Events & Conferences

73rd AVTRW Annual Conference

16th-17th September 2019

Moredun Research Institute, Edinburgh


The 2019 AVTRW Conference will be held at the Moredun Research Institute, Pentlands Science Park, Edinburgh from 16th-17th September 2019. The conference is a friendly forum for all research relevant to veterinary medicine, and we particularly welcome students and early career researchers to present their work at the meeting.  The first session will start with registration from 10am on Monday 16th September, and the conference will finish with lunch on Tuesday 17th September.  A social event will be organised in Edinburgh for the evening of 16th.

Click here to download the full conference programme.

The conference information flyer is available to download and distribute from here.  Please feel free to distribute this flyer as widely as possible!


Abstract submission is now closed.


The 2019 conference will have particular emphasis on epidemiology, knowledge transfer, and pathology so submissions from within these themes are particularly welcome.  However, in keeping with AVTRW tradition, the programme will highlight research from a wide range of areas, so abstract submission for a talk or poster on any area of veterinary research is very welcome. 

The keynote speakers for the conference will be:

Professor Dominic Mellor (University of Glasgow and Director of EPIC):  "x Deep y Wide? Coherent evidence synthesis for disease control"

Professor Elisabeth Innes (Moredun Research Institute):  "It’s good to talk: How knowledge exchange can drive collaboration and innovation"

Dr Henny Martineau (Royal Veterinary College):  "Foxed by the Croyden Cat killer"

The conference will start at 11am on Monday 16th September (with registration from 10am) and close with lunch on Tuesday 17th September.  Click here to download the full conference programme.


Full conference : £65 (student member)

                            £95 (member/student non-member)

                            £125 (non-member)

Please register at :

Cost of registration includes tea/coffee, buffet lunch, complimentary parking, drinks reception and wifi. Accomodation is not provided and must be booked separately.

Social event

The conference social event with be held at Summerhall in the City of Edinburgh in the Library Gallery on the 16th September from 6pm-8pm. We have hired a bus to transport delegates from the Moredun Research Institute to the venue. The event is free of charge to delegates. We will likely head to a local restaurant afterwards for a meal, which will be at participants' own expense.


If you have any questions regarding the 2019 conference please email us at

Location of conference

Moredun Research Institute, Pentlands Science Park, Bush Loan, Penicuik, Edinburgh , EH26 0PZ


Pentlands Science Park is easily accessible by car (just south of the Edinburgh ring road), or via direct Lothian bus routes 37, 47 or 67 from the city centre. The closest airport is Edinburgh, which is connected to the city centre by tram and bus links.

Accommodation options

Accommodation is not provided as part of the conference registration and must be booked separately. We advise any participants requiring accommodation to look for options just south of the city centre - ideally close to the social event at Summerhall (EH9 1PL) which is also very close to the Lothian bus routes that serve Pentlands Science Park. Unfortunately there are no suitable accommodation options close to the conference venue.


The AVTRW is grateful to the following sponsors:

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) have generously sponsored the poster prizes for the 2019 conference.

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) have generously sponsored the poster prizes for the 2019 conference.

Bioinformatics and Statistics Scotland run a programme of training courses targeted at scientists working in the biological and agricultural sciences, many of which may be relevant to conference delegates. For more details see