VET Festival continues to break the mould of veterinary education for 2018

8th & 9th June 2018 at Loseley Park in Surrey, UK

View the VET Festival 2017 highlights video on YouTube

One of the most anticipated events in the UK veterinary CPD calendar, VET Festival, will return to the field at Loseley Park in Surrey, UK on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th June 2018 to continue its mission to break the mould for the delivery of veterinary education.

Offering one of the most inspiring CPD programmes available across the world, VET Festival will provide delegates with 20 different subject areas of practically relevant learning material that will enhance the lives of companion animal veterinary professionals and their patients whilst enjoying a sense of genuine comradery.

The unique outdoor environment and festival atmosphere will encourage delegates to talk about challenging issues and reflect on whether a career in veterinary medicine is all they thought and hoped it would be. VET Festival is set to deliver Veterinary Education for Tomorrow whilst creating and nurturing a community of compassionate veterinary professionals, where joy and fun is equal and integral to the forward-thinking CPD experience.

The 2018 CPD programme will be delivered by pioneering, internationally renowned opinion leaders who

have walked the walk and performed hundreds of the procedures they will be lecturing about. They are some of the most published authors in the world and are incredibly experienced in their specialist field, and will bring to VET Festival their skill, knowledge, innovation and passion for all delegates’ daily working lives.

TVs ‘The Supervet’ and Managing Director of Fitzpatrick Referrals, Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, founded VET Festival in 2015 and invites veterinary professionals from across Europe and beyond to attend. He said, “I’d love to share more energy, knowledge and enthusiasm with you at VET Festival. I cannot wait to collaborate on this education platform with so many fantastic speakers from all over the world in this open-air festival environment.

We all feel the stresses and strains of failure, financial stress, management challenges, difficult inter-personal relationships, self-confidence, ego, fear and even depression. The world of companion animal veterinary medicine is changing so fast in terms of business models, financial concerns, client demands and an explosion of knowledge, techniques and drug availability. It can be overwhelming.

VET Festival isn’t just about Veterinary Education for Tomorrow – it’s about looking after each other. It’s about sharing the pain of the failure and the joy of the success as a group with speakers who have travelled that road and not just learnt it from a book. It’s about sitting side by side in the fresh air learning relevant material that can not only enhance the lives of our patients, but our own lives and our profession too. It’s about standing side by side enjoying great live music and a sense of comradery that feels real and unforced, that feels genuine and feeds the soul.

We seek to change the paradigm by which we learn, by which we interact with each other and how we feel about ourselves. It is time as a profession that we looked after each other more and where the effort and the money we put into our education and our networking with friends and colleagues goes back to help the animals we signed up to help in the first place. VET Festival is sincerely aiming for something new. We want to be the best we can be, together in the open air surrounded by kindness and collegiality with very good food and music. Our pledge to you is to provide real value for money, always listen and respectfully support the profession, the animals we serve and those who love them.

All clinical streams will combine with Wellness, which is at the very heart of VET Festival, to inspire delegates to try to make their vocation exactly how they want it to be whilst gaining peace of mind and health of body. Our motivation is to collectively become a positive force for good, so that every one of us, our friends and family, our work colleagues, our businesses, our profession and even our world may benefit. Most of all our motivation is to inject the enthusiasm, fun and sense of belonging which you dreamed about when you first wanted to become a veterinary professional.”

Highlights of VET Festival 2018:

  • A choice of 120 CPD lectures across 10 streams comprising of handpicked, international speakers.
  • A dedicated nursing trail across all 20 subject areas. Nurses can attend any stream for no extra fee.  
  • An interactive tent that will deliver live demonstrations of ultrasound in dogs and hands-on orthopaedics. 
  • A Festival Village featuring leading organisations who will demonstrate cutting-edge advancements in technology and innovative pharmaceutical solutions.
  • VETFest™ Party Night hosted on the Friday evening provides the opportunity to get into the festival spirit with live music, festival food and drink.

Following a record year in 2017 that saw a 40% increase in delegates as well as winning a UK Conference Award, VET Festival continues to raise the bar for veterinary education and is one of the fastest-growing veterinary conferences in the UK.

VET Festival is at Loseley Park, Surrey UK on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th June 2018. All tickets booked before 30th October 2017 include a Super Early Bird 25% discount rate. A Practice Package is available offering a two-day pass to groups of four, with the Practice Manager attending free. Tickets are available to buy on Eventbrite:

Veterinary companies retailing or promoting companion animal products, primary care veterinary practices or referral practices have the opportunity to exhibit at VET Festival 2018. For further information on exhibitor or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kara on



41% of UK vets feel disappointed in their working life expectations.”

40% of UK vets said they would not or were unsure whether they would choose to be a vet again.”

Vet Futures, 2015

 For more information about VET Festival, please visit the relaunched website:

A comprehensive list of speakers and full conference programme will be made available online.

Contact: Sarah at Fitzpatrick Referrals for more information, interview requests and images.

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VET Festival

VET Festival is a CPD conference for companion animal veterinary professionals and is in its fourth year. Conceived by Professor Noel Fitzpatrick (Managing Director of Fitzpatrick Referrals), VET Festival launched in 2015 at the University of Surrey before it relocated to Loseley Park in 2016. VET Festival has presented many world-class speakers from across the world to make it the most engaging, clinically relevant and innovative CPD conference in the UK. Multiple lecture streams take place in a professional and contemporary atmosphere, which is combined with an exhibition arena for industry representatives.

98% of delegates rated VET Festival 2017 ‘excellent’ or ‘very good.’

98% of delegates intend on visiting VET Festival 2018.

100% of delegates would recommend VET Festival to a friend/colleague.

99% of delegates think that VET Festival is good value for money.