Venue

Heythrop Park Resort is a unique and luxury venue set in 440 acres of stunning Oxfordshire Countryside. Dating back to 1710 this quintessential English country estate seamlessly combines elegance with style and boasts two individual hotels: the elegant Heythrop Park Hotel and the stylish Crowne Plaza Hotel.

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Agenda

We have an action-packed agenda for you. Make sure you check below for the speaker and session summaries before registering, as you will be able to choose which sessions you attend. This year we have introduced a second day of workshop sessions for a limited number of delegates. These will be available on a first come first serve basis and will cost £35 per session. Day two sessions aren’t mandatory. For more information on these sessions visit the workshop page.

Speakers

Tuesday 27th November CPD sessions

We are pleased to announce our speakers for this year’s conference. For each session you will be able to choose from two streams. These sessions will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, so make sure you register soon to avoid disappointment.

Jamie Walker
Geoff Duncan
PAIN SCORING – A SORE POINT FOR YOUR TEAM

JAMIE WALKER AND GEOFF DUNCAN

Pain is a complex experience involving both sensation and emotion. Our non-verbal patients are incapable of describing their own experiences of pain, yet are completely dependent on us as caretakers to provide them with pain relief. In this session we will look into the experience that is pain, evaluate the potential limitations to traditional subjective pain assessments, and look to pain scoring tools as a way to improve our patients comfort and our ability to manage pain effectively. We will also look at the practicalities of the options available and their applicability to the species we treat.

10:10 - 11:00

SESSION ONE: STREAM ONE

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THE COMPLEX ANAESTHETIC – NIGHTMARE OR SWEET DREAM?

MATTHEW GURNEY

Preparation is everything in these cases. So what should you ensure that you have to hand in complex cases? This lecture will discuss techniques to help you in difficult situations and will be illustrated with the use of case studies of relevance to anaesthesia in the first opinion situation. Common situations to consider include pre-op stabilisation, dealing with blood loss, an update on fluid therapy, tricks for the unstable anaesthetic and analgesia challenges.

10:10 - 11:00

SESSION ONE: STREAM TWO

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Supplier exhibition

Exhibition Suppliers

Following feedback from previous conferences, we have introduced a dedicated session for you to meet with the exhibitors, allowing you to have more in-depth conversations with the suppliers to find out what they have on offer for you and your practice.

11:10 - 12:00

SESSION TWO: STREAM ONE

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A Nurse’s view of a referral centre

Kathryn Humphreys

This session will give an overview of a patient’s journey at NWVS from a nurse’s perspective.

Kathryn hopes to improve nurses’ awareness of referral centres to give them more confidence when talking to clients whose pets have been referred. It will outline the importance of establishing relationships with referring colleagues, in order to achieve the best patient outcomes and how we can facilitate continued nursing care in a primary clinical setting.

Kathryn will also talk through her own personal journey from qualifying as an RVN to becoming Head of Nursing Services at NWVS.

11:10 - 12:00

SESSION TWO: STREAM TWO

Sarah Heath
MYSTERIES OF MOGGIE BEHAVIOUR

SARAH HEATH

Common feline problems and the importance of environmental optimisation; many of the problems reported by cat owners relate to behaviour which is justified from a feline perspective. The domestic environment can be emotionally challenging for cats and a better understanding of their environmental needs helps to explain how problems can develop. This presentation will give practices the ability to advise their clients on how to optimise the home environment from their cat’s perspective.

Learning objectives:
– To understand feline environmental needs
– To be able to advise clients on how to optimise the home environment for their cat

12:10 - 13:00

SESSION THREE: STREAM ONE

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AS SICK AS A PARROT – COMMON EXOTIC CONDITIONS

IAIN COPE

Exotic animals can be challenging patients to nurses in the veterinary practice setting, whilst owners are becoming more knowledgeable and aware of what therapies are available. By understanding the biology and behaviour of these species, and how they differ to our mammal patients, we can have far greater success in nursing and treating them. This lecture will aim to build your knowledge and confidence by presenting the most common problems seen and how to look after and treat them. The talk will cover the species, conditions, parameters and nursing, using case examples where possible.

12:10 - 13:00

SESSION THREE: STREAM TWO

Gritty minds
EXPRESS ‘GRITTY MIND TIDY’

KAY WOODBURN

This Express ‘Gritty Mind Tidy’ is interactive, thought provoking experience. Once you have experienced ‘Gritty Mind Tidy’ you will see and feel things differently, notice new opportunities and take control of your future! You will understand how you can work in harmony with your unconscious mind, to keep to create healthy habits for now and the future.

