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

My conference – Emergency and Critical Care Weekend 2014 (Day 558)

UVM Kosice Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Weekend

Sponsored by Royal Canin, MILA International, IMS Euro and supported by the BSAVA

Well as I said in my last diary post, I have been busy working on organising a conference here for students at the university. This took place over the past weekend and was a big success with over 120 people attending the lecture stream and another 100 participating in the workshops on the Sunday with great support from the sponsors!

UVM Kosice Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Weekend

The topic was a relatively new field in Veterinary Medicine, that of Veterinary Emergency and Critical care which has been rapidly changing and evolving over the past few years (along with the way emergency cover is provided). Whilst UVM Kosice does have doctors on call 24 hours a day, there is no staffed emergency clinic (purely because of the lack of demand) so I was really excited to run this weekend with vets that work only in Emergency and Critical Care. We had both Chris Parratt and Kevin Kirchofer from the VetsNow Emergency center in Glasgow, along with Dr Leona Raušerová from Brnu Vet School Emergency clinic. Also as a added bonus Royal Canin organised for us to have Dr Ladislav Smatana to talk to us about critical care nutrition in dogs and cats which is something that is often overlooked and forgotten.

Personally I was too busy with my organisational tasks to attend many of the sessions, however what I did get to see was absolutely amazing. There have been so many advancements and with stuff from the front line of Emergency and Critical Care. For example something that I had never considered was one of the most common poisonings seen is that of xylitol, an artificial sweetener used in chewing gum… Just one stick of gum is enough to kill a dog!

The weekend had great feedback, and I am now going focus on finishing this semester and getting all my summer exams finished!