​Join me at the #VetFutures Summit at the Royal Veterinary College in London


On the 4th July 2016 at the Royal Veterinary College, Royal College Street London NW1 0RP, the Vet Futures Summit will be held to share how the 34 recommendations of the Vet Futures Report have been turned into an action plan that will help the profession take charge of its future.

The event is being organised by the British Veterinary Association and Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and will comprise a range of presentations and talks on subjects such as animal health and welfare, veterinary careers, veterinary business, One Health, vets’ wider roles in society and leadership.

Speakers will include:

Prof Stuart Reid, Principal, Royal Veterinary College (RVS)
Bradley Viner, President, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)
Sean Wensley, President, British Veterinary Association (BVA)
Liz Cox, Chair, RCVS Veterinary Nurses Council
Sam Morgan, President, British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA)
Jess French, Author & Presenter of Cbeebies Minibeast Adventure with Jess
Huw Stacey, Director of Clinical Services, Pets at Home Group
Chris Tufnell, Director of Coach House Vets in Berkshire and VP, RCVS
Liz Mossop, Associate Professor of Veterinary Education and Sub-Dean for Teaching, Learning and Assessment at the School of Veterinary Medicine & Science, University of Nottingham
Helena Diffey, Senior VP, Association of Veterinary Students
Kimberley Schiller, Manager, Accenture Consulting
Clare Allen, Senior Teaching Associate, Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge
Simon Doherty, Owner and Director, Blackwater Consultancy and animal science expert, UK Trade & Industry
Mary Thomson, Veterinary Surgeon & member of the Vetlife Board
Dr Ceri Dornan, Balint Society
James Yeates, Chief Veterinary Officer, RSPCA
Gudrun Ravetz, Vice President, British Veterinary Association
Jo Rodgers, Brand and Corporate Communications Manager, The Law Society

My talk will discuss the opportunity to take a Mobile First approach to Veterinary Medicine.

If you’re working in mHealth you will want to better understand the Veterinary market as it provides an important litmus test for innovations (if you can’t find a Veterinary application for your technology it’s likely to be an intervention that will have limited impact or you don’t understand your technology or the medical industry well enough).

Tickets are all sold out on EventBrite but there is a waiting list. The event hashtag is #VetFutures.

Related: Find a mHealth event to attend in 2016


UPDATE 11th JULY 2016: Photos from the day are posted to Flickr (I’ve no idea why I look so angry in mine!):

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UPDATE 8th December 2016: You can check out my Mr Motivator style talk here (jump to 55mins in to hear just my 20 min lecture):


Feedback from the audience (from a straw poll I ran at beginning of talk):

100% of the audience had a smartphone

10% of the audience used the internet & apps with their clients

10% of the audience used an app on their phone in relation to their Vet work

Not one Vet in the audience had more than 10 apps on their mobile that they used in relation to their work

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