London Vet Show 2017
Keith attended the London Vet Show at the Excel in London
Keith, one of the vets at Hillside, recently attended the London Vet Show, now in its 9th year and has written a short blog post. You can read this below...
The London Vet Show (held this year on 16 and 17 November) now in its 9th year has been held at the huge ExCel Arena in Docklands for the past two years, having outgrown Olympia.
Over this time, it has become a multi-national event and there have also been American and European Conferences.
There has always been a huge amount of dog, cat, rabbit and exotics content, but this year more so than ever there were further specialist content streams for farm, equine and career development as well as smaller streams run by specialist exhibitor companies and independent and corporate referral veterinary practices.
So much to see and do over the two days! The event now attracts 5-6000 vets and nurses.
The ExCel Arena is a truly enormous building, it probably takes 5-10 minutes to walk from one end to the other and alongside this massive conference there were lighting and Christmas craft exhibitions running in the same building.
The London Vet Show
There is always a good number of overseas speakers and sometimes it's good to get a view on how similar diseases are tackled in different parts of the world.
This year a world renowned American skin specialist gave his perspective on the management of many conditions and was able to discuss a new exciting product with the UK audience that has just become available here but has been used for the last two years in the US.
The hormonal and medicine specialists at London are always very entertaining to listen to. They make the complicated sound simple and always give food for thought, their lectures this year opened a whole new thought on the way we will monitor and treat some of the more complicated hormonal diseases in the future - like diabetes and hormonal diseases affecting the body's stress hormone cortisol.
As I've attended a number of these events over the years it's good that each year there are new things that can be taken back to practice and show the continual effort to try and provide further knowledge on the cause, diagnosis and treatment of all our pet's illnesses both in general practice and then what is now available at a specialist level.
The Exhibitors' conference is large and varied and gives general practicing vets a chance to look at new technology and to discuss the benefits of new drugs and supplements and the evidence behind their use.
Whilst there, I was doing some research on a new lifting table for one of our consulting rooms. Helen (our head nurse) had asked me to get the lowdown on support products for tummy upsets, cat bladder problems and dogs with troubling scent glands in their bottom! However, unfortunately, I couldn’t replenish Gemma's stock of sparkly bandages with more freebies - I think nurses are far better at this than vets!
Away from the learning, as always there is a good social scene and a chance to catch up with people you may not have seen for a while. I had a chance encounter with an Equine Vet who trained at Liverpool at the same time as me who I had not seen for 20 years and enjoyed a beer with some vets from this region I'd not seen for a while.
This highly redeveloped area of London is perfect for events like this and this year I travelled on the Emirates Airline Cable Car from the ExCel to the O2 Arena so that satisfied the tourist in me on my annual trip to London!
For such a big event, it remains personal with a good opportunity for learning, provides the ability to discuss and research equipment and products for the surgery and the chance to catch up with friends and colleagues. It gives a good 'family' feel to the profession as we head towards the Christmas Season once again.
All in all, a good and useful couple of days away from the practice.
Keith Moore BSc BVSc MRCVS
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