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16 September 2019 09:30 - 16 September 2019 17:00

Links Veterinary Training Initiative 2019 in the West Midlands and South West; supported by BSAVA

Woodrow House, 1 Telford Way, Waterwells Business Park Quedgeley Gloucestershire, GL2 2AB

Diagnosing non-accidental injury is rarely simple: and those who have encountered cases of suspected abuse talk about the ‘difficulty of diagnosis’.  Except in certain areas of practice, vets do not see cases of animal abuse daily, weekly or monthly but the incidence is on the increase and the most challenging cases are those of deliberate harm, not teasing or tormenting, or the rather more common ‘neglect’, through ignorance of an animal’s needs.  As trusted individuals (the bond between owner and vet practice is often very strong), members of the veterinary team may receive information about a violent incident that constitutes abuse, against an animal or a vulnerable individual.  Increasingly, it is being recognised that the animal is often the index case that triggers further investigation into violent households.

The Links Veterinary Training Initiative, supported in 2019 by BSAVA, will provide guidance on setting up a practice protocol and identifying a Safeguarding liason officer (SLO) who will aid vets in suspected cases of abuse.  Through the SLO, effective relationships with RSPCA Officers, police domestic abuse officers and aid agencies should be set up so that vets have expert support when they suspect animal or human abuse.  The training gives comprehensive guidance about recording clinical notes and importantly, what to do when dealing with disclosure from a human victim of abuse.

There will be three sessions in 2019:

Wetherby Racecourse
Sunday 23rd June

Woodrow House, Gloucester
Monday 16th September

Jesus College, Cambridge
Sunday 27th October

These meetings will be FREE to BSAVA members, and just £40 inc VAT to non-members.  

Please book early to secure your place, as numbers will be limited.

Intended for Veterinary Surgeons, Veterinary Nurses, Managers and the Practice Team


Terms and Conditions: All courses must be paid for in full at the time of booking.

To qualify for an applicable refund, cancellations must emailed to or requested by telephone on 01452 726700. With over 30 days’ notice we will refund 70% of the course fee.  With between 15-30 days’ notice we will refund 50% of the course fee.  No refunds will be provided for cancellations with notice of 14 days or less, however if we are able to resell your place on the course we will provide a full refund.

BSAVA reserves the right to alter the programme or the speaker should this become necessary due to unavoidable circumstances.  BSAVA reserves the right to cancel a course due to unforeseen circumstances.  Registrants should note that the BSAVA member's rate applies only when the person attending the course is a member of the Association.  To qualify for the reduced member's rate for courses, non-members must join BSAVA prior to the course.

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