Vet Ed 2017 Liverpool

Main Conference

Pre-book your choice of Vet Ed 2017 sessions

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Why not avoid the last-minute scramble and pre-book your preferred choice of interactive and poster sessions?

REGISTERED delegates can express a preference for workshop and poster attendance in advance of the conference. If you have not yet registered, please do so first by clicking on the 'Online Registration NOW OPEN' tab on the left.

Whilst we will endeavour to give you your first preference, due to workshop size limitations, this may not always be possible. For this reason you can choose a second and third choice. If you choose the same sessions twice we will assume you have no preference.

Please note that you are very welcome to make your choices 'on the day' when you arrive at Vet Ed but due to workshop size limitations some workshops may already be full.

Please ENSURE you choose the session that you are due to present in Happy

Poster Submission Instructions


Poster presenters have recently been contacted with instructions for submission. However if that e-mail gets lost in your inbox, the instructions can be downloaded from here:

Poster Submission Instructions

New for Vet Ed 2017 - A debate


For the first time at Vet Ed we will be running a debate entitled "Transition into the workplace - Is it the job of Vet Schools or the Profession?"

The 2 opposing sides are:
  • This house believes that the VET SCHOOLS should be doing more to help students make the transition into the workplace
  • This house believes that the PROFESSION should be doing more to help students make the transition into the workplace

The debate will be chaired by Lord Trees and is designed to stimulate a lively but friendly discussion.

If any delegates are interested in being on the debate panel, please contact us via
this link.

Draft programme now available - Updated 03/05/2017

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The draft programme for Vet Ed 2017 is now available. Please click here for further details.

Conference Registration NOW OPEN


Conference registration for Vet Ed 2017 is NOW OPEN

Early bird registration closes 22nd April 2017
Late bird registration closes 21st May 2017

Options available are:

Pre-conference Workshops - Wednesday 5th July 2017
  • Conference attendance (including lunch and refreshments) - £30.00
  • Beatles Magical Mystery Tour - £15.00

Main Conference - Thursday 6th July to Friday 7th July 2017
  • 2-day conference attendance (including lunch and refreshments) - £120.00
  • STUDENT DISCOUNT 2-day conference attendance (including lunch and refreshments) - £50
  • Conference dinner at the Liverpool Maritime Museum (including transport) - £50.00

Accommodation at £52.50 / night is available for the following dates:
  • Tuesday 4th July 2017
  • Wednesday 5th July 2017
  • Thursday 6th July 2017
  • Friday 7th July 2017

In order to secure your place at Vet Ed 2017 please click on the link below:


We are really looking forward to welcoming you to Liverpool.

Keynote Speaker - Sandy Trees

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Professor the Lord Sandy Trees

Professor the Lord Trees graduated as a veterinary surgeon in 1969 from Edinburgh University. Following a year in mixed general practice, he completed a PhD on bovine babesiosis, and then worked in the pharmaceutical industry.

In 1980 Lord Trees was appointed Lecturer in Veterinary Parasitology at the University of Liverpool, was appointed Professor of Veterinary Parasitology in 1994 and went on to become Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Science from 2001-2008. His research has been funded by over £15m of external grants and produced over 170 scientific papers. He retired from the University of Liverpool in 2011.

He was a council member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) from 2000-2015 and president of the RCVS in 2009-2010. He is also Chairman of the Board of the Moredun Research Institute and Veterinary Editor in Chief of the Veterinary Record and In Practice.

In 2012 Lord Trees was appointed to the Crossbenches through the Appointments Commission and is only the second veterinary surgeon to be appointed to the House of Lords.

Keynote Speaker - Pat Bailey

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Professor Pat Bailey
Deputy Vice-Chancellor at London South Bank University

Pat Bailey has been the Deputy Vice Chancellor of London South Bank University since September 2014. Prior to this, he has held academic posts at the Universities of York, Heriot-Watt, Manchester and Keele.

He has wide experience of supporting and leading educational activities, as well as having a strong research record (over 100 papers). His teaching has been recognised by a number of awards, including his appointment as a National Teaching Fellow in 2005, and he is a member of the TEF Panel.

