27th & 28th May 2021

Fota Island Resort, Cork, Ireland

VetCon Focus Sessions

VetCon Focus Sessions are small-group tutorials with some of the expert and specialist speakers attending VetCon 2021.

This is your unique and exclusive opportunity to meet, engage, learn even more, ask questions, and talk through some of the challenging cases that you have encountered recently in practice.

A maximum number of fifteen delegates may attend a VetCon Focus Session. These one-hour sessions will take place in one of the luxurious suites upstairs in Fota Island Resort. There will be two Focus Sessions on Thursday and two Focus Sessions on Friday.

Delegates attending a VetCon Focus Session will receive additional CVE/CPD credits and a FREE gift!

Thursday 27th May

  • VetCon Focus Session: Carl Bradbrook and Matt Gurney, Zero Pain Philosophy and Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists
    • Local anaesthetic techniques

This session with Carl and Matt, the pain-free gurus, will get the grips with introduce the theory of local anaesthetic techniques in dogs and cats and then demonstrate in greater detail a number of the techniques, including dental and head blocks, as well as epidural anaesthesia.

Target Audience: Vets and experienced vet nurses
Open to: all vets and nurses

  • VetCon Focus Session: Louise Northway, Lou the Vet Nurse
    • Learn to love your capnograph

Did you tune in to Lou's VetCon@Home lecture? This focus session will give you the opportunity to understand capnography in small animal anaesthesia even more. You will receive a FREE signed copy of Lou’s capnography guide for nurses when you register for this focus session! Read more about Lou and how you can #EmbraceYourInnerGeek on her website - louthevetnurse.com

Target Audience: Vet nurses
Open to: all vets and nurses


Louise Northway - VetCon 2020

Lou the Vet Nurse - Louise Northway

Carl Bradbrook - VetCon Focus Session

Matt Gurney - VetCon 2020

Matt Gurney - VetCon Focus Session

Friday 28th May

  • VetCon Focus Session: Professor Derek Knottenbelt, Equine Medical Solutions
    • Equine Oncology: skin tumours and things that look like skin tumours

Think beyond sarcoids when you see a skin lesion on a horse. Deeper tumours of the horse can sometimes appear cutaneously before manifesting as an internal medical disease. Learn more about the challenging field of equine oncology with this practical, case-based tutorial with the world’s leading expert on equine oncology.

Target Audience: Vets
Open to: all vets and nurses


  • VetCon Focus Session: Bryan O Meara, Equine Surgery Consultant
    • Standing surgery in the horse: a guide to making things going well

Learn how you can achieve positive outcomes for the horse, the vet and the nurse, and avoid general anaesthesia.  Learn from Bryan’s experiences of conducting numerous standing surgical procedures, including upper airway, arthroscopic and orthopaedic surgical techniques.

Target Audience: Equine nurses
Open to: all vets and nurses

Derek Knottenbelt - VetCon 2020 Standing surgery selfie

Purchase your ticket(s) for VetCon Focus Sessions when you register for your main conference ticket. Tickets for each Focus Session cost €50.


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