Congress cancelled but not forgotten

2 April 2020

Following the disappointing cancellation of our much-loved Congress, staff, volunteers, partners and friends are working hard to provide resources to the industry in its absence. Please hear what BSAVA CEO Amanda Stranack has to say, followed by some of the resources we’re looking to provide.

‘Today should have been the first day of Congress. We’re disappointed that we can’t be in Birmingham to see you all to enjoy what – we have no doubt – would have been a really great event.

It’s been a strange few weeks for all of us, as COVID-19 has disrupted and altered almost every facet of daily life. We know that, for some of you, Congress and CPD is probably the last thing on your mind at the moment. But we also understand that, for others, a BSAVA webinar or podcast could offer a welcome break from binge-watching Netflix or cleaning the vacuum filter.

We wanted to let you know that we’re thinking of you this week, and to remind you that, whilst Congress isn’t happening, we’ve got a lot of fantastic resources available – and there is lots more coming soon – to help get you through this period.

While we don’t know how long things will be like they are, we do know that we will continue to work hard to provide first-class CPD to the profession. We will make sure to keep you up to date with what we can do to help you during this time.

We can’t wait for Congress 2021 in Manchester, and while it currently seems like a long way away, we’re sure it’ll come round in no time. We’re already working away to make this the best Congress there ever has been, and we’re excited for when we can share this with you.

Have a browse through the highlights and links below to some great resources and please stay safe,’

From Amanda Stranack

Congress book discounts
We don’t want the fact we’re not getting together to stop you from restocking your library! This year, to mark Congress week we’re offering a £10 discount on all printed manuals. Just use the code BSAVA10 at the checkout. This offer is available until the end of April 2020, and can be used in conjunction with member discounts.

Learn Online
BSAVA Learn Online is the perfect solution to accessing CPD during the travel restrictions. All our courses are interactive and will reward you with 9 hours of CPD. Meet the speaker via video presentations and connect with your peers through online forums. When you sign up to a Learn Online course, you’ll also receive a FREE chapter from the relevant BSAVA manual.

The next course –  Travelling Dogs – Managing ‘Exotic’ Diseases – launches on 1 May
Or, check out our Learn Online courses coming later in the year here.

BSAVA Library and Manuals
The BSAVA Library is home to all our publications and is full of useful reading. Covering a HUGE range of topics and including Companion articles, over 1200 manual chapters, over 750 formulary entries, and more.  If you would like to browse, our Collections are a great way to explore the variety of content available.

EXCLUSIVE member benefits
BSAVA members enjoy access to a range of exclusive benefits and resources to support vets and nurses through even these uncertain times, including:

•    Congress Podcasts and Proceedings
Our archive of over 800 hours of Congress podcasts gives you plenty of material to trawl through if you’re running out of things to keep you occupied… Access from 2011 all the way to 2019.

•    Learn @ Lunch webinars
These clinically relevant monthly webinars are aimed at practicing first opinion vets and vet nurses. Find out about the latest offerings now.

If you’re not already a member, now might be the perfect time to join.

Congress on Demand
And lastly, but by no means least… we know that the cancellation of BSAVA Congress has left a hole in many people’s CPD year. We will be recording more than 100 hours of planned Congress lectures over the next few weeks, so you don’t have to completely miss out on the Congress experience this year.

Congress on Demand will be ready in early May – please keep an eye open for updates!