BVA to host virtual day of learning for vets

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and Scottish SPCA are joining forces to offer vets a day of virtual and interactive learning about veterinary forensics and how they can best use their skills to support animal welfare investigations.

Those attending the one-day virtual conference, which is free to BVA members, will hear from experienced vets and animal welfare experts on how to approach animal welfare investigations, and participate in virtual workshops on presenting evidence.

Delegates will also gain insights into how to spot possible links between animal abuse and domestic violence.

Romain Pizzi, BVA’s Scottish branch president, is co-chairing the day alongside Ian Futter, chief veterinary officer at the Scottish SPCA.

He said: “We’re delighted to be teaming up with the Scottish SPCA to give vets a comprehensive lowdown on what is a complex and crucial area of work.

The day’s speakers offer a wealth of expertise and experience on veterinary forensics and animal welfare casework, which will leave delegates well equipped with the skills and means to support animal welfare investigations in the best way they can.

“Importantly, sessions will also be giving advice on how to spot possible links between animal abuse and domestic violence, as well as tips on how to protect your own well-being when carrying out this vital but often emotionally demanding work.

“I highly recommend that members book their free place for what will be an insightful and informative day.”

Ian Futter said:

Sadly a large number of the animals that come into our care are as a result of cruelty or neglect. In order to secure successful convictions we need veterinary professionals to feel confident giving evidence.

“Our conference aims to highlight the importance of veterinary input in these cases.

“By working together with enforcement agencies, like the Scottish SPCA, the veterinary profession can help fight animal cruelty in Scotland.