Six delegates share their experiences of Vets Now’s annual emergency and critical care event

Vets Now’s emergency and critical care Congress is celebrating its 15th birthday.

That’s 15 years of bringing vets and vet nurses from across the world informative, affordable and practical CPD. But why has Congress grown to become the biggest event of its kind in Europe and what sets it apart?

We asked six former delegates, speakers and exhibitors what they love most about our annual Congress in Harrogate in November.

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Fiona McGuckin, of Vet 24 Milton, Cambridge, added: “You learn something new every time you go to Congress. For me, the overall experience — including the venue, staff, information, delegate packs, quality of CPD, and food — is always so positive. It gives you the feeling that the veterinary profession is always moving forward.”

Another vet, Stephanie Edwards, veterinary surgeon at Shepherds’ Vet Centre in Kidderminster, said: “I’ve been to Congress seven times now and the CPD is always of a very high quality. It’s also reasonably priced and the social events are excellent.”

“The Vets Now Congress has a really good social programme to it as well as great learning,” explained Louise O’Dwyer, clinical support manager at the Vets Now hospital in Manchester, who is a regular speaker at the event. “Every year they host some really amazing events where you can let your hair down and chat with people in the profession that you might not have seen in years.”

“I would definitely recommend Congress to other vet students, there are so many talks that are really accessible and can help you understand things better,” explained Kate Brandist, a final year vet student at Cambridge University.

“Congress is not just for people who work for Vets Now or out-of-hours, it provides good information for any vet or vet nurse across the spectrum,” explained internal medicine specialist Scott Kilpatrick, who is speaking on six separate occasions at this year’s event. “The information is applicable whether you work in daytime practice or whether you work out of hours.”

Chris Hyde, who exhibited his company, Chameleogenics, at last year’s Congress, added: “Last year was my first time at Congress and it was a fantastic event. The organisation was absolutely top-notch, the process was really smooth, with great communication. Everyone was very welcoming.”