Program of the Symposium

Wednesday 20th March 2024, Manchester Central

BVNS Symposium Programme 2024
“Disc Disease – you think you know it…”

8:30-9:15 – Registration & Coffee

09:15-9:30 – BVNS President – Welcome & Introduction

09:30-10:30 – Nisaharan Srikandarajah FRCS(SN) PhD, Consultant Neurosurgeon (Complex Spine), The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool.
“Time is Spine” Is this a valid concept in humans for Cauda Equina Syndrome and Spinal Cord Injury?

10:30-11:15 – Frances Williams PhD, King’s College London.Genetics of disc disease- title TBC

11:15-11:45 – COFFEE BREAK

11:45-12:30 – Julien Guevar DVM DipECVN University of Bern.
“Mini-invasive surgery- title TBC”

12:30-13:15 – Marianne Dorn BVM&S MIRVAP.
“Rehabilitation of the spinal patient”

13:15-14:15 – LUNCH

14:15-15:30 – Round table discussion (75 min).
Chairs: Paul Freeman, Joe Fenn, George Nye.

  • Is surgery for acute disc extrusions overrated?
  • Timing of surgery?
  • Treatments to minimise the extent of the contusive injury?

15:30-15:45 – COFFEE BREAK (15 mins)

15:45-16:45 – Clinical Research Abstracts (60 min)

16:45-17:00 – Closing remarks and AGM

Past program of the Symposium


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‘Early bird fee’ with payment received BY 3rd March)

• BVNS symposium fee + annual membership (payment received by 3rd March): £150
• Undergraduate veterinary student BVNS symposium only fee (payment received by 3rd March): £40

We kindly ask to ensure funds are received in our bank by 3rd March to qualify for early bird.

Fees with payment received AFTER 3rd March)

• BVNS symposium fee + annual membership (payment received AFTER 3rd March): £200

Abstract Submission

Abstract Format

Submission guidelines for all abstracts:

Papers, reports or articles containing the work submitted in the abstract must NOT have been submitted or accepted for publication prior to submission of the abstract. Abstracts must NOT have been presented elsewhere prior to presentation at the BVNS meeting.

  • Submit the abstract as an MS Word file (.doc or .docx)
  • Indicate whether ethical approval was obtained for the study
  • Font: Times New Roman, size 12
  • Paragraphs: 1.5 spacing and fully justified
  • Indent each paragraph three spaces
  • The abstract should be a maximum of 500 words
  • The first line should contain the title in capitals; the second line all author(s); the third the institution(s) the author(s) are affiliated with
  • Organise the body of the abstract as follows:
    • A statement of the purpose of the study
    • A statement of the methods used
    • A summary of the results presented in sufficient detail to support the conclusions
    • A statement of the conclusions reached
    • Do not use subheadings (e.g. methods, results)

The deadline for abstract submission is the 18th February 2024 at 11:59pm. Accepted abstracts will be printed in the Symposium Proceedings. Authors of accepted abstracts will receive free registration to the 2025 BVNS Symposium.