The RCVS will be attending BSAVA 2022 this week, where we will be promoting several of our latest projects including the Leadership Library, the 1CPD App and the MMI Kite app, as well as running the Mind Matters Initiative’s popular Campfire Chats.
RCVS staff will be on stand C102 at BSAVA Congress, which takes place from Thursday 24 to Saturday 26 March in Manchester. The team will be able to answer questions about the 1CPD app (which became mandatory to use to record and reflect on CPD at the start of the year), the new Leadership Library, and the free to use MMI Kite App which uses microlearning modules to help enhance the wellbeing of the veterinary professions. Literature giving an overview of our current projects and activities will also be available to pick up on the stand.
Our Mind Matters Initiative will also have a prominent role in the Congress Wellbeing Zone, with in-person versions of its popular Campfire Chats taking place across the three days in Charter 3. These are:
- What will diversity look like in 10 years’ time?, Thursday 24 March, 12.50pm to 1.50pm: this Campfire Chat will feature a panel comprising RCVS Senior Vice-President Mandisa Greene, Animal Aspirations President Emmanuel Oloyede-Oyeyemi, and exotics & wildlife veterinary nurse Craig Tessyman discussing what delegates hope and expect for the professions over the next decade.
- Flexible working – a shift in the pattern, Friday 25 March, 12.50pm to 1.50pm: this Campfire Chat will be examining what flexible working really means to the professions, the various options to flexible working, and whether the professions need to do more to adapt to different working practices. The discussion panel comprises small animal vet and BVA Policy Committee member Alice Moore, BVNA Council member Jack Pye, equine vet and founder of the flexible work consultancy Flexee Silvia Janska and Veterinary Management Group President Richard Casey.
- Pandemic reflections – pin it or bin it?, Saturday 26 March, 12.50pm to 1.50pm: this Campfire Chat will consider how veterinary professions and practices adapted to the circumstances and restrictions of the pandemic and considering if some of the changes made should be retained or not. The discussion panel comprises VidiVet founder Ben Sweeney, vet student and Vets: Stay, Go, Diversity team member Kate Dakin, and founder of VetReflect, a consultancy providing support and supervision to help veterinary professionals stay in work, Sian Tranter.
Furthermore, between 11am and 11.30am in the wellbeing zone on each of the three days, the MMI team will be sharing the latest updates to the MMI Kite app and how to make best use of this free service.
The RCVS Fellowship is supporting the Bourgelat Stream with a talk from RCVS Fellow Robin Franklin, Professor of Stem Cell Medicine at the University of Cambridge’s Stem Cell Institute, entitled ‘Myelin Regeneration in the central nervous system – from mechanisms to medicines’. The talk takes place in Charter Room 2 between 11.50am and 12.40pm on Friday 25 March.
On the afternoon of the same day, between 4.50pm and 5.40pm in Charter Room 1, RCVS Director of Advancement of the Professions Angharad Belcher will be giving an update on the work of our Diversity & Inclusion Group and then taking part in a panel discussion on the subject.
The full programme for BSAVA Congress can be found on the event’s official website.