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 2018 >>

Date: 26th & 27th November 2018
Location: Aintree Racecourse

Our Casualty Management Seminar this year will take place at Aintree Racecourse on the 26th and 27th November 2018. 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 2018 Registration Form

ARVS Casualty Management Seminar 2018 Programme

Euthanasia at Race Meetings & Equestrian Competitions 2018 >>

Date: Tuesday 1st May 2018
Location: Ripple, Tewkesbury

The ARVS is running a further Euthanasia at Race Meetings & Equestrian Competitions course on Tuesday 1st May 2018 in Ripple, Tewkesbury.

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 2018 >>

Date: 5th June 2018
Location: Chepstow Racecourse

ARVS 2018 Summer Scientific Meeting

The ARVS Summer Meeting is to be held at Chepstow Racecourse on June 5th, 2018

We are pleased to have Professor Chris Whitton (University of Melbourne) as our main invited speaker. Chris’s area of expertise is the response of the subchondral bone to exercise with research spanning epidemiology, bone biology and some sophisticated computer technologies. Chris will share with us how his work has helped develop strategies for injury prevention.

On the same topic, Professor Tim Parkin (University of Glasgow) will share additional information related to injury prevention from horseracing and endurance disciplines. In addition, the meeting sessions will focus on exercise physiology and the training of equine and human athletes, with discussions about how the training information and the injury prevention information can be put to practical use. We are excited about the programme and hope that you will be interested to join us for the day of education and interaction with colleagues.

ARVS Summer Meeting Programme 2018

ARVS Summer Meeting Registration Form 2018