Eickemeyer, the way that (vet) festivals should be… – Vet Festival 2017

Eickemeyer Christoph Vet Festival 2017 Genius

On Friday night at Vet Festival 2017 the name shouted out by the DJ was that of an exhibitor, and they were not being paid to do this. For you see when I arrived to Vet Festival on Friday morning I was simply walking in looking for my first lecture when Christoph shouted my name and offered me a beer and pretzel.

I am hardly one to turn down beer even this early in the morning, the fact it is coming from one my favourite companies (Eickemeyer actually sent me a birthday present one year!!!), and is accompanied with a smile is winning combination. I was not sure I believed it at first as I was at a veterinary conference however it is Vet Festival.

You see Vet Festival is something different, you put lectures and an exhibition in tents in a field, yet it seems that people like me forget all about the second word. I know that in Germany the minute festival is mentioned it is Oktoberfest that springs to people’s mind – I actually managed to get an evening at Volksfest whilst there learning some dolphin medicine.

This word however was at the front of Christoph’s mind when he decided that it was going be about the festival. And so Eickemeyer arrived with 300 litres of German beer – HIRSCH HEFE WEISSE which had won gold at the European Beer Star Competition (also I heard rumours it was from Christoph’s home town) – and boxes of pretzels. It wouldn’t be a festival without the proper dress and hats were included as well.

The only thing lacking was anything related to the word vet until Friday morning when the beer started to flow. I’ve never seen such a stand so busy all day before, not only that but the queue gave the amazing opportunity to network and make new friends as well. If you asked anyone about their best exhibitor from Vet Festival 2017 it would be Eickemeyer – the company that didn’t bring a single thing to try to sell you.

Amazingly the concert on Friday eve though shorter was one of my best, it usually takes a lot for me to relax and stop thinking properly. I made many new friends, caught up with old friends, and danced as long as the music played.

I saw Christoph as he was driving away from vet festival on the Friday night, all packed up to go home as there was nothing left for the Saturday. Definitely one of the best marketing ideas I have ever seen in veterinary medicine, from one of the best companies I have met.

Happy Birthday to me from Eickemeyer… (Day 581)

Birthday parcel from Eickemeyer

So today is my birthday, the second one I have spent here in Slovakia yet today has been made special with a surprise birthday present from Eickemeyer

Birthday parcel from EickemeyerSo this morning I had an early start so got to university to find the classroom door locked and the lights off… Seems my class was cancelled and somehow this escaped my attention. It wasn’t all bad though as I ended up spending the morning and early afternoon with the plastic surgeon which was pretty cool as I am starting to learn stuff which is way above what vet students normally get taught. After this I then had my general surgery practical which was on suture techniques for hollow organs and tendons which was pretty cool.

Now after all this was over I finally got back to my birthday parcel, opening it up I found I had a box of Eickcoll which is a head collar/cone to stop animals removing sutures along with bandage material, pens and a new t-shirt!

Present from EickemeyerUnderneath this however was a second smaller box, now for some reason I always that the really cool stuff is always in the smaller box…

The small box in the big boxIn this case it really proved true with this being inside this smaller box…

Eickemeyer Surtron electrosurgery unitOk so looks very pretty doesn’t it?!? But what does it do???

This is a electrosurgery machine, if you have ever watched a medical show such as ER, or Grays you will have seen one used as this is nicknamed the “bovie” (as it was invented by physicist William Bovie and neurosurgeon Harvey Cushing). It’s a machine that uses electricity both to coagulate vessels to stop bleeding, and can also be used to cut through tissues as well! Originally they were giant (unreliable) machines, now however its a small computer controlled box that allows an exact charge to be applied making them perfect for delicate work.

Now during BSAVA Congress in the Avian Medicine and Surgery lectures this was listed as an essential piece of equipment for anyone doing avian (bird) surgery because when you deal with a small 50g bird the maximum “safe” blood loss is a total of around 0.35ml. With electrosurgery (or radiotherapy as its properly called) equipment like this you can control and minimize the bleeding during surgery and so improve the outcome for the patient.

Hopefully I will be able to put this to good use over the next few years as I am hoping to do my thesis into minimally invasive surgery in exotic patients!

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…