Events & Conferences

First announcement of 68thAVTRW Annual Conference

2–3 September 2015
Royal Veterinary College

The 2015 conference will follow a revised format from previous year, and will focus on researchers in veterinary sciences at an early stage of their careers, providing an excellent opportunity for them to present their work and engage with more senior research scientists in a relaxed and supportive environment. A key development for the new conference format is that we intend to rotate the meeting venue around veterinary schools and research institutes in the UK and Ireland on a yearly basis, to avoid any regional bias in where the meetings are held, and to maximise linkages within the veterinary research community.

Abstract submissions for oral communications and poster presentation will open on 20th April 2015.

You can read more about this event in our recent article in the Veterinary Record

BSAS Annual Conference

14–15 April 2015
Science with Impact
University of Chester,
Parkgate Road, Chester

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In association with AVTRW, CFER, EBLEX and WPSA 

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AVTRW Spring symposium Tuesday 14 April 2015

  • Big data in veterinary research: application and interpretation of advanced 'omic' technologies - invited speaker Mick Watson, Roslin Institute
  • Practice-based veterinary research: fostering links between clicinicans and academics  - invited speaker Ian Nanjiani, Westpoint Veterinary Group



The City of Chester is a vibrant mix of cafes and shops set within its ancient walls, surrounded by architectural and archaeological features. The City is home to all-year-round arts festivals, events, exhibitions and street entertainment, including the famous Chester Races.

Chester is easy to get to by road or train and just 60 minutes from Manchester or Liverpool airports and is therefore a perfect venue for the 2015 conference.

The conference venue is at Chester University, a short 10 minute walk from the city centre, along side the Shropshire Union Canal.  Delegates will have access to university accommodation on site or nearby.  The Conference Dinner will be held at the Racecourse by the River Dee.


Main Conference

More than 500 delegates including researchers, scientists, vets, policymakers, farmers, students and industry representatives will gather at the two-day event.  Sessions over two days will include the latest research findings on pig production, welfare, dairying, animal genetics, meat quality, animal feeds and will include invited presentations and sessions on:

  • Precision agriculture
  • Suckling systems
  • knowledge transfer and education
  • Integrating research needs into government strategy
  • Animal health and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Veterinary research
  • Advances in equine science
  • Food safety and campylobacter
  • Sheep nutrition workshop
  • Bridging the gap between policy and research
  • The interface between animal science and policy development
  • BSAS and CFER 2015 outline programme
    Advances in equine science
    Equine performance and sports science
    Advances in equine reproduction (CFER)


BSAS will be holding a dedicated student programme on the afternoon of Monday 13 April, which will cover generic and transferable skills for postgraduate students.  This will be followed on Monday evening by the traditional conference quiz night.