Virtual Congress 2019 has come and gone, and what a roller coaster of emotion it was. With three days of webinars covering a multitude of veterinary topics, as well as management, marketing, and health & wellbeing, we really didn’t leave anything off the table at this veritable smorgasbord of CPD.

As Kevin Costner once said in some cornball film about fields and dreams, if you build it, they will come. Well, we built it, and you came. With over 6,000 delegates registered, we once again outdid ourselves in scale and scope, formulating a phantasmagoria of webinars so epic that it dazzles and confounds. Boasting over sixty hours of content, there’s more goodies here than you can shake a virtual stick at. Much like the construction of the pyramids, or Kylie Minogue’s eternally youthful looks, centuries from now people will likely look back and wonder how such a feat was scientifically possible. Here are some thoughts from our attendees:

Thank you so much for having a nursing stream included in this VC, this is the 1st time I have attended the VC and I am really enjoying it.

Excellent quality lectures, thank you!

Fantastic speakers, clarifying lots of points that had either been forgotten, or misunderstood!

 

 

We also were pleased to see a positive response to our keynote session about plastic pollution, and how vets can help cut down on waste through more effective management. With three talks covering ways in which you can be part of the movement to end plastic waste, we were thrilled to see that so many of you seemed to be keen to do your part:

Absolutely inspirational. We should all be doing more for our planet and not just our narrow lives. Have tears in my eyes. Thank you for such a thought-provoking key note topic.

 

There was also a lot of positive feedback to our RCVS Mind Matters session. Now a staple of Virtual Congress, the Mind Matters Initiative is designed by the RCVS to help tackle the rising levels of stress in the veterinary profession. Problems relating to stress, which leads to anxiety and depression if not dealt with, have been an issue in the profession for many years now, and we have committed ourselves to combating it through techniques of mindfulness and positive psychology. We are glad that so many people are responding positively to this initiative:

Thank you for including wellbeing topics – think many of us can really benefit from thinking more about our wellbeing, rather than struggling on!

 

Once again, our One4One initiative guaranteed that for every ticket we sold, another would be donated to a vet from an underprivileged country. This meant that we were joined by vets all over the world, from all walks of life, from every kind of background, brought together by a shared compassion for animals and a desire to further animal welfare around the world. Through this method, we are confident that we continue to spread education and knowledge to people who otherwise would not be able to access it.

Just as the ocean reclaims the sands with each new day, Virtual Congress is an unstoppable force of nature that works in cycles, returning every year, unabated, unparalleled, unsurpassed, undeterred. Make sure to keep a look out next year for Virtual Congress 2020. In the meantime, as always, we’ll see you on a webinar soon!


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