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OV Conference September 19 & 20 2018

News just in! 2018 dates just announced!

Conference a hit with delegates from across the UK

The 2017 OV conference in September drew over 300 delegates from across the UK and, with feedback resoundingly positive, plans are already underway for next year, with Improve International announcing recently that the fourth edition will be back in Swindon on 19 & 20 September 2018. 

Updated information on the 2017 OV Conference can be found on the Official Vet web site

Pre-register now for 2018, take advantage of exclusive discounted rates!  Pre-register here.

What delegates said:

Delegate feedback was overwhelmingly positive from previous events.

‘’A great couple of days here at the 2016 OV Conference! A well organised event, with a really impressive Speaker Programme- including Nigel Gibbens – A great lecture to open the event! And an even better lunch to follow!

Seriously a great atmosphere to the whole thing. Lots of opportunity to chat with fellow OV’s and a chance to really define our role. I’d highly recommend the conference not only for the speaker programme and great CPD but for the service from the Improve International team too, thank you!  I’ve put my name down for a place at next year’s already!’

What an enjoyable and informative conference.  For many of us in practice, the regulatory side is not the most stimulating but it is extremely important to get it right on every occasion.  The speakers made it interesting with the result that we all became engrossed.   In the question and answer sessions, we found that many of us had experienced similar problems and in the most part we were guided and reassured as to the correct approach. One concern regarding exports over a weekend was that Carlisle operates on a 5-day week whilst, as we know, air transport is 24/7. Their answer was to phone the regional on call veterinary manager for advice, which I heard from participant, was call Carlisle on Monday! 

Nigel Gibbons CVO opened the day pointing out the vital importance of OV work in maintaining the confidence in the veterinary profession both nationally & internationally.  Bob Ghandour a veterinary surgeon, who has set up Pet Air UK to provide a service for transportation with emphasis on welfare considerations, took us through the myriad of complications on what would seem a pretty straight forward project. Ian Wright updated us on ticks on the graveyard shift - after lunch. He was introduced as the man to keep us awake and wide awake we were- familiarising us to the threats of Ixiodes, Dermacentor & Rhicephalus. 

Improve looked after the inner person with a wide choice of coffees, teas and patisseries. And as for lunch, no lunch boxes but a large appetising self-service selection to be taken to small tables in a congenial dining area.  Unfortunately, I had to leave before the conference concluded so missed some more subjects that would have really interested me.

Would I attend again – Certainly I would.

Exhibitors will be back!

A carefully selected commercial exhibition of companies displaying products and services of direct relevance to OVs ran alongside the conference. Many reported great interest from OVs and are already planning their presence for 2018!

In the press

Vet Times October 2017
Non-UK vets' essential after Brexit says CVO

Risk posed by foreign dog import 'loophole'

Vet Record
OVs need a bit more than love

Public sector vets concerned about rabies threat to western Europe

Video of 2016 OV Conference

Registered users

NEW. OCQ(V) – EQ. (Equine) is available for enrolment

The equine export qualification OCQ(V) – EQ is now available. Specialist Equine OVs who hold OCQ(V) – UX can select either UX OR EQ at revalidation. Please contact Improve International on 0330 202 0380 if you would like to be transfered from UX to EQ for your revalidation.

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Latest updates

2018 OV Conference dates announced, Sept 19 & 20

Register now for exclusive discounted rates. Book here.