VOACON Venue Change

VOACON New Location

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the VOA announces a location change for the upcoming VOACON. The congress on the 22nd & 23rd of May will now take place at The Holywell Park Conference Centre in Loughborough. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause and appreciate your patience and understanding. 

Transport Information

  • The venue is one mile from Junction 23 of the M1; seven miles from East Midlands Airport; 3.4 miles from Loughborough station; and 90 minutes from London St. Pancras. It is just over 12 miles from Leicester. A taxi from Loughborough station costs about £10; buses also run from the station to the campus.

  • If coming by car, leave junction 23 of the M1 and take the A512 Ashby Road to Loughborough. At the first roundabout, turn right into Holywell Way (signposted for Burleigh Court and Holywell Park). Once past the gatehouse, go straight on at the next two roundabouts and enter the Holywell Park car park, where plenty of free parking is available.

The Veterinary Osteoarthritis Congress

22nd and 23rd May 2024 at the Holywell Park Conference Centre, Loughborough

Bookings Now Open!

The Veterinary Edge has teamed up with the Veterinary Osteoarthritis Alliance and Nupsala to run VOACON – the veterinary osteoarthritis congress – in Loughborough this spring. Being held at the Holywell Park Conference Centre on 22nd and 23rd May, the congress will offer three streams of interest to the whole practice team. With great value rates for VOA members and non-members (who can join at the reduced delegate rates) the congress will cover the latest thinking on osteoarthritis treatment

VOACON 2024 Programme

Download your copy here

Our Sponsors

Great value delegate rates

VOA members*

• Veterinary surgeon: two days £250; one day £140
• Veterinary nurse/physio: two days £160; one day £90
*Join the VOA when you book to qualify for members’ rates!

Non-members

• Veterinary surgeon: two days £310; one day £170
• Veterinary nurse/physio: two days £210; one day £125

Day One

Wednesday 22nd May

Main Stream

Session 1: Managing OA

9AM

Jamie McClement

How to effectively communicate with clients

9AM

10:05AM

Russell Chandler

How to be sure it’s OA – clinical assessment and differentials

10:05AM

10:55AM

REFRESHMENTS

10:55AM

Session 2: Managing OA

11:20AM

Stuart Carmichael

A process for OA management planning
Sponsored by Animalcare

11:20AM

12:10PM

Jamie McClement

A practical approach to integrating physiotherapy into OA management

12:10PM

1PM

LUNCH

1PM

Session 3: Managing OA

2PM

Mike Farrell

Educating the pet owners – the key to successful OA management

2PM

2:50PM

REFRESHMENTS

2:50PM

3:20PM

John Innes

Session 4: Owner questionnaires for OA assessment – present and future
Sponsored by Zoetis

3:20PM

4:20PM

Keynote in main hall with Stephanie Dakin

4:20PM

Stream Two

Session 1: Dealing with chronic pain

9AM

Colin Capner

Understanding pain in chronic OA

9AM

10:05AM

Stuart Carmichael

Managing chronic pain – medical options for long-term management
Sponsored by Animalcare

10:05AM

10:55AM

REFRESHMENTS

10:55AM

Session 2: Dealing with chronic pain

11:20AM

Mike Farrell

The role of obesity and weight management in OA chronic pain

11:20AM

12:10PM

LUNCH

12:10PM

Session 3: Dealing with chronic pain

1:05PM

Siobhan Menzies

Rehab strategies for chronic pain management

1:05PM

2:05PM

Barbara Houlding

The role of hydrotherapy in the senior patient
Sponsored by the Canine
Hydrotherapy Association

