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Top picks for BSAVA 2018

Congress highlights from BSAVA President, John Chitty

In 2018, the veterinary profession faces a rapidly changing
environment with unique and demanding new challenges. Now
more than ever, I feel it is vital for
the profession to meet, discuss
and learn together. There are so many highlights at Congress
it is difficult to name just a few,
but here are the focal points I am
excited for at Congress 2018.

New non-clinical stream

To meet our changing needs, I am very excited for the brand
new CPD stream at Congress on Sunday – “Beyond the Clinics”. Designed to provide holistic support and veterinary
specific information beyond clinical skills, the new initiative
features experts discussing how to look after your financial,
mental and physical health alongside career representation
from across the veterinary spectrum at a careers fayre.

First-class CPD

Congress is justly renowned for the myriad of clinical learn-
ing opportunities on offer and 2018 is no exception with
over 450 lectures delivered by world leaders and pioneers
in their disciplines. My particular highlights in April include
an expanded practical and wetlab offering, along with a new
advanced veterinary practitioner stream for those looking
to develop specialised skills and knowledge. There is also a
brachycephalic stream showcasing the latest thinking and
clinical advice, rounded off with an evidence-based discussion from key opinion leaders.

Industry expertise

The Congress exhibition
continues to be the only
place to see the latest
products, innovations and
services all focused on the
needs of the small animal
vet and veterinary nurse.
Having personally bought
everything from new products to large scale equipment at Congress over the
years, I know it’s a fantastic
venue to come to with a shopping list. You can
compare products, discover something new and network
with the top companies in industry. Plus, if you don’t have
time to attend the lectures, we offer free exhibition passes
to vets, veterinary nurses and practice staff.

Let us entertain you

Congress would not be complete without our series of
stunning social events where delegates unwind after a full
day of networking and learning. This year we are introducing a brand new social event – Movie Night. Catch up with
your colleagues and then join us for a relaxed showing on
Thursday night. BSAVA Banquet on Friday evening is a de-
light for a real foodie like me, combining amazing food and
big entertainment in exquisite surroundings. Saturday night
evolves into V18, the new name for our very own indoor
festival, packed full of music, entertainment and comedy
(and the return of the hugely popular silent disco).

Whether you are a Congress regular like myself, or visiting for the first time, I hope you will be able to join us this
April to create enriching and inspiring moments together.

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