Tuesday, December 11, 2018
For the last seven years the BEVA Trust has supported the Equine Veterinary Seminar in Kiev, allowing the organisers to develop a format that is both practical and exciting. The seminar has generated interest and delegate attendance from across Eastern Europe where the ethos of CPD is unheard of. The contribution from the external specialists has provided a perfect stimulus for the equine profession in the region but they do not have people of this sort of standing yet in their region. Therefore the BEVA Trust once again agreed to fund external speakers/volunteers for the seminar in 2018. The external speakers sponsored by the Trust were BEVA Council member Huw Griffiths, Victoria South and Suzy Hall.

Lecture titles included orthopedics, neurological diseases in horses, reproduction, sepsis in horses and welfare of horses. It was a busy time for the volunteers and over the three days lectures and practical demonstrations took place at the conference centre.

Olga Polataiko and Anatoly Levitsky are the organising committee for the 19th International Ukrainian Equine Veterinary Seminar. in Kiev. The report shows us how valuable it is for the Trust to support the seminar by providing an opportunity for experienced specialist veterinary speakers to travel to Kiev and delivery what is an amazing learning opportunity for both students and vets from Eastern European counties.


Thanks to the support of BEVA Trust the 19th International Equine Veterinary Seminar involving lecturers from UK took place in Kiev, Ukraine on October 22-24, 2018.

The invited lecturers were Victoria South, MA VetMB Cert AVP (EM) DipECEIM MRCVS, European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine, Huw Griffiths, BSc BVSc Cert AVP (Stud Medicine) MRCVS and Suzy Hall, BVetMed CertAVP (Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging) MRCVS. This year all three lecturers were from the same place – Liphook Equine Hospital which is one of the largest specialist veterinary practices in the UK. It’s important to note that the lecturers worked as a real team constantly dedicated to share their knowledges with the participants!

43 participants including vets specializing in Equine medicine and 10 veterinary students interested in working with horses in a future attended the seminar. As usually most of the participants were from Ukraine but some attendees traveled a long way - 2 vets from Belarus, 4 vets from Russia and a Ukrainian vet from Ireland.

This year we decided not include practical sessions because topics of the seminar were really diverse – from lameness, colic cases management and endoparasite control to atypical myopathies, heart murmurs, equine liver disease and even artificial insemination! Considering the fact that Ukrainian equine vets usually don’t have narrow specializations and work as general practitioners, during three full days all of them were able to find great variety of up-to-date practical information that can be immediately used in their everyday practice.

Day 1: Introduction of the speakers

This year the seminar for the 4th time was carried out at Park Hotel Goloseevo – very comfortable venue with positive atmosphere and well equipped lecture facilities.  Food and refreshments were supplied to the delegates during coffee and lunch breaks. Since first seminars it’s a kind of tradition to attend opera or ballet with lecturers and on the day of arrival the speakers had a chance to enjoy a Ukrainian opera at the beautiful Kiev Opera Theatre. On the second day of the seminar a gala dinner was attended by all participants and sponsors. Gala dinner was held in a friendly and warm atmosphere, where lots of professional topics were discussed and future cooperation planned.

Apart from the BEVA Trust sponsorship, the event was supported by local sponsors – “Eurovet” (official Bioveta products distributor in Ukraine), “Heel Ukraine” and “Ukrainian Horse Union”. We remain very grateful to all the sponsors - such support enables to conduct the event on a good professional level.

During the lecture

It’s important to note that the delegates of the seminars are usually quite happy with the level of lectures but this year apart of the excellent depth of expertize they also admitted the speakers as the friendliest and most cheerful team! Lots of attendees emphasized that it was one of the best seminars ever!

We would like to thank BEVA TRUST for their kind support of the International Equine Veterinary Seminars and development of better equine veterinary care in Ukraine. We really highly value such support and we hope for future collaboration in this field.

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