BSAVA Student Focus

BSAVA is excited to announce a one-day virtual conference for veterinary students on the 23rd January 2021!

o Has COVID hampered your EMS opportunities? 
o Are you fed up with non-stop online lectures? 

 BSAVA is here to help! 


Whilst we don't have a cure for COVID, and sadly in-person events still aren't possible... we CAN offer you a fun, interactive, day of clinical and non-clinical content, to make virtual learning fun and it counts towards 6 hours of EMS*! 

Our programme has been directly tailored for students, to support you in preparation for your careers in small animal practice.

What you can expect: polls, quizzes, panel discussions and the opportunity to interact using an online chat platform, before, during and after the event. This will allow you to post YOUR questions and hear the expert answers.

BSAVA Great Student Bake-Off!

We will round off the event in the early evening with some light relief (and intense competition!) for the BSAVA Great Student Bake-Off!! Come and joint in the fun and show-off your skills either individually or in your household “bubble” as Rosie Brandreth-Poynter, a semi-finalist on last year’s series of the Great British Bake Off (and fellow veterinary surgeon) has kindly agreed to host and judge this virtual bake-off session with prizes available for the best bakes.

Bonus Bundle

Bonus content will be made available the day after the event, consisting of 4 webinars, providing clinical guidance on; cardiology, exotics, surgery and customer care. This extra half-day will be available at no extra cost, to dip in and out of at your own leisure to top up your knowledge.

Clinical Highlights

Fever – A necessary evil or just evil?
Anaesthesia – What to do if it goes wrong (get your questions answered!)
Medical Detective: neurological or behavioural? Dermatology: a fast- paced fully interactive quiz with prizes up for grabs!

Non-Clinical Highlights

Practitioner panel discussion: Q+A managing difficult situations in practice
The new vet GDP: what is it, what to expect, your questions and answers.
AVS student session: How do we learn the stuff they don’t teach?
Looking after your career: Interview and CVs, looking after YOU, your career options.

*RCVS and most veterinary schools allow up to one week of EMS to be logged as attendance at conferences.

This event is kindly sponsored by Hills

Provisional Programme

      Time        Title  Speakers 
08.45 - 09.00               Log in   
09.00 - 09.30   
Introduction to virtual student conference and BSAVA membership  Ian Ramsey 
09.30 - 10.15

Fever – a necessary evil or just evil? An interactive case-based presentation 

Sponsored by Dechra
Ian Ramsey 
 10.15 - 11.00

Q&A - Challenging Situations-Practical Solutions in Practice  

Student-led questions regarding topics relevant to general practice with a panel of general practitioners including new and recent graduates 
(e.g.-how to handle euthanasia, what to do when you don’t know the answer, dealing with difficult clients ...etc)

Sheldon Middleton
Henry Phillips 
Alison Speakman 
Helen Harrison

 11.00 - 11.20  Coffee Break

Vet Fit:10-minute work-out and sports fancy dress competition
 11.20 - 12.20

 Anaesthesia - Q&A with the specialists 

“What do I do if this happens during anaesthesia?”
Student-led questions regarding anaesthetic concerns

Sponsored by Burtons 
Matt Gurney &
Carl Bradbrook
12.20 - 12.50

 The New Vet GDP - what to expect   
Linda Prescott-Clements (RCVS)

Live discussion:
Linda Prescott-Clements 
Sue Paterson

12.50 - 1.50  Lunch break

13.50 - 14.40

AVS Student discussion: How do we learn the stuff they don’t teach?  

AVS/student-led scenarios

Sponsored by VetPlus

Izzie Arthur (president AVS)
Calum McIntyre (JVP AVS)
Carl Gorman (practitioner) 
Penny Watson (academic, Cambridge)  

 14.40 - 15.20

 Medical Detective: Neurological or Behavioural?

Discussing a case from a neurologist and behavioural perspective

Sponsored by TVM UK
 Clare Rusbridge 
& Sarah Heath
 15.20 - 15.40
Afternoon Break   
 15.40 - 16.40

CARING FOR YOUR CAREER 3 x 20 minute sessions 

15.40 - CV and Interview Myth busting 

16.00 - Imposter Syndrome 

16.20 - Your career compass: Considering your options 


Kay Ritchie

Katie Ford

Ebony Escalona
 16.40 - 17.20

Dermatology quiz: Itching for a  prize!

A highly interactive dermatology quiz with prizes up for grabs! 

Sponsored by Vetruus
Sue Paterson
David Godfrey 

from 18.30pm
BSAVA Bake-Off

 Making choux buns - animal related décor!!
Cocktail-making session
Rosie Brandreth-Poynter

(Great British Bake-Off semi-finalist 2019)
and Cambridge veterinary graduate 
   BONUS CONTENT (Available post event)  
Pre Recorded  Identifying and treating heart failure in the emergency patient Kieran Borgeat
Pre Recorded  Exotic Imaging  Michelle Barrows 
Pre Recorded   Becoming a savvy surgeon Colin Whiting 
Pre Recorded   How to care for the customer as well as their beloved companions Alison Lambert
Lennon Foo 
Pre Recorded   What are Nutraceuticals and how they are used in practice

Sponsored by VetPlus
Sarah Holliday
Jacquelyn Marshall 

BSAVA Student Focus Prices

All prices inclusive of VAT

BSAVA member - Veterinary student £12
NON MEMBER - please register your BSAVA membership for free below
UK and ROI Student Member - join here
Overseas Student Member - join here

Event Sponsors

Hill's Pet Nutrition

Hills_TransformingLi...At Hill’s we always enjoy working with the vets of the future. Your passion and enthusiasm for learning always inspires us, and we’re working hard to help provide webinars, on-demand videos and interactive learning tools to help in these unusual times. 

