METS Trade in Amsterdam was the perfect chance to (briefly!) catch up with some familiar faces before racing back across the Channel to an entirely different kind of show...the London Vet Show, the annual event held at London's Olympia.
The Vet Show brought together international experts in an extensive program of lectures, discussions, case studies and demonstrations. Learning was helped by an endless supplies of tea and chocolate supplied by sponsors (a very successful technique)! Lectures aside, researchers into zoonotic diseases collected samples from the vet community to help protect the general public from any future outbreaks, and stall holders demonstrated the latest equipment, foods, drugs and supplements to us. It was a perfect opportunity to sample the best products on the market - some of them perfect for the superyacht pet, so watch this space for more information on the finest foods, toys and products out there.
Vets are lucky enough to have a job where they are constantly learning and developing new skills, and in order to keep up to date with the rapid advances in the world of veterinary medicine, we complete a certain number of hours of 'Continued Professional Development', or for short, CPD, each year. This is so important to SVS, and I love being right on the pulse of companion animal care and pet travel. The show was the ideal place to discuss the latest technology and meet with the experts in every field of veterinary medicine and surgery. As a superyacht vet, I am always thinking about exotic diseases (and their prevention), and a lecture by Dr Severine Tasker titled 'The well-travelled pet - diagnosis and prevention of exotic diseases in dogs and cats in the UK' was probably the show highlight. I look forward to passing on all the latest to my SVS clients. Roll on London Vet Show 2016!