BEVA Congress Attendance Increases by 20% Over 2016

BEVA Congress Attendance Increases by 20% Over 2016

This year's practical demonstrations included ultrasound on a live horse.

Photo: Courtesy David Boughey Photography

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) has reported growth in delegate numbers at its annual Congress again in 2017.

With almost 1,200 veterinarians and vet techs/nurses attending—representing a 20% increase on 2016 in overall delegates—a sold-out exhibition hall, and a waiting list for teaching sessions, the three-day equine veterinary educational extravaganza has become more popular than ever.

This year also showed a 28% rise in U.K. delegates. Of these 75% were vets who had been qualified for more than a dozen years and, therefore, are likely decision-making directors, partners, or senior members of their practice.

Attendees lauded the Congress’s scientific program, with 92% of delegates saying there was nothing BEVA could have done to improve it. The practical demonstrations, which included ultrasound using a live horse this year, received 4.7 out of 5 stars, while the new workshop sessions received a full 5-star rating.

The Liverpool Convention Centre’s exhibition hall was sold out four months before the event. A diverse array of 118 exhibition stands benefited from the added attraction of the demonstration areas that included practical content. Daily sessions from world-renowned names such as Jean-Marie Denoix, DVM, PhD; David Freeman, MVB, MRCVS, PhD, Dipl. ACVS; Ceri Sherlock, BVetMed, MS, Dipl. ACVS, MRCVS; Roger Smith, PhD, DEO, FHEA, DECVS, MRCVS; and Fernando Malalana, DVM, Dipl. ECEIM, FHEA, MRCVS, RCVS, gave delegates the chance for some exclusive hands-on continuing professional development.

“The practical demonstrations allow participants to be trained in a number of procedures and techniques with which they may not be familiar, under the guidance of more experienced colleagues,” said Malalana. “These sessions were very well received with a great rapport maintained at all times between the demonstrators and the participants and provide a great addition to BEVA Congress.”

Exhibitors also left positive reviews about the Congress. William Bedell, a partner at Horse Weigh, said, “BEVA Congress is always a priority for us, because it is highly relevant, well-organized and extremely popular. This year we estimated that the quality of footfall was up by 30%.”

Added Jo Holme, managing director at Bequestrian, “BEVA have succeeded yet again to pull together a great event for us to exhibit at. I am delighted with the amount of enquires from the delegates and will definitely attend next year, although may need a bigger stand next time! The equine and veterinary profession are a pleasure to work with.”

Next year’s BEVA Congress will be held in Birmingham, Sept. 12-15.

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