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What is Equine Congress?

*Retuning for 2023* Equine Congress is a one day virtual event that focuses on equine nursing, exploring everything from equine behaviour and medicine, to wound management and diagnostic imaging.

This congress offers 7 hours of evidenced CPD and we will be welcoming a range of expert industry speakers to deliver lectures on:

  • Anaesthesia for Equine
  • PPID – the practical tips to manage the horse
  • Peak performance for animal rescue incidents
  • What can human behaviour change science teach us about managing overweight horses?
  • Behaviour - topic TBC

Who should attend?

Veterinary nurses looking to develop their knowledge of equine nursing. This congress will be particularly useful if you're:

  • Interested in learning more about equine nursing
  • Aiming to specialise in equine nursing
  • Aiming to progress within your role
  • 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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Chairman's Welcome

Tess Fordham BVMedSci BVM BVS CertAVP(EM) PgCert(VPS) MRCVS – RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Equine Medicine, The College of Animal Welfare

Anaesthesia for Equine

Marie Rippingale BSc (Hons), REVN, G-SQP, DipHE CVN, Dip AVN (Equine), IQA, Bottle Green Training Ltd

This presentation will cover the following key learning points:

  • Learn about the role of the equine veterinary nurse in general anaesthesia (GA)
  • Discuss how equine RVNs can reduce the risk of anaesthesia to equine patients
  • Learn about different GA drugs used and how these should be formulated into individual protocols for different patients
  • Learn about monitoring techniques used during GA

PPID – the practical tips to manage the horse

Anne-Marie Svendsen Aylott Cand.Med.Vet, MRCVS, PurpleCat Coaching Ltd

Managing PPID horses is often a challenging and complex situation. It is a progressive disease and one that seems to cause clients a lot of distress and worry.

There is much that can be done to support the owners of these horses – from helping them understand the ins and outs of the disease including the seasonal variation, over what and how to feed and all the way to the key question that looms over their head: How on Earth can they get that bad tasting tablet into their horse year after year after year…

Live Q&A Panel

Present questions (anonymously if desired) to the speakers.

Online Exhibition and Lounges

Peak performance for animal rescue incidents

Prof. Patrick J Pollock BVMS, PhD, CertES(Soft Tissue), FHEA, DipECVS, FRCVS, Royal(Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Vets, vet nurses and animals’ owners frequently find themselves in high stakes situations involving animal and human rescue. Decisions made in the first few minutes can have significant long-term implications for both equine and human casualties. This lecture will equip you with the tools to optimise your performance and that of your team and provide training in incident management and triage and packaging of equine casualties. Success in high stakes environments also requires attention to personal mental health and well-being, allowing us to remain high performers day after day.

We will cover the following key learning points:

  • Learn animal rescue techniques
  • Optimise your personal performance in high stakes situations
  • Maximise your wellbeing

Live Q&A Panel

Present questions (anonymously if desired) to the speakers.

Online Exhibition and Lounges

What can human behaviour change science teach us about managing overweight horses?

Tamzin Furtado BA(hons) AdvDip PhD

The science of human behaviour change explores how and why people behave the way they do, and how we can help people to change their behaviour. This talk will explore the UK’s equine obesity epidemic from a human behaviour change perspective, exploring the reasons for the prevalence of equine obesity, and how a better understanding of behaviour change science can help us to create novel, targeted strategies for change.

Achieving compliance with naughty neddies

Gemma Pearson BVMS Cert AVP (EM) CCAB MScR PhD MRCVS, The Horse Trust

Horses that do not comply with veterinary care can be dangerous and frequently result in a stressful experience for everyone involved.
This talk will explore how we can use an understanding of learning theory to quickly and easily train horses to be calm and compliant. It will also incorporate the findings in Gemma's PhD thesis to demonstrate how little tweaks to how cases are managed can result in big improvements to their behaviour using a marginal gains approach.
Lots of videos of real cases will be used to demonstrate this approach.

Live Q&A Panel

Present questions (anonymously if desired) to the speakers.

Chairman's Close

Tess Fordham BVMedSci BVM BVS CertAVP(EM) PgCert(VPS) MRCVS – RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Equine Medicine, The College of Animal Welfare

Virtual Exhibition and Lounges


Please note this programme is subject to change.

Marie RippingaleMarie Rippingale BSc (Hons), REVN, G-SQP, DipHE CVN, Dip AVN (Equine), IQA
Bottle Green Training Ltd

Marie obtained a First-Class Honours Degree in Equine Sports Science in 2005. She started working in clinical equine practice in 2003 and qualified as a Registered Equine Veterinary Nurse (REVN) with merit in 2007.

In 2012, Marie completed the Diploma in Higher Education Clinical Veterinary Nursing (DipHE CVN) and obtained the RCVS Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Dip AVN) in equine context, with distinction in 2013.  She has been lecturing since 2010 at Bottle Green Training Ltd and is now the Programme Lead for the Level 3 Diploma in Equine Veterinary Nursing.

Marie has an interest in the welfare working equids abroad and has twice worked as a volunteer at The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust (GHDT) in Africa. Marie’s special interests include donkeys, bandaging, anaesthesia, and intravenous catheter care.

