BSVP Summer School Review

The British Society of Veterinary Pathology hosted their first in-person meeting since the start of the COVID pandemic for the 2022 BSVP Summer Conference on Farm Animal Respiratory Pathology, held on June 10th at the Moredun Research Institute, Edinburgh. This was particularly exciting as it allowed delegates to attend in person and online in a hybrid format. The conference hosted a series of lectures on bovine, small ruminant and porcine respiratory disease by Prof. Jeff Caswell from the University of Guelph, Canada, as well as a talk on ruminant foetal and neonatal lung pathology by Dr. Sandra Scholes and a joint talk on ovine pulmonary adenocarcinoma (OPA) by Dr. Chris Cousens and Dr. Jo Moore. Two RVC Anatomic Pathology residents were selected to present diagnostically difficult cases, with Dylan Yaffy sharing a case of bovine interstitial pneumonia and Rachel Garty discussing a case of laryngeal oedema in a bull. These were their thoughts on the first in-person conference of their residency training.

‘Having spent the first two years of the residency virtually, being selected to attend and present at the BSVP Summer Conference allowed me to finally meet some of my peers face-to-face. The hybrid format of the conference worked well, with pathologists around the UK being able to join live and ask questions in real-time. The lecture series was well organised and I left with a new understanding of farm animal respiratory pathology. Prof. Jeff Caswell started off the day with several gross and microscopic quizzes that set the tone and highlighted both strong points and gaps in my knowledge that were quickly filled as the conference progressed. I’d like to thank the BSVP for the opportunity to present an interesting case and receive advice from those with more experience about how to tackle difficult cases of bovine respiratory disease in the future.’ – Dylan Yaffy


‘It was a privilege to present a case of bovine laryngeal oedema at the Moredun Institute for the BSVP Summer Farm Animal Respiratory Pathology Conference. I have always had a keen interest in farm animal pathology and meeting specialists and mentors working in this field was an incredible and invaluable experience. A particular personal highlight was the lecture Dr. Sandra Scholes provided on ruminant foetal and neonatal lung pathology. As a resident, I have always found foetal and neonatal histopathology challenging and, since returning to the RVC diagnostic service, I have already used the information provided by this lecture. Similarly, Prof. Jeff Caswell’s lectures covered a large majority of the common ruminant and porcine respiratory diseases which challenged my knowledge and there were very interesting discussions regarding OPA diagnostics with Dr. Chris Cousens and Dr. Jo Moore. The lectures provided a strong foundation of knowledge on ruminant respiratory pathology which will have immeasurable benefits in the future. I would like to thank the BSVP for such an amazing opportunity to attend the conference and present. Also, I would like to thank all those involved in organising and attending the conference. As a resident aspiring to become a farm animal pathologist meeting so many inspiring role models was an experience I will never forget.’ – Rachel Garty

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BSVP trainee member £90.00
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