Representation and Education

BCVA Congress 2019

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Welcome back to Southport!

BCVA returns once again to the excellent Southport Theatre and Convention Centre with its first-rate facilities including a large trade exhibition based in the Floral Hall, great lecture rooms and a superb Congress hotel right next door. Southport is easily reached by road, rail and air. This year not only do we have an outstanding CPD programme catering for all career stages, but we also have a major focus on physical and mental wellbeing as well as optimising opportunities in the profession and promoting diversity and tolerance.
The social side of the conference will also celebrate ‘British Food and Farming’ in particular the products of the cattle industry, as one might expect, but also incorporating elements of my upbringing in the South West of England and later working life in Wales, Scotland and then back in SW England. The facilities at Southport provide excellent opportunities for delegates, speakers and sponsors to relax, socialise and interact with the BCVA Board and support staff, and learn more about the work done by this outstanding team on your behalf throughout the year.

In a break from tradition we’ll be opening the Congress with what I know will be a motivating and thought-provoking presentation from Chris Moon ( to challenge the constraints we all put upon ourselves and motivate us to think beyond what we thought possible. Like me Chris runs ultramarathons, but unlike me he survived being taken prisoner in Cambodia by the Khmer Rouge and being blown up in a minefield in remote East Africa losing an arm and a leg! Please don’t miss this exceptional opening to the Congress.

Here are what I hope will be just a few of the other programme highlights for this year:

  • ‘Out with the old – In with the New’ – our first keynote from Mike Overton visiting from the USA.

  • The importance of responsible medicine use, maintaining animal health and reducing the risk of antibiotic resistance is emphasised by a number of speakers including Fiona Lovatt, Jude Capper, Andy Biggs, Lisette Smeele and many others.

  • Bovine TB will also be a major focus with BCVA reconsidering its approach to this devastating disease this year in the wake of the Godfray report.

  • Wellbeing and diversity themed talks by Lizzie Lockett the RCVS CEO and director of the Mind Matters Initiative, Navaratnam Partheeban of the British Veterinary Ethnicity and Diversity Society and David Charles, Past-President of AVS, alongside other wellbeing activities.

  • Running (or walking) the Southport 5k Parkrun on Saturday to raise money for Send a Cow (

We also have far too much high quality CPD planned to list here so please see the full programme at the top of this page. You can also follow us on twitter (@theBCVA) or via the BCVA App. 

Make sure to register early; the early bird discount ends on 23rd August 2019!

The BCVA board and office team forward to welcoming you to Southport!

David Barrett
BCVA President


You can book your accommodation for Congress using the below link. The Congress hotel is the Bliss Hotel (formerly the Ramada Plaza).




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