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Dragon to ignite proceedings at 30th BSAVA Congress

Dragon’s Den star Jenny Campbell will be sharing her thoughts on balancing a successful career with family commitments

23 January 2020, at 2:00pm

Dragon’s Den star Jenny Campbell has been announced as the Keynote Speaker for BSAVA Congress 2-5 April 2020. The British entrepreneur, known predominantly for her role as a Dragon on BBC’s Dragon’s Den, is the flagship for an exciting extended programme at this year’s Congress, celebrating the event’s 30th year at Birmingham.

Striking the right work-life balance can be struggle, especially for vets. As part of an increasing focus on wellbeing at Congress, Jenny Campbell will be sharing her own thoughts on balancing a successful career with family commitments, as a key part of Congress’s exciting and busy schedule on the Friday. Prior to becoming a dragon, Jenny worked in banking for 30 years. She became CEO of cash machine company Hanco, bought out the business, turned it around and sold it for £50 million.

The expanded 2020 Congress programme delivers 450 hours of top quality CPD, via more than 100 globally recognised speakers, visionaries and experts. Designed, as always, to engage with the entire profession with something for everyone, highlights include more “open to all” streams, a new range of practical workshops, small group sessions, wetlabs and nurse case reports.

BSAVA Congress Programme Committee Chair Sue Murphy said: ‘’Our ethos with the 2020 programme is to deliver unrivalled education, designed to tackle the current needs of the profession, with topical, clinically relevant and evidence-based content. Each stream is devised by our committee of volunteer vets, nurses and practice managers, ensuring our entire programme is created by the profession, for the profession.”

The wide range of lectures cater for all levels of expertise from the new graduate to the advanced veterinary practitioner. As part of the special anniversary celebrations, a captivating historical stream on Saturday will take a dive into topics from the 1991 programme and draw comparisons with today’s modern approaches.

BSAVA Congress 2020 will also see an increased number of AVP streams, an infectious disease stream as well as a popular favourites stream, which will include endocrinology, critical care and trauma medicine, ophthalmology and cardiology.

Nurses have a brand new stream on district nursing, and there’s a focus on compassion and wellbeing in the management streams. Different learning styles will be championed with engaging interactive streams, including gastro-intestinal sessions on Thursday, anaesthesia on Saturday and the ever popular “What’s your diagnosis?” on Friday.

New wet labs have been introduced, with a chicken anatomy refresher focussing on linking this knowledge to clinical presentations and common procedures, a similar session for rabbit anatomy along with a new dermatology practical and surgery of the small intestine.

BSAVA works in partnership with many associations to deliver expert and specialist content, and in 2020 there are streams designed in collaboration with NAVC, BVRSMA, RCVS, RCVS Knowledge, VMG, BRAVO, SPVS, The Blue Cross and more.

The engaging exhibition will showcase innovation within the industry, an exciting schedule of social events will present unmissable networking opportunities and special yoga sessions and stress-relieving massage technique tutorials will keep delegates mindful of the importance of self-care.

BSAVA President, Sue Paterson commented: “We are extremely proud to be hosting such an impressive programme of education at our 63rd annual Congress and 30th year in Birmingham. With our prestigious keynote speaker, the small animal focussed exhibition, the BSAVA Awards and a packed social programme including a DJ, band, Bongo’s Bingo and Silent Disco at the V20 Party Night, Congress 2020 celebrates the very best of the profession; a not to be missed date in this year’s veterinary calendar!”

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