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ECC congress in Harrogate next month

THE 7th Emergency and Critical
Care Annual Congress run by Vets
Now is to be hosted as planned at
the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate
from 10th to 12th November.

A fire broke out in the hotel in May
this year, causing extensive damage to
the hotel and put congress plans in
jeopardy for a short time; however, Vets
Now has announced that although the
availability of accommodation at the
hotel has been reduced, the majority of
lectures and workshops will take place
in the hotel, with the communication
and advanced stream lectures being held
at the nearby Cairn Hotel. The congress
exhibition and all the social events will
be held at the Majestic Hotel.

The number of delegates attending
the event has grown year on year since
the first congress took place back in
2003; last year the event attracted 562
vets, nurses and industry professionals
from the UK and Europe, making it
one of the largest ECC events in the

40 hours of lectures

“Trauma” and “Imaging” are the main
themes for this year’s lecture
programme, with a choice of over 40 hours of lectures and workshops
delivered by some of the world’s
leading experts in ECC.

Sophie Adamantos, lecturer in
emergency and critical care medicine at
the RVC; Dr Matt Beal, associate
professor of emergency and critical
care medicine at Michigan State
University; Alison Gottlieb, who chairs
the continuing education programme
for the New Jersey Veterinary
Technician Association; and Dr Jennifer
Devey, Canadian author and lecturer in
ECC, are among 12
speakers who will
take to the podiums
this year.

“The lecture
and workshop programme with three
lecture streams has again been
specifically designed to appeal to both
veterinary surgeons and veterinary
nurses and is ideal for anyone looking
to enhance their ECC skills,” says Vets

“The well-attended advanced lecture
stream will run again this year on the
Friday which will appeal to veterinary
professionals with more extensive
experience in ECC. And this year the
congress will welcome another international nursing speaker as part of
the veterinary nursing stream which
proved to be extremely popular last

The two-day event has an exhibition
with more than 40 companies which
offer products and services suitable for
both those working in emergency and
critical care clinics and those working in
general practice.

The event is renowned for its
dazzling social theme and Vets Now
reports that it will be bringing a touch of Hollywood
glamour to
Harrogate with its
Hollywood Fabulous
theme. An informal evening of drinks, supper and dancing
will start the event on the Wednesday,
followed by a special “Black & White,
wear what you like! Hollywood
Fabulous” dinner with entertainment
provided by the UK’s top acapella,
beatboxing and singing group, The
, on the Thursday. Dressing to
theme is welcome but optional, say the

Wendy Busby, event organiser and
Vets Now’s head of training and
development, said: “For a short time we were unsure whether or not we would
be able to hold the event at the Majestic
Hotel; however, we’ve worked closely
with a number of hotels in the area to
accommodate the overspill in
accommodation and lectures as a result
of the water damage after the fire
which devastated part of the Majestic
back in May.

Impressive venue

“I’m delighted that we’re able to hold
the bulk of the congress – the
exhibition, social events and majority of
the lectures – in the Majestic as this has
traditionally provided us with a grand,
impressive but equally intimate and
cosy venue which tends to gel the
different aspects of congress together
and create a truly unique atmosphere.

“Delegates always surprise us with
the way they embrace the congress
theme, so we’re looking forward to
some interesting and fun sights again
this year with the Hollywood theme.”

The full lecture programme and
registration details are available on Full details of the
social programme are also available on
the website along with details on how
to book tickets.

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