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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.

Behaviour - Topic TBC

Gemma Pearson, The Horse Trust


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.

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.


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The Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) is a network of friendly and professional practitioners who work alongside the vet-led team with a variety of species including dogs, cats, horses, small mammals, reptiles, birds and other animals. APBC members offer a variety of in-person and remote services (including internationally).

Full APBC members are qualified, assessed and regulated, having met the standards set out by the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC), to promote animal welfare through training and behaviour change.  Full members have a depth and breadth of skills, knowledge and experience, unrivalled within the animal behaviour industry.

The APBC also organises regular events aimed at owners, trainers, behaviourists and the veterinary team.

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Equine Congress
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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.