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VPMA/SPVS Congress saw a rise in visitor numbers for the fifth year in a row.

Numbers for VPMA and SPVS Congress 2017 were up for the fifth year in succession, with 550 delegates and 75 exhibiting companies attending the two-day event held at Celtic Manor in Newport.

Congress was opened by Andy McCann, performance coach to high profile business leaders, Olympians and world champions. He was joined by one of his mentees, Wales and Lions rugby legend Ryan Jones.

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VPMA president Renay Rickard.

Event highlights included:

  • Vets Now chief executive Richard Dixon “In Conversation” with Martin Whiting, lecturer in veterinary ethics at the RVC
  • a packed Mind Matters stream on mental health well-being, chaired by Radha Modgil, GP and co-host of BBC Radio 1’s The Surgery

Something for everyone

Lectures covered everything from behavioural economics to “the ultimate front of house experience”; resilience to understanding mindsets; practical health and safety to managing social media.

VPMA president Renay Rickard said: “This was our best congress yet. There was something for everyone with a ‘New to Management’ stream for those at the very beginning of their careers, along with some innovative ideas on leadership, marketing and finance from speakers inside and outside the profession.”

SPVS president Stephanie Writer-Davies said: “VPMA/SPVS Congress really is where the whole practice team come together to learn and to network.

The new larger exhibition hall was very popular with everyone I spoke to, allowing for more space to catch up with existing suppliers and meet new ones.”

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