Annual Scientific Meeting

4-6 July 2024, Valencia, Spain

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Congress Venue

The ECVS Annual Scientific Meeting 2024 takes place at the Palacio de Congresos in Valencia.

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Registration is now open on our registration platform (access via 'your ECVS').
A personal login is required to register. If you do not have a login, please contact us at [email protected].

The 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting will again be offered as a hybrid congress. For planning purposes, all delegates need to indicate whether they plan to participate on-site or online*). This preference can be changed any time up until the very start of the congress. On-site delegates will have access to all online content as well.

Additionally, each delegate will now be asked to indicate their primary area of interest in the registration form. The options will be orthopaedic, neurology or soft tissue for Small Animal delegates and orthopaedic or soft tissue for Large Animal delegates. This information will merely be requested as a rough indication as to which streams can be expected to be most popular to help us allocate room capacities. It will certainly not be a binding registration, and each delegate will always be able to freely choose which lectures to attend on-site.

*) For ECVS Diplomates, online participation counts toward recertification as well.

Registration fees 2024

  before 17 May 2024 from 17 May 2024 from 21 June 2024
ECVS / ACVS Diplomates € 500 € 600 € 750
non members € 600 € 700 € 850
ECVS / ACVS Residents € 350 € 450 € 600
AVEE / AVEPA member*) € 480 € 580 € 730
Interns / students / veterinary nurses*) € 350 € 450 € 600
retired Diplomates**) € 350 € 450 € 600
Guest pass per day***) € 80 € 80 € 80

*) PhD Students / Interns / Students / veterinary nurses and members of AVEE / AVEPA will be required to provide written evidence of their status when they arrive and register at the Meeting.
**)  ECVS Diplomates 65 years and older who have retired as defined by the ECVS.
***)  Guest pass gives access to exhibit hall, coffee breaks and lunches, posters and the welcome reception on Thursday.

The registration fee includes for one person:

  • admission to the 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting
  • access to all online content
  • scientific proceedings (available online)
  • certificate of attendance
  • coffee / tea breaks (2 per day on Friday and Saturday)
  • lunches during meeting (Friday and Saturday)
  • welcome reception Thursday evening

Registration can only be purchased for the entire congress; single day access passes are not available.

Scientific Programme

Scientific Programme Highlights

Small Animals

This year’s exciting programme includes our first ‘shaping the future’ session which will include talks by recognised experts on feedback, leadership and mental health in a clinical environment. 2024 also sees the ECVS continue our biennial collaboration with the Veterinary Endoscopic Society (VES) and includes discussion on a variety of topics including thoracoscopic thoracic duct ligation using near infrared technology, extrahepatic shunt ligation and diaphragmatic rupture repair. This minimally invasive theme will be supported by talks on interventional radiography including chemoembolization and stent placement. We will also have an oncology stream including sessions considering nasal surgery, lymph node extirpation and maxillectomy / mandibulectomy.

Our 2024 Small Animal orthopaedic stream includes an in-depth series of lectures looking at cutting edge strategies for total hip arthroplasty and updates on arthroplasties involving other joints. Strategies and techniques in mandibular and maxillary fracture reconstruction are also included in the orthopaedic stream as is a series of talks looking at current techniques for managing OCD ranging from traditional to cutting-edge.

Our third small animal stream, neurology, will include lectures on lumbosacral stenosis, nerve transfer, spinal meningioma and cervical spondylomyopathies.

Detailed Small Animal Programme

Meet the Expert Sessions

We are again looking forward to renowned international experts sharing their knowledge in small group sessions over lunch:

Friday, 5 July

  • Matthew Allen: Tips and Tricks for Navigating Research Early in Your Career
  • Andrew Perry: Is there conflict in approach to oral surgery between "dentists" and "surgeons"?
  • Gert ter Haar: Practical ENT Surgery - tips and techniques
  • Carolyne Crowe: Managing stress and avoiding burnout
  • Clive Elwood: Leadership - practical tips

Saturday, 6 July

  • Jan Hnizdo: Balancing osteotomies to treat tarsal and carpal instabilities
  • Loïc Déjardin: Complications, how to prevent them, treat them and learn how to love them
  • Tom Harcourt-Brown: The problem with pugs - how we understand and (attempt to) treat arachnoid fibrosis

Meet the Expert sessions are limited to 20 participants; a fee of € 85 applies. Registration takes place via the congress registration form as long as seats are available.

Small Animal Pre-Congress Courses

Wednesday, 3 July 2024

Thursday, 4 July 2024

Registration for the pre-congress courses takes place via the congress registration form as long as seats are available.

Large Animals

During the last year the Large Animal Programme Committee has worked intensely to produce a meeting with the right ingredients and mixture of themes and speakers for you to find irresistible. We are welcoming a new generation of talented surgeons while maintaining seasoned speakers that will provide you with the latest advancements in equine surgery. We are bringing world leaders in areas that traditionally have not had great coverage but that are becoming more and more relevant such as rehabilitation in the post-surgical patient and mental well-being.

The Large Animal committee has organised a superb program with attractive and useful labs that you can apply right away in your daily practice. A scientific program mixing a bit of everything from avant-garde sessions to up-to-date reviews led by top experts in their areas. Whether you are a seasoned surgeon or a Resident, the programme will not disappoint you. Sessions on spinal, abdominal, arthroscopy, respiratory…and new introduction of sessions lead by experts in the field of mental health and well-being.

