Presentation at BEVA Congress
I presented at BEVA (British Equine Veterinary Association) Congress on 12 September 2015 in Liverpool. My talk was entitled, “Euthanasia – supporting the bereaved equine owner”, which was within the context of The Hospitalised Horse.
In this I covered:
The effects of grief, using an analogy to explain why owners can be so overwhelmed by the process.
Supporting owners before, during and after euthanasia, and how to communicate about end-of-life issues with compassion and understanding.
Where owners can access further support (the websites of these organisations were included in my Abstract in the 2015 BEVA Congress handbook which each delegate received).
The talk was well received by an audience of approx 200 veterinary professionals. And Professor Debra Archer, who was Chairing the session, reflected to me afterwards:
“I just wanted to say a big thank-you for giving a great talk on Saturday. The audience turnout was great and you did a fantastic job – it is an area that previous congresses have not really covered and I know that many people in the audience will now feel much more confident dealing with this difficult area.”
I was very pleased that the area of Bereavement Support had been included in this year’s Congress, and am grateful to Professor Archer to inviting me to present.