BSAVA Congress sets records in Birmingham

The British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) Congress has been hailed “the best year yet” by the association’s President Grant Petrie after it set a record for delegate and exhibitor numbers.
 
The veterinary profession was out in force for the four-day event earlier this month at The International Convention Centre (ICC), Birmingham. The association this year marked its 250th anniversary at its 2011 Congress.
 
Eight thousand people attended the BSAVA’s flagship event with 16 per cent more visitors than last year and the Congress’s largest ever exhibition at The National Indoor Arena (NIA). The whole event is estimated to be worth £14.8m to the West Midlands economy.
 
There were 5,816 delegates (5,028 in 2010), including a record-breaking 634 visitors from overseas. That figure is expected to snowball when the BSAVA hosts the World Congress at The ICC in 2012.
 
Petrie said he was “immensely proud” with the event, which included a sell out social programme featuring comedian Michael McIntyre, Strictly Come Dancing’s Anton du Beke and Erin Boag and band The Feeling.
 
The BSAVA Congress has been at The ICC consecutively for the past 21 years and ICC Director of International Sales Catherine Newhall-Caiger, said: “It’s fantastic to have developed such a long standing partnership and we look forward to welcoming back our friendsnext year for World Congress, which is estimated to attract 8,500 delegates.”
 
The associated exhibition had 250 stands and one exhibitor reported orders at the show worth more than £5m, the ICC said.
 
More than 100,000 CPD (continuing professional development) hours were amassed by delegates during the Congress’s science lecture programme.
 
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