Annual Scientific Meeting

13-15 July 2017, Edinburgh, Scotland



Feel like getting some exercise before the start of a long day spent in lecture halls? Join John Ryan from the University of Edinburgh on Friday and Saturday morning, 06:30 a.m. for a 5-10 km run incorporating some of Edinburgh's beautiful landmarks. All abilities welcome. Rain jackets might be a good idea.

Meeting point: EICC, Strathblane entrance

Registration    Programme     Travel & Accommodation     Spouses Programme     Sponsoring & Exhibition     Save the Date: 2018


Registration for the ECVS Annual Scientific Meeting is open. Please log on to 'Your ECVS' to register.

The congress takes place at the EICC Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

Programme & Proceedings

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There general part of the programme can be found > here. For detailed small and large animal programmes, click on the respective animal icons above.

For an easier overview, to compose your personal schedule and receive regular updates, download the congress app.

The congress proceedings are available to all Diplomates and registered delegates via 'your ECVS. As of this year, ECVS provides the proceedings in a fully searchable online version. We hope that this feature helps you to more easily find your topics of interest.

Travel & Accommodation

What to do in Edinburgh

The local committee Ana Marques, Samantha Woods, Richard Reardon, and John Mosley are sharing their favourite restaurants, bars and other Edinburgh attraction to help you enjoy Edinburgh like a local. Check the About section on the congress app or go to our facebook page for regular tips and updates.

The ECVS is grateful to VisitScotland and Marketing Edinburgh for their generous support of the ECVS Annual Scientific Meeting in Edinburgh.


Whether you have a few hours, a couple of days or even a week to spare around the congress, discover what Scotland has to offer.


With its popular festivals and long daylight hours, July is a very popular month to travel to Edinburgh. Accommodation fills up quickly during this time. Be sure to book your accommodation well in advance! Under the below listed booking link you will find a variety of rooms with negotiated rates throughout the city.


Update: A number of rooms has become available at the Hilton Grosvenor (10 minutes walk from the EICC). To book, please contact +44 (0)131 5271401 or [email protected] (please do not call a general Hilton reservation number). Special rate is £150 / night.

Convention Edinburgh has negotiated rates for the duration of the 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting and is pleased to offer a free online accommodation booking service to those attending this event.

To view and book the various accommodation options please click on the link below:

If you have trouble opening this link, contact [email protected] or +44 (0)131 473 3874 directly (Mon-Fri, 09:00-17:00)

Credit card details are required to make a booking and confirmation shall be sent to your e-mail address.  Payment should be made directly with the accommodation provider at the time of your stay.


British Airways is offering a discount on trips to the Annual Scientific Meeting. Please visit the dedicated booking link for fares and bookings. (The UK is set as default point of departure on this link. Please click on > Home in the top left corner in order to choose individual points of departure.)

Discounts are 10% for economy and premium economy (World traveller Plus) in booking classes O, Q, N, S, V, M, L and K and W, E, T.

And 5% for Club World (Business) in booking classes I, R, D.

Taxes and surcharges are not subject to the discount.

Selling period is now until 8 July 2017.
Travel period is 8 July until 25 July 2017

Spouses Programme

We are again offering a leisure programme for accompanying partners. Please book the tours via the congress registration platform.

Friday, 14 July: Trossachs Tour (full day), 60 € / person

excl. lunch and entrance fees, maximum 50 persons*)

The area known as the Trossachs is often described as the Highlands in miniature. You will see glorious lochs, sweeping valleys and majestic mountains. Keep your eyes open too for some of Scotland‘s iconic wildlife such as highland cattle, eagles, ospreys, red squirrels and deer.

The tour will take you from Edinburgh to Stirling with its romantic castle and the National Wallace Monument and then continues into dramatic Highland scenery with mirror-like lochs and typical villages. You will stop by Loch Katerine, made famous by Sir Walter Scott as it provided the setting for his poem The Lady of the Lake (1810) and thus became a popular tourist destination of the Victorian age.

Loch Katerine by John McSporran

Loch Katerine (photo credits: John McSporran)

Saturday, 15 July: Edinburgh Walking Tour (half day), 20 € / person

excl. entrance fees (if desired), maximum 25 persons*)

Discover the fascinating history of the Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile. This half day walking tour takes you from the Castle Esplanade down the Royal Mile, visiting various closes off Lawnmarket. You will continue to Parliament Square and St Giles Church, pause at Tron Church and pass John Knox House, the Storytelling Centre and former Netherbow Town Gate.

The tour continues down Canongate to Holyrod, visiting closes and gardens of this area en route. On a Saturday, the guide can talke the group to Debating Chamber as Parliament will not be in session.

An Edinburgh close
(photo credits: Helen M. Bushe)


*) Please note any tours with fewer than 15 places booked may be cancelled and the full cost will be reimbursed to you.

Sponsoring & Exhibition

Further information for sponsors and exhibitors can be found in the following documents:

The ECVS thanks all sponsors and exhibitors for their generous support of the 26th Annual Scientific Meeting.

Save the Date: July 5-7, 2018

The 27th Annual Scientific Meeting will take place in Athens, Greece.

Abstract submission closes on November 15, 2017 - 12:00 (noon) GMT sharp.

Previous Meetings

To download the proceedings from previous Annual Scientific Meetings, please log on to 'Your ECVS'.