BVZS Conference November 2018

Dates: Friday, 9th November 2018 - Sunday, 11th November 2018

BVZS Conference 2018                                DEADLINE FOR TICKETS WAS 15TH OCTOBER

9th to 11th November 2018

Conference Aston, Birmingham B4 7ET

Information about the venue here.

Due to the huge success of the first three-day Meeting at ZSL, London Zoo in 2017, with 270 delegates attending, the British Veterinary Zoological Society will be holding its second annual 3 day conference in November 2018.  We received great feedback about the separate lecture streams which we will be continuing; with Friday being a full day of zoo health and wildlife/exotic pet nursing; Saturday will be half a day of zoo health and half a day of exotic pet health, and the second stream will be a full day of wildlife presentations; Sunday will be a full day of exotic pet health presentations, and the second stream will be aimed at students and recent graduates with presentations on career opportunities and also a basic session on dealing with exotics seen in practice.  

We look forward to welcoming you at the conference which will include:

The theme of our Wildlife Health Day this year will be ‘Anthropogenic impacts on ecosystem health’. We have already secured keynote lectures: Paul Jepson from the UK Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme (ZSL) will speak on anthropogenic threats to killer whales and other marine mammals, and Ruth Cromie (WWT) will reflect on the multidisciplinary skills needed for resolving threats to ecosystem health, using lead poisoning as a case study.

The Meetings Committee will be reviewing submitted talk/poster titles and abstracts, and speakers will be informed if their talk has been selected for the programme by Monday 9th July 2018. Biographies for accepted talks and posters will be due in by Monday 30th July 2018.  Guidelines can be found for speakers here and poster presenters here.

Download the programme here.

Travel directions here.


The registration form is a large document in order to cover all three days of our Conference. Each category of delegate has its own heading, so please find the heading that specifies your category, different for BVZS members or non-BVZS members.
The Early Bird concession closed on 08.09.18.

Our system’s efficiency is based on one form per delegate, it would be appreciated if you could bear this in mind.
We no longer accept cheques, please pay by the card facility hosted by Paypal.
If any practices would prefer to pay directly by credit card, please contact the Administrator to arrange this.

Stewards and sponsored students have been allocated places, as of 05.08.18.

Rebates will only be given in urgent and exceptional circumstances.

The deadline for the special BVZS rate is midday Monday 1st October. Click here for details of the main hotel on site. Delegates are to book rooms themselves, there is a BVZS discount code, with 60 rooms reserved for delegates, although more rooms are available. 
We also have 80 hotel rooms reserved at the Holiday Inn Express, Snow Hill, B4 6HY . The booking code for this discount is VZS. Rooms including breakfast and free WI-FI are £85/night. Snow Hill is approx. 10-12 min walk to Conference Aston and it is recommended to contact reservations by phone during office hours.

Saturday Dinner
This is a three-course sit down meal with wine on a table at the start (tables of 10).  We will be having a silent disco (included in the price). We will have a pub quiz in the bar area.

Zoo visit
We are pleased to announce that Sea Life are giving us vouchers for our delegates to get 50% off the normal admission price on Thursday 8th Nov, as well as Friday 9th, Saturday10th and Sunday 11th. Further details of this arrangement will be advised in due course.



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