BVA Live proved to be a big hit with more than 1,000 veterinary professionals attending the inaugural event in Birmingham.
Held from 23 to 24 June at the NEC, the sector’s newest event showcased a wide range of CPD, debates and discussions, as well as a lively exhibition featuring more than 100 companies.
After being postponed for the past two years due to the pandemic coronavirus, BVA Live was organized by the BVA in partnership with CloserStill Media (CSM), organizers of the London Vet Show.
The event also featured debates with experts from within and outside of the veterinary community, as well as special business and careers sessions.
The program also included a clinical nursing stream, supported by the BVNA and practical training sessions and wet labs covering topics including ophthalmology, respiratory emergencies, suturing techniques for nurses, arthocentesis and bone fracture repairs.
There was also a social event on the first evening, which allowed delegates to continue discussions and debates from earlier in the day.
BVA president Justine Shotton said: “After being postponed for two years, it has certainly been worth the wait for BVA Live. It has been a huge success. It was wonderful to see so many people from across the veterinary community under one roof and to have the opportunity to meet with, and hear from, such a wide range of experts about so many fascinating topics.
“We are absolutely thrilled by the feedback we have had so far, and delighted to hear so many veterinary professionals have been inspired and have learned so much from this event. We are already looking forward to next year and cannot wait to build on the success of this first, incredible event. ”
Rob Chapman, MD of CloserStill Media’s Vet Shows, added: “It was an incredible couple of days. Inaugural events often hold a special energy, and this was no exception. From the moment the first exhibitors came through the doors for set up, there was a sense of the excitement but also really nice, relaxed air to everyone’s approach. Obviously, it was even better when the vets and nurses arrived at the start of the show.
“The feedback that I received throughout was brilliant – people loved the lecture programme put on by the BVA, really enjoyed the hands-on sessions from Central CPD and the interactions in the exhibition hall and at the Vet Show Summer Social seemed to add to everyone’s experience. Can’t wait for London Vet Show in November. “