BSAVA Congress 2014 Day 3 – The Wall of DEATH – (Day 570)

The wall of Swallowing Dangers - AKA Wall of Death

Today’s Diary Entry is sponsored by Supreme Petfoods

Well today I am grateful that there is free coffee available… Doesn’t taste great but at least it has caffeine as I am starting to get tired. Today I woke up to find that I had been included in the BSAVA Congress Times…

Chris Allen BSAVA Congress Times

On a serious note for a moment I found this which I think really highlights the importance of education (especially as the drug this company was selling costs around £40 a dose!).

The wall of Swallowing Dangers - AKA Wall of Death
The wall of Swallowing Dangers – AKA Wall of Death

Now any of these items can kill a dog, and I was told that even vets and vet nurses struggled to name more than a few when asked. Behind me on the wall are: rat poison, grapes, chocolate, onions, paracetamol, garlic, chewing gum, raisins, and missing from its bowl is a rubber duck! Please do remember that it is harder to pet proof a home than to childproof it!

Today in addition to the lectures I wanted to goto for the Avian Medicine stream which were really great I also had to attend the BSAVA Student Rep meeting. This then turned into a invitation to the Petsavers Charity 40th Birthday party (yes the cakes were good!).

BSAVA President Michael Day at Petsavers 40th Birthday

I was then invited by PLH Medical to judge their twitter selfie competition to win a Diagnostic Ultrasound manual from CRC Press with the winner being selected from the PDSA pet charity!

PLH Medical Twitter Competition Prize Presentation

This evening instead of the BSAVA Part Night I decided to goto the unofficial Folk Night which is held each year next door. Now this was something I found my first BSAVA Congress but couldn’t find the year after even though I tried… In addition to the great live music…BSAVA 2014 Malthouse Folk NightI also found my very old friend Old Rosie which was an added bonus as Slovakia is a cider free country…

Old Rosie Cider

BSAVA Congress 2014 Day 2 – (Day 569)

PLH Medical F1 simulator at BSAVA Congress 2014

Todays Diary Entry is sponsored by Pets Bureau

Well today is day 2 of congress 2014, unlike yesterday there are quite a few lectures that interest me today with a big focus on the Farm Pets and Wildlife lecture streams which were very interesting. I picked up quite a few useful ideas which I can use back here, however also realised how different medications were in the UK.

So in Slovakia when a medication is needed we can simply select a drug with the correct chemical and dose whether it is for human or animal. In the UK this is completely different as there is a “cascade” system where if there is a drug available that is licensed for that animal we are forced to use it regardless of the cost. Anyways onto the rest of my day…

I attended the Supreme Petfoods Rabbit lecture with the Rabbit expert Molly Varga, this was interesting as it appears that urinary disease is becoming a more common problem. This was said to be at similar levels as dental disease which is probably the biggest problem that rabbits kept as pets experience.

I then tried to improve my time in the PLH Medical F1 simulator and managed to knock 20 seconds off.

PLH Medical F1 simulator at BSAVA Congress 2014

At the end of the day when I was just leaving I got invited to attend the BSAVA Congress Banquet by The Webinar Vet. Now I’ve never been to a banquet before so this was really exciting… The only catch was I was walking out of the exhibition and the banquet started in 30 minutes time so I absolutely had to sprint back to the hotel to shower and change! I made it back and it really was an amazing evening…

BSAVA Congress 2014 Banquet

Now the President of the BSAVA is originally an Australian (though has lived in the UK for a long time now) so when it came to food Prof. Michael Day decided to bring some Australian influence to the table with this Vegemite toast….

Prof Michael Day Vegemite Toast

Dinner was followed by an amazing Jazz set by The Hot Jazz Biscuits!

BSAVA Congress 2014 Day 1 (Day 568)

Dr John Lewis - Wildlife Vets International

Today’s Diary entry is sponsored by Vet School Success

Well today was the start of BSAVA Congress! I love the support that BSAVA actually give to students, which is demonstrated by their free student membership and the very low cost (£86!!!) of attending congress! Now congress lasts for 4 days, and in addition to the amazing lectures there is also a great exhibition with all the latest products on display. I was originally planning to blog live as things happened, however the internet access that I was expecting just wasn’t present so kept things simple with just the @vetschooldiary twitter stream – here are my day 1 highlights from BSAVA Congress 2014…

So my day started noticing the new big screen for #bsava2014 tweets, BSAVA is embracing social media which I think is great!

#BSAVA2014 Tweets on the Big Screen

I then bumped into one of my old teachers which was really cool, before heading into the exhibition for the unveiling of the PLH Medical F1 car and to watch the opening lap by Holly!

Holly starting the PLH Medical F1 races!

Heading back I got very lucky and found the Wildlife Vets International stand with Dr John Lewis the Veterinary Director. We had a great conversation as I would love to get the opportunity to work in wildlife and zoological medicine after I graduate!

Dr John Lewis - Wildlife Vets International

Heading back into the exhibition I got scared by this somewhat stressed dog…

Scary Stressed Dog

Before grabbing some new books from Hills Nutrition to go into the university library here!

New books for the UVM Kosice Library from Hills Nutrition

I got my new vetark cd with loads of cool manuals, videos and useful information for working with exotic pets.

Vetark Wildlife Manual

I then met this very disturbing creature that I believe was meant to be a flea… Still not 100% sure I am right here though…

Think this was meant to be a giant flea...

In the evening as I am an international student I got invited to the International Delegates and Speakers reception at Birmingham Sea Life centre which was a great chance to catch up with some friends, and meet some new people. There was a new penguin exhibit opening the week after so we thought it was only rights that we checked it out to ensure animal welfare….

Sneak Peak at the new Sea life Birmingham Penguin Exhibit

To finish the evening in the underwater water tunnel I learnt how to tell male and female sharks apart. And got to see this amazing giant turtle…

Giant Turtle at Sea Life

It was an absolutely amazing start to BSAVA Congress 2014, and I really was excited for Friday!