If you continue we’ll assume you are happy to receive them. Pet food won't get any cheaper, pet accessories will become even more expensive, and our innumerable companion animals will continue to. This initiative is jointly powered by RCVS and BVA to gather and process views and research from within and outside the profession to generate some direction on what the landscape will look like in the future. Vet Futures. | Medicines Veterinarians will continue to complain about demanding pet owners, even though it is those same owners who are driving the growth in their industry. The last few weeks have been extremely busy with a whole range of different meetings with the various stakeholders with which we engage on your behalf. P13/ What does the future hold for Veterinary Medicine? community regional forums. Many studies are suggesting that each year more and more veterinary graduates will work in the area of companion animal medicine. The recent manpower survey showed that the pace of change was not as extreme as many claimed and she warned against the prevailing pessimistic mood -"gloomy pictures may become a self-fulfilling prophesy," she noted. In short, not a whole lot will change for the public. As I’ve mentioned before, my theme for the year is “Driving Change – Shaping the Future” and this project meshes exactly with that vision. | Political At the Postcards from the Future Symposium - a forward look to the year 2020 - speakers from both inside and outside the veterinary profession predicted a generally sunny outlook for practice in the next 10 to 15 years. Less and less general veterinarians will continue to provide out of hours services and pet owners will continue to grumble about high veterinary bills, while shelling out even higher amounts on a regular basis. P9/ Informed Consent in Veterinary Medicine. Formerly, business development manager of the Specsavers Optical group, Mr Watson pointed out that the challenges facing the veterinary profession were often very similar to those experienced by other healthcare professions like opticians. How do I update my accredited-practice information? As many of you will know, the BVA has negotiated on OV fees and conditions with the Government, or relevant body, on behalf of the veterinaryprofessionformany years. If so follow P2/The role of companion animals in our society. Even the farm animal branch of the profession will emerge from under its current cloud to develop a new and better working relationship with its clients in the livestock industry, they said. What does the future hold for veterinary practice? Yet while most speakers were optimistic about the future of the veterinary profession over the next decade, some current issues were likely to cause continuing problems. Livestock farmers would still need the input of their veterinary advisor although most work would take the form of pre-planned health checks rather than emergency visits, which would become increasingly uneconomic. However, veterinarians will have to deal with the effects that the corporatization process will have on their profession, just as the field of human medicine had to deal with the advent of for profit HMOs in the USA, decades ago. In the small animal sector, there will be a continuation of the trend towards larger multivet practices offering a wide range of specialist clinical disciplines and hosting the services of skilled paraprofessionals such as physiotherapists, nutritionists and osteopaths, suggested Peter Watson, Managing Director of the Vets4Pets Group. | Companion animals. In short, not a whole lot will change for the public. I advise the public to keep watching also. . There will also be more control of the veterinary industry by corporations, who will operate the specialized facilities where the more expensive care will be provided. I said in my opening address - if you did nothing else during the show you should take a moment out and attend the discussions that focused on the issues that concern our profession and let your views be heard. How does the profession engage with the changing demographic? You did just that and I hope it gives you an appetite to further explore and contribute to the wider political issues that flow through our profession. “Time flies when you’re having fun” or so the adage goes, and that is certainly true when you fill your day with BVA business. 24/7 specialized referral centres will continue to proliferate, as long as their economics support their growth, which will likely be the case. Equine practitioner and recent graduate Huw Griffiths warned that solutions must be found to the problem of mounting debts among veterinary students. For tailored content in your inbox and online, as well as access to our journals and resource and support services you might want to consider joining BVA. Many currently available technologies will be adapted for use in the veterinary field - global positioning systems will be used to trace and identify individual animals, and mobile camera phones will transmit images for vets to make an initial diagnosis at many miles distance. It is likely that the wealthier pet owners will continue to spend exorbitant sums of money on their pets, while owners with less financial resources will be increasingly encouraged to purchase pet insurance, if unexpected emergencies arise for their animals. The “Ask the CVOs” session again gave the audience a unique opportunity to ask all four UK CVOs questions around disease control and policy implementation across all species groups and it is only right that I record here our thanks for their attendance, particularly as avian influenza had been confirmed in the UK that very week bringing its own pressure on their time. However, veterinarians will have to deal with the effects that the corporatization process will have on their profession, just as the field of human medicine had to deal with the advent of for. Less and less general veterinarians will continue to provide out of hours services and pet owners will continue to grumble about high veterinary bills, while shelling out even higher amounts on a regular basis.