Success for BSAVA’s first virtual student conference

1 February 2021

More than 200 veterinary students joined BSAVA’s first ever Student Focus last month. The one-day virtual student conference provided interactive clinical and non-clinical learning opportunities, providing up to six hours of EMS.

Sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition and supported by the Association of Veterinary Students, Student Focus was put together by BSAVA volunteers to support veterinary students in preparation for their careers in small animal practice.

The event, which was opened by BSAVA President Ian Ramsey, offered relevant clinical content for everyone, with a diverse range of topics covered including ‘Caring for your career’, an Anaesthesia Q&A with the specialists, as well as a look into the new RCVS VetGDP, programme.

Speaking about the event, Hill’s Pet Nutrition said: “We were really keen to be involved in the first ever BSAVA Student Focus. It was a fantastic event, showing that changing times can bring new opportunities to unite students from across the country for education and fun.

Hill’s Pet Nutrition knows how important education and peer support is for all members of the veterinary community, especially for the students who represent the future of our profession and we continually strive to help.”

Delegates also participated in polls, quizzes, and panel discussions with the opportunity to interact with other students online, before taking part in the BSAVA Bake off with Great British Bake Off semi-finalist and Cambridge Veterinary graduate, Rosie Brandreth-Poynter.

Delegate and Royal Veterinary College (RVC) student, Katie Clarke said: “It has been brilliant and I feel I’ve learnt so much. The events ran seamlessly, and were so relevant to vet students now, with so many extra online resources that I will definitely make use of.

I’m so grateful to the BSAVA for organising the event, especially under the circumstances, and found it to be so useful; I do hope it becomes a tradition for future years!”

AVS President Isobel Arthur and AVS Junior Vice-President Calum McIntyre said: “We would like to extend our thanks to BSAVA, on behalf of AVS, for helping students during these difficult times.”

To become a BSAVA Veterinary Student member for free, visit the website here.