Events & Conferences

71st AVTRW Annual Conference

12th-13th September 2017

School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Surrey

The 2017 AVTRW Conference will be held at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Surrey on 12th and 13th September.  Keynote speakers include Prof Roberto La Ragione, University of Surrey, and Dr Bryan Charleston, The Pirbright Institute. 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.



To register for conference, please follow the link below:


Abstract submission for oral presentations is now closed. If you would like to present a poster at the meeting please get in touch with Martha Betson ( 


Vicki Adams (Editor of Veterinary Record Open) will be running an interactive workshop on "How to write a scientific paper" on Day 2 of the conference. Conference attendees are invited to bring along a paper that they are currently working on for discussion during the session.  

Social event

All conference participants are invited to conference social event, which will be held on the evening of 12th September at the Three Pigeons, Guildford (Three Pigeons website).  We have planned an informal evening of socialising, which will be an excellent place to either discuss your research with other conference attendees or simply relax for the evening!  The event is free to attend and you will be able to order food (see the menu).


Please direct any additional enquiries to Dr Martha Betson, Tel: 01483 689821, Email:

Location of conference

School of Veterinary Medicine, Richard Meyjes Road, University of Surrey, Guildford, GU2 7AL.  See below for travel information. 


We encourage conference attendees to travel by public transport where possible as parking is somewhat limited and will be available on a first-come first-served basis.

Air via London Heathrow Airport

The rail-air link coaches leave Terminal 2 for Woking railway station from 6.30am to 10.50pm, picking up from Terminals 3, 1 and 4. Between 6.35am and 8.30pm coaches run approximately every half an hour, otherwise it is an hourly service. Journey time to Woking is one hour. There are frequent trains from Woking to Guildford (8 minutes).

Air via London Gatwick Airport

Gatwick railway station is positioned in the South Terminal of the airport and provides direct rail-air link trains to Guildford hourly between approximately 5.15am (6am on Sundays) and 11pm.


Guildford is on the main line between London Waterloo and Portsmouth. Trains run from London Waterloo every 15 minutes, with journey times of 40 minutes.

From Guildford railway station to the School of Veterinary Medicine

Bus: Leave station by footbridge and rear exit and cross main road to bus stop. ARRIVA bus 27 operates a regular service to the Manor Park campus. Exit the bus at the Surrey Sports Park stop and the School of Veterinary Medicine will be visible across the road and to your left.

Taxi: From the main (eastern) exit of the railway station. The School of Veterinary Medicine is on the University’s Manor Park campus.

Walk: The School of Veterinary Medicine is a short walk of approximately 35 minutes from Guildford train station.


Guildford is 30 miles south-west of London, on the A3 London-Portsmouth road. If approaching from London or the M25 (Junction 10), remain on the bypass (A3) until you reach the exit signed to the Cathedral and University. At the roundabout take the fourth exit towards the Royal Surrey Hospital. Continue straight across the next roundabout. At the next junction, turn left. After ~200 m take the first left to enter the University car park by the campus nursery.

If entering Guildford from Horsham (A281) or Godalming (A3100), leave the central gyratory system at the exit signed for Farnham (A31). After approximately 200 yards, at the mini-roundabout, take the first turning right into Guildford Park Road, and continue along Madrid Road and The Chase for a mile. At the next roundabout, take the first exit towards the Royal Surrey Hospital. Continue straight across the next roundabout. At the next junction, turn left. After ~200 m take the first left to enter the University car park by the campus nursery.


Parking is available in the University car park on the Manor Park campus. Please contact the conference organiser (Martha Betson, to receive a parking permit if you plan on parking in the University car park.

Accommodation options

Hotels in Guildford

Holiday Inn :  This hotel is a short walk from the conference venue.

Travel Lodge

Premier Inn

Asperion Hotel

Guildford Harbour Hotel : This hotel has a 2 night minimum stay


The 2017 AVTRW conference has been kindly sponsored by the online MSc in Veterinary Epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh:

MSc Programme

This new online MSc in Veterinary Epidemiology uses a systems approach to learn about the fundamental drivers of disease dynamics and patterns of infection seen in animal host communities.