One thousand-plus at first ever BVA Live

One thousand-plus at first ever BVA Live

More than a thousand veterinary professionals joined 100 exhibiting companies for two days of CPD, debates, discussions and hands-on sessions at the inaugural BVA Live.

Having been postponed for the past two years due to Cocid, BVA Live, the two-day event held by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and CloserStill Media (CSM), finally took place  at NEC Birmingham on Thursday and Friday, June 23 and 24.

The programme also included a clinical nursing stream, supported by the British Veterinary Nursing Association, with sessions held in a dedicated theatre created with veterinary nurses in mind. and satte-of-the-art practical training sessions and wet labs, which covered topics including ophthalmology, respiratory emergencies, suturing techniques for nurses, arthocentesis and bone fracture repairs.

BVA President Justine Shotton said: “After being postponed for two years, it has certainly been worth the wait for BVA Live. It has been a huge success! It was wonderful to see so many people from across the veterinary community under one roof and to have the opportunity to meet with and hear from such a wide range of experts about so many fascinating topics.

“We are absolutely thrilled by the feedback we have had so far and delighted to hear so many veterinary professionals have been inspired and have learnt so much from this event. We are already looking forward to next year and cannot wait to build on the success of this first, incredible event.”

Rob Chapman, MD of CloserStill Media’s Vet Shows, added: “It was an incredible couple of days. Inaugural events often hold a special energy, and this was no exception. From the moment the first exhibitors came through the doors for set up, there was a sense of the excitement but also really nice, relaxed air to everyone’s approach. Obviously it was even better when the vets and nurses arrived at the start of the show!

“The feedback that I received throughout was brilliant – people loved the lecture programme put on by the BVA, really enjoyed the hands-on sessions from Central CPD and the interactions in the exhibition hall and at the Vet Show Summer Social seemed to add to everyone’s experience. Can’t wait for London Vet Show in November!”

For information about BVA Live 2023, which will run on the 11 – 12 May 2023, visit