4th April 2018
ICC Birmingham, Hall 11b
Broad Street
Birmingham B1 2EA

About the event

The AVSTS are pleased to introduce their programme for the 2018 spring meeting to be held at the ICC, Birmingham on 4th April. The traditional ‘What’s new and hot’ theme for this meeting will include a review of common micturition disorders and the recent consensus statement on urolithiasis from Dr Joseph Bartges, an update on the clinical experiences from the cardiac bypass programme at the Royal Veterinary College from Prof Dan Brockman and team, along with a summary of the current evidence base relating to the surgical management of congenital portosystemic shunts from Dr Vicky Lipscomb. There will also be an update on new studies running in association with the AVSTS research cooperative, including a call for cases, and a selection of clinical research abstracts will be presented. We look forward to seeing you in April.



EARLY BIRD RATES (Before 1st March 2018)

  • Members:          £90
  • Non-Members:  £110 (includes membership until 31st Decemeber 2018)


  • Members:           £100
  • Non-Members:   £130 (includes membership until 31st Decemeber 2018)

​Cheques are payable to AVSTS (The Association of Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgeons). 

Confirmation of your booking will be via email within 2 weeks of receipt.

Please download and complete the registration form (link at the top of this page), and return to Alison either by post or by email.

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9:00-9:30      Registration

9:30-10:15    Summary of the ACVIM consensus statement on urolithiasis  (Dr Joseph Bartges, University of Georgia)

10:15-11:00  DIsorders of micturition and current management options (Dr Joseph Bartges, University of Georgia)

11:00-11:20  Tea/Coffee

11:20-12:05  What’s new in the surgical portosystemic shunt literature: 2016-2018? (Dr Vicky Lipscomb, RVC)

12.05-12.35  Clinical research abstract: The effect of prophylactic administration of levetiracetam on the incidence of post-attenuation seizures in dogs undergoing surgical management of congenital extrahepatic portosystemic shunts  (Mr Ronan Mullins, UCD)

12.35-1.00   AGM

1.00-2.00    Lunch

2.00-2.30    Getting on cardiac bypass and running the pump  (Mr Nigel Cross and Dr Poppy Bristow)

2.30-3.00    Surgical manipulations inside the heart (Prof Dan Brockman and Dr Poppy Bristow)

3.00-3.30    Bypass programme: clinical results so far (Prof Dan Brockman and Dr Poppy Bristow)

3.30-3.50    Tea/ coffee

3.50-4.10    Clinical research abstract: Title TBC

4.10-4.30:   Clinical research abstract: Title TBC

4.30-4.50    Peter Holt award

4.50-5.05    New AVSTS Research Cooperative study: Canine septic peritonitis (Mirja Nolff, University of Bristol)

5.05-5.20    New AVSTS Research Cooperative study: Complications and survival associated with surgical intervention for oesophageal foreign bodies (Andrew Beer, RVC)