30 years and still growing strong

30 years and still growing strong

Barbara-Ann Innes is one of the volunteers responsible for creating one of the most memorable weekends in the veterinary calendar – Scottish Congress. Here, she reports on the success of the event’s 30th anniversary in September.

We’ve come a long way since the first ever BSAVA Scottish Scientific Weekend, as it was called back then, at the Crieff Hydro Hotel.  Our scientific programme and social events have seen our delegate numbers grow to 200 visitors, coming from far and wide.

It’s our friendly and inviting environment that has always attracted people to join us in the beautiful city of Edinburgh, for an excellent weekend of CPD and social evenings. This year has not only seen delegates travel the length of the UK to attend; we have also welcomed delegates from as far afield as Sweden, Hungary, USA, Canada and Singapore.

As always, our packed lecture programme provided some outstanding CPD, covering neurology, feline medicine, imaging, surgical treatment of hernias and ruptures, biopsy techniques and rehabilitation. This year also saw the addition of an equine stream in conjunction with BEVA, something we hope to continue and grow over the coming years.

This year’s case reports covered a range of interesting topics and congratulations go to Emma Hall from Glasgow Vet School. Emma won the public vote for the best report with her presentation of ‘Alternative and novel methods for the conservative management of atlantoaxial subluxation in a Miniature Dachshund’.

Our social events took place at the Norton House Hotel this year and the venue provided a perfect setting for two great evening events. After Friday evening’s exhibitor-led lecture stream, we got down to the business of the pub quiz, which was won by Last Year’s Winners, who also won in 2014 – so they are on a winning streak. Can you beat them next year? Saturday night is arguably what we are most famous for – our gala dinner and, more specifically, the ceilidh. The kind donations of prizes for our evening raffles saw £655.20 raised for PetSavers. Thank you to the delegates who bought raffle tickets! With everyone in great spirits, our ceilidh band Clappy Doo had the dance floor full with a mixture of seasoned pros and enthusiastic rookies.

A massive thanks, as always, goes to the team behind the scenes; BSAVA Head Office and BSAVA Scottish Region Committee, our exhibitors, sponsors, speakers and of course our delegates, who have all contributed to making this yet another outstanding weekend. We hope to see everyone again next year.  Keep an eye on the website for the date!