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10-02-2008 - 33rd WSAVA and 14th FECAVA Congress Dublin Ireland 20-24, Aug 2008 33rd WSAVA and 14th FECAVA Congress Dublin Ireland 20-24, 2008

The Veterinary Ireland Companion Animal Society (VICAS) will host the World’s companion animal veterinarians at the 33rd WSAVA Congress and 14th European, FECAVA Congress in 2008 in Dublin, Ireland from August 20 to 24, 2008.

With over 400 members, VICAS is a growing organization and wish to take this opportunity to invite all our overseas colleagues to an exceptional Congress. The Congress will have a distinctive Irish flavour making attendees’ stay in Ireland a valuable and informative experience.
The 2008 WSAVA/FECAVA Congress will be held in the Royal Dublin Society Convention and Exhibition Centre. The RDS was founded in 1731 to promote the development of agriculture, arts, science, and industry and so it is fitting that a veterinary Congress promoting the advancement of veterinary medicine, veterinary nursing, and veterinary management should be held here.

The scientific program includes state of the art lectures and more than 200 lectures from 70 different speakers. The lectures are designed to provide the most recent information on current topics of clinical interest from world renowned veterinary scientists and clinicians in more than 20 different disciplines. Lectures will be delivered at three different levels: advanced/specialist, general companion animal, and new to/refresher companion animal medicine and include three State-of-the Art Lectures (SOTALs):
• Antioxidant deficiencies in hospitalized dogs & cats – L. Trepanier, USA
• Interpreting tests for thyroid disorders – C. Mooney, Ireland
• Genetic advances in neurological disease – J. Penderis, UK
There will also be two days of free communications/abstracts and one day (Wednesday, August 20) of pre-congress, satellite events hosted by the Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society, European College of Avian Medicine and Surgery, and European Society of Feline Medicine.

Additional CE Opportunities Include:
• A short program devoted to management topics such as stress and the veterinarian, human resource management, work-life balance, current international concepts on veterinary nurses working in practice, starting a small animal practice, entrepreneurship, and marketing.
• The FECAVA Symposium will take a brave step and look at why the veterinary and veterinary nursing professions have such a high incidence of stress and suicide and what can be done to prevent this.
• On the Saturday and Sunday, veterinary nurses can attend a conference which will be practical as well as informative for the backbone of every small animal practice. There will be "How To Sessions", sessions on marketing, ideas on what to do to grow the practice, refresher courses that would also interest trainees studying for exams, and much more.
• Animal Welfare – How can we enrich the environment in small animal practice? This subject which is so basic to our daily work is considered from a very practical practice perspective. For instance how do veterinary practices measure up, how stressed are veterinary patients, and how do veterinarians and their staff deal with it, and are exotic pets an ethical and welfare dilemma?. Then the welfare of working and sporting dogs is considered along with biting dogs.

The wide range of CE opportunities offered will not only be educational but also the Congress will provide a venue for renewal of old acquaintances and the creation of new collaborations and friends through a lively social program including:

WSAVA 2008 Gala Dinner - Friday 22nd August
In the leafy surrounds of University College Dublin campus, the WSAVA 2008 dinner will take place on Friday, August 22. The five-course banquet in the O'Reilly Hall will be preceded by a champagne reception in the airy conservatory overlooking the campus lake. The evening will conclude with a performance by "Boogie Nights", Ireland’s Number 1 Party Band, who are guaranteed to get the pulses racing,and the dance floor heaving!

Traditional Irish Céilí Night - Saturday 23rd August
The Traditional Irish Céilí Night on Saturday, August 23 will be a party night to remember at WSAVA Ireland 2008. The host venue will be Trinity College Dublin, the oldest university in Ireland. The College stands on a self-contained site of architectural riches, cobbled squares, and green spaces in the very heart of Dublin City. Tickets for this event include a spread of the finest Irish cuisine, an all-you-can drink bar, and a fabulous array of Irish musicians with fiddles, flutes, tin whistles, accordions, and bodhráns who are sure to keep the crowd dancing all evening long.

Additionally, a number of congress tours are available to attendees, and provide a wonderful opportunity to explore beautiful Dublin and its historic surroundings. Options include:
• Discover the Hidden Secrets of Dublin – Half Day Walking Tour
• The Wild Rover Tour – visit the Guinness brewery and Old Jameson distillery
• Malahide Castleand North Dublin Coastal tour
• Wicklow – A full day tour of the “garden of Ireland”

Call for Abstract/Free Communication Submission
Research Abstracts and Free Communications are considered to be an extremely valuable component of the annual WSAVA Congress. They consist of a series of 12-minute oral presentations (plus 3 minutes for discussion) on recent research into various aspects of clinical medicine and surgery.
Submissions are only accepted online and must be completed by 5pm on 1st April 2008. All will be peer-reviewed, submissions will be accepted as oral presentations only, and more than one abstract from the same author is welcome. Presentation of a Clinical Research Abstract at Congress 2008 will entitle the presenting author to free registration on the day of presentation.
For complete Congress details, including online registration, accommodation information, and abstract submission, visit the Congress website at

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