SPVS/VPMA Congress 2016

SPVS/VPMA Congress 2016

I have very good feelings towards the SPVS organisation. Over 4-years ago now, when I started setting up Veterinary Prescriber, several former, and current SVPS council members independently discovered it and got in touch. Since then, they have become invaluable in developing the content and its functionality and I would go as far to say in some cases become good friends.

So, having been to the SPVS Congress last year for the first time I was really looking forward to going again. The venue (the Celtic Manor Hotel) is fantastic, the programme, though extensive is neither hurried nor shallow, but gives the attendees time to digest what they have just experienced. 

This year there were 4 streams covering client communication and including for the first time a stream for those new to management. Guest speakers, including Alastair Campbell, Claudia Hammond, and Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, were aplenty. SPVS members themselves were also well represented with Brian Faulkner providing talks for several of the streams. Apart from the familiar names and the headline talks, what's really impressive about this organisation is the breadth and depth of support they offer the profession and their members. The veterinary profession is known for is loneliness, isolation and stress and yet here is an organisation really thinking about, and understanding the support its members need. Perhaps that's why everywhere we went we met happy, smiley, congress attendees.

Another personal highlight was seeing our friend and long-time supporter Stephanie Writer-Davies becoming SPVS President.


What is also noticeable at this event amongst the trade stands and exhibitors is how many times you hear the phrases:
'it's where all the movers and shakers come' and 'all the decision makers are here' and that's unique to this event. 

Apart from the great speakers, learning streams and delightful venue, this is a really happy congress with much interaction between the events and the delegates. The programme though full never seems excessive, which makes it a great experience when it comes to catching up with old friends in a wonderful environment.