London Vet Show confirms place at the heart of the community
A record attendance and rave reviews from delegates and exhibitors alike at the London Vet Show (LVS) last week have confirmed its role as a major event in the veterinary calendar in just its fourth year.
Taking place at Olympia, London, LVS drew more than 3,300 vets, representing a 10% hike on the previous year, while more than 350 suppliers of everything from pet food to practice financing, filled the burgeoning exhibition space.
“We are delighted that the vet community right across the country - and beyond - has taken LVS to its heart,” said event director, Rob Chapman. “Clearly our highly practical and cost effective CPD programme is a great attraction but the vets and practice managers who come here aren’t just ticking boxes – they are here to learn from the sessions, from the exhibition and from networking with each other.
“We are very proud that with our education partners at the Royal Veterinary College, the British Veterinary Association and our customers in the exhibition, we have been able to deliver such an outstanding event for this community.”
Many delegates praised the event. James Smyth, the owner of the Railway Veterinary Clinic, said the show “keeps on delivering year after year. The exhibition saves a huge amount of time and effort and is a great way of keeping up to date.” Simon Knowles, Bourne Vets says, “This event ticks all the boxes: good CPD programme, good price, great networking and for me it’s local. I’ve seen six presentations today and another five or six tomorrow. It’s good enough to come back for year after year – I can’t fault it. The show is important as it shows what is new and current and is, to me, part of the education programme. “
Exhibitors were also full of praise for the event. Matthew Rees of hydrotherapy treadmill company, Technik Technology, said: “We get to see decision makers and they are coming with a budget.” While Richard Fenton of the natural pet food supplier, James Wellbeloved, was very enthusiastic about his two days at LVS. “This has been brilliant. There is a real buzz about the place,” he said.
Chapman said the show will continue to build on its success and new features will be added next year including hosting the British Veterinary Association’s annual Congress. The BVA will also be delivering two new clinical streams for cattle and equine work to run alongside the already well-established small animal streams programmed by the Royal Veterinary College.
“This creates a comprehensive CPD event for vets in small animal and mixed practice,” said event director Rob Chapman. “Our research shows that as well as benefiting from a highly cost effective CPD conference, our vets and practice managers also come to learn about and source new technologies – making LVS the favourite choice of vets from across the country. So, now there are even more great reasons for vets to make the London Vet Show a date in their diary.”
Next year’s show takes place at London’s Olympia on 21 & 22 November 2013.
The London Vet Show is organised by CloserStill Media Healthcare Ltd. It was launched in 2009 and was honoured with the prestigious Best Launch Event award in 2010 by the Association of Event Organisers (AEO), where it was praised for the innovative concept and superb event execution.
For more information about the London Vet Show, please contact Alexia Maycock at email@example.com or call Rob on 02476 719 696