The start of BSAVA Congress 2013 with Richard Dawkins (Day 207)

Professor Richard Dawkins at BSAVA Congress 2013

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For the next few days I am at BSAVA Congress, one of the biggest veterinary events held in the UK at the International Convention Centre and National Indoor Arena in Birmingham. Sitting down this morning to my first lecture I was hit by deja vu as my first lecture was in the same room as the closing ceremony was held last year so it was almost as if no time had passed at all. This year as well as attending as many lectures as I can I do have meetings scheduled with some of my sponsors, in addition to looking to secure some new sponsors over the 4 days. Also something I am looking forward to is putting faces to some of the twitter accounts that I have been tweeting with over the past few months.

This morning I started with a lecture on problems with wound healing which was very interesting. I did tweet about wounds healing faster in dogs than in cats – quite a few people asked why this is and I will find out for you all I’ve just not managed to grab the speaker yet to ask! It was a really interesting lecture for me as though I’ve seen some stuff in practice being in a real world lecture where the owner influence of the case comes into play. With wounds they never look pretty and as the speaker said the owner when bringing the animal in expects them to be closed. When we talk about wounds there are different techniques for healing, and sometimes depending on the wound and where it is the best treatment is to keep it clean and let it heal naturally. Either completely or until it reaches a stage where surgical intervention is beneficial to the healing process – this however does not look nice and especially as an owner may seem cruel and that it is not getting any better. Personally I would recommend that as an owner you keep a weekly photo diary of this so that you can see the chance as healing progresses as when you see it each day the change is so subtle you may not notice it.

After this lecture I attended some feline dentistry lectures which I found really interesting, basically the way the curriculum is structured next year veterinary dentistry is actually a selective module for me and I have to choose between it or ophthalmology. Basically at the moment I think I will be doing the ophthalmology as there is a veterinary dentistry course with an expert teacher that I am looking at doing when I qualify.

Professor Richard Dawkins at BSAVA Congress 2013
Professor Richard Dawkins at BSAVA Congress 2013

This afternoon I had the pleasure of attending a talk by Professor Richard Dawkins on whether Darwinism had a place within veterinary medicine (sorry for the snap, was so excited that I just had to grab a photo here!)… This was a very interesting lecture which left me with much food for thought, including as Professor Dawkins put it stuff “that is politically incorrect and we are not allowed to say”. Sometimes remembering the basis of life, the Darwin theories and how with medicine we can intervene is a really scary thing…

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