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What is Advanced Veterinary Nursing Congress?

Advanced Veterinary Nursing Congress is a one day virtual event that explores advanced professional practice, focusing on advanced veterinary nursing skills and knowledge.

This congress offers 7 hours of evidenced CPD and at previous events we have welcomed a range of expert industry speakers to deliver lectures on:

  • PADs - What is knees and teeth syndrome?
  • Advanced Anaesthesia for the Orthopaedic Brachycephalic Patient
  • Feeding the Inappetant Patient
  • Cats and Cardiology
  • Blood Gas Bootcamp

Who should attend?

Veterinary nurses looking to advance their professional practice and develop more advanced veterinary nursing knowledge and skills. This congress will be particularly useful if you're:

  • Aiming to progress within your role
  • Interested in studying an advanced veterinary nursing qualification in the future
  • Considering pursuing an academic or managerial role in the future
  • Interested in keeping up-to-date with everything happening in the industry

Why attend?

  • Listen to lectures from a range of speakers who will be sharing their experiences and knowledge
  • Q&A sessions mean your questions will be answered by the speakers themselves
  • Gain practical takeaways that you can implement in your practice
  • Gain information, product knowledge and offers from our virtual exhibitors
  • Earn 7 hours of evidenced CPD
  • Gain online access to recordings of all the lectures and lectures from previous congresses up until the next event
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Online Registration and Exhibition

Chair's Welcome

James Taylor, BVSc (Hons) MRCVS, Medivet

PADS - What is knees and teeth syndrome?

Sarah Ramsden, CertAVN (Dent) NCert (Dent) RVN, The Dental RVN

This presentation will cover the following key learning points:

• What is PADS (Patellar Fracture and Dental Anomaly Syndrome)?
• How we can educate owners in the consult room and detect abnormalities
• The importance of complimentary diagnostic imaging in General Practice

Advanced Anaesthesia for the Orthopaedic Brachycephalic Patient

Victoria Plimmer BSc (Hons) RVN VPAC NCert (Anaesth)

This presentation aims to briefly introduce the orthopaedic conditions that most commonly present in our brachycephalic patients and the corrective surgical techniques available. The main emphasis will be on the approach to anaesthesia.
By having a basic understanding of elective orthopaedic procedures and the type of patient they most commonly affect, we can start to plan appropriately for the general anaesthetic. We all know that brachycephalic’s present with their own set of challenges - this talk will address these and the use of advanced anaesthesia and analgesia techniques for the orthopaedic patient with a series of case studies.

Live Q&A Panel

Present questions (anonymously if desired) to the speakers.

Online Exhibition and Lounges

Feeding the Inappetant Patient

Nicola Lakeman MSc BSC (Hons) RVN CertVNECC CertSAN VTS (Nutrition)

In this session we are going to be looking at inappetence in our patients and how best to support with nutrition. We will look at nutritional calculations to ensure we are achieving adequate nutrition, how to enhance appetite (with both pharmaceuticals and non-pharma routes), refeeding syndrome (what it is, how to avoid and treatment regimes) and tube feeding.

Live Q&A Panel

Present questions (anonymously if desired) to the speakers.

Online Exhibition and Lounges

Cats and Cardiology

Charlotte Pace, BA(Hons) RVN VTS (Cardiology-IM) PG Cert (Vet Ed) FHEA

This presentation will be looking at cardiology for our feline patients. By the end of the session, delegates should leave feeling confident in being able to:

• Explain and discuss different types of feline heart disease
• Describe the process of heart failure in cats
• Recognise different presentations of heart disease and implement appropriate nursing plans

Blood Gas Bootcamp

Chloe Fay BSc(Hons) RVN CertVN ECC NCert (Anaesthesia) VTS (ECC) BLS/ALS RECOVER Instructor Certified

Blood gas analysis can be a real brain teaser! In this session we will look at the understanding of acid base balance in the body, considering the buffer system and how this is physically seen in our patients.
The theory of basic venous blood gas interpretation and tips and tricks on how to remember these will form the foundations of the session, before putting theory to practise with lots of useful cases to work through.
Repetitive practice with blood gas interpretation followed by case studies will build clinical confidence in identifying acid/base imbalances!

