Conference to explore role of OVs in a Post-Brexit World

Conference to explore role of OVs in a Post-Brexit World

The role of Official Veterinarians (OVs) and the challenges they face in a post-Brexit world will be discussed at this year OV Conference.

The online event takes place from 28-30 September and early bird tickets are now on sale.

This year’s speakers include BVA President James Russell; Ian Wright, Head of the European Scientific Counsel of Companion Animal Parasites UK & Ireland and Dr Sam Holland, Veterinary Head of Exotics and Welfare. Simon Hall, former APHA Veterinary Director, now working as an export OV, will also share practical experience from his current role.

Sue Hay, head of OV training for conference organiser Improve International, said: “During this year, the realities of our post-Brexit world have started to reveal themselves while we have endured another lockdown before finally starting to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Throughout the year, OVs have shown huge commitment in working through the eye of the storm. But, while there have been many challenges, there have also been areas of opportunity and the potential for positive change.

“We look forward to discussing all aspects of the OV’s role and where it’s headed following this extraordinary year during the 2021 OV Conference.”

Andrew Soldan, APHA Veterinary Director, told of his pride at being part of the veterinary profession

The OV Conference, which is also run in association with the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), is the UK’s only event dedicated to the CPD needs of OVs.

Focusing on their role as new processes and procedures start to bed down following Brexit, this year’s virtual event will offer 18 hours of CPD, including lectures and Q&A sessions from leading speakers.  Delegates will be able to view recordings of all the sessions on-demand for six months following the conference.

‘Pragmatic choices’

Andrew Soldan, APHA Veterinary Director added: “My experiences over the last year have made me even more proud to be part of the veterinary profession. The role of vets, especially Official Vets, has never been very prominent in our national life. The trust that is put in a veterinary signature is awesome. And yet, undertaking a TB test or signing an EHC are practical, visceral activities.

“Real decisions must be taken, and pragmatic choices made. The final decision has to be “Can I sign this certificate?”  Can the owner, government or International trading partner have confidence that, to the best of my abilities, I have verified all the elements I am certifying?

“This is the essence of OV work.  I hope that the OV conference will help you carry out this vital work to the best of your abilities.”

Early Bird tickets start from £120 + VAT with the outline programme and other information available at:

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