The British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) has cancelled its upcoming congress due to COVID-19 concerns.
In a statement they said, â€˜Due to the growing concerns caused by the continued global spread of COVID-19, BSAVA has announced the decision to cancel Congress 2020, which was due to take place in Birmingham in April.
â€˜Acknowledging the significant role that Congress plays in the veterinary calendar, BSAVA has been closely monitoring the situation and has delayed this decision as far as possible.
â€˜While the most recent government advice does not prohibit large public gatherings, BSAVA recognises the importance of personal safety for Congress attendees and the need to support the profession in preserving its business continuity, maintaining client services and protecting animal welfare. In the light of these concerns, BSAVA feels it is not in the best interests of the profession or the public for such a large-scale event to go ahead.â€™
The CEVA and Pet Plan Awards, which take place before and during the BSAVA congress, were also cancelled.
A spokesperson for Pet Plan said, â€˜At Petplan, we take the welfare of all of our employees, partners and customers very seriously, and in response to the wider COVID-19 situation have decided not to go ahead with the Petplan Veterinary Awards ceremony on 2 April in Birmingham.
â€˜This aligns with feedback from some of our valued veterinary partners on the increased steps being taken to help minimise risk to the profession.
â€˜We would like to congratulate all of the finalists for this yearâ€™s awards, and are looking forward to celebrating their achievements and announcing the winners by the end of April.â€™