Veterinary conferences offer us all some great opportunities to learn, refresh and socialise. Here are our top 10 tips for getting the most out of the LVS
Posted: 12 November 2017
Veterinary conferences offer us all some great opportunities to learn, refresh and socialise. In the UK we’re extremely lucky with several World Class congresses taking place throughout the year. The BSAVA and London Vet Shows are some of the best attended with thousands of us enjoying the CPD lectures and commercial exhibitions.
1. Meeting friends and colleagues - The LVS is busy. There’ll be many different things to do, see and attend so just hoping you’ll bump into someone special by chance will be unlikely. You’ll need to be organised – identify the speakers and colleagues you want to connect with ahead of time and make contact early. You could arrange to meet after a lecture, during a coffee break or maybe in the bar at the end of the day. Get those meeting scheduled.
2. Have a plan - Read through Scientific Programme and Exhibition guide well ahead of time and plan a rough schedule for the lectures, speakers, events and exhibits you would like go to. Write down the plan ahead of time to help stay focused, making sure you don’t miss out on anything important.
3. Arrive early - Make sure you arrive in plenty of time to get the best seats in the lecture hall. You’ll also avoid the queues for registration and bag collection. By arriving early you’ll give yourself a few minutes to review your plan for the day, and familiarise yourself with everything.
4. What’s it all about? - There is usually so much going on at the LVS that it’s sometimes hard to take it all in and retain it. It helps if you read the lecture summary before hand to find out if it’s really the lecture you’re expecting.
5. Networking works - Use the opportunity of being together with your friends and colleagues to network. You may be tired by the end of the last day, but it really helps if you force yourself to attend many of the conference’s social events. Introduce yourself to new people as you never know where your networking will lead.
6. Take some business cards - It’s so easy to get some personalised business cards printed. You can give them to colleagues, commercial reps and lecturers to help them contact you in the future.
7. Take advantage of the commercial exhibition - The huge exhibition hall is a great place to learn about new products, innovations, medications and methods and provides another great networking opportunity. Take advantage of some of the LVS Special Offers that many companies will provide. There’ll be freebies galore plus a chance to get significant discounts on some new products.
8. Pace yourself - There’s no need to feel guilty if you aren’t constantly in a lecture or networking. Recharge yourself throughout the conference with lunch, coffee or even a short walk outside. Otherwise your body and brain will become exhausted.
9. Follow up those connections - Be sure to call or email your new connections after the conference.
10. Share at work - When you get back to work on the Monday morning share the news, updates and key points with all your colleagues. Sharing knowledge helps everyone. Why not present a brief summary talk at the next practice meeting?