14:15 - 15:05

SESSION FOUR: STREAM ONE

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TOP TIPS ON OPENING THOSE HONEST CONVERSATIONS

TRUDE THOMAS

Have you ever wondered how you will tell them that they smell? Not sure of how to open a honest conversation?
Come to this informal session to share tips and best practice to prepare you for those honest conversations with colleagues and clients alike.
Feel free to bring your burning examples for us to share confidentially.

14:15 - 15:05

SESSION FOUR: STREAM TWO

Sarah Endersby
BLOCKED CATS: RELIEVING THE PRESSURE

SARAH ENDERSBY

Feline urethral obstruction is a medical emergency. There is a good survival rate for cats with obstruction despite the life-threatening consequences of the condition, but this relies on initial stabilisation of the patient and confirmation of the diagnosis as well as careful aftercare. During this lecture we will look at the importance of stabilisation before the obstruction is relieved, as well as aftercare in the veterinary clinic, and the support owners require to help them manage their cat to try and reduce the incidence of recurrence.

15:15 - 16:05

SESSION FOUR: STREAM ONE

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

NICOLA ACKERMAN

In this lecture we are going to look at how to make a nutritional recommendation for your patient. Making a nutritional plan is a vital aspect for health in all life stages and for many disease processes. Knowing which diet to use is going to depend on many different factors, which this lecture will explore. The lecture will then look at how to make the decision to which diet to use and interpretation of the food labels.

15:15 - 16:05

SESSION FOUR: STREAM TWO

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BUILDING A ‘HAPPINESS HOUR’

TREVOR BELL

Trevor will explain the simple Brabban and Turkington academic model of stress vulnerability, (how we are all different in terms of being able to handle differing levels of stress), and crucially link this to the importance of some of the simple things we do in our lives that can help us keep our mental health tip top, introducing the group to the “Happiness Hour” concept.

16:15 - 17:05

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Find out more about our speakers backgrounds

Workshop sessions

This year we are introducing four exclusive workshop sessions in the morning after the main conferences. Places are limited to 25 nurses and cost £35 per session. To read more about the topics click below:

Gala Dinner

Join us for our annual gala dinner

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We have a spectacular night in store for all, beginning with our drinks reception at 19:00

Awards
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The remainder of this year’s awards will take place during the evening’s events

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partytime

The evening dress code is party-wear

Award Nominees

We will shortly be announcing this year’s nominees.

The Categories are:

Exhibitors

Our exhibitor’s area will give you the chance to discover veterinary solutions and enhance relationships with both new and existing suppliers. Check back soon to see which suppliers will be joining us this year.

Travel & Accommodation

As part of your package, you will receive accommodation at the Crowne Plaza, Heythrop Park in Oxford for the evening of the 27th November.

If you would like to extend your stay we have agreed a rate of £125 B&B for those who would like to stay on the 26th November. Please contact the hotel directly on 01608 673333 quoting Vets4Pets Nurses Conference.

Nearest train stations:

Charlbury
Approx. 15 minute in a taxi

Finstock
Approx. 15 minutes in a taxi

Nearest airport:

London Oxford Airport is the closest to the hotel. It takes approximately 20 minutes to drive from the airport to the hotel.

Use the postcode OX7 5UF

Please Note: Some SatNavs will direct you to the opposite side of the estate where there is no access for vehicles. To avoid this, please ensure that the directions lead you in to the resort via ‘The Drive, Church Enstone’.

From north, Take M6, M6 Toll, M42 and M40 to A429 in Budbrooke. Take exit 15 from M40
From London, follow M40 to A34 in Oxfordshire. Take exit 9 from M40. At junction 9, take the A34/A41 exit to Oxford. Continue on A34 until you reach the venue.

Car Parking:

Free car parking is available for delegates, there are 500 spaces available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Want to make the most of your visit to the Cotswolds?

Find out more about the different things in the Cotswolds lively market towns!

Registration

If you would like to extend your stay, you can contact the hotel directly to book accommodation for the 26th or the 28th November. You will need to pay the hotel directly for any additional accommodation.

Please note that if you would like to charge any extras to your room you will need to provide the hotel reception with a credit card. This can be done at the hotel’s reception after the conference closes at 17:35.

Should you require any assistance with your booking, please contact registrationsouth@buglersmith.co.uk

Nurses Package

Registration has now closed

If you choose to attend this year’s event, the Support Office will collect £175 from your surgery’s CPD budget after the event.

Thanks to the generous support of our exhibitors we’re able to subside the cost of your attendance at the event.

The fee covers:

  • Accommodation for the night of the 27th November
  • Attendance to the conference on the 27th November
  • Attendance to the gala dinner & awards on the night of the 27th November

We are offering an early bird rate of £150 for the first 50 delegates to register for the South Conference.

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