BSAVA Virtual Congress 2021 may have finished just two weeks ago – but it’s not over yet! Although the live event is past, all content is still accessible for another 6 weeks. To access over 130 hours of CPD, 4 keynote lectures, and everything else Congress had to offer, make sure to log in to the Congress platform – or sign up now if you haven’t done so yet.
“BSAVA Virtual Congress received more than 3,300 registrations for the live event, said Sarah Fitzpatrick, Head of Events and Partnerships at the BSAVA, calling it “a phenomenal turnout given the challenges the profession is currently facing as a result of the pandemic, which has had a significant knock-on effect on various aspects of the industry including budgets and working hours.”
Participation far surpassed expectations and targets, particularly in relation to the virtual exhibition which was a resounding success. “Feedback has been glowing,” continued Sarah. “No one really knew what to expect from a virtual Congress, but the verdict appears to be that it worked extremely well and exceeded expectations.
“Around 20% of tickets were international – about double what we’d normally get at a live event. The innovative format and fact that the event was virtual made it more globally accessible.” The event – which received thumbs-up from four accrediting bodies* – also allows participants to review lectures or to dip into new ones at their convenience.
Sessions included a wealth of presentations by some of the profession’s top names, including:
• Dermatologist Ariane Neuber-Watts and Behaviourist Sarah Heath, who had an interesting debate on Has covid caused stress-related alopecia?, with John Chitty providing insight from an exotics practice perspective.
• Catherine Oxtoby and Pam Mosedale considered the importance of checklists and clinical audit in ensuring patient safety, recognising that tools must be in place to mitigate potential errors and learn from mistakes that do occur.
• The ‘Can the Profession Go Green?’ stream had a hard-hitting presentation from Libby Kemkaran-Thompson explaining the science behind global warming and providing delegates with data to help with effecting behaviour change.
• In the ‘Neurology on a Shoestring’ stream Tom Cardy and Holger Volk considered the keys to cost-effective neurological diagnosis.
• Laura Owen and Alasdair Hotston Moore discussed ureteral ectopia and urethral sphincter mechanism incompetence during the session The Leaking Tap – What’s New?, as part of the Urogenital Tract Surgery module.
130 hours of CPD for only £125 + VAT
Missed the live dates? You can still register now to access over 130 hours of CPD including 100 on-demand webinars and 4 fantastic keynote lectures, but also catch up on the latest news, products & services from leading industry suppliers. Although the 50 virtual booths at the virtual exhibition will not be manned anymore, you’ll still be able to contact them by email. And don’t miss the Health & Wellbeing Stand, with yoga, breathing and stretching exercises, interviews with Olympian vet Laura Muir, magic tutorials and more.
All scientific content and the virtual exhibition hall are still accessible to new and existing delegates, through the event platform until 22 May 2021. The good news for new participants is the reduced congress fee, at £125 + VAT for BSAVA** and FECAVA** members and £175 + VAT for non-members, with a reduction for WSAVA*** members.
* RACE, Veterinary Council Ireland, the New Zealand Veterinary Association and SVK/ASMPA (Switzerland). For details, see under Accreditation here: https://bsava.org/2PXHCf5
** For information on how to become a BSAVA member visit: https://bsava.org/3a5AVi6
*** As FECAVA member, proof of membership of one of FECAVA’s member associations may be required. To check, please visit https://www.fecava.org/associations
**** Veterinarians who are members of WSAVA through their national organisation can claim a 10% discount on the BSAVA non-member rate.
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