Chris Packham to champion conservation at BSAVA Congress

7 December 2016

TV presenter and respected naturalist Chris Packham is set to inspire delegates at BSAVA Congress as the keynote speaker on Thursday 6 April 2017. With an enduring passion for wildlife and conservation, Packham will share his concerns about extinction and ideas for inspiring young people to get involved in animal welfare and conservation.

Chris Packham follows in the recent footsteps of Alice Roberts, Mark Beaumont and Richard Dawkins, presenting a keynote lecture that entertains and inspires delegates on the first day of Congress.

On accepting the invitation to speak, Mr Packham said; ‘’The veterinary profession are in a particularly pertinent position to make a difference. I will use the passion to learn that’s brought into BSAVA Congress to encourage the profession to work together to change the world.’

His interest in wildlife began before he could even speak, and his parents encouraged the interest in the ladybirds and tadpoles in their back garden in Southampton. After a degree in Zoology and developing an interest in photography, Chris began his presenting career with the award winning Really Wild Show in 1996 and his recent credits include Inside the Animal MindNature’s WeirdestThe Burrowers and Secrets of our Living Planet. He currently presents SpringwatchAutumnwatch & Winterwatch (BBC Two).

BSAVA President Susan Dawson said ‘‘I shall be delighted to welcome Chris to BSAVA Congress. His enthusiasm and genuine excitement as a conservationist is guaranteed to delight delegates, whilst highlighting really important issues that are a concern for us all.’’

Chris Packham’s keynote is free to attend for anyone with a lecture pass to BSAVA Congress 2017.

Registration is now open for Congress at with early bird rates available until 31st January 2017.