Vets Now's clinical director Amanda Boag says programme promises to deliver something for everyone

Vets Now has announced the line-up for its annual emergency and critical care Congress in Harrogate later this year.

Internationally-renowned vets Justine Lee, Amanda Boag and Marc Raffe are among the speakers at the leading veterinary conference, which is expected to be attended by more than 600 delegates.

Highly-respected vet nurses Holly Witchell and Louise O’Dwyer, who has won numerous awards for her pioneering role within the profession, will also speak at the event.

The conference, which runs from 8 to 9 November in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, was established by Vets Now in 2004 to provide innovative training to the veterinary profession. It sold out in record time last year.

It has since grown into one of the biggest events of its kind and offers delegates more than 50 hours of training under the one roof. This includes lectures, discussion forums and interactive workshops offering the most up-to-date CPD on ECC veterinary medicine.

Amanda Boag, clinical director at Vets Now and vice-president of the RCVS, said: “Congress aims to further the knowledge of everyone who attends by delivering impactful lectures from some of the world’s leading ECC experts.

“This year’s list of speakers is very impressive and the programme promises to deliver something for everyone. Emergency and critical care is always changing and evolving, and we’re committed to developing our programme to meet the needs of our growing audience.”

As well as traditional lectures, there will also be interactive workshops on topics ranging from ultrasound to anaesthesia. These will be hosted by industry experts, including Jennifer Devey and Scott Kilpatrick. Early registration is encouraged as places are filling up fast.

"Emergency and critical care is always changing and evolving, and we’re committed to developing our programme to meet the needs of our growing audience.”

Amanda Boag Vets Now clinical director & RCVS Vice-President
An image of Amanda Boag, RCVS Vice-president, for n article on Vets Now Congress
Amanda Boag, Vets Now's clinical director and vice-president of the RCVS, will be speaking at Congress

Scott, who is a specialist vet in Vets Now’s emergency and specialty hospital in Glasgow, is hosting a workshop on dealing with coagulation interpretation. He said “The practical sessions are what sets Congress apart from other events. They provide delegates with the opportunity to see a problem in front of them and learn how to deal with it.”

Congress isn’t only about learning, however, as each night will also feature a different social event to allow delegates to network and relax after a day’s learning.

The Thursday night Gala dinner — to be held at The Royal Hall in Harrogate — will have a Great Gatsby theme. It follows on from last year’s hugely successful Strictly Come Dancing night which featured a performance from two of the stars of the hit TV show, James and Ola Jordan.

Registration is now open to everyone in the profession, including veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses, practice managers, receptionists, recent graduates and students. Delegates are strongly urged to book early to avoid disappointment.

Congress is supported by main sponsor Woodley Equipment Company, and other sponsors TVM as well as exclusive media partner Vet Times.