The following are upcoming or past events involving, or relevant to the BDVA.

21st February 2024 (6.45 to 8.15 pm) – Online Meeting – Clinical Pathology in Deer

The BDVA are holding an online (Zoom) evening CPD event to discuss topics related to clinical pathology in all types of deer.

The meeting is aimed at veterinary surgeons in general practice who want to know more about clinical pathology.

We are grateful to James Barnett (Farm Animal Veterinary Advisor for Axiom Laboratories) who will introduce the topic with a presentation on testing deer for a variety of conditions. This will be followed by a Q&A / discussion session, with contributions from members of the BDVA committee.

BDVA members can register for free; non-members will need to pay £10.

Please book your place HERE


James qualified from Bristol in 1988.   After a spell in mixed practice and then nine years working in zoos and aquaria, James moved into laboratory work and, in 2005, started at what was then the VLA’s regional laboratory at Starcross, moving to the regional laboratory at Polwhele, Truro, in 2007.  In 2013, with the imminent closure of the Truro lab, he joined Axiom Veterinary Laboratories and helped set up a farm animal diagnostics service, which is now used by over 300 farm and mixed practices in the UK. 

Although his long-standing primary interest outside of domestic livestock has been marine mammals, he has been involved, on and off, with deer for several years.  He worked for three years in the last century (!) with the extensive hoof stock collection and other species at Whipsnade as a veterinary house surgeon and, during his time at the (AH)VLA, worked with Aiden Foster on the Miscellaneous and Exotic Farmed Species Group. 

Axiom also now takes in some deer work from the veterinary practices it serves and it is this diagnostic case load that he has been asked to share as an introduction to the Clinical Pathology CPD meeting. He hastily points out that he is by no means a deer expert and is looking forward to learning from those who are! 

July 2023 – Veterinary Care of Reindeer CPD Day

The BDVA are holding a Veterinary Care of Reindeer CPD Day (six hours)

The meeting is aimed at veterinary surgeons in general practice who want to know more about reindeer.

The programme will include common conditions seen in reindeer in the UK, general husbandry requirements, routine management procedures, antler cycles, legal considerations, anaesthesia and routine surgical procedures.

The speakers will include Kit Heawood, Sam Ecroyd, Paula Hoppe and Aiden Foster.

There will be a practical handling session and a Q&A forum.

Location – Real Reindeer, Home Farm, Church Lane, East Carlton, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 8YA.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


EARLY BIRD (until 16/06/23)£200.00£250.00

November 2022 – BDVA Conference 2022

The BDVA will be running a conference at the Summerhall on Saturday 26th November 2022, with a social taking place on the evening of the 25th in Edinburgh, for those who wish to attend. The day will include talks on muntjac, disease surveillance, reindeer and a discussion around updates to bTB testing in deer and other topics. A flier for the event can be found here and if you wish to attend the day, bookings are available through this link. A full (updated) programme can be found here.

November 2022 – BVZS Conference 2022

The British Veterinary Zoological Society conference 2022 is being held from 4th – 6th November 2022 at Aston Hotel in Birmingham. The conference spans 3 days and has a full schedule including streams on zoo health, wildlife, exotics and pet health, and student/new graduate presentations. There is also a conference dinner and silent disco on the evening of the 5th November for delegates. For more information, please see the BVZS website conference section.

September 2022 – International Deer Biolology Congress

The 10th International Deer Biology Congress will be held from September 4-9, 2022, at the Faculty of Agrobiotechnical Sciences, Osijek, Croatia. The main purpose of International Deer Biology Congress (IDBC) is to gather professionals interested in deer biology, disease, conservation and management in wild and farmed conditions. IDBC offers possibilities to discuss common problems, share knowledge and experiences, revive old, and create new networks. Some of the major topics will include general Deer biology, ecology and physiology, diseases, evolution, genetics, management and nutrition, in-situ and ex-situ conservation, antler biology, and antler and venison production. With the COVID-19 pandemic, many restrictions have come about, requiring us to work in a virtual setting. Let’s hope that 10th IDBC will be held in an old-normal person-to-person conditions, allowing direct exchange of knowledge, creation of new relationships and thereby helping to sparks novel endeavours in cervid research, conservation, management and production.
1st announcement

December 2021 – BDVA AGM (online)

The BDVA’s AGM will be an online event this year, with the date set as the evening of the 1st Decemeber. Further details will be emailed to members closer to the time, however if you wish for more information, please feel free to get in touch through the “contact us” section of the website.

September 2021 – BDVA + BVZS Congress (online)

The BDVA is collaborating with and supporting the BVZS in their annual meeting.  This will be an online webinar based weekend CPD event occurring on September 25th and 26th 2021. In order for BDVA members to be able to attend you must sign up, please follow this link.

Plenary speakers include Alistair Ward (University of Hull) who will speak about estimating wild deer populations in the UK and Kit Heawood (Tyndale Vets & BDVA Secretary) on the challenges of Tb testing deer herds residing within a park.

For full more details, including the conference programme, please go to the BVZS website Conference – BVZS.