Vets don’t stop learning the minute they leave vet school. In fact, quite the contrary. CPD, or Continuing Professional Development, is something that we all have to keep up with in order to retain our MRCVS registration and as well as reading, Webinars, practical courses, and in-house presentations and talks, much of the CPD we complete is delivered via conferences and shows. These are a great chance to add to our knowledge, by attending lectures, presentations and workshops by recognised experts, as well as meet various companies and other relevant organisations in the exhibition hall, and meet up with friends and colleagues. Conferences are as much social events as they are educational exercises, and I personally love the fact that I get to easily catch up with friends who I might not have seen since vet school.
Two of the conferences and congresses going on at this time of year are the following:
15th – 17th November, The International Telford Centre, Telford. This is the place to be if you’re involved in cattle practice. Close to the Harper Adams College University, Telford is the perfect site for the UK’s cattle vets to get together to discuss all aspects of cattle production, from dairy to beef, and to get in some serious CPD.
This is the one I am heading to and runs for two days (15th and 16th November) at London Olympia. It is a relatively new congress yet has grown steadily, offering a really good range of CPD opportunities, including the BVA (British Veterinary Association) Careers stream and several practical workshops, as well as a big trade show and dedicated Party Night.