Autumn Meeting 2022 Thursday 24th – Saturday 26th November

Queens Hotel, New Station Street, City Square, Leeds LS1 1PJ

“Be Better”
How to improve performance and outcomes in Small Animal Orthopaedics

       As driven individuals committed to life-long learning; as clinicians looking to optimise our outcomes (and minimise the      time we spend managing complications); and as a veterinary discipline and group of scientists…we all strive to “be better”.

In Autumn 2022, the BVOA will explore what it means to “be better”, how we measure our performance and track our progress, and how we can satisfy ourselves with internal and external validations of our efforts, and what we can do practically to get the support we need to grow.

There will be the usual body of clinical talks, provided by our two international clinical speakers: Dr. Mark Glyde, Murdoch University, and Dr. Stanley Kim, University of Florida. Clinical topics will include talks on optimising everything you do, from orthopaedic examination and clinical decision making, to fracture repair, TPLOs and post-operative complications.

Professor Renate Weller, University of Calgary, will present an interactive session entitled “Be Special! Official and Not-so-official Pathways to specialisation”. The audience will leave with a fuller understanding of what it means to be a Specialist, and knowledge to empower them to seek their own pathways to this professional level.

We will look at ways in which we can all contribute to clinical research, with special attention given to “publishing from practice”, with contributions from those who have been successful in this endeavour. Further, with the help of RCVS Knowledge’s Clare Boulton, we’ll learn more about how Knowledge can assist us in our preparations for research, and how we can give back to the profession by publishing “knowledge summaries”.

Angela Raynor, Director of Quality Improvement at CVS UK LTD, will discuss how we can develop our non-technical skills to make us better clinicians, and talk us through case examples of how quality improvement tools can be applied in our work. Ross Allan, from Roundhouse Referrals, Glasgow, will talk us through their “TPLO to GO” QI initiative.

With further speakers to be announced, including colleagues from the human field, we are very much looking forward to a thought-provoking and empowering mix of content, and that delegates will leave feeling motivated and capable to keep striving to be better.



1 day practical CPD course, Wednesday 23rd November 2022

Queens Hotel, New Station Street, City Square, Leeds LS1 1PJ

“Locking Plates- An introduction”

This course will provide a comprehensive introduction to the theory and practical use of locking compression plates (LCPs) in small animal orthopaedics. The day will cover the of principles and decision-making processes that govern the use of LCPs, before delegates are given the opportunity to apply LCPs to various fracture configurations.

By the end of the course, the delegates led by two highly experienced Recognised Specialists in Small Animal Orthopaedics, will have gained invaluable experience and confidence in the use of LCPs in small animal practice.

The course is set at an intermediate level and is aimed at surgeons with some experience of orthopaedics.

Course cost £200 BVOA members, £240 non members (but includes 1 year membership)

Dates for the diary 2023

Wednesday 22nd March 2023– BVOA Spring Meeting, Midland Hotel, Manchester

As usual we will hold the BVOA AGM and have a clinical research abstract session and award the Leslie Vaughan Prize.

Thursday 12th October-Saturday 14th October 2023– BVOA 60th Anniversary Autumn Conference, Tower Hotel, London.

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