Blaise to host inaugural CPD event

Blaise Veterinary Referrals to host inaugural CPD event

Birmingham’s soon-to-open Blaise Veterinary Referral Hospital is to host its first CPD event on Wednesday 13 September. Focusing on the liver, the day-long educational programme will take place at Herbert’s Yard in Longbridge where attendees will hear from some of Blaise’s top clinicians.

The sessions will cover a variety of topics from how to diagnose liver disease and the metabolic causes of seizures to pain management in patients and portosystemic shunts. Client communication will also be covered as well as some orthopaedics for those with an interest in that area.

Andrew Kent, Clinical Director at Blaise and Small Animal Internal Medicine Specialist, will be taking some of the sessions and he will be joined by team members Lara Dempsey, Head of Soft Tissue Surgery, Jacques Ferreira, Head of Anaesthesia, Mike Farrell, Head of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Neurology Clinician, Emma Suiter.

Kent said:

“We’re building an incredible team at Blaise and are very excited at the prospect of sharing the specialist knowledge that our clinicians have with our wider veterinary community. Treating liver conditions can be incredibly complex and our educational programme presents an unrivalled opportunity to deep dive into this part of an animal’s body and how best to approach it.”

Tickets are available for £48 from, with all profits going to the charity StreetVet.

Named after the Austin Motor Company factory that was situated at Longbridge until closing down in 2005, Herbert’s Yard is a community venue and street food market located only minutes from the hospital.

Blaise Veterinary Referral Hospital in Longbridge is owner IVC Evidensia’s first purpose-built pet hospital and will be open to accept referral patients from November 2023. For more information visit

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About Blaise Referral Hospital:

  • Blaise Referral Hospital is IVC Evidensia’s first purpose-built, multi-disciplinary veterinary hospital in the UK
  • Opening in November 2023, the hospital will have the capacity to treat up to 10,000 pets each year
  • Led by a team of veterinary specialists, Blaise Referral Hospital will accept referrals and provide emergency services to pets from Birmingham and surrounding areas
  • The hospital is named after St Blaise, the patron saint of veterinarians

About IVC Evidensia:

  • Founded in 2011, IVC Evidensia is one of the world’s leading veterinary care providers, serving millions of pets and their owners across Europe and Canada.
  • Working with our colleagues in general practice, staff throughout the IVC Evidensia referral network delivers exceptional veterinary care to thousands of patients and their owners every year. Investing in individuals, teams and facilities is at the heart of what we do to facilitate seamless referrals across Europe.
  • Our referral hospitals are typically run by Specialists or Advanced Veterinary Practitioners. Our extensive network of referral hospitals, centres and service providers cover the UK, the Nordics and mainland Europe.
  • We invest in our people, premises and processes to provide clinical excellence across the continent.
  • We believe the best veterinary practices are those led by local teams, which is why we invest in the continuous professional development of our staff whilst offering clinical independence to allow them to deliver the highest quality pet care possible.

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