The hot topic of telemedicine is likely to generate fervent discussion in the popular Moral Maze debate at this year’s BEVA Congress 11-14 September 2019. There’s still a chance to secure a discounted early bird pass for Congress - Book before 5 August to save 10%.

Telemedicine has the capacity to affect everyone working in equine practice but the panel will be establishing whether it is a friend or a foe. It isn’t a new concept but it is a rapidly changing area, with a major corporate having recently announced that it is setting up its own telemedicine service. While the medical world has shown that telemedicine has opportunities and benefits, it also comes with threats.

The Moral Maze session on Friday 13 September, will involve panel of eight vets (Marianna Biggi, Niall Connell, Phil Cramp, Huw Griffiths, Jonathan Pycock, Simon Staempfli, Sarah Taylor and Victoria Johnson) chaired by Roly Owers.  They will actively debate the pros and cons of telemedicine, to help the veterinary profession gain better understanding about how the risks can be minimised and benefits maximised, culminating in a vote to establish the opinion of the audience.

BEVA Congress will be held at the ICC Birmingham again this year and will bring together more than 1200 equine vets and nurses, internationally lauded speakers and 100+ exhibitors for three days of knowledge-sharing, networking, workshops, demonstrations and practical sessions. It presents the opportunity to acquire more than 90 hours of premium quality CPD.

The programme traverses the whole equine veterinary sphere but clinical highlights include global names in gastroenterology sharing latest knowledge, vets, farriers and physiotherapists taking a holistic look at keeping the sports horse at the top of its game, world experts describing advances in stifle diagnostics and Andrew van Eps discussing the latest on the management of laminitis.

Non-clinical sessions include human resources and management, recruitment and retention and social media and mental health and Brexit and the wider global profession will also be debated.

This year’s plenary lecture will be given by Dr Sue Stover a Distinguished Professor and Director of the JD Wheat Veterinary Orthopedic Research Laboratory at the University of California at Davis.

For vet nurses there is a dedicated stream on Saturday 14th September, which includes neonatal nursing, orthopaedics, imaging and medicine/ICU.

The full scientific programme can be viewed on the Congress microsite www.bevacongress.org. If you are struggling for time or torn between several lectures you can use the BEVA Congress Encore Room to play back missed lectures at your convenience. BEVA Congress is also providing day crèche for children between the ages of 0-8 years. Find out more here.

Discounted early bird passes to BEVA Congress are available until Monday 5 August. Save 10% on your entry by signing up now. Visit https://www.bevacongress.org/post/last-chance-for-early-bird-discounts