Wow! What an amazing 2 days!18 May 2019
VetCon 2019 was truly a roaring success. It was an amazing 2 days, at a fantastic venue, filled with world-class CPD lectures from engaging and charismatic speakers, a buzzing atmosphere in the exhibition areas, delicious lunches and refreshments, relaxation and ice cream on the terrace, and smiles, laughter and high spirits all round!
We were truly delighted with how much every exhibitor and delegate enjoyed the conference. There was great engagement on the stands, not only thanks to the VetCon passport competition but also thanks to the huge effort every exhibitor made to share the excitement of VetCon 2019. There were brilliant prizes on offer, great stand designs and layout, interactive games to try, and numerous bespoke VetCon-inspired product information flyers and show offers.
Our speakers were inspiring and informative. Every delegate learned a huge amount from every lecture that they attended. The short lecture format across all streams was very popular among speakers and delegates. We are very grateful to our speakers for the time and effort that they invested in their lectures and for attending and ensuring VetCon 2019 was the most exciting conference in the country.
Who loves ice-cream? We certainly do! As did everyone at VetCon 2019! The ice cream cart from Adare Farm went down a treat – there were so many delicious flavours to choose from that we had to go for seconds and thirds!
A first for an Irish veterinary conference – a tipi marquee from Tipi Faoi na Réaltaí! The extended exhibition area took place in the tipi which drew great interest from exhibitors and delegates alike. It was a delightful and attractive part of the trade exhibition.
The VetCon party night was a night to remember. Delicious bbq food served by the Clubhouse at Fota Island Resort, superb music from King K, and everyone in great spirits. It was a great opportunity to catch up with everyone and a night that won’t be forgotten for some time!
The Friday morning VetFit session had a small group of dedicated VetFit-ers turn out bright and early for a refreshing jog on the woodland trails and a relaxing post-jog stretch on the lawns at Fota Island Resort. A sign of a great party the night before when many could not make it to the session in time!
The expert and specialist panel discussions in the small animal, business and farm animal streams were true highlights of the sessions. The debate in the farm stream at times became heated and there was brilliant audience participation. There was a lot of important information imparted and there were many positive learning outcomes from each panel discussion. The discussions were expertly chaired by Laura Cuddy, Veterinary Specialists Ireland, Mark Butler, HLB Sheehan Quinn, and Tommy Heffernan, Irish Farmers Journal.
At VetCon Ireland, we are truly grateful to everyone who has made VetCon 2019 the largest and most exciting veterinary conference to attend in Ireland. Thank you to our speakers, the delegates who attended over 2 days, our gold, silver, bronze, and entertainment partners, all our exhibitors, Fota Island Resort, Aperture Media, CAVS, Tipi Faoi na Réaltaí, and all our family and friends over the past days, weeks and months for the help, support, like and shares.
See you again at VetCon 2020!
Kathryn & Cathal