Detailed Large Animal Programme

Meet the Expert Sessions

We are again looking forward to renowned international experts sharing their knowledge in small group sessions over lunch:

Friday, 5 July

  • Jan F. Hawkins: How do I manage the horse with upper airway dynamic obstruction
  • Janny de Grauw: Why should pain be important to the surgeon
  • Carolyne Crowe: Managing stress and avoiding burnout
  • Clive Elwood: Leadership - practical tips

Saturday, 6 July

  • Olivier Lepage: Dealing with epistaxis from the guttural pouch
  • Melissa King: Rehabilitation Strategies for different conditions

Meet the Expert sessions are limited to 20 participants; a fee of € 85 applies. Registration takes place via the congress registration form as long as seats are available.

Large Animal Pre-Congress Courses

Wednesday, 3 July 2024
with special thanks to the Hospital Veterinario de Referencia of the Universidad Católica de Valencia for their generous support

Thursday, 4 July 2024

  • Large Animal Case-based discussions (half day), sponsored by AO VET - coming soon

Registration for the pre-congress courses takes place via the congress registration form as long as seats are available.


El próximo jueves día 4 de Julio y a partir de las 8:30 de la mañana hasta las 14:30, tendrá lugar en el Palacio de Congresos de la capital Valenciana el mini-congreso ¡ECVS HABLA ESPAÑOL! con programas independientes en pequeños animales y equinos impartido por ponentes especialistas diplomados de talla internacional. 

Las charlas serán íntegramente en castellano para acercar los últimos avances de la cirugía veterinaria a todos los veterinarios de España. Ese mismo jueves por la tarde dará comienzo el 33 Congreso Anual del Colegio Europeo de Cirugía Veterinaria al que también pueden inscribirse aquellos que lo deseen y con una tarifa reducida para miembros de AVEPA y AVEE. Os animamos a participar de ambas actividades, además de talleres impartidos durante el miércoles día 3, aunque si consideráis que vuestro nivel de inglés no es lo suficientemente avanzado ¡ECVS HABLA ESPAÑOL! os lo pone más fácil. 

¡Revisa el programa en su totalidad e inscríbete! ¡Pocas veces vas a tener un Congreso de esta calidad al lado de tu casa!

¡Ven y participa del mejor Congreso en cirugía veterinaria de Europa! ¡Actualízate! ¡Infórmate! Sobre los últimos avances y tendencias de la mano de los mejores especialistas en cirugía.

When in Spain ... - speak Spanish! Under the header ECVS habla Español, the Programme Committee and local Valencia committee have composed a special Spanish-language programme for Thursday morning, targeted at local veterinarians. A high-class line-up of Spanish-speaking Diplomates will deliver lectures on a variety of surgery-related topics, bringing internationally renowned specialists and ECVS expertise to the Spanish veterinary community.

ECVS habla Español will run on Thursday, 4 July 2024, 08:00 - 14:15 at the Valencia Congress Centre as well as online and is accessible to all interested veterinarians at a highly attractive rate.

ECVS Habla Español Small Animal Programme

ECVS Habla Español Large Animal Programme


The abstract review process is complete. The lists of accepted abstracts are now online.

Abstracts on these lists have been accepted for oral presentation or poster as indicated. Abstracts which are not listed here are not accepted for the meeting.

Accepted Small Animal Abstracts

Accepted Large Animal Abstract


Please take note of the timeline for abstract submission, acceptance and presentation at the meeting:

  • September 2023: Abstract submission opens on the ECVS website
  • 15 December 2023, 12:00 GMT: submission deadline, portal shuts down
  • March 2024: Authors are notified of the acceptance status of their abstract(s); list of accepted abstracts is published on the ECVS website
  • 15 May 2024: Registration deadline for presenting authors of an accepted abstract (oral presentation or poster). If registration and payment are not received by this date, the abstract will be withdrawn from the programme and from publication in Veterinary Surgery.
  • June 2024: Pre-congress slide upload available to presenting authors
  • 27 June 2024: Deadline for upload of ePosters (all posters will be expected as ePosters)
  • 4-6 July 2024: 33rd ECVS Annual Scientific Meeting in Valencia, Spain

Please be aware, that if your abstract is accepted, you are still expected to register and pay for the annual scientific meeting.
All presenting authors are expected to attend the meeting in-person. Online presentations will not accepted.

Sponsoring and Exhibition

The sponsoring brochure for the 2024 Annual Scientific Meeting is now available.

The exhibition space is currently fully booked. We keep a waiting list of interested sponsors to whom freed-up space will be made available.

Exhibitor registration is open via our online platform. Please contact [email protected] if you do not have a login.

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Travel & Accommodation


A dedicated hotel booking link for delegates has been installed with access to favourable rates where offered*). The standard sorting of the hotel list is according to distance to the congress venue (with the closest hotels at the top of the list). The main recommended congress hotel is Meliá Valencia, which is also accessible via the booking link.

*) Please note that hotels may choose to offer special rates for congress delegates, but not all of them do. Comparing prices with other booking sites is always recommended.

Booking Link

Getting to Valencia

If you cannot easily find a direct connection to Valencia from your home town, please note that Madrid and Valencia are a less than two hours and very affordable train ride apart!


Answers to the most common questions around the ECVS Annual Scientific Meeting can also be found on our FAQs page.

FAQs around the Annual Scientific Meetings

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Congress Proceedings and Attendance Certificate

  • The congress proceedings are available to all registered congress delegates in their 'your ECVS' area, menu Proceedings.
  • The electronic attendance certificate is available for download in every delegate's 'your ECVS', menu Annual Scientific Meeting (see FAQs for further information).
  • An invoice or receipt is available for download in every delegate's 'your ECVS', menu Invoices/Receipts (see FAQs for further information).

Congress Photos

A Google link with photos from the congress is available to all congress delegates in their 'your ECVS' area, menu 'Annual Scientific Meeting' (at the top, underneath the attendance certificates)
Photographer: Michal Bachulski, Cracow

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