BEVA Congress isn’t just for veterinary professionals – it’s for farriers, animal physiotherapists and other non-vets working in equine healthcare too. This year, the event, on 10 - 13 September 2014 in Birmingham, will have a day devoted to the foot and farriery and a day exploring the significance of physiotherapy, all led by international specialists.

BEVA Congress is the largest equine veterinary conference in Europe, attracting the cream of the profession both as delegates and as speakers. Five separate scientific programmes run concurrently in five lecture halls over the three days of congress, providing a highly versatile opportunity to gain CPD points.

A full day on the foot and farriery will be held on Saturday 13 September, with presentations from international specialists in these fields. Professor Stephen May, Vice Principal of the RVC, will open the day with a presentation on the farrier-vet relationship. Chris Pardoe, researcher in comparative biomedical sciences at the RVC, will look at veterinary education for farriers and farriery education for vets and Renate Weller, Professor in comparative imaging and biomechanics, RVC, will investigate evidence-based farriery. Alan Wilson, Professor of locomotor biomechanics based in the RVC’s Structure & Motion Laboratory, will examine the biomechanics of the foot to find out why horses go lame and Meike van Heel, a movement scientist at Netherland’s-based Mustad Hoofcare, will follow with the effects of farriery on locomotion. The second session will cover podiatry flexural deformities in foals and youngstock (Simon Curtis, practicing Newmarket farrier), What imaging can do for farriery (Michael Schramme, Professor in equine surgery at the Ecole Nationale Veterinaire de Lyon in France), dealing with the conformationally challenged TB (Jim Ferrie, a consultant farrier, based in Scotland) and the conformationally challenged performance horse (Rob Renirie, a Dutch-based Master Farrier).

The afternoon’s papers will cover how to deal with hoof capsule defects (Chris Pardoe, a working farrier with over 40 years’ experience), the interface between vets and farriers in managing laminitis (James Belknap, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Ohio State University) and farrier and vet perspectives on how to keep the horse with chronic foot pain going (Haydn Price, lead farrier for World Class & Performance Dressage and Showjumping Team and Sue Dyson, Head of Clinical Orthopaedics at the Centre for Equine Studies at the Animal Health Trust (AHT)). The day will close with a lameness discussion panel, giving delegates the chance to put their questions to the speakers.

The role of physiotherapy will play a key part in Thursday’s session on world-class performances – the science and practice behind the medals. Narelle Stubbs (McPhail Equine Performance Center, MSU College of Veterinary Medicine) will give an insight into how she keeps sports horses going. Whole horse biomechanics will cover objective movement assessment (Thio Pfau, lecturer in bio-Engineering, Structure and Motion Laboratory, RVC), horse surface interaction (Dr Lars Roepstorff, Professor anatomy and physiology section, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences), horse-rider interaction (Anna Walker, a post-doctoral researcher in the RVC’s Structure and Motion Lab) and training effects (Rebecca Parkes, also based at the Structure and Motion Lab and currently a PhD student).

During the afternoon the veterinary-physiotherapy interface will be explored with a look at the biomechanics of the back (Rene Van Weeren, Professor of equine musculoskeletal biology Department of Equine Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University), an evidence-based approach to physiotherapy (Narelle Stubbs), the chiropractor/McTimoney approach (Nicole Rombach, a certified Equinology Equine Body Worker® based at Equinenergy Equine Sports Therapy in Florida) and the veterinary approach to back problems (Sue Dyson).

David Mountford, Chief Executive of BEVA, said: “We are delighted to have secured some of the world’s most sought-after experts to deliver what we believe to be first class programmes on the foot, farriery and the role of physiotherapy. The sessions have been carefully structured for the broadest appeal to all who work within or have a specific interest in these disciplines.”

As a charity BEVA provides Congress registration at a competitive price and offers additional discounts to its members. Day tickets can be purchased if required and farriers and animal physiotherapist including members of ACPAT, SOAP, MCA, MAA are eligible for BEVA Ordinary Members’ rates. Apprentice farriers are eligible for the BEVA Concessionary Members’ rates. Those registering before 5th August will receive significantly reduced booking fees. Visit www.beva.org.uk today to find out more and to sign up.

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