Vets were out in force at Olympia’s Grand Hall yesterday (November 20) for the opening of the sixth London Vet Show.
A record 4,000 veterinary professionals have registered for this year’s show.
First day delegates were greeted at the two-day event with a programme of expert speakers and thought leaders, as well as more than 400 leading international suppliers including Vets4Pets, IDEXX, Henry Schein and MDC Exports.
An opening welcome was delivered by David Church, vice-president of the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), which programmed the three main clinical theatres for the sixth year.
British Veterinary Association (BVA) president John Blackwell also welcomed delegates to the event, encouraging attendees to make the most its programme, which includes the large animal clinical theatres as well as the BVA congress and careers fair.
Director at Idexx Laboratories Paul Tye noted the success of its opening day. “Everything is in one place so we have had great footfall, a constant stream of high-quality delegates throughout the day – meaning we have gathered valuable leads,” he said.
“It has also been a great platform to promote our new product range – our related sessions have actually been oversubscribed and we’ve had an overwhelming response from delegates.
One such delegate was mixed animal vet Andrew Lightbody who attended the show for the first time on a recommendation from a colleague. “This is my first year at LVS and it has definitely been worth the trip,” he said.
“I have been able to expand my knowledge on a wide range of specialities attending sessions and workshops specific to farm, equine, and companion.
David Bell, who owns a practice in Leicester, said: “The CPD content was excellent and there is plenty packed into the exhibition and conference over the two days from clinical workshops to roundtables and discussions.”