The end of BSAVA Congress 2014 – (Day 571)

Being told I got a birthday present by Eickemeyer UK!

Today’s Diary Entry is sponsored by Spikes World Wildlife Feeds

The end of Congress 2014, congress has completely flown by, my feet ache, I am exhausted and seeing this I felt it was a perfect explanation of how most people here this morning feel…

How you feel the morning after

I do believe however the new student stream today got of to the best start with the offer of free paracetamol and water by the speakers! For me BSAVA Congress is great with the opportunity to meet loads of new people, and keep in touch with people. Today I got told that I was going have a great birthday present heading my way to help me with my thesis and improve the care that I can offer patients here in Slovakia from EickemeyerUK.

Being told I got a birthday present by Eickemeyer UK!

Now today is my last day in the UK for a while so I decided to finish it with the best Sunday roast that I could find…

Last meal in England for a whileIts been a blast, I leave Birmingham at 3am tomorrow morning and will hopefully arrive back to Slovakia sometime tomorrow…

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!