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Open to the whole veterinary profession, dive into the latest clinical and non-clinical research at BSAVA Congress ’24! With a programme designed by the profession, for the profession, you can immerse yourself in a diverse learning journey, whether you’re a vet, vet nurse, practice manager or supporting staff. With additional content such as practical drop-in sessions, Clinical Abstracts, wellbeing workshops and a whole host of exhibitors, there truly is something for everyone.

“There are 130 hours of CPD on offer across all three days, covering a variety of disciplines and learning styles, from lectures to panel discussions and Q&As,” explains Congress Committee Chair Andy Green, “We are passionate about delivering content relevant to what you want and need, and as people who are on the ground in practice, we understand the realities of the profession and the unique challenges you all face daily, not just from a clinical and organisational perspective but from a mental health, energy, and emotional angle too.”

“Congress is an interactive forum where people can come and be informed, challenged, enlightened, and inspired.” Andy continues, “All our modules have been developed by experts in their fields and the sessions are set up so that there is plenty of scope for you to get involved in the conversations, put questions forward and delve deeper into our topics to get the most value for yourself and your team.”

We have still dedicated some sessions for different members of the practice, and for Veterinary Nurses, the module on Primary Care Nursing will cover everything from speakers Sophie McMurrough and Kelly Eyre, discussing ‘What is an RVN allowed to do?’, ‘Day in the Life of’ dramas focusing on nursing clinics and behaviour, puppy, and kitten consults.

“We often forget how important it is to support our owners when they take on a new puppy or kitten.” Says Kelly Eyre RVN, the Module Lead for Primary Care Nursing. “There’s so much information out there, and by being confident as nurses in providing this early source of information to our owners, we can increase the chances of forming a client bond and ultimately improve the welfare of our patients. I’m looking forward to this session as we have two fantastic nurses who are highly knowledgeable and very engaging speakers, Georgia Woods-Lee and Laura Watson, leading this topic!”

For Practice Managers and Clinical Directors, our module on Culture discusses how to create a culture roadmap for your practice with speakers Alan Robinson and Tessa Plagis. A panel discussion with Dr Jenny Guvat, Olivia Oginska and Alan will also see them delving into the current culture of vet practice and its existing challenges.

As well as our module on Culture, the ‘Leadership for All’ module aims to tackle tips for successful leadership and more importantly, how to take your first steps in leadership, with a panel discussion from Andy, Victoria Johnson, Paul Horwood and Helen Silver-MacMahon. 

“Leadership means many things to many people and can be a daunting prospect for anyone taking their first steps into this area,” says Victoria. “One of the most important things we want to help people with is to understand that so much of true leadership is about mindset, beliefs, focus, and standards rather than strategy or process.” 

“The importance of cultivating a growth mindset and developing a high level of emotional intelligence are both crucial to being a truly effective and transformative leader in any team. We have all lived this particular journey, and this session is very much aimed at saving our delegates their most precious resource – time.”

Congress has even more to offer, with the exhibition featuring over 120 exhibitors, offering insights into some of the latest industry innovations spanning from pharmaceuticals to cutting-edge equipment and giving you plenty of opportunities to network with industry representatives, and others from the small animal veterinary community. Refresh your skills or learn something new in the practical village or visit wellbeing zone seminars that will focus on the wellbeing and empowerment of you and your team.

“The best way to make a real difference is to share knowledge.”

The aim for BSAVA Congress ’24 is for people to take what they learn and share it with their teams. By sharing some simple but proven top tips, every person in practice can be a leader, whether you’re a seasoned practitioner or just starting your career. Leadership is not a badge, it’s an attitude, a mindset, a standard that people hold themselves to, and we want to take the trial and error out of cultivating a leadership mindset. Ultimately, leadership still takes time, practice, and patience, but is absolutely worth the effort.

Andy concluded, “Our aim is for you to experience something special and be reminded of why you wanted to be in this wonderful profession in the first place. Whatever your job role, we each have a unique privilege, an opportunity to positively impact people’s lives and the health and welfare of small animals, every single day through the work we do. So, let’s come together, learn together, celebrate together, and leave feeling reconnected with that purpose.”

Join us at BSAVA Congress 2024 in Manchester on 21st – 23rd March and get ready to elevate your practice, challenge your thinking, embrace the extraordinary, and be part of an experience tailored for you!

Prices start at just £93 +VAT for BSAVA members for a one-day pass or get 20% off all advertised rates when booking five or more of your practice team! Contact the registration team to get your exclusive discount code at

Register now at to take advantage of our early bird registration offer, ending on 31st January.

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