The London Vet Show returned to the ExCeL earlier this month (11-12 November) for two days of learning and business.
The show’s feedback from speakers, exhibitors and delegates has been highly positive, according to the organisers, with businesses reporting two successful days of sales and networking.
Rob Chapman, MD of CloserStill’s veterinary portfolio, said: “It was amazing to be back at the London Vet Show. We have heard a lot of people questioning the place of the traditional congresses since the start of Covid-19. The pandemic forced us behind computer screens and at the time it was a necessity. However, the London Vet Show 2021 reinforced everything that we have been saying for the past two years. Namely: people need people, community, fun, connections, and there is no better way to feel any of that than to get face-to-face.
“Feedback from delegates, exhibitors and partners has been universal. They are excited to be back in the real world, and they are looking forward to more. Now, we are onto planning BVA Live 2022 and London Vet Show 2022 – both of which will take place as live, in person events.”
Dr. Lucy Chadwick, head of technical services and marketing, FORTE Healthcare Limited, said: “We have been exhibiting at the London Vet Show for a number of years and 2021 was our best show to date. We were launching a new product and the show was the perfect event to showcase this. Delegate engagement was excellent and there was no truly quiet moments in the exhibition. London Vet Show forms a significant investment from our marketing budget each year, and this year in particular it felt like a good return on investment.”
Education partners the Royal Veterinary College and British Veterinary Association said they had a successful return to live events. Jill Maddison, professor of general practice, and conference organiser of the RVC Clinical Theatres 1, 2 and 3 said:
“Returning to ExCeL for the London Vet Show 2021 was amazing if initially a little scary. The buzz, the rapt attention of participants in the lecture theatres as they listened to probably their first live onsite lecture for over 18 months, the sight of exhibitors and delegates animatedly chatting, seeing friends and colleagues meet and greet so happily and catching up with RVC alumni and friends was just wonderful. As a speaker, it was fantastic to finally be able to see the audience instead of speaking to squares of names on a screen, to really feel connected with the audience and to answer questions in person. All in all, a great event – can’t wait for the London Vet Show 2022.”
Moreover, BVA Live have reported an eventful London Vet Show. As well as its two theatres of clinical content, the BVA hosted its career development stream, BVA Congress and a lounge for its members.
Justine Shotton, BVA president, said: “After an understandable hiatus it was brilliant to bring the veterinary community back together to network, learn and discuss the issues that matter most to the profession. I’m particularly proud that sustainability was so high on the agenda in our Congress sessions, Tamsin Edwards’ fantastic and thought-provoking Wooldridge Lecture and throughout the show.
“We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended and made the event such a resounding success and look forward to seeing many familiar faces again at our standalone event BVA Live in June, then the London Vet Show 2022.”
The London Vet Show will return on 17-18 November 2022 at the ExCeL, London.