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Retrospect on last year's congress

18th Annual European Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Congress, in Tallinn, Estonia. 

Once again, EVECC congress, a joint venture between the society and the college, was a success. We had more than 550 attendees joining us in the lovely city of Tallinn! It was a pleasure to share this experience with you and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we do. 

  

This year’s theme was “More than a gut feeling”. The modern conference center  was incredible and gave a special taste to this congress.  Veterinary Technicians and Vets had access to several lectures and labs and, for the first time, the RECOVER lab was held during the congress, allowing certification of several new rescuers! Let’s hope this is just the start for RECOVER in Europe!

  

I would like to thank all our sponsor, that make this congress possible. It was a pleasure to meet you in a busy commercial exhibition! 

  

The congress is also an important occasion for several awards and prices. Thanks to BBraun Vet Care and VECCS, 3 veterinarians were awarded for their scientific work which they presented during the congress: Dr. Donaldson (Best Oral Presentation), Dr. Rocchi (Best Original Study Poster), Dr. Klainbart (Best Case Report Poster). Dr. Angela Briganti  received the Scil EVECC Research Grant.

Based on the success of this year, EVECCS renewed the travel grant opportunity to visit a specialized ECC facility. This year, Dr Andrei Vlad Tutuneanu (vet) and Erika Conejo Velasco (nurse) were the lucky winners!

EVECCS has been privileged this year to name Dr Gary Stamp as our second honorary member. Indeed, Dr Stamp was a true pioneer and was instrumental in the development of the whole specialty of ECC. Gary’s support was invaluable and EVECCS wouldn’t be where we are today without him.

  

Unfortunately, Dr Stamp passed away before the congress. Along with Gary, we also lost another very important member of our community, in the name of Louise O’Dwyer. Being all together to celebrate their contribution to ECC in Europe and their memory was important for all of us, and I would like to thank all of you for your communion during this ceremony. 

To conclude, I would like to thank Heli and her team for their help in organizing this congress. Social program allowed us once again to share happy memories in incredible places!

  

We would most heartily like to invite you to our next EVECC congress in Ghent (June 4th to 6th 2020). Go with the flow: this theme will allow to cover, in 3 days, 3 different topics: cardio-vascular, urinary and respiratory. A symposium on Point of care ultrasound will be held just before the congress (3rd of June).

Looking forward to meeting you there 

Céline Pouzot-Nevoret,                                                    Joris Robben,        
President of EVECCS                                                          President of ECVECC