On the 3rd of June, in Ljubljana, started the 15th Congress of the European Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (EVECCS) that attracted a record number of delegates. Scientific sessions, workshops and poster sessions were presented by more than 20 distinguished speakers from Europe and the United States.
After Lyon in 2015, the EVECCS Congress moved to Ljubljana, Slovenia. Grand Hotel Union, as the largest congress hotel in the city centre and a hotel with a 110 year-old history of hosting eminent events, was selected as the main congress venue.
Marko Pipan, chair of the Local Organizing Committee, addressed the delegates that came to Ljubljana from all over the world: “We will do our best to make you feel welcome in the city of Ljubljana, and enjoy our diverse educational programme and unique social events surrounded by the beauty of Slovenia and kindness of Slovenian people… enough, at least, to make your trip worthwhile and leave you with a desire for more!”
This year for the first time the congress was a joint effort of EVECCS and ECVECC, the European College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. The 3-day scientific meeting started with the pre-congress day dedicated to “Endocrine disorders in your ER”, while the main congress focused on “Trauma – what have we learned in the last decade”. As usual a fantastic social program was organized that included a welcome reception at Tivoli Castle, the Royal Canin young vets dinner, the Gala Dinner at Ljubljana Castle and after gala party. To make sure the delegates experienced Ljubljana at its best, a walking tour around the city was organized.
Like a perfect host, Grand Hotel Union on the last day invited guests to a farewell drink where they shared their congress experience with the organizers, lecturers, exhibitors and friends before returning back home.
Local Organizing Committee of EVECCS was extremely satisfied with the event and the support of the local partners: “EVECCS 2016 had 420 registered participants from 36 countries, which was a great success, because this Congress is usually attended by around 350 people. With a lot of help from Ljubljana Tourism, that stood by us and helped us with the promotion, from preparing presentations to the production of brochures, we have managed to bring the EVECCS Congress in Ljubljana. Ljubljana is the center of our beautiful Slovenia and organizing a congress in Grand Hotel Union allows a pleasant and professional atmosphere in the heart of the city. We believe that the location of the congresses is very important because the participants, in addition to lectures, are eager to explore the city and its offer. Grand Hotel Union provides such an experience and takes the participant with its central location right to the city center of Ljubljana and at the same time provides a large selection of venues for other social events in the immediate vicinity. A pleasant walk from the hotel to the Tivoli Castle, where we had the welcome reception, instead of using the expensive bus services, is definitely a more enjoyable choice for every participant. The Gala dinner that was held at Ljubljana Castle was a perfect opportunity for participants to ride the funicular to the top and enjoy the views of Ljubljana. We were extremely satisfied with the location and with collaboration with Ljubljana Tourism, but also with the professionalism and quick response of Grand Hotel Union’s staff. “