Over 1300 delegates and 110 exhibitors attended the BVNA’s Annual Congress (Congress 2018) on 12 - 14 October at the International Conference Centre, Telford. The event exceeded targets, reinforcing the BVNA’s Congress as the place for veterinary nurses to meet in the annual calendar.

Wendy Nevins President:

“Congress 2018 has been a great success. Year after year nurses tell us how important it is that they have this chance to meet with other nurses and celebrate nursing. At the AGM we reported excellent financial results and elected a full complement of Officers and Council Members. While the CPD programme has been one of our strongest, I am also delighted that new initiatives like the Fringe have been received well – we keep moving forward!”

New for Congress 2018, the Congress Fringe created the opportunity to discuss the hot topics of the day. Wendy added:

“The Fringe was introduced to give delegates a place to discuss the big issues and learn about what is new – products, research and more. They are not always clean and tidy things; they can be challenging and a bit contentious, but they need discussing. We were really pleased with the positive feedback and that the right people were there discussing the right issues. The Fringe will be back in 2019.”

The BVNA’s ever popular CPD programme delivered more than 8000 hours of CPD across the weekend. Sam Morgan, Senior Vice President and involved in much of the programme development said:

“Congress CPD always delivers because our content is driven by members. This year we had another really good mix of technical, clinical and other subjects. We had streams devoted to feline, canine, equine and exotics, zoo and wildlife and evidence based nursing. Lectures within them covered everything from behaviour, bandaging, anaesthesia and suturing to emergency and critical care, leadership and use of social media.”

Exhibitors reported a really strong response from delegates. Already valued for the atmosphere, delegates were eager to hear from exhibitors about products and services.

“I think regular Exhibitors understand the difference between influence and control. Nurses have a great deal of influence in customer and practice spending and so exhibitors are keen to meet with them and take the time to explain their products to them.”

Speaking about her re-election for a second term, President Wendy Nevins said:

“It has been an immense pleasure and privilege to be President. I am delighted by the way we have been able to ‘Stand taller’ in the last twelve months. Over the year ahead we are very much thinking about the ‘BVNA family’ – you can feel the sense of community and shared values when we meet each year at Congress. I think this is a real strength which we need to cherish as we move forward.”

She added:

“On a personal note, this was not what my family were expecting when I was asked to take on the role twelve months ago and I am hugely grateful to them for agreeing to me doing a second year.”

Senior Vice President Sam Morgan said:

“Serving on BVNA Council has become a part of my life but this is my last year now. I want to take the time to make sure the newer Council Members adapt to their roles and responsibilities and that the hard won gains of recent years – like VN Futures and the growing Congress – continue. I am confident we have a strong future ahead.”

The incoming Junior Vice President, Jo Hinde said:

“I am thrilled to be elected as the new JVP. We have big plans for 2019 and beyond. Congress is a fixture in the veterinary nursing annual calendar. In addition to improvements for 2019 – more exhibition space and a bigger fringe programme as well as looking at the basics like catering and seating – we are also looking at plans for 2020 and beyond. We have had great feedback from this year and will keep talking with members to make sure we are doing what will be helpful for them.”

Date for your Diary: BVNA Congress 2019, 11 - 13 October, Telford International Centre - Registration opens early in 2019

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