The UK’s only dedicated emergency and critical care Congress for the veterinary professions is going virtual this year due to uncertainty around coronavirus.
Vets Now, who host the event, said the temporary move online will mean more places for delegates and exhibitors as well as an expanded CPD offering.
“Vets Now’s ECC Congress is going 100% virtual.“
Importantly, this year’s Vets Now ECC Congress will take place in a hi-tech virtual conference centre, which will provide just as many networking opportunities as the traditional event in Leeds.
Internationally-renowned vet professionals Dan Fletcher, Megan Brashear and Claire Sharp are among several high-profile speakers who have agreed to speak at the event, which is due to take place across four days in November, while Woodley Equipment Company is back on board as headline sponsor.
Specialist vet Dan Lewis, Vets Now’s national ECC lead, devised the virtual Congress programme.
He said: “This move online has been months in the planning and we’re hugely excited about the opportunities it will bring for delegates, exhibitors and speakers, who we hope will be joining us from across the world.
“The interactive platform we’re using is cutting edge and it provides so much more than just webinars. There will be live content, an interactive exhibition hall and more opportunities than ever for delegates to network and learn from some of the world’s leading veterinary experts discussing emergency and critical care.
“Our programme this year has been carefully tailored to provide an inclusive learning
experience for vets and vet nurses no matter what stage they’re at in their career, from students through to specialists.
“We’ll obviously miss seeing everyone in person, but we’re very excited that we can gather together online for a one-of-a-kind experience.”
The Vets Now ECC Congress, and accompanying exhibition and gala dinner, has been held annually since 2004. The first 15 events were based in Harrogate and last year it moved to Leeds.
In that period the event has grown into one of the biggest of its kind in the world — offering delegates more than 50 hours of CPD under one roof — and this will remain the case for this year’s virtual conference.
The decision to move the event to a virtual conference centre, as opposed to cancelling it due to concerns over coronavirus, is part of Vets Now continuing commitment to the advancement of emergency and critical care.
Mike Wickham, managing director of headline sponsor Woodley, said: “Vets Now’s annual Congress has always been a celebration of the emergency veterinary community and we’re delighted it’s continuing this year in the virtual world.
“We’re hugely excited about the prospect of meeting old and new friends in this innovative new format and we applaud Vets Now for thinking out of the box during this awful pandemic and continuing to help grow opportunities for everyone in the veterinary professions.”
The Vets Now ECC Congress 2020 will be held between November 4 and 7 and online booking will open soon. Full four-day tickets for delegates will range in price from £60 to £175 and ticket-holders will be able to access all the sessions on-demand for up to a month following the event.
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