2023 Plenary Lectures Announced
Updated: Mar 31
There will be the bonus of two plenary lectures at BEVA Congress (13-16 September 2023 at the ICC Birmingham) again this year and both will be addressing aspects of behaviour to help practitioners optimise horse and human interactions.
The first plenary lecture on Thursday 14 September will be presented by vet Dr Gemma Pearson, who is Director of Equine Behaviour for the Horse Trust. She will talk about the interaction between horse and veterinarian in the John Hickman Memorial Lecture entitled ‘Equine Behaviour, the good, the bad and the downright dangerous’. “Equine vets sustain an unacceptably high level of injuries from the horses they are trying to treat. But we often forget that these are normal behavioural responses to an acute stressor for this species." she said. "I will discuss how we can use an understanding of equine behaviour to quickly achieve compliance from our patients. Furthermore, equine behavioural medicine is an exciting and rapidly evolving discipline and I will explore where the future may take us.”
"Equine behavioural medicine is an exciting and rapidly evolving discipline and I will explore where the future may take us"
In the second plenary lecture, which marks the second Peter Rossdale Memorial lecture, Sarah Freeman, Professor of Veterinary Surgery, School of Veterinary Medicine and Science at the University of Nottingham, will discuss the nuances of human behaviour change. “The challenge of changing hearts and minds is encountered by vets every day,” she said. “I will explore how we encourage horse owners to make the best evidence-based decisions for equine care and welfare. I will look at the top five welfare concerns in a horse and discuss barriers encountered and some of the possible solutions. I will also share our experiences of owner information campaigns and the different lessons, good and bad, we have learnt from doing these.”
Human behaviour change is a key theme for David Rendle during his presidential year and, in addition to the plenary lectures, there will be several practical human and equine behavioural highlights to enjoy within the main congress programme.
“Behavioural studies enable us to better understand health-related behaviours and identify potential barriers to change,” said David Rendle. “Failure to utilise behavioural science not only compromises the potential benefits of interventions but can result in overtly negative impacts on health.
"Failure to utilise behavioural science not only compromises the potential benefits of interventions but can result in overtly negative impacts on health"
“Models suggest that in order to change behaviour, we first need to understand that behaviour and endeavour to understand the attitudes and values which contribute to the behaviour being performed, as well as the social and environmental factors which make the behaviour easier or more difficult to carry out.”
There will be sessions on how human behaviour change can maximise equine welfare, how to have more effective conversations with clients and build stronger relationships and how to change the way things are done to optimise owner perception of the industry.
What every vet needs to know about their clients Thursday 14 September at 8:30am
Communication in the practice and the field Friday 15 September at 10:40am
Recognising and managing pain Friday 15 September at 8:30am
As well as providing an exceptional scientific programme of 90 hours of live and on demand CPD covering just about every aspect of equine medicine, surgery and practice, BEVA Congress is world-famous for its social scene and 2023 will be no exception. It will all kick off on Wednesday 13 September with a welcome reception at the famous Alchemist cocktail bar. Tickets are selling fast and are available to purchase when buying conference tickets.
Super early bird tickets for BEVA Congress are available until 31 May 2023. Tickets provide access to all lecture exhibition halls as well as full access to the virtual congress hub. Delegates will have access to all Congress content for six months after the event via the hub.
Individual super early bird BEVA members prices are £499 for vets and £137 for vet nurses for all three days (with concessionary prices available for those in their first three years of graduation or earning less than £25,000). Day tickets are also available.
Practices can save on their Congress tickets with our practice passes. Option one is £1,475 providing two vet tickets, one nurse ticket and three on-demand tickets. Option two is £2,950 and provides four vet tickets, two nurse tickets and six on-demand tickets.