BSAVA president Patricia Colville welcomed delegates to the association’s 59th annual congress during her speech at the official opening ceremony. 

Patricia Colville
Patricia Colville officially welcomed delegates to BSAVA Congress 2016 – her final event as the association’s president. Image: BSAVA / Steve Burden Photography.

The event, which runs until April 10, remains the largest small animal conference in the world – and with delegate figures up on those of 2015 (6,557 delegate registrations as of Thursday evening), the event is proving to be as popular as ever.

Challenged and inspired

Dr Colville also took the opportunity to praise the work of the congress team, saying: “Having seen what is planned over the next four days, they have excelled themselves with a diverse and ambitious programme.”

She told delegates: “We have a comprehensive programme of 350 lectures and practical sessions ahead of us – and great effort has gone into ensuring that vets and veterinary nurses at all stages of our professional career can come here to be challenged and inspired; reflecting BSAVA’s commitment to provide support for you throughout your career.”

Early start

Referring to this year’s many congress highlights, Dr Colville specifically noted:

  • the new “Breakfast with a Specialist” sessions, which she claimed were “worth the early 8am start”
  • the launch of the SPVS Wellbeing awards, along with an “Improve Wellbeing” and “Staff Support” lecture stream
  • the launch of the BSAVA PDP resource, created to help new graduates, their employers, and those returning to work after a career break

For details of this year’s BSAVA Congress, as well as future events, visit www.bsavacongress.com

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