Welcome to the VSC Veterinary Education Symposium (VetEd) 2019!

The annual VSC Veterinary Education Symposium was established by a group of enthusiastic veterinary educators working in vet schools in the UK and Dublin. The symposium takes place over two days during the summer. It rotates around the schools and aims to be an engaging way for veterinary educators to share ideas and innovations for teaching undergraduate and postgraduate vets and allied professionals.

The symposium has a friendly and inviting atmosphere in which to share ideas, innovations, research and best practice in veterinary education. Invited keynote speakers are intended to be informative and stimulating. We invite short communications, posters and workshops. Posters are also being displayed throughout the conference. Workshops are intended to be interactive and cover a wide variety of topics. Networking opportunities are emphasised. The symposium welcomes a wide range of delegates including veterinary educationalists, clinicians, academics, veterinary students, practitioners and researchers from across the globe!

In 2019, the VetEd Symposium will be organised by a committee and members of the Lifelong Independent Veterinary Education (LIVE) centre at the Royal Veterinary College, UK, will play a major role. The conference will be hosted at Rothamsted Research in their purpose-built conference centre.

Ayona Silva-Fletcher
Chair, VetEd 2019 Organising Committee

Jill Maddison
Member, Veterinary Schools Council

Stuart Reid

Royal Veterinary College Organising Committee

The committee would like to thank the Vet Schools Council and previous VetEd organisers for their assistance during the planning of the 2019 symposium.

We would also like to thank our student ambassadors for their invaluable help.

Important Dates

December 1st 2018Call for workshop, poster and short communication abstracts
February 1st 2019Online registration open
March 15th 2019Deadline for abstract submission
April 15th 2019Notification of abstract decision
April 30th 2019Deadline for early bird registration
June 20th 2019Deadline for registration

Conference Countdown








Abstract Submission

Instructions for abstract submission
The VetEd 2019 Committee invites the submission of abstracts to be presented as a poster presentation, short communication or conference workshop. Abstracts will be reviewed by the scientific committee and accepted submissions will be invited to be presented during the conference. Presenters (posters and short communications) and workshop leaders need to register before 1st May (early bird registration) to ensure their abstract is included in the final program.

Presentation Types

  1. Poster presentation
    1. 3 min. presentation, 2 min. discussion
    2. Focus on sharing best practices in veterinary education
    3. Max. 250 words
    4. Structure of abstract:
      Title, Background, Summary of work, Take home message
  2. Short communication
    1. 10 min. presentation, 5 min. discussion
    2. Focus on sharing results of original research
    3. Max. 250 words
    4. Structure of abstract:
      Title, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion
  3. Conference workshop
    1. 75 min.
    2. Focus on active participation
    3. Max. 250 words
    4. Structure of abstract:
      Title, Background, Structure of workshop, Intended outcomes, Who should attend, Level


Who should attend

All involved in veterinary and allied professions education around the world are welcome at VetEd 2019.

Sessions are directed at:

  • Teachers and trainers
  • Researchers
  • Curriculum developers
  • Assessment specialists
  • Deans and Course leads
  • Faculty developers
  • Administrators
  • Students


Wednesday 3rd July 2019

Pre-Conference workshops (9.30 -16.00)
Theory based innovations in Veterinary Communication Skills
Working and learning together to reduce errors
Resident/Intern/PG Clinical Training
Embedding inclusivity into curriculum
Developing professional identity for competence, resilience and employability
OSCEs/ Practical assessments
Veterinary Education History

Thursday 4th July, 2019

9.00-10:00     Registration/Coffee/Tea
10.00-10.15   Welcome – Prof Stuart Reid, Principal of the RVC
10.15-11.15   Keynote 1 –
11.15-11.45   Coffee/Tea
11.45-13.00   Parallel session 1
13.00-14.00   Lunch
14.00-15.15   Parallel session 2
15.15-15.45   Coffee/Tea
15:45-16:45   Keynote 2 –
16:45-18.00   Parallel session 3
18.00-19.00   Welcome drinks reception
19.00- 22:00  Dinner

Friday 5th July, 2019

8:30-9:00    Coffee/Tea
9:00-10:00   Keynote 3 –
10:00-11:15  Parallel session 4
11:15-11:45  Coffee/Tea
11:45-13:00  Parallel session 5
13:00-14:00  Lunch
14:00-15:15  Parallel session 6
15:15-16:15  Keynote 4 –
16:15-16.30  Adjourn + Handover –

Download the programme here:
Programme Vet Ed 2019 14_01_19_TK


Interested in sponsoring VetEd 2019? Please contact veted2019@rvc.ac.uk for more information.

VetEd 2019 offers a variety of sponsorship options:

Diamond Sponsorship – £1500 (up to 3 available)
This package includes:

  • Two delegates places for the conference.
  • Space in the catering area to have an exhibition stand (3m x 2m)
  • Promotional flyer in the conference bag
  • Black and white ½ page advertisement in the abstract book
  • Your organisation’s logo on the website
  • Your organisation’s logo in the abstract book
  • Entry in the abstract book (200 words about your company)

Gold Sponsorship – £ 750
This package includes:

  • Promotional flyer in the conference bag
  • Black and white ½ page advertisement in the abstract book
  • Your organisation’s logo on the website
  • Your organisation’s logo in the abstract book
  • Entry in the abstract book (200 words about your company)

Conference bag sponsor – £500
This package allows one company to brand the conference bags for the event. These are cotton bags produced for each attendee and contain promotional materials, pen and paper. Your organisation can add a maximum of one flyer and one promotional item to the conference bag with this package. Your organisation’s logo will be displayed on the website.

