Drop-in to the Practical Village each day for some free practical CPD!

Refresh your skills or learn something new, in our Practical Village. Pop in to one of our village businesses and see what hands-on activity you can take part in! Whether it's endoscopy or suturing, there's plenty of opportunities to engage with the experts and try out the latest equipment and procedures.

The sessions are open to all on a "drop in" basis, all you need to attend, is a lecture or exhibition pass! 

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The Tailor
Brush up on suture patterns

If you're looking to brush up on your suturing skills, you're a veterinary nurse interested in getting more involved with surgical nursing, or a vet student wanting some extra tips and tricks, The Tailor is the perfect stop in the practical village!

Sponsored by Ethicon , this station will provide you with advice and techniques on different approaches to suturing, and give you the opportunity to practice there and then.

The Salon

Surgical prep

Visit The Salon to practice gloving up and prepping a site for surgery. Find out about the most effective techniques, the equipment needed, and see if you can get the surgical site clean!


Prep for an emergency

You get the heads up from reception that an emergency is on it's way down to the practice. It's just you in the prep area to get everything you need set up ready to deal with the case as it walks through the door. A c-section? A blocked cat? Who knows!

Who can be the quickest and most successful at the top of the leaderboard? Can a vet win or will a nurse reign?

Burtons Hardware Shop


Get hands on with capnography monitoring equipment and a training model to discuss and learn about the principles of capnography. Ideal for all of the clinical team to get the most out of your capnography equipment and skills, resulting in an improved and safer anaesthetic for all patients.

Sponsored by Burtons

Burtons DIY Ventilation

Ventilation and IPPV

An opportunity to practice using a ventilator on a training model to help understand the clinical considerations for setting up for ventilation. Understand the settings effectively to ensure a smooth and successful use of the equipment. Ideal for all the clinical team.

Sponsored by Burtons

STORZ Cinema


Using BSAVA's 3D printed models, you will use a STORZ endoscope to guide through into the duodenum. STORZ and experienced residents will be on hand to provide you with useful tops and answer any questions you might have.

Sponsored by KARL STORZ

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STORZ Dry Cleaners

Cleaning and care of scopes

Endoscopes need care and attention too! Knowing how to maintain and clean your endoscope is just as valuable as knowing how to use them on our patients. This station will allow you to clean an endoscope, understand which products are best to use, and teach you how to handle your equipment to ensure it can continue to do its job well!

Sponsored by KARL STORZ

The Dentist

Dental radiography positioning

Dental radiography can be tricky, but after visiting The Dentist it should be a walk in the park! Practice positioning for x-rays using models and radiography plates, and assess pathology of teeth found on cases commonly seen in practice.



You see a dog with a skin mass so take a fine needle aspirate cytology sample, but wouldn't it be great if you could make a quick diagnosis yourself without having to wait for results from the lab? Come to look down microscopes and see some examples of cytology of common skin masses.

The House

Environmental modification for geriatric patients

Environmental modification can be simple, but hugely effective on improving the welfare of older patients, and educating owners on this topic can be part of any consultation. Head in to The House to set everything up for an elderly cat or dog with multiple age-related diseases.

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