Marie is currently the Chair of the Equine Nurses Committee for The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA). Outside of work, Marie enjoys looking after her horse Harry, and her two donkeys Billy and Tilly.

Anne Marie

Anne-Marie Svendsen Aylott Cand.Med.Vet, MRCVS
PurpleCat Coaching Ltd

Anne-Marie Svendsen Aylott has amassed a wide range of experiences over the years. While practicing as a small animal veterinarian and running her own coaching and training business, she has chosen to spend most of her CPD hours on Equine Medicine and has a special interest in PPID.

She is an admin on the Facebook page Equine PPID (Cushings) – a global group with over 27,000 members. The group is tightly moderated and focuses on evidence-based approaches to managing all aspects of PPID.

Gemma Pearson

Gemma Pearson, BVMS Cert AVP (EM) CCAB MScR PhD MRCVS
The Horse Trust

Gemma combines her time between research and outreach as Director of Equine Behaviour at The Horse Trust and running a referral clinic for clinical equine behaviour cases where she is based at the University of Edinburgh.

After working in ambulatory practice Gemma undertook a rotating residency programme in the equine hospital alongside an MScR investigating horse veterinarian interactions.

Subsequently she completed her PhD thesis ‘Stress in equids undergoing veterinary care and the development of interventions that positively influence the horses’ experience’.  Recently she has become the first RCVS specialist with the species-specific designation Veterinary Behavioural Medicine (Equine). As well as continuing with her own research she supervises several students at PhD, MSc and undergraduate level.

Tamzin FurtadoTamzin Furtado BA(hons) AdvDip PhD

Tamzin is a social scientist with a background in global health, and has a specific interest in the interconnections between human and animal health and wellbeing.
She completed a PhD at the University of Liverpool studying how we can improve the management of obesity in horses, particularly focusing on horse-human relationships and human behaviour change.
Tamzin now works on projects covering a wide range of aspects of understanding human behaviour in order to improve companion animal welfare, and in using social sciences to find out more about how we can help people to change.

Patrick PollockProf. Patrick J Pollock BVMS, PhD, CertES(Soft Tissue), FHEA, DipECVS, FRCVS,
Royal(Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

After qualifying from the university of Glasgow in 1998, Patrick worked in mixed general practice in North East Scotland before moving to Ireland to undertake an internship and then residency in Large Animal Surgery at University College Dublin (UCD).

After his residency, Patrick worked as College Lecturer in Equine Surgery at UCD for several years before moving to Denmark.

He has since worked in private and academic practice and after 11 years at the Weipers Centre Equine Hospital in Glasgow, took up the position of Director of the Equine Hospital and Practice at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh where he has been for the last 5 years.

Patrick is a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons and a European and RCVS recognized specialist in equine surgery. He is involved with a number of projects around the world with working equidae, including training vets and equid owners in resource limited settings. His clinical and research interests include equine poor performance, the upper airway, ophthalmic surgery, trauma, disasters and rescue and wound healing.

Although Patrick is principally a surgeon, he has a range of experience with exotic, zoo animals and wildlife, and served as a trustee and veterinary director of the Irish Seal for many years.

Patrick lives with his family in west central Scotland and is a keen runner, kayaker and piper.


Tess FordhamTess Fordham BVMedSci BVM BVS CertAVP(EM) PgCert(VPS) MRCVS – RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Equine Medicine
The College of Animal Welfare

Tess graduated from Nottingham Vet School in 2011.  She went on to work abroad treating working horses and donkeys, before returning to the UK where she completed two internships.  Tess then moved to working in equine first opinion practice, alongside teaching veterinary students at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, for over ten years.

Tess is an RCVS recognised advanced practitioner in equine internal medicine and is Regional Vet for the Riding for the Disabled Association. She has special interests in human equine interaction and equine emergency medicine.


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.

Burtons Veterinary EquipmentBurtons Veterinary Equipment

The Burtons family and company have been manufacturing, distributing and servicing equipment for the veterinary community for 40 years. Our full range covers everything from anaesthesia to x-ray and is largely made in-house, in the UK. Established for three generations, the Burtons ethos is to give honest expert advice and excellent customer service to all.

As well as supplying a comprehensive range of equipment, Burtons also prides itself on its world-class servicing capabilities. With a nationwide fleet of service engineers available to answer emergency callouts, as well as undertaking routine equipment maintenance.

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.

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.


VetSkill is an Ofqual and CCEA-approved awarding organisation, a professional regulatory body, and an IfATE and ESFA-approved end-point assessment organisation.

We aim to empower learners to achieve their potential by providing inspirational qualifications and robust assessments. VetSkill-approves colleges to deliver our growing portfolio of qualifications and contracts with training providers and employers to provide end-point assessments for many apprenticeship standards.

Vetlife Vetlife

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.

Early Bird Tickets Available


That's a saving of £60

Once the Early Bird promotion ends, your ticket will cost: £175

Early Bird pricing is available until Friday 15 September 2023.
All prices are listed without VAT and any stated savings include VAT.

Interested in exhibiting at Equine Congress?

Equine Congress is a one day virtual event that focuses on equine 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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