The British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) Congress celebrated its 25th anniversary in Birmingham by offering an ambitious scientific and social programme.

More than 6,500 delegates enjoyed a comprehensive programme of education, industry expertise and peer engagement.

Lectures catered to professionals across all stages of their career, from a dedicated student stream to business management-focused sessions.

Ethical issues and the impact of legislation on the profession were discussed in the popular Big Issues stream, and vets and veterinary nurses were able to engage interactively in more lectures thanks to the expanding use of “turning point” technology.

Double Olympian James Cracknell gave this year’s keynote address, discussing the importance of ambition, determination and goal-setting, as well as his drive to increase childhood activity to tackle obesity.

Delegates also enjoyed a social programme, which, this year, included a seven-course taster menu at the president’s banquet and VetFest, which combined comedy and live music with food and a silent disco.

Incoming BSAVA president Tricia Colville said she was proud of BSAVA’s achievements and honoured to be building on those in the coming year.

She said: “This congress has been absolutely fantastic. There has been a really positive buzz at both the ICC and in the arena, and I would like to congratulate everybody involved for making it such a success. Congress is the flagship BSAVA event and, more importantly, the place where the whole profession comes together.

“The changes continue to make the event better and the innovation never stops, because the profession is always changing and BSAVA Congress is at the heart of that transformation.

“Personally, I have got so much out of BSAVA that has been useful in my daily life and work, and this year I want to have discussions with people about how BSAVA can help their development too.”

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