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£110m veterinary congress moves from ICC Birmingham to Manchester Central

The British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA), organiser of the largest and longest running small animal congress in Europe, has announced that they will move the event to Manchester from 2021 as part of a three-year deal.

The BSAVA Congress 2021 will take place from 25 - 28 March. The bid, which Manchester Central secured in partnership with Marketing Manchester, will bring up to 10,000 delegates to the city for five days of lectures, practical sessions and abstract presentations.

The congress is estimated to be worth around £110 million to the city’s local economy over the three-year period. It has been held at the ICC Birmingham for almost 30 years, with the organisers electing to move to Manchester to meet the evolving needs of delegates.

Speaking about the move, Angharad Belcher, head of BSAVA Congress said: “We’ve had a first-class experience in Birmingham, and we could not have asked for more from the venue. 

“We know that 2019 and 2020 will continue to be popular, however, it’s time to move BSAVA Congress forward and revitalise the offering to our delegates and exhibitors by bringing everything into one building. The move to Manchester enables us to invest even more in speakers and delegate experiences, to make BSAVA’s education programme truly unsurpassable.”

The move to Manchester Central will also ensure that the exhibition, lectures and demonstrations will be held in the same venue, maximising the use of delegates’ time at the congress with exhibitors neatly integrated into the scientific programme.

This, combined with wider scope for an improved social programme at bars and restaurants across the city, will create a more efficient, exciting and educational event for vets and vet nurses to equip themselves with enhanced skills to support the wellbeing of the nation’s pets.