75th AVTRW Annual Conference

The 75th Annual AVTRW Conference was hosted at Dublin on the 2nd and 3rd of September 2021. Due to ongoing Covid restrictions the conference was held online this year.  

Conference proceedings and recordings are available to AVTRW members only and can be accessed through the members area (login required)

Keynote speakers

We were pleased to announce the keynote speakers for the 75th annual AVTRW conference

Dirk Werling

Professor Werling is a Professor of Molecular Immunology at the Royal Veterinary College with a current research interest in the innate immune system.  Since 2007 Professor Werling has been involved in the development of dendritic cell based vaccines for farm animals and has responsibility for the design, implementation and evaluation of new vaccine delivery platforms.  Professor Werling has published in over 100 peer-reviewed papers and has received research funding from organisations such as BBSRC, EU (FP7 and EMIDA) as well as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

Professor Werling has been a supporter of the AVTRW for several years and will open the conference this year.   

Jude Capper 

Dr. Capper is an independent Livestock Sustainability Consultant and holds the ABP Chair in Sustainable Beef Production at Harper Adams University.  Dr. Capper researches the sustainability of livestock production and is currently researching on-farm medicine usage, impacts of livestock health and welfare on system sustainability, and South American beef production.  Dr. Capper has been awarded the "Dairy Industry Woman of the Year" (Women in Dairy 2017) and "Farming Hero of the Year" (Farmers Guardian 2018) awards as well as an honorary doctorate (Harper Adams University) in recognition of contributions made to the UK farming industry. 

Dr. Capper is the keynote speaker for the One Health and Sustainability session this year.  

Máire McElroy

Máire McElroy is a graduate of the Veterinary School in UCD.  Following a period in mixed practice she completed a Residency in veterinary pathology in UCD before joining Pathology Division in the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory (CVRL) of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM).  Her work within the CVRL has primarily focussed on food animal diagnostic pathology and TSE.  She is currently the Head of Bacteriology and Parasitology Division.

Dr. McElroy is the keynote speaker for the Surveillance and Diagnostics session this year.  

Simon Doherty

Dr. Doherty is a veterinary surgeon with an interest in global livestock health and welfare and sustainable production.  Dr. Doherty currently holds the position of Senior Lecturer in Animal Health and Welfare at Queen's University, Belfast and has represented the veterinary profession in multiple areas during his career. 

Dr. Doherty has a wealth of experience in veterinary education and will be the keynote speaker for the Veterinary Education session at this year's conference.       


We were pleased to announce that a workshop on scientific writing hosted by Dr. Vicki Adams.  Dr. Adams is a consultant epidemiologist involved in collaborative clinical research and is the chief executive of the Animal Cancer Trust charity.  Dr. Adams is also founding editor of Vet Record Open and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in scientific writing and publishing.

The workshop was held on the second day of the conference.  

Prize winners

The oral presentation prize was won by Jayne Orr of the University of Glasgow for her presentation titled "Does simulator training in teaching undergraduate vet students to calve a cow improve confidence and ensure successful learning outcome?".  John Donlon of University College Dublin was runner up with his presentation titled "Development of an adjusted clinical scoring system for diagnosis of respiratory disease in pre-weaned dairy calves using machine learning techniques".

The poster prize was won by Nicola Clements of Hartpury University for the poster "What’s Up, Doc? Identifying trends in UK veterinary education about rabbits and generating recommendations for the future".  Sanam Sewgobind of the AHPA was runner up for the poster "Real-Time PCR for diagnosis of DVE in the UK".

Congratulations to all of our prize winners!


The AVTRW is grateful to the following sponsors:

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) generously sponsored the oral presentation prizes for the 2021 conference.

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) generously sponsored the poster prizes for the 2021 conference.