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Retrospect on last year's congress

Online European Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Congress 2021. 

Dear members friends and colleagues

I hope you are all well and that you are enjoying a bit of summer, sun and holiday this year.

Another EVECC congress has closed its doors, not the congress we were expecting and planning at the beginning of the year but once more due to the Covid restrictions still present over the globe, it had to be transformed in an online congress. We could say that by now we have become unfortunately, experts in organising online events, but that did not get rid of the sadness and disappointment of having to cancel the Porto Congress. However, after reading  the comments and feedback that the majority of you sent about it, we could conclude that the EVECC online congress that took place from the 2nd to 4th of June 2021, was well received and it has been a great success.


This makes us very happy because this congress has been organised for all of you with the tireless work of  the central organising committee and of  the scientific committee and the priceless support of our congress bureau, PCO.

It was a 3-day online event, with 3 different streams and a forth one on Saturday intended for veterinarians, nurses and residents, some dry labs, on demand lectures, online and virtual exhibition all set on a beautiful and easy to use online platform. We had 501 delegates, an incredible number of attendees that believed once more in the quality of the EVECC Congress. We are very thankful for that!


The congress has been also an important occasion for several awards and prices. Thanks to BBraun Vet Care and VECCS, three veterinarians were awarded with best oral original presentation: Rachael Birkbeck; best poster (original study) Julie Combet-Curt and  best poster (case report) Ute Klein-Richers. This year we introduced  also for the first time the nurse award for best case report sponsored by the EVECCS society and the ECVECC college. Ana Costa from the Royal Veterinary College, United Kingdom won that price! Congratulations to all of you!


Of course the EVECC online congress could not have been possible without the help, support and work of a lot of people that I would like to acknowledge!

We would like to start to thank our speakers from all over the world  that delivered amazing lectures and were ready to answer all your questions at the end of their presentations no matter what the time difference was. A special thank you goes also to all the colleagues that chaired all the sessions and facilitated the Q&A sessions. You have been all absolutely fantastic!

We would like to thank all our sponsors that made the  EVECC online possible and that supported us throughout  this year. It was a shame we did not manage to meet in person although this year we were able to visit you and speak with each other in the virtual exhibition! We cannot wait to meet again next year in a busy commercial exhibition!


Remains only to invite you most heartily to next year’s EVECC congress that will be held  in the great city of Ghent  (June 2nd to 4th 2022). A symposium on Point-of-Care Ultrasound will be held just before the congress (1st of June 2022). We are looking forward to welcome and meet you next year in the flesh with a nice cold Belgium beer in our hands.

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

Looking forward to meeting you there

Chiara Valtolina                                                                    Dominic Barfield,        
President of EVECCS                                                          President of ECVECC