The ARVS has been instrumental in improving the standard of veterinary care and welfare of horses on UK racecourses through the provision of quality CPD in the annual Casualty Management Seminar and Summer Scientific Meetings.

These meetings also provide an important opportunity for discussion on the management of injury and disease on and off the racecourse. These courses are also very applicable to Veterinarians providing services other Sports Horse events.

Casualty Management Seminar 2019 >>

Date: 25th & 26th November 2019
Location: Cheltenham Racecourse

The Casualty Management Seminar in 2019 will be held at Cheltenham Racecourse on 25th & 26th November 2019. The course is run over two days, with both days mandatory for those new to racecourse work and day 2 (at least!) mandatory at least every 5 years for ALL vets working on racecourses.

Talks on key aspects of casualty management are interspersed with interactive discussions and practical sessions.  The seminar is of use to vets attending equine events other than racing and of course at least 2 vets attending Point-to-Point racing must also have attended this course within 5 years.

To attend, fill in the registration form and send to Claire Cook:

ARVS Casualty Management Seminar 2019 Registration Form

ARVS Casualty Management Seminar 2019 Programme to follow

Euthanasia at Race Meetings & Equestrian Competitions 2019 >>

Date: To be confirmed
Location: To be confirmed

The ARVS will run a further Euthanasia at Race Meetings & Equestrian Competitions course in 2019 – date and venue to be confirmed.

The course is aimed at those without significant experience, but who wish to be able to use firearms in practice, and at racecourses. Each delegate must apply for a Firearms Licence in order to use the instructor’s gun, and to subsequently be able to use the practice firearm. There will be self-certification following the training course and members should only sign if they are confident in safe firearm use.

For further details of the course please access the Members Area and the section on Courses/Events.

Registration forms are available in the Members Area. If you wish to register now please contact our secretary Claire Cook at We can advise on applying for your firearms certificate if required.

Summer Scientific Meeting 2019 >>

Date: 12th June 2019
Location: York Racecourse

ARVS 2019 Summer Scientific Meeting

The ARVS Summer Meeting is to be held at York Racecourse on Wednesday 12th June 2019.

The ARVS Summer Meeting 2019 aims to provide an in-depth introduction to the
Thoroughbred Sales industry from the veterinary perspective, as well as including
information on sales preparation and procedures. We are privileged to have Dr. Stephen Hance, an internationally recognised expert in Thoroughbred Sales as the main speaker for the meeting. Steve’s main focus will be on Veterinary Processes and procedures at sales and interpretation of sales radiographs. Steve has worked around the world so will provide an international perspective. The programme will also include topics such as: Preparation of horses for sales, financial impact and sales endoscopy. There will be a panel discussion related to the musculoskeletal impact of sales preparation on young Thoroughbreds. In addition, we are fortunate to have Dr. Richard Newton attending to provide his perspective on equine influenza and infectious disease as they relate to TB sales.

We are looking forward to the ARVS Summer Meeting. We hope that you find the
programme appealing and that you will join us in York.

To attend, fill in the registration form and send to Claire Cook:

ARVS Summer Scientific Meeting 2019 Registration Form

ARVS Summer Scientific Meeting 2019 Programme