Lunch sponsor – £500
This package allows one company to sponsor the lunch break each day of the conference. A branded banner will be produced and displayed. Your organisation’s logo will be displayed on the website.

Dinner sponsor – £3000
This package allows one company to sponsor the conference dinner held on Thursday 4th July. A branded banner will be produced and displayed. Your organisation’s logo will be displayed on the website.

If you would like to also sponsor the best poster or best short communication prizes, please add £200 to these packages.


The 2019 VetEd conference is hosted at Rothamsted Conference Centre. Rothamsted is situated in the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside, on the outskirts of Harpenden and benefits from a varied range of accommodation located within a few miles.

Rothamsted Conference Centre is a purpose built center and provides an extensive range of first class facilities. Serviced by excellent transport links, just 10 minutes from London Luton International Airport and 25 minutes from London St Pancras International, the Rothamsted Conference Centre has outstanding facilities providing the perfect environment to host our event.

Getting There

How to find Rothamsted Research
West Common, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2JQ
Tel: + 44 (0) 1582 763133

By road
From the M1

  • Take J9 off the M1, follow the signs to Redbourn
  • Go past the Hertfordshire County Showground on your right
  • At the roundabout take the first exit (left) and follow the B487 until the next roundabout
  • At the roundabout take the first exit (left) onto the A1081, Rothamsted Research is signposted on your left

By rail
Harpenden is 28 mins by Train from London St Pancras (adjoined with London Kings Cross). Taxis are available on arrival at Harpenden station. Rothamsted Research is approximately 10 minutes’ walk from the station, please follow directions below.

By air
Luton Airport is 20 mins from Rothamsted Research.
London Gatwick Airport is a 1 hour 15mins train journey away from Harpenden station.
London Heathrow and London Stansted airports are approximately an hour’s drive from Rothamsted Research (dependent on traffic conditions).

There is plenty of free parking at Rothamsted, please follow the signs for visitor’s car parking.


Registration fees (Sterling GBP)

Registration fees include access to the conference, lunch and refreshments, and dinner on 4th July.


TypeEarly Bird to 30 April 2019Standard Registration after 30 April
Pre conference workshop (3rd July)£75£100
VetEd Conference Registration
(4-5 July 2019)
VetEd Conference Student Registration
(4-5 July 2019). This is limited to the first 20 students

Payment must be made in GBP Sterling in advance of the conference by credit card or wire transfer.
In order to qualify for the early registration rate, payment must be received on or before 30th April 2019.

Cancellations and Refunds
Cancellation of Registration
Notification of cancellation must be made in writing and sent to the Conference Organiser at registration@veted2019.info before 5th June 2019. Before 5th June 2019 refunds will be arranged less a £25 administration charge. We regret that no refunds will be accepted for cancellations made after 5th June 2019, nor for non attendance of the event for any reasons.

Change of Name
Should you be unable to attend, you are welcome to send a colleague in your place. Please email the Conference Organiser as soon as possible: registration@veted2019.info

Abstract book
All attendees names and email address will be reproduced in the conference abstract book distributed at the event to all delegates. Should you do not wish your contact details to appear please let us know by emailing registration@veted2019.info.


Aubrey Park Hotel

We have negotiated a discounted rate at the Aubrey Park Hotel. This hotel is 3.8 miles from the conference venue and we will provide a shuttle in the morning and evening to take you to the conference venue.

Rooms are available on a first come first served basis and we suggest you book as soon as possible to guarantee your room.

Please book directly through the hotel quoting the following reference: THE030719
Telephone: +44 1582 792105
Email: Reservations@Aubreypark.co.uk

Other Hotels

🏨 Harpenden House Apartments, Harpenden House, 65 High Street, Harpenden, Herts AL5 2SL, 01582 761642, 1 mile
🏨 Clarion Collection Hotel, Ryder House, Holywell Hill, St Albans, 01727 848 849, 4.7 miles
🏨 Hampton by Hilton (Luton Airport), 42-50 Kimpton Road, Luton, LU2 0NB, 01582 798 477, 7.3 miles
🏨 Holiday Inn Express, London Road, Flamstead, St Albans, 01582 841 332, 5.7 miles
🏨 Hyde Mill Bed & Breakfast, Lower Luton Road, East Hyde, Luton, LU2 9PX, 01582 712 641, 3.1 miles

🏨 Luton Hoo Hotel, The Mansion House, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 3TQ, 01582 734 437, 4.2 miles
🏨 The Old Cock Inn Coaching House, 58 High Street, Harpenden, AL5 2JF, 01582 712 649, 0.9 miles
🏨 Silver Cup Public House, 5 St Albans Road, Harpenden, AL5 2SP, 01582 713 095, 0.5 miles
🏨 The Studio, 64a Station Road, Harpenden, AL5 4TN, 01582 765 832, 1 mile

Contact Us

Registration and abstract submission

For registration and abstract queries please contact Celia or Judy at Conference Hub:
Email: info@conferencehub.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 1786 611 030

Other queries

Queries to the organising committee should be directed to veted2019@rvc.ac.uk