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    8th& 9thJune 2018 at Loseley Park, Surrey
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    (L-R: Catherine Oxtoby, Professor Derk-Jan Dijk, Shan Cooper, James Earls, Lizzie Lockett, Gordon Roberts, Rosie Overfield, Stuart Robertson)

    Delegates at VET Festival 2018, in partnership with Centaur Services, will be encouraged to reflect on their career as well as personal development through a series of content centring on wellness. The outdoor CPD conference, on Friday 8thand Saturday 9thJune at Loseley Park in Surrey, has wellness at its heart,and aims to create a community of compassion where joy is integral to the journey of learning.
    The Wellness & Practice Development stream, sponsored by Centaur Services, this year will focus on how to make delegates’ daily working lives exactly how you want to be,with topics comprising mental well-being, resilience, communication, nutrition and sleep.Speakers include:
    • Shan Cooper, Founder & blogger of, Australia
    • Professor Derk-Jan Dijk, Professor of Sleep & Physiology and Director of the Surrey Sleep Research Centre, UK
    • James Earls, Director of Kinesis UK and author of Born to Walk, UK
    • Lizzie Lockett, CEO of RCVS and Director of the Mind Matters Initiative, UK
    • Catherine Oxtoby, Risk Manager at The Veterinary Defence Society, UK
    • Rosie Overfield, Instructor in Mental Health First Aid, Head of People Wellbeing at Sunset Vets and Founder of Mindpod, Australia
    • Gordon Roberts, Author, entrepreneur and previous owner of Wellpets Animal Hospital, UK
    • Stuart Robertson, Yoga & mindfulness teacher, physiotherapy and Founder of 1-2-1 Yogatherapy, UK
    A dedicated Wellness Hub, sponsored by Centaur Services, will also be onsite that is devoted entirely to wellness activities that delegates can participate in across both days of the conference. Sessions include:
    • Morning and afternoon meditation,with Professional Certified Life and Business Coach (PCC) Lydia Kimmerling for a much-needed rest bite in your busy day to refresh and rejuvenate.
    • The Happiness Explorer daily talks, with topics including ‘Over thinking and find your calm’ and ‘How to feel instantly happier on a difficult day.’
    • Vegan Curious, with specialist vegan consultant Hayley Jarvis who will give delegates tips and advice.
    • One-to-one mindfulness, where delegates can pre-book a 15-minute private session with a coach who will personally teach tools to apply to everyday life.
    • Vetlife, will be offering 15-minute sessions to understand how the charity can offer free, independent and confidential help to everyone in the veterinary community.
    • Horses that heal, with Counsellor and Equine Facilitated Learning Practitioner Jacqui Vaughan where delegates can discover how horses can boost your confidence and give the tools to overcome life’s most difficult challenges.
    • Festival headdress workshop, to create the ultimate party headwear ready for VETFest™ Live Party Night.
    • Why juice is one of our health’s best friends, with The Healthy Juice Company’s founder Rosie Dickinson who will outline the benefits of fitting juice into our daily lives.
    • Massage stations and a juice bar holding demos will also be available for delegates to enjoy.
    Marketing Manager at Centaur Services, Zoe Paget commented,“We are proud to have the opportunity to sponsor VET Festival and the Wellness Hub. Centaur Services are united in their responsibility to create healthier futures. This includes supporting veterinary staff with their health and wellbeing, so they can focus on what they do best, helping the nation’s animals.”

    The full conference programme is available on the VET Festival

    For further information on the Wellness Hub:

    Tickets are available to buy on Eventbrite:
    Veterinary companies retailing or promoting companion animal products, primary care veterinary practices or referral practices have the opportunity to exhibit at VET Festival 2018.

    For further information on exhibitor or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kara on

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