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Retrospect on last year's congress

Online European Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Congress 2020. 

Dear friends and colleagues,

It is time to look back at this year’s EVECC congress. Because of the restrictions and the safety measures as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, this year we had to take the difficult and hard decision to cancel our 2020 EVECC congress in Ghent, Belgium. Of course this was a huge disappointment to all of us, but especially to the Local Organising Committee under the guidance of Kris Gommeren, who already put so much effort into the organisation to present us with an unforgettable event. But do not despair, in 2022 Ghent will get a second chance to blow us of our socks.

As the EVECC congress has been organized without interruption for already 19 years, we found it unacceptable to have this tradition come to an end. Therefore some enthusiasts took on the challenge to organise this year’s EVECC Congress online for our dear members, friends, and colleagues.


With the valuable help from the central organising committee, our congress bureau, PCO, and the incredible support of the Veterinary international Network, that allowed us to use their online platform and expertise, we were able to organise a very successful online congress that took place from the 25th to 28th of June 2020.

It was a 4-day online event, with 3 streams, 39 speakers and over 50 nationalities that delivered  selected content from the initial Ghent congress, intended for veterinarians, nurses and residents. We had 642 delegates, an incredible number of attendees that believed in the robustness and quality of the EVECC Congress, although in a different shape. We are very thankful for that!

We would like to thank all our sponsors, that make this congress possible and that supported us throughout  this difficult year. It was a shame we did not manage to meet in person this year and we cannot wait to meet again next year in a busy commercial exhibition!


The congress has been 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. Daria Starybrat (Best Oral Presentation), Dr. Julie Combet-Curt (Best Original Study Poster), Dr. Petra Richter (Best Case Report Poster). And Dr. Sanne Hugen received the Scil EVECC Research Grant.

To conclude, we would like to thank again everyone that made this year online congress possible, our sponsors, VIN  and all the attendees.


Remains only to invite you most heartily to next year’s EVECC congress that will be held  in Porto (June 3th to 5th 2021). The theme will be “Rising to the challenges in Emergency Medicine”. The congress will focus on challenging and stressful aspects of emergency practice, how to avoid common pitfalls, tips for managing clinical conundrums and how to approach controversial aspects of acute care lacking clear evidence-based grounds. A symposium on Point-of-Care Ultrasound will be held just before the congress (2nd of June). We are looking forward to welcome and meet you next year in the flesh with a nice Portuguese wine in our hands.

We wish you all the best, and please stay healthy and safe.

Looking forward to meeting you there 

Chiara Valtolina                                                                     Joris Robben,        
President of EVECCS                                                          President of ECVECC