With more than 10,000 people converging on Birmingham for the UK’s largest small animal veterinary conference, BSAVA World Congress 2012 broke all records and created a truly international stage for the veterinary profession.

With more than 10,000 people converging on Birmingham for the UK’s largest small animal veterinary conference, BSAVA World Congress 2012 – jointly hosted with WSAVA and FECAVA – broke all records and created a truly international stage for the veterinary profession.

There were over 7,100 visitors from more than 70 nations – 22% more than in 2011 – including around 5,000 vets, 2,000 vet nurses, as well as numerous practice managers and students.

Organisers noted “a particularly strong Scandinavian contingent” this year, as well as many professionals from the USA, Australia, Canada and Germany.

Veterinary professionals amassed more than 100,000 CPD hours in an unrivalled programme of lectures in 40 streams – which this year included the first dedicated practice management programme.

The keynote lecture was given by Lord Robert Winston, who hailed the “huge” contribution of veterinary science and urged veterinarians to continue conducting research in their fields – even if no use is known at the time – because it could one day become invaluable.

The largest ever exhibition featured almost 300 stands (manned by over 3,000 exhibitors), including some brand new companies. Many chose congress to announce industry innovations, launch new products or services and unveil unique special offers – enjoying thousands of face-to-face conversations over the four days.

The prestigious BSAVA, WSAVA and FECAVA Awards proved popular, as colleagues gathered to congratulate the very best advances in veterinary excellence.

Outgoing BSAVA president Andrew Ash said the 55th annual congress was an unforgettable event to crown his year in office. “I am incredibly proud to preside over such a truly world-class congress for the entire small animal veterinary profession. It has surpassed all my expectations and broken all records,” he said.

“We have welcomed the world to congress this year and I am honoured to have been part of a tremendous team who have worked alongside the WSAVA and FECAVA to make this happen.”

He added: “This year the team has done the impossible and created the most vibrant exhibition I have ever seen.”

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