Live Q&A Panel

Present questions (anonymously if desired) to the speakers.

Chair's Close

James Taylor, BVSc (Hons) MRCVS, Medivet

Virtual Exhibition and Lounges

Charlotte Pace HeadshotCharlotte Pace, BA(Hons) RVN VTS (Cardiology-IM) PG Cert (Vet Ed) FHEA

Charlotte Pace qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2003. In 2010 she passed the American Veterinary Technician exams and became the first nurse to hold the Cardiology qualification outside the US.

Charlotte has taught veterinary nurses on degree and diploma programmes. She also continues to write and lecture on veterinary cardiology and is a member of the editorial board for the Veterinary Nurse, a position she has held since 2012.

Currently, Charlotte works in 1st opinion practice and she has also recently qualified as a therapeutic counsellor. Charlotte was BVNA President in 2022-23 and her new book, ‘Practical Cardiology for Veterinary Nurses’ is out now.

Sarah Ramdsen HeadshotSarah Ramsden CertAVN (Dent) NCert (Dent) RVN
The Dental RVN

Sarah Ramsden is currently the Lead Dental Nurse at Vets4Pets in Leeds, Birstall.

She has completed two certificates in dentistry for veterinary nurses and has a passion for educating both owners and peers within this area.

Sarah feels fortunate that she can treat a range of maxillofacial conditions in practice and now offers a dental referral service, both in-house and to surrounding practices

James Taylor HeadshotJames Taylor BVSc (Hons) MRCVS

James graduated from the University of Liverpool with a veterinary degree in 2019. After working in small animal practice in South Wales, he went on to take on a role mentoring aspirational vet students, as well as being the president of a scholarship programme for current veterinary students.

Since then, he has taken the next step as part of the Medivet team and now mentors newly graduated vets across Wales and the South and West of England. Alongside this, he volunteers for the BVA and is currently the Welsh representative to the BVA council.

He lives in South Wales with his partner, who is a vet nurse, and their 2 cats.

Chloe Fay HeadshotChloe Fay BSc(Hons) RVN CertVN ECC NCert (Anaesthesia) VTS (ECC) BLS/ALS RECOVER Instructor Certified
New Priory Vets Brighton

Chloe qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2012, gained her ECC certificate in 2016, her VTS (ECC) in 2018, became RECOVER BLS/ALS instructor certified in 2019 and most recently acquired her Certificate in Anaesthesia (2023). She is currently the clinical nursing manager at New Priory Vets Brighton.

Chloe is impassioned about sharing knowledge through teaching and developing both vets and technicians within her position at her current 24/7 hospital to provide gold standard care.

Chloe is on the review board for the RCVS ‘inFOCUS’ veterinary journal and has provided lectures and workshops internationally. Chloe is highly experienced and passionate about all aspects of emergency and critical care nursing, but her specific interests include critical care patients including renal and septic patients, and cardio-respiratory patients.

Victoria Plimmer HeadshotVictoria Plimmer BSc (Hons) RVN VPAC NCert (Anaesth)
Rata Veterinary Surgery

Victoria completed her degree in Veterinary Nursing at the University of Bristol in 2007, during which time she also gained her Veterinary Practice Administration Certificate (VPAC).

Victoria was a locum for several years post qualifying in first opinion and referral practice as well as working abroad (in animal shelters and practice).

She held a head nurse position in a first opinion practice and concurrently, had 5 years’ experience of lecturing veterinary nurse students which overlapped with her starting her current position at Rata Veterinary Surgery in 2015. This peripatetic orthopaedic RVN position utilises her NCert (Anaesth) certificate and surgical nursing skills.

Nicola LakemanNicola Lakeman MSc BSC (Hons) RVN CertVNECC CertSAN VTS (Nutrition)
IVC Evidensia

Nicola works as the Nutrition Manager for IVC Evidensia. She graduated from Hartpury College with an honours degree in Equine Science, and subsequently qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2002.

