VCF weekends

Details of the VCF Weekends organised by the VCF including the biannual national family weekend and the biannual conferences in the North and the South.

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Veterinary Christian Fellowship

Date :  27th-29th March 2020

Location:  - The Retreat Centre, St.Cuthbert’s, The Old Convent, Wigton, Cumbria CA7 9HU The retreat centre is located within walking distance from Wigton Train station and a short drive from Mike and Marcia Christian’s house (Woodside Farmhouse).

Speaker :Revd. Michael Healy

Michael was born in Southern Ireland in the last millennium! After a number of adventures God graciously grabbed hold of him and brought him to saving faith. Michael soon realised the call to follow Christ. He studied in Belfast Bible College where he met Anne. Both Michael and Anne were able to spend some time in West Africa with SIM International as students. There was born a desire to serve God in Africa. God however had other plans and Michael moved into pastoral ministry in a Church in Bangor, Northern Ireland. From there he moved to Suffolk East Anglia in England where he and Anne spent eight years ministering in a rural setting. 25 years ago Michael and Anne were called to serve a Church in Glasgow, Scotland until retirement at the end of March 2017. Michael has preached in Africa, India, Germany, Romania, Brazil and the US. He has just spent two months ministering in Tenerife. Michael is passionately committed to explaining and applying the Word of God wherever he can. Michael and Anne have three sons and five grandsons!

Topic: “You will have trouble, but take heart” John 16:33



  • Arrival from 6:00pm onwards- (Please note there is no evening meal provided)
  • 8:30pm Tea and Coffee
  • 9:00pm Introductions and Session 1


  • 8.30am: Breakfast
  • 9.30am: Session starts
  • Evening: Ceilidh!!


  • 8.30am: Breakfast
  • Depart 3:30pm

We will be running a family/crèche programme for those with children.


There is limited accommodation at the venue and this will be provided on a first come first served basis. 

There is very limited floor space at Woodside Farmhouse. -  Please bring a sleeping bag, pillow, towel etc.

There is space to camp at Woodside

There are a number of local B&B and holiday cottages located nearby. You will need to arrange and pay for these yourself independently of VCF.

Conference Rates:

  • Adults £120 for the whole weekend, (including accommodation)
  • £75 - excluding accommodation but includes registration, lunch, dinner, teas and coffees
  • Students and Vet Nurses £50. This is subsidised to encourage attendance and is based on sharing accommodation / floors / dormitories.
  • Children 11+ £50.
  • Children under 11 free.

The VCF subsidises families, students and overseas workers so that cost does not prevent anyone being able to come along. If you are able to make a donation to help towards folk who struggle to pay, that would be a huge blessing.

The Conference will qualify for 8 hours CPD.

More details:

Feel free to contact Ali Budgell This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Or Mike Christian This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have additional questions or queries.

Veterinary Christian Fellowship

The 2021 VCF Weekend will take place 5th-7th March 2021 at Quinta  Oswestry, Shropshire

It is an opportunity for folk who are involved, or interested in VCF to meet together as a family for fun, fellowship, food, and sharing together whilst looking into God’s Word for us and for our profession.


****  In light of many people requests this is a new location -More Info to follow nearer the event*****


The VCF weekend offers an opportunity to meet and and share with others who share that common bond of an interest or passion for Jesus combined with a heart for the veterinary profession. It offers a place where the two can be understood to work together for God’s glory and purpose.
The weekend offers a unique opportunity for everyone to come together in a relaxed, informal way, to ask questions and to have space and time to consider how we share Christ’s love in the veterinary world in the ministry that he has given to each one of us. It also offers the chance to find “Paul’s” to mentor and support us on our journey, and to find “Timothy’s” that we in turn can help and support on theirs.

 Come along and find

  • Mentoring
  • Friendships
  • Networking
  • 8 Hours CPD
  • Worship together
  • Support for nurses
  • Support for students
  • Learning from God’s Word
  • Support for vets in practice
  • The world famous VCF Ceilidh!
  • Learn about the VCF missionaries
  • Families really welcome (programme provided for children)
  • And so much more....

The weekend is open to all. Vets (whether still practicing or not), vet students, vet nurses, vet nurse students, others in all parts of the profession, and of course families are hugely welcome.

You may arrive from 5pm on Friday, and the first session will begin at 8pm. Tea and coffee will be available on arrival, but there is no evening meal provided on Friday. The last session will finish at 4.15pm on Sunday.

The Conference will include 'VCF Vision', a chance for you to give feedback on what you think VCF should be doing and to elect the new Committee.

The Conference will qualify for 8 hours CPD.

Activities will be provided for those up to school year 11 during the main sessions.

If you wish to give a donation towards a student or nurse registration then please select the 'Sponsor a Student/nurse' option on the booking site or visit to make a one-off donation via PayPal.


If you have any further questions please contact the VCF secretary - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.