RVC, LIVE, host VetEd2019 - International Symposium of the Veterinary Schools Council


From 3rd to 5th July 2019, the RVC hosted the International Symposium of the Veterinary Schools Council, a friendly, informative and interactive conference known as ‘VetEd’. The inaugural VetEd symposium was held at the RVC’s Hawkshead campus, back in 2009, so this year marked the 10 year celebration, and it was fitting for RVC to have the pleasure to host the symposium again. This year, due to the extensive building works across the RVC, it was held at Rothamsted Research, in their purpose built conference centre. It was chaired by Ayona Silva-Fletcher, Professor of Veterinary Education in the Lifelong Independent Veterinary Education (LIVE) Centre.

Over 212 delegates attended from more than 21 countries, which demonstrates a significant growth since the first conference where a select group of 62 from 10 countries participated.

In total, there were six pre-conference workshops which offered delegates the chance to immerse themselves in topics such as developing professional identity, assessing students’ practical skills, communication skills and postgraduate clinical training. Within the main conference, four streams ran throughout the two days with options of workshops, short communications and poster sessions. Four excellent plenary sessions explored the benefits of testing for learning, how to empower the iGeneration, mental health and wellbeing, and matching science teaching to society’s needs. There was also time for socialising and some fun, and many delegates showed their skills at country dancing!

For more information on the VetEd2019 conference, please visit https://www.veted2019.info.

At the end of the conference, we handed over the baton to the University of Surrey to host VetEd2020.


Delegates relaxing outside Rothamsted Research Conference Facility during their lunch break


Delegates taking part in one of the conference workshops