VetEd Symposium 2014

The VetEd Syposium veted flyer 2 (PDF, 328kB) is a two day event open to a range of delegates, including veterinary educationalists, veterinary students, practitioners and researchers. It aims to provide an open and friendly atmosphere in which to share ideas, innovations and best practice in veterinary education.

The format includes keynote presentations, interactive poster sessions and workshops. Anybody is welcome to submit abstracts for posters or workshops and participation is actively encouraged.

The Symposium will be held at the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences, Langford BS40 5DU. Registration will be from 10.00 on Thursday 10th July for an 11.00 start.

Further information is available by clicking the tabs below and scrolling down. If you have any other queries please contact the local committee via veted-2014@bristol.ac.uk

Students: Do you have an idea for improving veterinary students' learning experience? Further information and how to apply for the VetEd/HEA Student Travel Fund can be found at The Higher Education Academy.


Keynote speakers

We are privileged to welcome two excellent speakers to VetEd 2014:

  • Professor Susan Rhind, Director of Teaching at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh, who will talk on assessment literacy
  • Professor Trudie Roberts, Director of the Medical Education Unit at the University of Leeds, who will be talking about professionalism

The symposium will open with a welcome from Professor Jo Price, Head of School of Veterinary Sciences, University of Bristol.

Interactive poster sessions

We will continue the format of previous years’ poster sessions which provide an interactive and stimulating way to share experiences, innovations, research, work in progress and ideas:

  • Posters will be projected in a lecture theatre
  • Presenters will have 3 minutes to talk around the subject, followed by a few minutes for questions
  • Posters will be displayed at the symposium venue (for easier transport, please print posters A2 (594mm x 420 mm) portrait; please note, there are no printing facilities on site)

To submit an abstract for an interactive poster see 'Call for Abstracts'

Workshops

Parallel workshop sessions will run on both days of the symposium. Workshops are 90 minutes and provide a great opportunity for discussion of topical issues, sharing experiences and developing new skills. The format of workshops will vary, but typically involves an introduction followed by a discussion or group activities.

To submit an abstract for a workshop see 'Call for Abstracts'

Call for abstracts

Interactive poster sessions

We will continue the format of previous years’ poster sessions which provide an interactive and stimulating way to share experiences, innovations, work in progress and ideas:

  • Posters will be projected in a lecture theatre
  • Presenters will have 3 minutes to talk around the subject, followed by a few minutes for questions
  • Posters will be displayed at the symposium venue (for easier transport, please print posters A2 (594mm x 420 mm) portrait; please note, there are no printing facilities on site)

Workshops

Parallel workshop sessions will run on both days of the symposium. Workshops are 90 minutes and provide a great opportunity for discussion of topical issues, sharing experiences and developing new skills. The format of workshops will vary, but typically involves an introduction followed by a discussion or group activities.

Workshop Details Form (Office document, 62kB) for workshop facilitators to complete

Abstract submission

If you would like to present a poster or facilitate a workshop, please send a 250 word abstract, as outlined in the instructions below. Please use the template provided.

The deadline for abstract submission is Friday 25th April 2014.

Symposium dinner

We have arranged a dinner at The Clifton Pavilion in the beautiful grounds of Bristol Zoo Gardens. The event will be held on Thursday 10th July 2014 and includes a three course meal and evening access to the Bristol Zoo Gardens (please note animal houses may be closed during this time). Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment!

Accommodation

Single en-suite rooms will be available at the main University in Wills Hall, Parry’s Lane, in Bristol (approximately 15 miles from Langford) at a cost of £37.50 per person per night, including breakfast. Check-in at Wills Hall will be from 2pm to 10pm only. Transport will be provided between Wills Hall and Langford on Thursday morning and evening, and Friday morning.

Parking at Wills Hall is on a first-come-first-served basis, although there is ample street parking in the surrounding area.

The deadline for booking accommodation is Monday 23rd June 2014.

If you wish to arrange your own accommodation, there are a number of bed and breakfasts and hotels in Bristol and accommodation langford area (PDF, 229kB). Please note that if you choose to stay at alternative accommodation you will need to book these directly and you will need to arrange your own transport.

Transport

Langford is approximately 15 miles south of the city of Bristol. Transport between venues will be provided via coach on Thursday morning and evening, and Friday morning. Coach pick up points will be:

  • Wills Hall, Parry’s Lane, in Bristol
  • University of Bristol Student’s Union, Richmond Building, Queens Road, in Bristol

If you are not able to get to these pick-up points, please note you will need to arrange your own transport. Further information on transport to Langford. There is free parking available on Langford campus.

Bristol Airport is just 10 minutes away from Langford and Checker Cars run a taxi service. You can pre-book here or else there are usually taxis waiting.

Bristol Airport is 30 minutes from Bristol. The Bristol Flyer coach service stops in the centre (£7 single, £11 return); you will then need to get a taxi or local bus (First bus route 1 or 2 to Cribbs Causeway). Alternatively a taxi from the airport to Wills Hall is approximately £28 for 1-4 passengers.

