Vets Now’s 16th Annual ECC Congress takes place on 7 and 8 November

More than 800 visitors from across the globe will assemble at the Royal Armouries in Leeds this week, for Vets Now’s 16th annual ECC Congress — a sell-out conference on emergency and critical care.

This year, delegates can look forward to not only a brand new venue but also a brand new programme of innovative emergency CPD.

Taking feedback on board from previous delegates, Congress programme lead and ECC specialist at Vets Now, Dan Lewis, has led the programme committee to create an even more inclusive agenda for vets and vet nurses, totalling 70 CPD hours.

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Vets Now's annual ECC Congress will be held at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on 7 and 8 November

World-renowned consultant anaesthetist in human medicine Professor Kevin Fong is the keynote speaker and will deliver a welcome plenary session — a first at Congress — entitled “Risk management: life, death and mistakes”.

Professor Fong, who wrote the acclaimed book “Extreme Medicine”, speaks to medical professionals all over the world and whilst he’s a medically-trained doctor, author, and TV presenter, he also studied astrophysics and space medicine, therefore his specialism lies in working in extreme environments.

Dan Lewis said: “Our mission is to bring the world’s leading ECC experts together in one room to share our knowledge with vets and vet nurses and I’m delighted to welcome record numbers of attendees to Congress this year.

“We’re excited to open Congress 2019 and deliver fresh and inspiring content for our delegates.”

Joining a stellar line-up within the leading veterinary conference programme is leading emergency vet Ken Drobatz, Professor of Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania. Ken will cover a year in review of the professions and he’ll also drill into detail around altered mentation and dealing with respiratory distress.

The winner of the Louise O’Dwyer bursary will be announced at the Congress Gala Dinner on the Thursday night. Vets Now launched the bursary this summer in memory of the highly-respected and inspirational veterinary nurse who sadly passed away in May this year. The award was created to not only celebrate the life of Miss O’ Dwyer but to ensure her passion for education continues to positively impact across the profession. The bursary winner will receive a £2000 CPD allowance to spend within a 24 month period.