The science and social programme for this year’s BCVA Congress promises to bring farm vets together once more, at what will be one of the first in-person conferences in the veterinary profession since the pandemic paused live CPD.
This week, BCVA launched the full programme for the 2021 event, taking place 14-16 October at Celtic Manor in Newport. Lecture streams this year will focus on medicines, farm vet futures, sustainability, mycobacteria suckler cows and lameness. The range of speakers is an impressive rollcall of key experts from the profession, include a keynote address by Dr Frank Mitloehner, who will be streamed live from California to expose some popular myths and reveal fascinating facts around methane and air quality.
International rugby referee turned livestock farmer Nigel Owens will also inspire delegates, and the social programme is set to provide the perfect way to unlock after eighteen months of restrictions. BCVA President, Nikki Hopkins, will honour her Welsh roots and showcase all the very best things that Wales has to offer, from homegrown ‘Made in Wales” produce to a traditional male voice choir.
“I’m incredibly proud of the programme this year” Nikki Hopkins says. “And very grateful for the enthusiastic response to our call for submission and invitations to speak. The chance to get inspired by the speakers is always a huge draw, but I know I’m not alone in looking forward to the chance to spend time with people from the profession again – so you’ll see me at all the socials – fundraising for Send a Cow and VetLife and definitely partaking in the whisky tasting and gin bar. We’ve all missed out on seeing old friends for too long – and this is a chance to make new ones for the first time in a long time.
“Of course, we need to accept that Congress will be a little different this year due to ongoing Covid requirements, but the main thing is that the event can run with a few extra safety measures in mind, so we can balance delegate safety with a great CPD programme and the social and networking events that we have all so badly missed.”
If you can’t attend the event in Wales, the talks will be streamed and you can get a Virtual Registration. The Early Bird discount deadline has been extended to 17th September.