is very important in monogastrics but does it matter for ruminants? Jamie Robertson is returning to shed some light on this.
  • Genetics: Where are we and how can these play a role in our industry to make animals more resilient?
  • Calves: What can we do better from birth to calving? If we don’t get them there it will leave a major deficit on the bottom line.
  • A wide range of our very popular workshops: Just don’t know which one to choose from! They are always very popular so make sure to register early to avoid disappointment.
  • New for this year is Practitioner’s Hour: These are cases seen on farm, just with a history and background on work up and diagnosis etc, that are of interest to clinicians. An improved version of Clinical Club.

Make sure to register early; the early bird discounts ends on 24th August!

The BCVA board and office team and I look forward to welcoming you to Hinckley Island!

Tot gauw, Chì mi thu a dh’ aithghearr, see you soon!

Lysan Eppink
BCVA President

You can book your accommodation by phoning Jurys Central Reservations on 0870 4100 800 and quote BCVA161018 to make the reservation.

View a copy of the programme here

Register by using the form below or online at

Delegate Brochure 2018 email.pdf






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