Winter has truly arrived and so has our agenda for the first day of the FVS meeting. To paraphrase Ian Armstrong who has done most of work to get the first day organised: ‘It is going to be a cracking day’, and I must agree!
We failed to have a retailer last year but managed to make up for it this year. Marks and Spenser’s will kick of the day in the keynote address.
The second part will in updating us on the consequences of Brexit. This will be done through talks by Abigail Seager from the VMD and Lindsey Toon from Benchmark Animal Health which will give a different view point.
We also have a section on Foreign Policy. We are truly excited to have both Kristina Landsverk, Chief Veterinary Officer of the Norwegian Food Safety Authority and Birna Mørkøre, Chief Veterinary Officer, Food and Veterinary Authority Faroes.
The last session of the day will be on Welfare at Slaughter. The primary focus will be on recent innovations within farmed Atlantic salmon sector. There will be an overview of the history of slaughter of salmon and other farmed fish by Dave Robb who will be chairing this session. The invites speaker will highlight the scale of the challenge, what the aspirations are of welfare at slaughter and what the science tells us what can be done to secure welfare at slaughter. The session is closed by some practical applications.
A formal agenda will be up in the next few weeks and will be highlighted in the next newsletter.
As mentioned in previous communications we have moved venue. This is mainly to hopefully have everybody in the same place to allow for some networking in comfort. It also allowed us to get a better deal and you will now be able to attend the meeting for almost the same price as last year but this now include a night at the conference hotel and dinner. To make it easier we will book everything for you. You can even include the shoulder nights on our website. Can it be any easier? Of course please be aware that full is full and we will notify you if your booking has not been confirmed.
We look forward to informing you on any further developments for talks on the 2nd day. We still have room in the clinical club for those members wanting to present work they have done on their farm etc.