Congress 2018 - Bristol
In early February, students travelled down to Bristol for the 2018 Congress. The weekend started with a pub crawl around central Bristol ending up in the Brass Pig, which was fitting for a group of vet students! On the Saturday and Sunday people split into their respective streams and had a day filled with incredible practicals and fascinating lectures. Highlights included a practical using endoscopic instrument simulators and a fierce debate on the future of farming. There was a fabulous ball on the Saturday evening with speeches from the AVS and BVA president and of course lots of dancing. On the Saturday there was a keynote lecture from Steve Leonard (That Vet off TV) all about his experience working as a wildlife vet on various TV series fittingly titled "we're going to need a better glove" and on Sunday AVS had their AGM which highlighted a successful year, exciting plans for the future and lots of candidates running for the 2018 AVS and IVSA Committee.
Thank you to all the sponsors, speakers and of course the amazing Bristol organising committee led by Dave, Hannah and Hannah!
Sports 2017 - Edinburgh
Edinburgh were hosts for AVS Sports Weekend 2017 and welcomed vet students from all the vet schools. Everyone was so excited for this year, with Surrey vet student's camping overnight to secure their tickets, and Edinburgh definitely didn't disappoint! With a bar crawl on Friday Night, sports on Saturday and one last night out on Saturday, even the cold weather couldn't dampen people's spirits! Liverpool were the deserving winners of the AVS cup! Costume highlights this year included Shrek, EasyJet and Where's Wally!
A massive thank you to all sponsors and to the organising team led by James, Angus and Liv!
Congress 2017 - Cambridge
January 2017 was finally time for Cambridge to show everyone what we could do. As always, the weekend kicked off in style with a bar crawl around the beautiful city followed by two whole days of lectures and practicals. Highlights included a bovine TB panel discussion, a natural horsemanship seminar run by Kelly Marks, a small animal CPR practical run by VetsNow and a lecture about rabbit medicine and surgery by Frances Harcourt-Brown, the first RCVS recognised specialist in this area.
The ball on the Saturday night was one highlight that many people had been waiting for – a traditional Cambridge formal in the Great Hall of Selwyn College. The 3 course dinner was of course followed by cheese and port, what else would you expect from Cambridge?!
Sports Weekend 2016 - RVC
In November 2016 over 1 000 vet students at RVC where students were first shown the best nightlife available in Hertfordshire and were greeted by a lovely warm pizza which was a welcome sight for students who travelled from far and wide. As usual the costumes were top notch with OAPs, Unicorns and the Cheshire Cat being spotted. Saturday dawned and with it the most highly contested sports fixtures ever recorded in the history of mankind with RVC being crowned victorious. In the evening, students travelled into central London and after a pit-stop to warm up, had a brilliant night busting some dance moves, some of which were more questionable than others!
A massive thank you to all the sponsors and the organising committee led by the fantastic Becky and Jess.
Congress 2016 - Liverpool
At the beginning of February, vet students from across the UK and Ireland travelled to Liverpool for this years’ Congress.The weekend began with an introduction to Liverpool’s night life which included pineapple cocktails and lots of dancing to cheesy music. The next day, all students arrived at Liverpool’s Leahurst Campus and were split onto their respective streams: Farm, Small Animal, Equine and Exotic for a day of exciting and inspiring talks and practicals. Farm visited a mega dairy and learnt about lame lambs, Exotic learnt about specialist husbandry conditions for parrots and handled snakes, a raccoon dog and bearded dragons. Equine learnt about the industry abroad and handled uteruses during a fertility demonstration, while Small Animals debated the puppy trade and experienced interactive Cardiology. There was also a great Careers Fayre throughout the weekend which really highlighted the endless opportunities for vet students.
On Saturday evening, everyone had a chance to dress up and dance at the AVS Ball. The night featured: a three-course meal, speeches from the AVS and BVA presidents, and live entertainment from the brilliant MooCows!
The weekend finished with the AVS AGM which was a great opportunity for the whole vet student community to hear about the work that AVS carry out all year round and what they plan to achieve in the future.
Thanks to all the Liverpool organising committee for such a wonderful weekend!
Sports 2014 - Dublin
In 2014 AVS Sports Weekend was held in Dublin. Despite a long journey by sea or air for many, it was well worth it and the weekend was a great success. Friday night was spent at The Wright Venue with J90, with some top notch grub being supplied by Wok'n'Roll. The sports on Saturday were unfortunately cut short by bad weather, but that wasn't allowed to dampen our spirits and an afternoon of Irish dancing festivities kept everyone going until the pub crawl around the Temple Bar area in the evening. Liverpool were successful in retaining the AVS Sports Cup by winning their respective rugby and football matches. On the Sunday, some groups got to soak up a bit of Dublin culture, with many heading to the castle and the Guinness brewery.
Many thanks to everyone who helped in organising the weekend, and in particular the sponsors; Royal Canin, Vetoquinol, Vets4Pets, ReachOut, Dechra, MSD Animal Health UK and Maxi Zoo.
Congress 2014 - Nottingham
Congress 2014 was hosted by Nottingham Vet School. The weekend was packed filled with practicals, workshops and lectures given by experts in their respective fields. There were four 'streams' of practicals for students to choose from; small animal, farm, equine and exotics. A highlight for many students was the annual AVS ball held on the Saturday evening. Here are a selection of photos from the weekend. A report from Oli Gilman, a fourth year Bristol student, is available in the Spring 2014 edition of our journal, JAVS.
Next year's congress will be held at Glasgow from the 23rd to the 25th of January. More details available on our events page.
Sports 2013 - Liverpool
Sports weekend continues to be one of the most memorable weekends of the student calendar. Liverpool 2013 did not dissapoint, as pirates, minions, gladiators and devils battled it out on the sports field for the coveted title. Many thanks to the Liverpool team that put on such a fantastic weekend. Photos courtesy of Will Humphreys Photography and Emily Fulton. Sports weekend this year will have a taste of the Irish about it, being held in Dublin. More details are available on our upcoming events page.