His research expertise is in medicinal chemistry (>100 papers), especially the synthesis of biologically active heterocycles and the development of drug delivery systems, for which he has attracted significant funding (ca £4M).

He is a passionate supporter of widening access and participation in HE, and his outreach activities and commitment to sharing science with the wider community led to him receiving the BSA Lord Kelvin Award in 1999. He has a strong commitment to the principles of ‘sustainability’ and ‘social justice’, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Keynote Speaker - Louise O'Dwyer


Louise O’Dwyer
MBA BSc(Hons) VTS(Anaesthesia/Analgesia & ECC) DipAVN(Medical & Surgical) RVN

Louise gained her Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Surgical) in 2004 followed by her Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Medical) in 2007 and Veterinary Technician Specialist (Emergency and Critical Care) in 2011 and Veterinary Technician Specialist (Anaesthesia) in 2014.

Louise has contributed to over 45 books, journal articles and book chapters, and lectures worldwide on all aspects of anaesthesia, emergency and critical care, surgery and infection control, within the UK, Europe, Scandinavia, Australia and USA.

Louise worked spent 15 years working at PetMedics in Manchester firstly as Head Nurse and then Clinical Director and in October 2015 Louise moved to Vets Now to take up the position of Clinical Support Manager. Louise’s interests include all aspects of emergency care but particularly trauma patients, as well as anaesthesia, surgical nursing, infection control and wound management.

Louise was delighted to be the recipient of the prestigious Bruce Vivash Jones Veterinary Nurse Award 2016, which is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to the advancement of small animal veterinary nursing as well as in July 2016 being awarded the Golden Jubilee Award by the RCVS for exceptional contribution to veterinary nursing.

Closing Address by Professor Gavin Brown


The closing address at Vet Ed 2017 will be delivered by Professor Gavin Brown BSc PhD.

Gavin joined the University of Liverpool in June 2015 as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education. In this role he supports the Vice-Chancellor in setting the academic direction of the University, provides strategic leadership and champions the enhancement of learning and teaching throughout the academic and student community.

Before joining the University of Liverpool, Gavin spent his academic career at Lancaster University in a number of senior roles. As Dean of Undergraduate Studies his focus was on enhancing the quality of learning and teaching, and included the delivery of a number of IT initiatives to underpin technology-enhanced learning and support the student experience. He also spent six years as Deputy Dean for the Faculty of Health and Medicine, leading on resource planning and the development of international partnerships.

Gavin has a first degree in chemistry and a PhD in connective tissue biochemistry. His research interests focus on the role of matrix molecules in a variety of disease processes including the development of osteo and rheumatoid arthritis, corneal eye disease and the metastatic spread of cancer.

Opening Address by Professor Susan Dawson

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The opening address at Vet Ed 2017 will be delivered by Professor Susan Dawson BVMS PhD MRCVS.

Professor Susan Dawson is Head of the School of Veterinary Science at the University of Liverpool.  She qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Glasgow and spent several years in vet practice before joining the University of Liverpool in 1988.  Her research is in the area of infectious diseases with a focus on zoonotic infections and antimicrobial resistance in particular. 
Professor Dawson is currently a member of the Council and Senate of the University of Liverpool and is also a council member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.  She sits on Education Committee for RCVS and has been a panel member and chair of accreditation visits of veterinary schools on behalf of the Royal College.  Susan was a member of the Veterinary Products Committee (2002-2011), a scientific advisory committee to DEFRA and was also the veterinary advisor to the antimicrobial resistance and healthcare associated infections committee for the Department of Health.  Professor Dawson is currently President of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association.
Since taking on the role of Head of the School of Veterinary Science, Professor Dawson has led the introduction of a new curriculum to the BVSc programme and has managed a significant increase in student numbers onto the programme.

Student Volunteers

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Veterinary Education is all about the students, and at every Vet Ed conference we've attended the whole experience was enhanced by the student volunteers. Vet Ed 2017 will be no exception and the Liverpool Vet Students pictured above have all volunteered to look after the presenters and delegates whilst at Liverpool.