Nicola has written for many veterinary publications and textbooks and is the editor of Aspinall’s Complete Textbook of Veterinary Nursing. She is also one of the Consultant Editors for The Veterinary Nurse.

Nicola has recently gained her Master’s degree in Advanced Veterinary Nursing with Glasgow University.

CAW LogoThe College of Animal Welfare

The College of Animal Welfare is one of the largest providers of veterinary nurse training in the UK, with centres in Cambridgeshire, North London, Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, West Midlands, County Durham and Scotland. We strongly believe that education and training is the key to raising standards of animal welfare. To this end, we strive to create new and accessible opportunities for learning, and encourage employers and those working with animals to undertake appropriate levels of training and continue with lifelong learning and education.

CAW Business School

CAW Business School was set up in 2012 to offer business related qualifications. CAW Business School offers a number of highly recognised qualifications including the opportunity to study AAT Accounting, Business Administration, Customer Service, TAQA and ILM leadership and management, and coaching and mentoring courses.


Millpledge Veterinary LogoMillpledge Veterinary

Millpledge Veterinary has been manufacturing innovative products designed specifically for the veterinary professional for over 30 years.

Ranging from Pharmaceuticals to Nutraceuticals, Bandaging and Fluid Therapy, encompassing products for companion and large animal use. Providing complete peace of mind for the veterinary profession.

Popular products include Rapz Eazy Tear® Cohesive Bandages, Eaze-Off® Tape and Bandage Removal Spray, Tom Tiddle™ Urinary Cat Catheters, Millpack™ Sterilisation Pouches with built-in sterility test strips, Aniset™ IV Sets for small and large animals, and V-GEL® advanced species-specific supraglottic airway devices for Rabbits, Cats, and Dogs.

Visit our website at www.millpledge.com to view our full range.


Vetlife is a charity dedicated to supporting the veterinary profession.

Everyone in the veterinary community is welcome to contact the Vetlife Helpline for free, independent and confidential support – including veterinary nurses, veterinary students, and non-clinical staff. The Helpline can be reached on 0303 040 2551 or by anonymous email.

Following contact with the Vetlife Helpline, volunteers can refer those needing further care to our award-winning Vetlife Health Support service which provides mental health support.

Vetlife Financial Support is available for eligible veterinary surgeons, registered veterinary nurses, and their dependants in the UK.

Pet RemedyPet Remedy

Pet Remedy is a natural plant based range of calming products for pets. Easy to use and fast acting. This unique and patented formula is valerian root oil based and is made in the UK.

Pet Remedy works with the pet's own natural calming mechanisms and is suitable for use in all stressful situations. Pet Remedy will also help with developing emotional resilience and wellbeing. Now used by most veterinary practices and rescues on a daily basis. Visit the vet zone on our website and you will see a detailed explanation by Dr Robert Falconer-Taylor (veterinary neuro surgeon and author), about how Pet Remedy works. You will also see links to 9 published studies showing efficacy in multi-species including cat, dog, rabbit, pig and horse.

Early Bird Tickets Available

£150 (£125+VAT)

That's a saving of £60

Once the Early Bird promotion ends, your ticket will cost: £210 (£175+VAT)

Early Bird pricing is available until Friday 19 July 2024.

Interested in exhibiting at Advanced Veterinary Nursing Congress?

Advanced Veterinary Nursing Congress is a one day virtual event that focuses on advanced veterinary nursing.

Why exhibit with us?

  • Limited exhibitor numbers - Unlike larger congresses where hundreds of exhibitors often mean that visitors will not remember everyone, exhibition space for these events is strictly limited. As such you will get the opportunity to engage with the delegates attending our congresses personally.
  • Make meaningful business connections – Network with those that influence decision making in veterinary practice and make relevant industry contacts virtually.
  • Cost effective – with exhibitor packages starting from just £50+VAT, our prices offer value for money and fall considerably below that of larger events within the industry.

To find out more contact Claire Gregory on 01480 422060.

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