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SyncThermology Annual Team CPD Conference

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The 2018 SyncThermology Annual CPD Conference was held at Folly Farm Conference Centre near Bristol recently and was a great success. Our imaging and veterinary team came together in a lovely venue overlooking the Chew Valley for a three-day event which covered company business and scientific developments along with plans for 2019 research projects and team activities.

The event kicked off on Friday the 23rd of November with an opening lecture which reviewed the year’s business activity. We discussed our successes and areas that we need to improve on as a team. The morning continued with lectures which helped us to review what veterinary practices are looking for when taking on new services.

After lunch we delved into what our clients need and want from our service and reviewed data gathered from 110 dog/horse owners. We discussed how we can better market and educate our clients and connect both our equine and canine services. Lots of great ideas were shared and the session was finished off with an inspiring presentation from Senior Imaging Technician Jules La Garde discussing how she has built a successful local imaging service.

Friday finished with a team building activity. Two groups had 1 hour to come up with an idea for a team charity challenge. Our charity event will be launched soon! We are excited, and nervous, to announce the plan.

On Friday evening we enjoyed a lovely team meal and everyone had a good chance to catch up. Talk about our charity challenge continued over wine….

Saturday arrived, and one of our vets Ciara Murphy led the way with a great lecture on the anatomy of the cruciate ligament and shared some advice on imaging the area along with some general imaging tips to improve canine views. As always, it is extremely valuable to have feedback from our veterinary team and the team really enjoyed the presentation.

We then began presentations from external speakers, firstly Russell Guire from Centaur Biomechanics who presented the latest research on equine performance. We had some lightbulb moments which sparked a new idea for a research project relating to the equine back, more info coming soon… The presentation from Russell was inspiring as always and we were delighted to have him with us to share his work.

Dr Kevin Howell from the Royal Free Hospital in London led us on to lunch with an awesome presentation on the latest thermographic research, new data on thermographic imaging cameras and the latest news from the medical field of thermography. Dr Howell is also the president of the European Association of Thermology.

After lunch we were joined by Julia Robertson from Galen Therapy Centre for an inspirational lecture on canine therapy. I think it was safe to say we all learned a thing or two about our dog’s health and clinical signs indicating they need some treatment. We also reviewed some of the work that we carried out with Galen earlier in the year and we hope to write the project up over the coming months. 

We wrapped up the pain, physiology and performance day with a review over some interesting cases and discussions over the day’s presentations. On Saturday evening we enjoyed our annual Christmas Party, all getting dressed up in our Christmas party gear accompanied by wine and bubbles. Folly Farm served up a fab dinner with Christmas pudding and we all sung, as best we could, to the birthday girl Jules La Garde. The night continued with a successful attempt at the human knot and a very funny game of charades.

Sunday morning came with a few sore heads and we launched straight into an adaption session and a review of our signature presentation.

This year’s event really bonded us as a team and we had quality time together to explore new ideas and pin down areas where we can all improve. Everyone enjoyed themselves and it was great to spend time with so many genuinely lovely people.

We are already making plans for the 2019 Conference!


Sophie Gent – SyncThermology MD