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Weds 31st August 2011: RCVA President's Summer Evening Invitation

The President would like to invite the membership to join me at a Summer Outing to the CHILTERN VALLEY WINERY & BREWERY at Old Luxters near Henley-on-Thames on Wednesday 31st August. Although it is a little distance for some members it should make a lovely evening out and would be worth an early finish at the surgery!

Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Old Luxters has a vineyard, winery, brewery and cellar shop. It is set on the slopes of the Chiltern Hills, surrounded by beech woodland and overlooking the beautiful Hambleden Valley.

The tour will take us through the brewery, production, the grapes and harvest and culminate in a tasting of their range. As they produce 12 wines, 6 liquers and 3 Ales and market a selection of natural fruit juices and cordials there is plenty to suit most palates.

The cost is £12.50 per head. I do hope you can join me.

I will need numbers, so a reply to would be most helpful. Final confirmations can be made nearer the time, so just an indication of interest is enough at present. I think it might be interesting to look at lift shares too if possible, so let me know if you might be interested in some co-ordination of that.

25th July 2011 PUB CPD

Details on the Revised Pre Purchase Examination Certificate and the New Pre-Purchase Examination Guidance Notes

We are delighted to invite you to our second "PUB CPD" meeting at The Castle Pub, Donnington, Newbury, RG14 3AA.

Thanks to RCVA for their support.

Our speakers on this occasion are Malcolm Morley BVSc MRCVS who has been busy liasing with the RCVS and BEVA on the new pre purchase guidelines and has kindly agreed to share his pint of view!! Furthermore Charlie Schreiber BVet Med MRCVS will discuss those vetting nightmares which would be enough to drive a vet to the drink!!
The purpose of "Pub CPD" is to offer FREE HIGH QUALITY CPD to the equine vets of Berkshire and the surrounding counties.  It is hoped to be an informal meeting and serve as a relaxing end to the day.
It is envisaged that the "Pub CPD" meetings will be structured around a specific topic (i.e. respiratory problems, gastrointestinal diseases, orthopaedics, etc.), which will include two main speakers presentations followed by a ‘Pub’ discussion.
The "Pub" discussion would be an opportunity to include a short clinical case presentation on Power Point or Key note which you have experienced in practice - The material should be submitted in advance to or - Everyone has a vetting nightmare - please share with us at this help group for Pre Purchase vets!!
This is the equivalent of 2 hours CPD time, for your RCVS CPD card record.
The Castle Pub offers good pub food (They accept orders over the phone for food - 01635 40615 if you would like to have dinner before, after or during the evenings discussion).
If you are interested, there are several ways you  could register:

  1. Using our online registration link (includes an opportunity to vote for the next topic).
  2. If you are not computer friendly, just book it through our main office number 0163539039

We look forward to seeing you!!!


2nd March 2011 - RCVA Annual AGM at The (Barcelo) Oxford Hotel, Godstow Road, OX2 8AL:
7.30pm Hot Sit-down Buffet £8.00 followed by free talk 8.15pm.


Professor Paul Barrow, Research and Business Sub-Dean at the University of Nottingham, will be discussing "Innovations in Veterinary Science at Nottingham" which might influence our veterinary world - including the new course in Veterinary Medicine and Science, and the "what's new" in research. With the first veterinary graduates from Nottingham appearing this year, and the recent changes to student and research funding this will be a topic of interest to many.

The meeting will be followed by a brief AGM 9.30pm-10.00 pm, which will include the updated rules and information on suggested CPD fees for 2011

This is a very social and fun evening. Please do make the effort to attend and possibly learn a little more what is happening in the veterinary world, and about your colleagues and council at the RCVA, and how to help support this organisation to keep CPD and social networks throughout the three counties active and affordable.

For further details please click here

December 2010:

Click here to see the Content of last BVA Council Meeting (Council Report for 1 Dec-2010).

November 2010: Another excellent CPD evening was presented on the 3rd November 2010, when Malcom McKee, an RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery, spoke on the subject of Management of Intractable Joint Pain. Merial Animal Health were kind enough to sponsor the event, and gave a short presentation prior to the main meeting to explain the benefits of Previcox (firocoxib, a preferential Cox-2 inhibitor, in the management of canine osteoarthritis).

This was followed by an excellent and enlightening talk on joint pain, ranging over a number of presentations and potential treatments - both medical and surgical. Key areas covered included the most common causes of joint pain, the investigation of a dog or cat with intractable joint pain, medical management of joint pain followed by a review of the surgical options for intractable pain of the shoulder, elbow, carpus, hip, stifle and hock joints.

The surgical options were impressive and the new techniques discussed fascinating - with both animal and human applications. many thanks to Lucy for arranging this evening.

October 2010: There is no October meeting.

September 2010: Many of us enjoyed another excellent CPD evening at the Littlebury Hotel in Bicester when local specialist Martha Cannon  spoke on the topic of "Feline Diabetes.... what is so special about cats?"
The evening was rounded off with a presentation of flowers to Lucy Howard, RCVA meetings secretary, to thank her for her sterling work in providing such an excellent series of CPD for the members of RCVA and other vets in Oxford and the Royal Counties throughout the last 18 months.
Lucy has proved a power-house of energy in providing a great series of lectures delivered by first class speakers, and by securing ongoing sponsorship.
This was also the month we were able to offer special WEBINAR access to RCVA membership. Webinars can potentially give all geographic areas within the three counties equal access to CPD, and so is an area we would like to explore and encourage.

April 2010: At the RCVA Spring council meeting, tribute was paid to Chris Trower in recognition of the many years of service and vast number of hours he has dedicated to the RCVA in his many roles - most latterly as RCVA secretary. A presentation of Theatre Vouchers to Chris was planned, but sadly Chris  was absent at this meeting through illness. We are glad to report that Chris has made a very good recovery and has been united with his vouchers!
Lucy Howard was also presented with Theatre Vouchers in recognition of her efforts in single-handedly re-invigorating small animal CPD in the region.
Are there any budding farm animal or equine vets out there who want to follow suit? The RCVA would love to hear from you and help support any ideas you have. Equally if there is anyone in the division who wishes to help spread small animal CPD outside of Oxford we are here to help.


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