When I thought of Croatia, I saw the blue waters of the Mediterranean, warm summers, the beautiful coastal towns of Dubrovnik, Split and Zadar. Little did I know about Zagreb, the capital of Croatia.
After Belgrade in 2016, Bucharest in 2017, Zagreb was the city where the Eastern European Regional Veterinary Conference was held this year. A great success in the previous two years with well over 1000 veterinary surgeons attending each year, the stakes were high.
A newly introduced Veterinary nursing stream over two days, proved very successful with 45 registered veterinary nurses attending. One of the days was organised by ACOVENE the Accreditation committee for Veterinary nurse education (www.acovene.org). Lily Lipman RVN and Matthew Rendle RVN, the two speakers sent by ACOVENE, were very impressed by the enthusiasm and the active engagement the participating veterinary nurses showed in the mix of theoretical and practical lectures. Practical bandaging proved very popular and practising dressing for barrier nursing, to safely dress and undress the protection clothing without contamination proved more difficult than many anticipated, but with a lot of laughter, patience and help from colleagues everybody succeeded.
More than 1300 attendees joined the conference from 41 countries and enjoyed a scientific program of three full days with three parallel subject streams covering all of the key medical and surgical areas of veterinary practice including a management stream.
The BSAVAs book stand proved very popular, with some of the BSAVA manuals selling out early on. Jennie Bartholomew and Aimee Janes manned the stand and were supported by the BSAVA President and his wife.
Haita Balzam form Serbia, Andreja Kastelic and Ziva Cerne from Slovenia who were BSAVA Scholars in 2017 attended the conference as well, so it was a good opportunity for a reunion to catch up of old times.
The social highlight was the Saturday evening party at the roof top floor of the venue with an excellent buffet and musical entertainment by the Perpetuum Mobile Band until the early hours.
There was time as well to walk into the old and well preserved city centre of Zagreb, to enjoy the sights of the city. The fusion of Mediterranean and Central European lifestyles makes Zagreb a metropolis where everything is just around the corner. Zagreb kept its historic core intact and maintained many of its original looks and charms. Inviting café terraces, ice cream parlours, old style neighbourhood market places and small family run boutiques guarantee a diversified appearance.
All in all, a successful event again. EERVC is a new small animal veterinary conference designed to serve the continuing education needs of veterinarians in the wider Eastern European region. The conference offers cutting-edge international speakers, the largest regional trade exhibition and unparalleled opportunities for professional networking during an affordable, high-quality, three day annual meeting that will rotate each year between different countries.
EERVC mission is to advance the veterinary profession in Eastern Europe.
EERVC is a not-for-profit organization that will reinvest all conference profits into the annual event and improving professional standards in the region. EERVC is managed by a Project Board joined together under a European Economic Interest Group partnership. The founding partners in this Board are the Small Animal Veterinary Associations of Croatia, Romania and Serbia, working together with the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA). BSAVA has invested in EERVC as part of its remit as a registered charity and is offering its expertise gained from 60 years of BSAVA Congress.
The EERVC conference in 2019 will be from the 3rd to the 5th of October in Thessaloniki
Dr. Krista Arnold MRCVS