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Annual Scientific Meeting, 8-10 July 2021 (online)

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ECVS Annual Scientific Meeting 2021 will be held online

At the February 2021 Board meeting, the ECVS Board of Regents took the decision not to meet in Antwerp for the 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting, but to convert our 2021 congress into a fully online format. This announcement probably comes as a big disappointment, but very likely not an entirely unexpected one.

While July still seems to be several months away and the roll-out of the vaccination plans throughout Europe should give us hope, predicting what may and may not be possible by the beginning of July is like crystal ball-gazing. There are too many unpredictable variables and government restrictions are still changing at such short notice that confident long-term planning while minimising financial risks is impossible. Any indoor gathering of several hundred people, if allowed at all, will likely be impacted by social distancing guidelines and restrictions regarding consumption of food and beverages. This would reduce the important social aspect of our congress to a bare minimum. In addition, traveling conditions for delegates and speakers coming to Antwerp from all over the world, may still be regulated by quarantine restrictions.

After careful evaluation, the Board of Regents further took the unanimous decision not to invest in the development of a highly costly and complex hybrid congress scenario, but decided in favour of a fully virtual Annual Scientific Meeting for 2021. We are already looking into providing the full Antwerp experience to the ECVS community in a future year.

While we are extremely sad to make this decision, we are confident that it is the right one, as it will give us enough lead time still to make this a highly attractive annual meeting. We will now start working on the logistics of a virtual congress and will get back to you with further details in the near future.

We very much hope that moving to a virtual congress format will still allow everyone to participate in a high-quality scientific congress from the comfort of their home or office with a cold beer (or other beverage) at hand, and with the added benefits of being able to watch and re-watch lectures at their own convenience and to enjoy concurrent lecture streams.


Registration for the online meeting 2021 is now open via the 'your ECVS' area. If you do not have a login, please contact the ECVS office.

  • ECVS / ACVS Diplomates: € 280
  • non Diplomates: € 310
  • ECVS / ACVS Residents: € 150
  • PhD Students / students / interns*): € 150
  • Retired Diplomates**): € 0

*) PhD Students / students / interns will be required to prove of their educational status.
**) Retired Diplomates 65 years and older who have retired as defined by the ECVS.

The registration fee includes for one person:

  • access to all lectures and streams, live and on-demand, recordings available online for up to 6 months after the congress
  • access to virtual poster area
  • access to virtual exhibition area
  • scientific proceedings (available online)
  • certificate of attendance

Credit from 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting

Delegates who have registered and paid for the Annual Scientific Meeting 2020 in Valencia and have chosen to leave their payment standing as a credit towards 2021 are kindly requested to contact the Office to arrange for the credit to be transferred.

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Scientific Programme

Small Animal Programme

The Small Animal orthopaedic programme features three main streams:

Delegates will have the opportunity to learn about the latest topics in Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation from specialists including Pilar LaFuente, Lowri Davies and Rico Vannini. Sessions on current strategies for managing critical bone and cartilage defects, and dealing with complications after common elbow, stifle and hip procedures will be presented by colleagues including Ulrich Rytz, Peter Boettcher and Loic Dejardin.

The Small Animal soft tissue programme is presented in collaboration with the VSSO:

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear well-known specialists Julius Liptak, Paolo Buracco and Laurent Findji talk about the latest in the surgical treatment of tumors, and the role of new adjunctive therapeutic options. The programme also features a stream in skin and reconstructive surgery where participants can have their reconstructive cases discussed "live" by experts such as Bryden Stanley and Jolle Kirpensteijn. The management and prevention of surgical site infections is also highlighted and will be presented by Fergus Allerton. Further there will be a stream on pain scoring and local analgesia and one on updates on minimally invasive techniques such as coils and stents.


Large Animal Programme

The Large Animal programme will bring to Antwerp three giants of the equine orthopaedic world: Wayne McIlwraith, Alan Nixon and Dean Richardson for sessions and wetlabs on arthroscopy and internal fixation.

