ECC congress in Harrogate next month

01 October 2010, at 1:00am

THE 7th Emergency and Critical Care Annual Congress run by Vets Now is to be hosted as planned at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate from 10th to 12th November.

A fire broke out in the hotel in May this year, causing extensive damage to the hotel and put congress plans in jeopardy for a short time; however, Vets Now has announced that although the availability of accommodation at the hotel has been reduced, the majority of lectures and workshops will take place in the hotel, with the communication and advanced stream lectures being held at the nearby Cairn Hotel. The congress exhibition and all the social events will be held at the Majestic Hotel.

The number of delegates attending the event has grown year on year since the first congress took place back in 2003; last year the event attracted 562 vets, nurses and industry professionals from the UK and Europe, making it one of the largest ECC events in the world.

40 hours of lectures

“Trauma” and “Imaging” are the main themes for this year’s lecture programme, with a choice of over 40 hours of lectures and workshops delivered by some of the world’s leading experts in ECC.

Sophie Adamantos, lecturer in emergency and critical care medicine at the RVC; Dr Matt Beal, associate professor of emergency and critical care medicine at Michigan State University; Alison Gottlieb, who chairs the continuing education programme for the New Jersey Veterinary Technician Association; and Dr Jennifer Devey, Canadian author and lecturer in ECC, are among 12 speakers who will take to the podiums this year.

“The lecture and workshop programme with three lecture streams has again been specifically designed to appeal to both veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses and is ideal for anyone looking to enhance their ECC skills,” says Vets Now.

“The well-attended advanced lecture stream will run again this year on the Friday which will appeal to veterinary professionals with more extensive experience in ECC. And this year the congress will welcome another international nursing speaker as part of the veterinary nursing stream which proved to be extremely popular last year.”

The two-day event has an exhibition with more than 40 companies which offer products and services suitable for both those working in emergency and critical care clinics and those working in general practice.

The event is renowned for its dazzling social theme and Vets Now reports that it will be bringing a touch of Hollywood glamour to Harrogate with its Hollywood Fabulous theme. An informal evening of drinks, supper and dancing will start the event on the Wednesday, followed by a special “Black & White, wear what you like! Hollywood Fabulous” dinner with entertainment provided by the UK’s top acapella, beatboxing and singing group, The Magnets, on the Thursday. Dressing to theme is welcome but optional, say the organisers.

Wendy Busby, event organiser and Vets Now’s head of training and development, said: “For a short time we were unsure whether or not we would be able to hold the event at the Majestic Hotel; however, we’ve worked closely with a number of hotels in the area to accommodate the overspill in accommodation and lectures as a result of the water damage after the fire which devastated part of the Majestic back in May.

Impressive venue

“I’m delighted that we’re able to hold the bulk of the congress – the exhibition, social events and majority of the lectures – in the Majestic as this has traditionally provided us with a grand, impressive but equally intimate and cosy venue which tends to gel the different aspects of congress together and create a truly unique atmosphere.

“Delegates always surprise us with the way they embrace the congress theme, so we’re looking forward to some interesting and fun sights again this year with the Hollywood theme.”

The full lecture programme and registration details are available on Full details of the social programme are also available on the website along with details on how to book tickets.