2:05PM

2:50PM

REFRESHMENTS

2:50PM

Session 4: Interactive Case

3:20PM

Russell Chandler, Stuart Carmichael and Jamie McClement

Multi-disciplinary case presentation

3:20PM

4:25PM

Keynote in main hall with Stephanie Dakin

4:25PM

Equine Stream

Session 1: Multidisciplinary management of OA

9AM

Peter Day

Corrective farrier options in OA management. Latest developments

9AM

10:05AM

Marc Koene

Objective assessment tools in equine mobility assessment

10:05AM

10:55AM

REFRESHMENTS

10:55AM

Session 2: Multidisciplinary management of OA

11:20AM

Lee Clark

A physio perspective in equine rehabilitation

11:20AM

12:10PM

LUNCH

12:10PM

Session 3: OA treatment options

1:05PM

Frian James

Update on intra-articular injectables
Sponsored by Nupsala

1:05PM

2:05PM

Didier Serteyn

Autologous v. allogenic stem cells treating OA conditions
Sponsored by Nupsala

2:05PM

2:50PM

REFRESHMENTS

2:50PM

Session 4: Unusual presentations

3:20PM

Marc Koene

OA in less common sites. How to recognise and manage

3:20PM

4:25PM

Keynote in main hall with Stephanie Dakin

4:25PM

Day Two

Thursday 23rd May

Main Stream

Session 1: Biomodulation in OA

9AM

Ross Allen

Using intra-articular therapies in practice
Sponsored by Nupsala

9AM

10:05AM

Andrew Armitage

Stem cells: a new dawn. Reviewing the evidence
Sponsored by TVM

10:05AM

10:55AM

REFRESHMENTS

10:55AM

Session 2: Working dogs

11:20AM

Tace Allen

Working with sporting and working dogs. Where do you start and what do you need to know?

11:20AM

12:10PM

Sarah Cochrane

Managing specific injuries in sporting and working dogs

12:10PM

1PM

LUNCH

1PM

Session 3: Mobility clinic

2PM

Ross Allan

Innovation and latest thinking for us to create objective data in our practices

2PM

2:50PM

REFRESHMENTS

2:50PM

Session 4: Mobility Clinic

3:20PM

David Prydie

Using an OA management assistant programme in a mobility clinic – guide to success

3:20PM

4:25PM

Main Hall

How can VOA help? Blue Paw and Practice Accreditation explained

4:25PM

Stream Two

Session 1: Feline OA Focus

9AM

Edwin Gildea

Feline OA – an update on its impact and owner perception

9AM

10:05AM

Duncan Lascelles

Managing chronic pain – medical options for long-term management
Sponsored by Animalcare

10:05AM

10:55AM

REFRESHMENTS

10:55AM

Session 2: Feline OA Focus

11:20AM

Kirsty Cavill

The role of the RVN as a feline OA ambassador
Sponsored by Zoetis

11:20AM

12:10PM

LUNCH

12:10PM

Session 3: New horizons

1:05PM

Alexandra Keller

Ultrasound: a new perspective in mobility cases

1:05PM

2:05PM

Duncan Lascelles

OA is a disease of old dogs – think again! New information about juvenile OA

2:05PM

2:50PM

REFRESHMENTS

2:50PM

Session 4: Interactive Session

3:20PM

Ross Allan, Stuart Carmichael and Kirsty Cavill

Multi-disciplinary case presentation

3:20PM

4:25PM

Main Hall

How can VOA help? Blue Paw and Practice Accreditation explained

4:25PM

Stream Three

Session 1: Rehab in action

9AM

David Prydie

What evidence is there for the use of electrotherapies?

9AM

10:05AM

Natalie Lenton

How can clinical massage help? The evidence

10:05AM

10:55AM

REFRESHMENTS

10:55AM

Session 2: Rehab in action

11:20AM

Russell Chandler

How to set up a mobility clinic: what are the foundations?

11:20AM

12:10PM

LUNCH

12:10PM

Session 3: Surgery in OA

1:05PM

John Innes

Surgical options for OA joints

1:05PM

2:05PM

Siobhan Menzies

Post-surgery rehabilitation: plans improve recovery post joint surgery

2:05PM

2:50PM

REFRESHMENTS

2:50PM

Session 4: Dietary Supplements

3:20PM

TBC

What role do nutraceuticals and dietary supplements play in OA management?

3:20PM

4:25PM

Main Hall

How can VOA help? Blue Paw and Practice Accreditation explained

4:25PM