Vet Ed 2017 Flyer

Vet Ed 2017 Flyer
Please download and circulate the Vet Ed 2017 Flyer to any of your colleagues who have an interest in veterinary education.

Vet Ed 2017 Flyer

Full Line-Up of Vet Ed 2017 Speakers

All keynote speakers
From left to right:

Opening Address:
  • Head of Veterinary Institute, Professor Susan Dawson BVMS PhD MRCVS

Keynote Speakers:
  • Louise O’Dwyer MBA BSc(Hons) VTS(ECC) DipAVN(Med & Surg) RVN
  • Professor Pat Bailey MA DPhil CChem FRSC FRSE FRSA FHEA
  • Professor the Lord Sandy Trees BVM&S PhD MRCVS

Closing Address:
  • Pro-Vice Chancellor for Education, Professor Gavin Brown BSc PhD

Further details and full biographies coming soon.

Call for Abstracts CLOSED

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Have you got any veterinary education information / ideas that you are itching to share with other veterinary educators? Vet Ed is THE place to network and share best practice.

We are after presenters for posters and interactive sessions from vets, vet nurses, educators or anyone with an interest in Veterinary Education. This is an excellent opportunity for a friendly, informal sharing of your work, and abstracts will be published after the conference.

Vet Ed 2017 Theme


The over-arching theme of Vet Ed 2017 is 'Integration: Developing Professionals in a Changing Climate'.

We also have a big drive to increase the number of Veterinary Nurse delegates. Having attended a number of Vet Ed conferences over the years there is a wealth of information equally relevant to both vets and vet nurses. So to all of you vet nurses out there why not join us at Vet Ed 2017 in Liverpool, either as a delegate, or even better present a poster or deliver an interactive session.

Call for Sponsorship

Sponsorship Details


For any companies with an interest in Veterinary Education in the UK and worldwide, this is an excellent opportunity to reach a large number of veterinary educators.

Competitive sponsorship packages.

Click here for further details.

Conference Dinner - 6th July 2017

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The conference dinner on 6th July 2017 will be hosted in the Merseyside Maritime Museum.

Located on the world famous Albert Dock, the Maritime Museum has its own dedicated event spaces situated on the 4th floor. At this converted warehouse, it conveys a charm like no other, with its original features this building is bursting with character. The event suite offers guests unrivalled views of the Dock itself and the Liverpool Waterfront. In addition the champagne reception will be held in the Art and Sea exhibition.

The conference dinner will include:
  • Champagne reception in the Art and the Sea museum
  • 3 course meal (including wine) in the main function room overlooking the Albert Docks
  • Fully stocked cash bar
  • Disco (The Beatles may feature here)

Keynote Speakers

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Confirmed Keynote Spearers:

  • Professor the Lord Sandy Trees BVM&S PhD MRCVS
  • Louise O’Dwyer MBA BSc(Hons) VTS(ECC) DipAVN(Med & Surg) RVN


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Delegates will be accommodated in Crown Place, our new halls of residence. All rooms are en-suite with a shared living area / kitchen.

Located on Brownlow Hill in the centre of the University’s city campus, Crown Place was constructed on the site previously occupied by the School of Veterinary Sciences and provides self-catered ensuite accommodation to 1259 students.‎

Facilities include:
  • Fully furnished single study bedrooms
  • Personal tea / coffee making facilities
  • Fast WiFi & Broadband connections
  • En suite bathroom
  • Shared social kitchen / dining space with television

Main Conference Venue - 6th / 7th July 2017

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The main conference will be hosted in the University's Central Teaching Hub, a mere 1 minute walk from the accommodation facilities.

All sessions will be held in the Central Teaching Hub. The facilities include:
  • Large lecture theatre with a capacity of 245 delegates for keynote presentations, poster sessions and main workshop
  • 2 further lecture theatres (with a capacity of 150 and 85) for further poster sessions and workshops
  • 3 seminar rooms for additional workshops
  • Large poster room adjacent to refreshments / lunch area