ABVA Spring Scientific Meeting 2020

Date: 21 March 2020

Location: MacDonald Burlington Hotel, Birimingham, B2 4JQ

Price: ABVA members £150, Non-members £175
Dinner Friday 20th March £25/person

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Gwen Covey-Crump BVetMed CertVA Dipl. ECVAA MRCVS


Clinical Anaesthetist & Pain Management, Langford Veterinary Services

After graduating in 2001 Gwen spent three years in small animal practice before commencing a residency in Veterinary Anaesthesia at the University of Bristol in 2004.
After completion she spent a year in clinical anaesthesia practice at the Queen's Veterinary Hospital, University of Cambridge, returning to Bristol as the team lead Clinical Anaesthetist for the newly formed Langford Veterinary Services (University of Bristol School of Veterinary Sciences teaching hospital) in 2009. She obtained the European Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia in 2012.
As the lead clinical Specialist of the Small Animal Rehabilitation and Pain Management Service at Langford Vets, Gwen now focuses her energies working alongside physiotherapists and collaborating with specialist colleagues in surgery, neurology and medicine. She has a particular interest in established and emerging non-pharmacological therapies for pain.
Other interests include comparative medicine, patient safety and clinical effectiveness. Gwen sits on council for the Comparative Medicine Network of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Gwen says:

'Chronic pain affects an unknown number of domestic animals.  The impact of this is broad and includes financial and mental health implications for pet owners, according to recently published studies on caregiver burden.  Over the last several decades, pain management education has focused on an acute model of pain and an over-reliance on pharmacotherapy in the face of sparse research on medications to treat chronic pain.

An integrative approach combines caregiver education, complementary therapies such as acupuncture, dietary and environmental optimisation as well as novel pharmacotherapeutic strategies to target skeletal, myofascial and neuropathic pain in dogs and cats.

We will delve into this evolving field with a comparative approach, calling on the collective experience for informativr discussion at the Spring Meeting 2020. Come prepared to speak out!


The Spring Scientific Meeting will be followed by the ABVA Annual General Meeting which we encourage all members to attend

Join us on the evening of Friday 20th March for our yearly Chinese social dinner at Chung Ying Garden.  The cost is £25/person (food only) and your place can be reserved at the time of booking the course. This fun evening is traditinally followed by a few drinks in the MacDonald Burlington bar . . . 



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