A practical approach to the cost-challenged case

Event date

20 June 2017

Venue location

British Veterinary Association
7 Mansfield Street


Helen Dingle, 0207 908 6336

Event type

Small animal clinical CPD


Professor Ian Ramsey BVSc PhD DSAM DipECVIM-CA FHEA MRCVS, Professor of Small Animal Medicine, University of Glasgow



 Early birdStandard
BVA member£195 (including VAT)£235 (including VAT)
Non-memberN/A£395 (including VAT)

Early bird rate applies to bookings made more than eight weeks in advance of the course date.


Event Description

Course programme (653KB PDF)

Registration will open at 09.30, with the course starting at 10.00. The course will finish at 16.00.

The ‘white heat’ of modern veterinary science comes with a price that some owners are unable to contemplate. This course focuses on these owners, using common clinical problems as practical illustrations of how managing disease does not have to be hugely expensive to clients, but can still be very worthwhile in terms of patient welfare and practice economics.

Sometimes making the diagnosis is more cost-efficient than trial therapy (e.g. anaemia, polydipsia); sometimes trial therapy is more cost-efficient than making the specific diagnosis (e.g. acute fever without localising signs) and sometimes symptomatic relief is best of all (e.g. acute vomiting not associated with systemic signs).

Some chronic conditions require relatively cheap therapies but a lot of monitoring (e.g. renal disease), whereas others (like hyperadrenocorticism) use relatively expensive drugs but can be monitored quite cheaply. This course will use these examples to show how to achieve a good result even in a costchallenged case.

The five key things delegates will learn from this course are: 

  • The general strategic approach to the cost-challenged case, and how to do better with less
  • Understanding the importance of knowing what is gold standard before cutting costs
  • The importance of repeated, thorough clinical examinations
  • The importance of weighing up evidence of efficacy of tests and medications
  • Reducing a learned dependence on numbers and making clients do more of the monitoring

Please note - if you want to book three courses for the price of two please call Helen Dingle on 020 7908 6336.

Terms & Conditions

Payment conditions Payment for BVA courses must be received in advance to guarantee your place. On acceptance of your booking a confirmation letter will be sent to you. Prices are subject to 20% VAT and bookings will be confirmed with a VAT notice. Member discount Please note that in order to qualify for the member discount it must be the member that attends the course. A member cannot book on behalf of a non-member to benefit from the discount. If a non-member attends in place of a member, they will be liable to pay the additional non-member fee. Book 3 courses for the price of 2 This offer is only valid for BVA members. All 3 courses must be booked at the same time. The cheapest course will be free. A practice may book using the offer and send a different member of their team to each course. This offer is only valid for BVA 2017 CPD courses and excludes media training courses and any webinars. The offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer relating to BVA CPD. Cancellation policy In event of cancellations received in writing no later than one calendar month in advance of the course, the fee will be returned less 25% to cover administration expenses. After that date no refunds will be possible. Substitutions may be made at any time, however, please see the condition about the member discount. Programme information The programme is correct at the time of going to press. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, the programme may change and BVA reserves the right to cancel the event or alter the venue and/or speakers. Where circumstances force BVA to cancel a course, the liability of BVA shall be limited to a refund of any fees paid for the courses. BVA is not liable for any consequential loss.

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