With almost 1200 vets and vet 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.
BEVA Congress is the largest equine veterinary conference outside the US and its reputation means that it attracts world-class speakers from across the globe. With this calibre of speaker, six concurrent lecture streams blending science and innovation with pragmatic guidance, panel discussions, and practical hands-on teaching BEVA has always been the go-to event for equine vets and mixed practitioners at all stages of their careers.
This year the figures showed a 20% overall delegate attendance increase on 2016, which included a 28% rise in UK delegates. Of these 75% were vets who had been qualified for more than a dozen years and therefore likely to be decision-making directors, partners or senior members of their practice.
BEVA Congress’s scientific programme was highly lauded 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.
Liverpool Convention Centre’s vast 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 more practical content than ever. Daily sessions from world-renowned names such as Jean-Marie Denoix, David Freeman, Ceri Sherlock, Roger Smith and Fernando Malalana gave delegates the chance for some exclusive hands-on CPD.
Fernando Malalana, senior lecturer in equine internal medicine at the University of Liverpool Equine Hospital said: “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. 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.”
BEVA Congress also received glowing reports from exhibitors. William Bedell, a Partner at Horse Weigh said: “BEVA Congress is always a priority for us, because it is highly relevant, well organised and extremely popular. This year we estimated that the quality of footfall was up by 30%. Because the vets know we will be there every year they use Congress as the place to make a purchase or upgrade an existing weigh bridge and we have made a good number of sales conversions already.
“The BEVA team always go the extra mile; they organised enthusiastic vet students to help us set up and then when we became short staffed at short notice they sourced a delightful third year Liverpool student to help on our stand. For us it’s the best veterinary conference bar none.”
Jo Holme, Managing Director at Bequestrian said: “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 from 12-15 September 2018. You can watch the highlights from 2017 here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4qI8hyNu9s