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30 year throwback - Sophie Price

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30 year throwback - Sophie Price

As you may have heard, Congress 2020 is a big landmark in our BSAVA history. It’s our 30th year in Birmingham, but sadly also our last before our exciting move to Manchester in 2021. To celebrate our time in Birmingham, we’re going to be sharing a weekly blog post that highlights some of our Congress hero’s, interesting stories and some of your favourite memories of Congress during the past 30 years. We want to give Birmingham the send off that it so truly deserves, but also say a big thank you to those that have looked after us for so many years.

The first Birmingham Congress took place at the newly built International Convention Centre and was the first event to actually take place there, making it a huge momentous occasion! The ICC boasted 8 lecture theatres, an exhibition hall and a magnificent concert hall, of which the delegates at Congress were the first audience to be seated in the now famous Symphony Hall. They watched the first concert that took place there, which was a 40-minute performance from the English String Orchestra at the opening ceremony on the Thursday afternoon.ICCIMAGESAPRIL201056

In total our first event at the ICC gathered 1165 BSAVA members, 611 nurses and 820 exhibitors. Congress now brings in over 6,000 delegates making it one of the biggest small animal veterinary meetings in the world! It boasts 450 CPD sessions including lectures and practical’s, with speakers and exhibitors from all over the world. Not to forget the countless networking opportunities and social events, this year’s even includes Bongo’s Bingo! Who’d have thought that would be happening 30 years ago?

We’d love for you to share your memories of Congress over the years with us. Whether that’s a picture from party night, or a mention of someone who has gone above and beyond to help you out, we want to hear your stories! Keep an eye on our social media to see the experiences that people share!

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