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Senior lecturer at RVC takes over as president of BCVA

01 December 2010, at 12:00am

reportsonlastmonth’s congress of the British Cattle Veterinary Association

TORQUAY hosted the 2010 BCVA congress in its Riviera Centre and the delegates enjoyed the mix of four parallel technical sessions, the commercial exhibition and the various social functions.

At the AGM, John Fishwick, a senior lecturer at the RVC, was elected as president with Andrew Praill standing down as secretary to become the junior vice-president.

Keith Cutler is now senior vice- president and in his summary of the year thanked the members of Council, the staff at head office and particularly the membership of the associationforthe outstanding support he received in his presidential year.

Gareth Hateley is the new secretary and Declan O’Rourke continues as treasurer.

The Tuckey Award for the best paper by a practitioner at the 2009 congress was presented to Paul Rogers (Allen & Partners, Carmarthenshire) for “A practising vet’s view of bovine TB control in Wales”. The President’s Award for the best overall paper went to Mark Bryan (Vet South, New Zealand) for “Incorporating the non steriodal anti-inflammatory drug Meloxicam into the treatment of clinical mastitis, reduced somatic cell count and the risk of culling”.

The commercial exhibition formed the hub of the congress where delegates gathered for refreshment throughout the day and there was plenty of space to have conversations and small meetings. Laptop presentations and discussions were much in evidence together with several activity games such as “trap the badger” from My Healthy Herd and rally car simulated driving with the Moore Scarrett accountancy partnership.

With so much change being talked about because of pharmaceutical companies’ mergers and acquisitions, it was refreshing to bump into two businesses exhibiting at the BCVA for the first time and getting to grips with the relaxed atmosphere. Hypra is a large Spanish group with a new UK office in Nottingham and Animalcare is based in York.

There was a buzz around the exhibition and over 20 of the technical papers were sponsored by exhibitors.

The opening reception bar at the Grand Hotel and the dinner were supported by Norbrook Laboratories. Before the President’s Dinner on day two there was a drinks reception sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health and the evening was marked by an exhibition of dancing by the current amateur champions, supported by “one of the best dance bands in the country”, the Ross Mitchell orchestra and singers. This demonstration of various dances, with many changes of costume, was quite simply breathtaking.

Afterwards delegates were encouraged to have a go under the tutelage of former ballroom and Latin champions Cheryl and Jeffrey Dobinson. These professional instructors were well-known to the then president. Keith and Sam Cutler entered in with enthusiasm and the sparkling shirt that Keith donned at one point added to the cheerful atmosphere.

For the final evening, a selection of casino style tables with croupiers encouraged delegates to lose their chips without having to part with hard cash. n Next year’s congress will be in Southport from 24th to 26th November.

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