Quality of life: what is it and what can vets do to influence it?

Introducing the 2018 AWF Discussion Forum


Every veterinary professional dedicates their career to ensuring the health and welfare of animals committed to their care, but what does this mean for the modern vet? 


Apart from treating animals, vets are increasingly being expected to use their position as trusted, respected professionals to guide the behaviour of those who own and manage animals. This year’s Discussion Forum will delve deeper into this topic and explore how the veterinary profession can really fulfil this ambition. 


The ‘Big Debate’ session looks at what we mean by quality of life and how it is influenced by client demand, pet insurance and current treatment procedures. AWF is delighted to welcome Angela Smith MP to chair what promises to be a lively session, as we discuss how all parties might move forward with an agreed idea of what constitutes quality of life at the core of their decision making.

In addition to this main session, experts in human behaviour change will share their insights into what drives behaviour and how tweaking our language and using the right type of communications can have surprising impact. We’ll also hear about the PDSA ‘Which Pet’ campaign and discuss how setting up pre-purchase clinics makes sense for both business and welfare.

An inspiring Veterinary Education (VETed) talk and updates on some of the recent studies that AWF has funded complete the day.

This accredited CPD event is relevant to both vet surgeons and vet nurses, as well as students and welfare professionals.  For more information and tickets visit www.bva-awf.org.uk/2018-discussion-forum

Download the programme to find out more about the talks and speakers.