BSAVA Congress 2011 was hailed “the best year yet” by delegates and exhibitors alike, after breaking all records and bringing the whole veterinary profession together to celebrate its 250th anniversary.

BSAVA Congress 2011, was hailed “the best year yet” by delegates and exhibitors alike after breaking all records and bringing the whole veterinary profession together to celebrate its 250th anniversary.

BSAVA Congress 2011.According to organisers, more than 8,000 people gathered for the BSAVA’s flagship event in Birmingham, with 16% more visitors than in 2010.

In total, this year’s congress played host to 5,816 delegates (up from 5,028 in 2010), which included:

  • 3,887 vets,
  • 1,820 veterinary nurses,
  • 109 students, and
  • A record-breaking 634 overseas visitors, hailing from more than 50 countries.

The four-day event amassed more than 100,000 CPD hours, presented by more than 100 specialist speakers, including management talks and a new series of advanced lectures for veterinary nurses, who can now become members of the association in their own right. This year’s event also saw the largest ever exhibition, featuring more than 250 stands.

Outgoing president Grant Petrie said congress had surpassed all his expectations and was a year he would never forget. He said: “It has been a tremendous honour to preside over such a truly world-class congress, particularly to serve as president on the 250th anniversary of the veterinary profession.

Delegates enjoy a lecture at BSAVA Congress 2011.“I am immensely proud to see more delegates and more exhibitors than ever before, together with a fantastic social programme and networking opportunities which created a really special buzz around the event.

“It is a really exciting time for veterinary science and congress continues to be right at the heart of the profession. I believe it has been the best year yet and the figures certainly support this.”

The closing day of congress also saw the BSAVA AGM and the inauguration of Andrew Ash, who became the 55th president of the BSAVA.

He told delegates: “I never thought that the honour of being BSAVA president would come my way. The opportunity to lead our association even for a short period is one that will define my career. I will endeavour to serve the profession and the association to the best of my ability during this coming year and continue the stewardship of BSAVA with the same determination and character that this position demands.

Incoming BSAVA president Andrew Ash, and outgoing president Grant Petrie.Looking to the future, he said: “We have new ideas and initiatives across the organisation, we have already seen the launch of the nursing membership and qualification, we will be advertising shortly for a scientific policy director so that we can represent the small animal community better both within the UK and in Europe. We will continue to work hard to develop our membership services and the build the success of BSAVA.

“Next year, 2012, we will be hosting the World Congress here in Birmingham. The opportunity to once again put BSAVA on the world stage and welcome our many friends from overseas presents a welcome challenge to association. I am looking forward to the year ahead and representing BSAVA both at home and abroad during the year.”

Images courtesy NRW & BSAVA
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