The British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) reveals the details of their new programme for BSAVA Congress 2022. Manchester Central, the event’s new venue, facilitated the move away from long format lectures. Instead, from 24 to 26 March 2022, delegates will be immersed in debates, discussions, dramas, interactive sessions and short-format lectures.
“Congress 2022 represents many firsts for BSAVA,” says President Sheldon Middleton. “It’s the first hybrid event not just for the organisation but, I believe, the UK’s small animal veterinary community. It’s also the first time the event is being held in Manchester and the first time we’ll have delivered CPD through the dramatisation of in-practice experiences.”
Designed to develop para-professional skills such as communications and time management, the “Day in the life of…” dramas will, through role-play and discussion, also impart the latest clinical research. Each day will see actors explore a different scenario. On Thursday the focus is anaesthesia, Friday neurology and on Saturday, reproduction.
“The storylines have been chosen because they are both common and challenging in first opinion practice,” explains Programme Committee Chair, Paul Higgs.
This pragmatic approach underpins the programme which has been carefully designed to provide the highest quality, independent CPD for practice managers, veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses.
“While we’re covering the usual range of disciplines, from orthopaedics and ophthalmology to cardiology and canine medicine, the programme reflects our growing understanding of how individuals learn best. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved, to test newly acquired knowledge and get hands on. For the first time, delegates will be able to drop in on practicals, at no further charge.
“And rather than streams, this year’s Congress has modules where the content builds. It’s still possible to dip in and out, but those that follow a module will find it flows from one session to the next. When it comes to making the most of what is on offer, delegates have a choice – they can either follow a module around Congress or pick their preferred learning style and stay in that relevant zone,” says Paul.
“As Congress has been streamlined to three, rather than four days, every session within the programme has had to justify it’s place. There’s no waffle, no nice-to-haves, no mediocre sessions. They all deliver. It’s very hard to pick out highlights.
“Having said that, as a European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine, I’m drawn to the feline medicine: infectious disease module. On Thursday, for example, you’ll find me in Feline Infectious Peritonitis session – there have been some interesting developments on treatment option and I’m keen to see how that relates to first opinion practice.”
BSAVA’s Programme Committee have been careful to avoid overlap and delegates can be free from fear of missing out with the online platform providing opportunities to catch-up on the lectures they couldn’t attend on the day.
“The hybridisation of BSAVA Congress has multiple benefits. For those coming to Manchester, there’s also the opportunity to delve deeper into the subjects they’ve explored on the day. It adds a significant value to the cost of attending. That content is also available for any virtual attendees who can tap into the live streams, as well as the additional content,” explains Sheldon.
For more information about the programme visit the BSAVA Congress website and check out Paul Higg’s article on building a congress programme on our website.