BVZS Spring Meeting 2016

Dates: Friday, 11th March 2016 - Sunday, 13th March 2016

Dates: Saturday/Sunday 12th/13th March with a zoo tour kindly provided by Chester Zoo on Friday 11th March

Venue: Chester Racecourse
The conference will be held in the County Stand at the Chester Racecourse on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th March 2016 and free parking is available on site. 
There will be a zoo visit to Chester Zoo on Friday 11th March. All delegates who have signed up for the zoo visit when registering for the Spring Meeting may enter the zoo for free during its normal opening hours of 10am - 4.30 pm and should pick up their complementary tickets from Guest Services at the zoo’s main entrance on Friday 11th March. There will also be a guided tour provided by the Chester Zoo vet department however numbers for this are limited and have been allocated on a first come first served basis. These guided tours are full as of 1st February and those already booked will be advised via email of the tour times.

How to Reach Chester Racecourse:  The Racecourse, Chester, CH1 2LY.  T 01244 304607 F 01244 304649. www.chester‐

By Car: From the M6 exit at J20 onto M56 J9, continue on M56 for 17.6 miles. Exit M56 at J15 onto the M53 towards Chester, after 2 miles, take the first junction (J12) signposted Chester, turn right at the roundabout onto the A56 Chester, and continue for 2 miles towards the city centre over Railway Bridge to the roundabout. Turn right onto A5268 St Oswald’s Way to the next roundabout, continue straight over roundabout on A5268 St Martin’s Way, and turn right at the traffic lights onto the A548 Watergate Street. The Racecourse is 150 yards on the left, just through the arched bridge.
By Train: Chester Railway Station ‐ 5 minutes by car. Virgin operates direct trains from London.
By Air: Manchester International and Liverpool Airport – 45 minutes by car.

Invited speaker topics: British wildlife (Becki Lawson, Institute of Zoology) and wildlife trade (Grant Miller, National CITES Team, Borderforce, Heathrow) and David Roberts, (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent).

The programme includes talks on British wildlife and illegal wildlife trade from our invited speakers Becki Lawson (Institute of Zoology, ZSL), David Roberts (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent) and Grant Miller (National CITES team, Borderforce, Heathrow), a debate on “Proactive or Reactive Healthcare: A Zoo Dilemma”,  a nursing stream, an interactive wildlife quiz, a parallel session workshop on invertebrate first aid, along with talks on a range of hot topics affecting exotic pets, wildlife and zoo animals. 

The final programme is here.

A map of the venue is here.

Information for speakers / poster presenters:

The title submission deadline was 4th January 2016. Speakers will be informed if their talk has been selected by 15th January 2016. Abstracts and biographies for confirmed speakers and poster presenters will be due in by 1st February 2016.
Please follow the abstract/biography guidelines here, and the powerpoint guidelines here.

Saturday evening dinner with table magic and illusion show!
On Saturday evening we will be hosted in the Leverhulme Stand at the Chester Racecourse for a  three course gala dinner followed by coffee and fudge. Dinner will be accompanied by table magic and an illusion show provided by magician Andrew Green. The dinner will cost £39 and you can sign up when registering for the meeting. To see the menu, click here.

Further meeting information is here

The conference hotel is the Holiday Inn Express, Chester Racecourse, which is a 200 yard walk from the Chester Racecourse conference venue. The hotel only has 60 rooms, of which we have provisionally reserved 50 for BVZS delegates on the evenings of Friday 11th and Saturday 12th March at a reduced price of £110 per room per night for all room types. Breakfast and parking on site are included in this price. These rooms will go back on general sale on 30th January at a higher price of £145 per room per night so do sign up quickly to make the most of the reduced rate! The rooms are mostly doubles, with a smaller number of twins and family rooms. Check-in is from 2pm and check-out is 11 am. Breakfast is served from 6.30 am - 10 am on both Saturday and Sunday. To book a room please phone the hotel reception on 01244 327 905 (make sure that you ask to speak to the hotel itself as if they are busy the call will go through to central HI switchboard who do not have the group booking details) and quote the reference BVZS Allocation group number 64037246. Or email, again, quote the group allocation number. The hotel address is: The Racecourse, New Crane St, Chester CH1 2LY. There are also many other hotels and bed and breakfasts within a 5-10 minute drive of the racecourse if people sign up for the conference after all these rooms are booked up.

Registration forms
Due to the addition of several new concessions for students and nurses we have now made separate registration forms for vets, nurses and students to improve clarity. Please ensure that you choose the correct form: Veterinary Surgeon (online at base of page or download here), Veterinary Nurse/student nurse (download form only at present) or Student (download form only at present) (student=a veterinary undergraduate, postgrads in further education can obtain the student rate only if they are a full veterinary BVZS member and are supported by a letter from their supervisor).

On the student form the "sponsored student place (pre-allocated)" refers to the free places that the Student Liaison Officer will be pre-allocating for each university.

Please contact the meetings committee if you have any queries:

Stephanie Ridge
Fieke Molenaar 
Peter Kettlewell 
Jane Hopper 

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