Arrival Information

This page contains information you may need before coming to VetEd.

On arriving at Langford, please go to the Communal Building Training Room (signposted) to register. You will be provided with a delegate pack which will have all the information you need. Stewards will be available at the registration desk at all times if you have any queries.

Please be aware that Langford is 14 miles south west of Bristol, and if you are staying in Bristol you will need to allow plenty of travel time during rush hour. Coaches will be provided (for delegates who requested them) on Thursday and Friday as indicated on the VetEd Programme, and also for pre-conference delegates on Wednesday, as outlined below. Coach pick up points are at Wills Hall and the Student Union, Queens Road (Bristol) and the Equine Car Park (Langford).

Please use the links below for further information.

If you have any further queries, please contact veted-2014@bristol.ac.uk or contact Emma on 0117 331 9315. If you need to contact Wills Hall, please call 0117 9034390

We look forward to seeing you soon.

The VetEd Team

Langford Map and Directions (PDF, 237kB) (including directions to Langford)

Wills Hall Accommodation Information (PDF, 416kB) (including directions)

Key places in Bristol (PDF, 359kB) including Wills Hall, Student Union Coach Pick Up, Aqua Restaurant, Clifton Pavilion, and White Tree Roundabout Bus Stop

Poster codes (PDF, 351kB) – instructions on where to display your poster will be provided on arrival, but knowing your poster number in advance will help speed things up! We will also provide materials for hanging your poster.

Local Taxis and restaurants (PDF, 314kB)

Preconference Workshops

Coaches will be provided on Wednesday 9th July as follows, for pre-conference workshop delegates who indicated they would not have their own transport.

  • 09.30 departure from Wills Hall Reception and 09.45 departure from Student Union, Queens Road to Langford Vet School
  • 17.00 departure from Equine Car Park to Wills Hall and Student Union, Queens Road

Veterinary Clinical Skills Pre-conference Workshop (PDF, 107kB)

NUVACS Programme (PDF, 243kB)

PhD workshop

  • You should have received details from Tierney – if not, contact tkinnison@rvc.ac.uk
  • Registration will be from 13.00 to 13.30 in the Communal Building (Training Room and Café) though if everyone is there at 13.00 it will start early
  • Refreshments will be provided but please have lunch beforehand (food will be available to buy from the canteen)
  • The workshop will finish at 16.45 before heading into Bristol

Programme

Symposium Programme (PDF, 322kB)

VetEd - Proceedings (PDF, 1,142kB)

Information on 'Creating Immersive 3D Environments for Veterinary Education' workshop

This workshop will involve creating 3D environments using Unity 3D software. Delegates will need to bring their own laptops and should contact Márton Balogh (balogh.marton@aotk.szie.hu) in advance for material to download. Please note that this does not guarantee a place on the workshop and you will need to sign up at registration as usual.

Pre-conference workshops

This year we are hosting several pre-conference workshops on Wednesday 9th July:

1) veted csl workshop (PDF, 301kB) Making low fidelity models and sharing tips that enhance student learning.

In the workshop, there will be presentations and small group activities when participants will discuss their experiences setting up and running veterinary Clinical Skills Labs, share tips on enhancing student learning and will have hands-on experience making some low fidelity models.

This workshop has been kindly sponsored by the UK Higher Education Academy and there is no charge to delegates.

Places must be booked via the link on the 'Prices Registration' tab

2) veted nuvacs pre conference workshop (PDF, 234kB): Using Your Communication Skills Teaching Toolkit

NUVACS, the National Unit for the Advancement of Veterinary Communication Skills Training will run a workshop to explore the ‘tools’ used for teaching veterinary communication skills, including: using ‘real’ practice clients for communication skills, getting the best out of professional role-players, using video to enhance role-play sessions and using new graduate feedback and feedback from the profession.

The cost of attending this workshop is £20 per person. Places must be booked via the link on the 'Prices Registration' tab

3) phd workshop veted2014 (PDF, 410kB):

This workshop is open to any PhD student in the area of the veterinary profession or veterinary education specifically. Past and future PhD students in this area are also welcome to share their experiences and to find out more about PhD life!! The half day workshop aims to bring together PhD students in this specialist area to create a community of practice. We will keep the workshop pretty flexible, but aim to start with short informal presentations by all delegates about their work. The remainder of the session will be spend discussing various PhD issues! The workshop is free and some refreshments will be provided, then please join us for dinner somewhere in Bristol!!

There is no charge to delegates. Places must be booked via the link on the 'Prices Registration' tab

Key dates and deadlines

EventDate
Abstract Submission Friday 25 April 2014
Authors Notified Friday 9 May 2014
Registration Deadline Author Confirmation Friday 30 May 2014
Submission of Digital Poster File Monday 16 June 2014
UoB Accommodation Reservation Monday 23 June 2014
Pre-symposium workshops Wednesday 9 July 2014
Symposium Dates Thursday 10 and Friday 11 July 2014

Contact Details

For further information please contact the local committee via veted-2014@bristol.ac.uk