Our mission at Hill’s is to help enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets - and supporting students is vital to supporting our Mission. We understand the role that nutrition plays, not only in the management of, but also in the prevention disease. 

We are all about science with over 220 veterinarians, PhD nutritionists and food scientists working hard to continue to develop breakthrough innovations for pet health.  

We are also committed to a sustainable future and making our planet a better place to live for the generations to come.

Sign up at to access all our online tools and resources, contact your Hill’s Student Representative or reach out to us at if you’d like more information.   


Vetruus-logo-2021Vetruus Ltd are specialists in veterinary dermatology with a long history in the veterinary industry, providing innovative, high quality products. As specialists in this field and having recently become a member of the Nextmune Group we have a number of products and services devoted to veterinary dermatology and in particular, options for managing allergies in the patient.

Collectively as part of the Nextmune Group, we are dedicated to helping veterinary surgeons and pet  and horse owners provide a better quality of life for animals with allergies and with over 30 years of experience within the Group, we have accumulated a wealth of knowledge in the field of diagnostics and the management of skin problems and allergy.


The Burtons family40-years-Bortons-Hom... and company have been manufacturing, distributing and servicing equipment for the veterinary community for 40 years. Our full range covers everything from anaesthesia to X-ray and is largely made in-house, in the UK. Established for three generations, the Burtons ethos is to give honest expert advice and excellent customer service to all.

As well as supplying a comprehensive range of equipment, Burtons also prides itself on its world-class servicing capabilities. With a nationwide fleet of service engineers available to answer emergency callouts, as well as undertaking routine equipment maintenance, we are always on hand to assist at your practice. For smaller items, our renowned Burtons Repair Centre technicians stand ready to received items for inspection, calibration, or repair, including specialist repair capabilities for your most delicate endoscopy kit.

To support you in making the right equipment purchasing choices, our team of local product specialists will give you expert advice and guidance, full product demonstrations and technical training upon request.

To find out more at full range of equipment and services, please visit


DVP Logo BlueDechra is an international specialist veterinary pharmaceuticals and related products business. Our key areas of expertise span endocrinology, dermatology, cardiology, water soluble powder products and injectable antibiotics, anaesthetics and analgesics, equine medicine and diet and nutrition.

We are committed to helping you care for animals. Our aim is to help you support your patients and their owners. We do this by providing you with quality products and the very highest level of support. This is why we are one of the fastest growing global brands in the veterinary market.  

Our Veterinary Technical Services team are here to support you with your use of Dechra products. All five of our vets have extensive experience of companion animal practice and can provide individual, case-specific advice on the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of your patients helping to ensure the best outcome for you, your clients and your patients. We aim to respond to all enquiries the same working day, and will usually get back to you within an hour.  We can also help you fulfil your pharmacovigilance responsibilities so you have one less thing to do in the day!

The world of veterinary medicine and care is constantly evolving and Dechra Academy is here to support you anytime, helping you keep up-to-date with the latest thinking through completely free, modern learning experiences. Because better veterinary care starts with you.


Logo TVM 2020_01TVM UK is an animal health company dedicated to the health and well-being of pets whilst also providing support via materials and education to veterinary professionals and pet owners. TVM UKs parent company in France is one of the 12 largest companies on the French Animal Health market and as a group, TVM specialise in key areas of animal health such as toxicology, ophthalmology and neurology. TVM is a subsidiary of Dômes Pharma, an independent family group which has been present in the pharmaceutical industry since 1947 and has over 330 employees in five different locations in France and England. The Group advocate a global approach to health ("One Health" concept) as the only way possible to contribute to the improvement of public and animal health. This conviction is asserted by their ‘LINKED BY NATURE’ slogan.



VetPlus-Logo-2019-No...At VetPlus, we believe animals deserve the best possible support to be able to keep doing all the things they love doing.

This is why we work tirelessly to develop high quality nutraceutical products, made from the best possible ingredients, in our state-of-the-art UK facility.

For over 25 years, VetPlus has pioneered the development and acceptance of nutraceuticals within the UK veterinary profession. We are today a global leader in veterinary nutraceuticals and have distributors in over 30 countries.

From the very beginning, our focus has been on developing the best possible products for pets. While many global companies are driven by the need to satisfy their shareholders and army of accountants, we are a family-owned business meaning we are not subjected to such pressures. This allows us to concentrate all our efforts on making products that vets can recommend with confidence and you can trust.

Having our own in-house Research & Development facility allows us to have complete control of the development and manufacturing process from start of finish, but also react quickly to the changing needs of vets and their patients. Over 90% of our products are produced in-house at our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Lytham, Lancashire and our products pass through at least 16 different quality checks before they are released to our customers. 

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