VICAS conference technical programme – a feast for the senses


The Veterinary Ireland Companion Animal Society (VICAS) will hold its spring 2018 conference on March 2-3 at the Killashee Hotel in Naas, Co. Kildare. The conference, a gathering of vets and vet nurses involved in the care of pets and small animals, will be preceded by practical lab sessions at the Irish Equine Centre in Naas.

The technical programme for this year’s VICAS conference will focus on the senses – eyes, ears, skin – and the theme is 'Back to Basics and Beyond'.

Speakers involved in the technical presentations include:

  • Kathryn Cuddy MVB CertAVP (DERM), founder of Skinvet Ireland, an ambulatory dermatology referral service for pets in Ireland who will be presenting on diseases of the skin in dogs;
  • Laura Buckley BVetMed CertVD DipECVD MRCVS RCVS, senior lecturer in veterinary dermatology and clinical skills at the University of Liverpool, presenting on otitis and its best management;
  • Mike Woods, former president of the European Society of Veterinary Opththalmology and former chair of VICAS/ICAVA will cover all things eye-related;
  • Natasha Mitchell MVB DVOphthal MRCVS, a specialist in veterinary ophthalmology will deliver presentations on subjects including red eye as well as ocular emergencies; and
  • Carolyne Crowe from the Veterinary Defence Society will be discussing how to build resilience in to daily veterinary practice – not just to survive, but to thrive!

The conference will feature two joint veterinary and veterinary nursing lectures covering dermatology and will also include a robust and interactive roundtable welfare discussion, involving stakeholders with a diverse range of experiences and perspectives from an array of areas including the charitable sector, academia, industry and regulatory authority. Conference proceedings on Friday evening conclude with the VICAS AGM.

An outline copy of the conference schedule is available here.

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