Besides this strong orthopaedic basis, there will be an update session on URT surgery with Safia Barakzai, Tim Barnett, Caroline Tessier, Bruce Bladon and Fabrice Rossignol. There will be sessions on abdominal and ocular surgery - the latter being led by Richard McMullen and Magda Grauwels - and a session on updates on lameness and biomechanics.

Surgery of the cervical spine will have its own session with Mads Kristoffersen, Tom Hughes and Dr Niki Fransen - a human surgeon who will discuss options in the management of neck pain in athletes.  Combined surgery for congenital problems will be treated in its own session. On top of all of this there will be three exciting pre-congress labs on arthroscopy, one on head and ocular surgery and one on internal fixation, the latter run by AO VET.


Canine / Equine Regenerative Medicine

The unique combined canine and equine session on Regenerative Medicine will give delegates the opportunity to learn about the science and current evidence from experts including, among others, Roger Smith, Richard Meeson, Frank Steffen, and Walter Brehm as well as learning about new frontiers in human stem cell therapy.

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Abstract Submission

The abstract review process is now completed.

> Accepted Abstracts Small Animals                      > Accepted Abstracts Large Animals

Abstracts not listed here have not been accepted.

All authors have been informed personally of the status of their abstract.

The ECVS is currently working on the details of the online programme. All speakers and poster authors will be informed of the technical requirements, speaker guidelines, deadlines, schedule etc. in due course.

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Sponsoring & Exhibition

The updated sponsoring brochure for the fully virtual Annual Scientifc Meeting is > now available. Please contact us at info@ecvs.org for a reservation while we yeet work on updating the online registration form.

For any questions, alternative proposals or new ideas we are always at your disposal. Just contact us and we'll be happy to find a solution together with you.


The ECVS Annual Scientific Meeting 2021 is listed as a VIRTUAL EVENT by EthicalMedTech.

Please note the following information from EthicalMedTech:
Virtual Events are currently outside the CVS and e4ethics scope of approval, but they still need to comply with the EFPIA and/or MTE Code provisions.
There will be no approval process in the case of this Event, but as you submitted your Event into the Conference Vetting System, the Event may now be published as a Virtual Event in the official calendar: www.ethicalmedtech.eu



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Save the Date

2022 Annual Scientific Meeting: 7-9 July, Porto, Portugal

2023 Annual Scientific Meeting: 6-8 July, Cracow, Poland

2024 Annual Scientific Meeting: 4-6 July, Valencia, Spain

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Previous Scientific Meetings

2020: Valencia, Spain - cancelled due to Coronavirus / COVID-19   ♦   2019: Budapest, Hungary   ♦   2018: Athens, Greece   ♦   2017: Edinburgh, Scotland   ♦   2016: Lisbon, Portugal   ♦   2015: Berlin, Germany   ♦   2014: Copenhagen, Denmark   ♦   2013: Rome, Italy   ♦   2012: Barcelona, Spain   ♦   2011: Ghent, Belgium   ♦   2010: Helsinki, Finland   ♦   2009: Nantes, France   ♦   2008: Basel, Switzerland   ♦   2007: Dublin, Ireland   ♦   2006: Sevilla, Spain   ♦   2005: Lyon, France   ♦   2004: Prague, Czech Republic   ♦   2003: Glasgow, Scotland   ♦   2002: Vienna, Austria   ♦   2001: Velbert, Germany   ♦   2000: Berne, Switzerland   ♦   1999: Brugge, Belgium   ♦   1998: Seeburg, Austria   ♦   1997: Versailles, France   ♦   1996: Utrecht, Netherlands   ♦   1995: Constance, Germany   ♦   1994: Riccione, Italy   ♦   1993: Cambridge, United Kingdom   ♦   1992: Lenzburg, Switzerland

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