SPVS are delighted to present our 2024 Congress.

Congress 2024 took place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, Thursday 25th and Friday 26th January 2024.
PLUS: our focused ‘Grow Your Business‘ day on Saturday 27th January.

Welcome to Congress

Our theme for 2024 is Smarter Working – better outcomes: how you and your veterinary practice life can be transformed through consistent incremental gains.

Built to inspire everyone in the team, Congress 2024 will help ensure practices are sustainable, profitable, happy and productive places to work. So, join us at Congress 2024 and return to practice with the confidence and ability to work smarter and achieve better outcomes.

Book now to take advantage of big discounts on group tickets for the whole team. Not a member? Why not join SPVS today to qualify for the best prices of all and to access our wide range of member benefits.

What did Congress 2024 offer?


Opened by triple-Olympian and marginal gains expert, Cath Bishop, our engaging non-clinical programme will be a combination of lectures and interactive workshops providing in-practice case-studies, high-levels of audience participation and practical steps to implement on your return to practice.

Delivering on our Smarter Working – better outcomes theme, our programme will focus on the following key areas:

  • Self-Development – better you
  • Team Dynamics – better relationships
  • Leadership skills – better direction
  • Business Management – better growth
  • Practice Management – better productivity

Click here for full programme details.


New for 2024

Dedicated day on Saturday on Growing your Business, especially for those considering starting up or expanding their business, including advice on premises, measuring profitability, building a great practice culture and future proofing your business.

Invigorating lunchtime sessions from Dave Nicol and Andy Edwards on understanding our differences and re-engaging our teams.

Impactful 20-minute sessions across all streams, covering a wide variety of topics including: Menopause support for your team, Creating meetings with great outcomes, Time management, Return to work support and Myth-busting RCVS disciplinaries.


Enhancing operational efficiency
Jack Peploe, Veterinary IT Services
Harnessing marginal gains for smarter working
Helen Silver MacMahon, RCVS Knowledge
Interactive workshops on smarter delegation and coaching
Fiona Nichol and Adam Rough
Being more ‘viking’ to improve practice culture
Debbie Robinson, Vetnetics
Identifiying and resolving practice inefficiences
Brian Faulkner and Richard Artingstall
Supercharging your health plans
Kate Higgins from Village Vets
Generating and using client feedback
Jamie Crittall, Virtual Recall
Building resilience for you and your team
US speaker and podcaster, Stephanie Olson
Recent employment law changes
Jigsaw practices and how to make them work


Addressing bottlenecks
Thom Jenkins, PetsApp
Thriving through communication
Rebecca Armstrong, Sparkle
Robyn Lowe, RVN and Paul Horwood
Attracting and retaining Gen Zers
Behavioural Scientist, Dr Naeema Pasha
Practice wellbeing
Double Veterinary Wellbeing Award winner, Tracey Morley Jewkes
Understanding and addressing discrimination workshop
Affinity Futures team
Becoming an inspirational leader
Rachael Paul
Tools and tips on effective feedback
Jacqui Skelly, Elanco
The importance of having a second-in-command
Cathie Gregg
AI and its impact on the veterinary world
The return of Vet Times Big 6 Live


Garden Vets 4 months in
Alan Robinson, Vet Dynamics
Top tips for selecting your premises
Rachel Simmons & Michael Lazaris
Are we measuring the right things to achieve a happy and sustainable but profitable practice?
Pete Orpin, Anval & SPVS
It’s Not All About Money – It’s the People that Make a Successful Business
Sarah Armstrong & Steven Goodear
Using the Business Canvas Model to build your business
Adrian Nelson-Pratt, VSGD
Building a Great Clinic Culture the Nimble Startup Way
Shawn Wilkie, Talkatoo
Making your Business Future Secure
Rash Cassem & George Western, Lloyd & Whyte

Exhibition & Social


Joining our Platinum Sponsors, Elanco and PetsApp, in our exhibition will be a wide selection of companies offering the latest products, services and advice focused on the business, management, marketing and client-facing aspects of veterinary practice.

Your Congress pass includes complimentary refreshments and hot lunches and access to our Happy Hour on Thursday afternoon, all taking place in the exhibition hall!


Our fun-packed social programme has been built to ensure you and your team can relax and enjoy your time away from practice.

On Thursday night, meet up with colleagues and friends old and new, over drinks and a buffet meal. Join in the fun with Music Bingo connecting you with other Congress attendees, or simply take time to enjoy the food and put the veterinary world to rights.

Then get dressed up and let your hair down, ready to dance the night away at our Friday night President’s party, including a sparkling reception, 3-course meal and one of the UK’s best party bands, The Kings!

We are delighted to have Elanco and PetsApp as Platinum Sponsors for Congress 2024

We are delighted to have Elanco and PetsApp as Platinum Sponsors for Congress 2024