BVA News: Intensive care doctor Matt Morgan to headline BVA Congress 2022

Doctor, author and One Health advocate Matt Morgan will deliver the 55th Wooldridge Memorial Lecture at BVA Congress 2022, challenging attendees to consider how we can close the species divide and simultaneously improve the prognosis for animals and humans.

The lecture, How kissing a frog can save your life – why doctors should learn from vets, is open to all London Vet Show attendees and will take place in the BVA Congress Theatre at London’s ExCeL between 11am – 12 noon on Friday 18 November.

Doctor Morgan, who is about to release his second book, which explores the concept of One Health, will suggest in his lecture that veterinary students and students of human medicine could benefit from studying together for elements of their degrees. With 46% of vets saying that they are unclear on what One Health actually means, this session is a prime opportunity to explore how doctors and vets can learn from one another.

British Veterinary Association President Malcolm Morley said, “One Health has never been more vital or more relevant than it is today. Every vet will understand deeply from their own work that the health and wellbeing of people, animals, and the environment are inextricably linked, and that collaborative working is essential, but our statistics show that many of us still struggle to pinpoint exactly what is meant by One Health.

“Last year our Congress sessions and Wooldridge lecture focused on climate change and environmental sustainability; this year we complete the One Health triangle by hearing from intensive care doctor Matt Morgan. We look forward to welcoming all London Vet Show attendees to hear from Dr Morgan how vets and doctors can learn from one another.”

The first Wooldridge Memorial Lecture, posthumously named after veterinary politician and researcher Dr W R Wooldridge, was delivered at BVA Congress in 1967 by Professor Lord Stamp and, over the years, has been followed by lectures from eminent speakers including the Princess Royal (1992), President of the Animal Health Trust; Sir Robert May FRS, Chief Scientific Adviser, Office of Science and Technology (1999); Dr John Bradshaw, author of bestsellers “Dog Sense/In Defence of Dogs” and “Cat Sense” (2015); author and campaigner Ben Goldacre (2017) and pioneering animal welfare scientist Temple Grandin (2019).

BVA Congress sessions as well as associated BVA Farm Animal, BVA/BEVA Equine, and BVA Career Development Streams count towards CPD. BVA members can get access to the full BVA offering, as well as the usual London Vet Show programme, for 15% less than the lowest advertised price. Simply enter your BVA membership number and claim your discount when you book online.

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