Dear Colleagues,

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the AVA Spring Meeting 2020, which will take place in University College Dublin, Ireland from Wednesday 11th March to Friday 13th March 2020.

University College Dublin (UCD) is the largest university in Ireland with the only veterinary college on the island of Ireland. UCD is situated just 4 km south of the city centre. You are surrounded by nature on this purpose-built campus on 330 acres (133 hectares) of beautifully landscaped grounds. The sea is only 20 minutes’ walk away and the mountains are a short drive away. There are numerous hotels and other accommodations in close proximity to the university and the campus is served by many buses from all around the city. The venues for the Spring Meeting were chosen to showcase some of the university’s modern buildings – O’Reilly Hall (main congress lectures), O’Brien Centre for Science (pre-congress day) and the Veterinary School (abstract sessions).

The keynote lectures will be given by specialists from both veterinary and human medicine. The pre-conference day will focus on ‘Diagnostics for the patient undergoing anaesthesia’, with lectures on diagnostic imaging (radiology, ultrasound, MRI and CT) and cardiology; topics that are very relevant for all veterinary anaesthetists, nurses and general practitioners.

The theme for the Spring Meeting will be ‘Staying Alive – You, Your Patient and Your Planet’. This will include lectures on wellbeing, addiction and suicide prevention in anaesthetists, anaesthesia safety, how anaesthesia affects the outcome for cancer and reducing the carbon footprint of anaesthesia.

As is the tradition at AVA meetings, the social programme of the conference deserves special mention.  The welcome reception (Wednesday 11th – free for all delegates) will be held in the conservatory of O’Reilly Hall and an Irish Evening (Thursday 12th) will be hosted in Ireland’s largest thatched pub – the historic Taylor’s Three Rock in the foothills of the Dublin mountains.  Buses will transport you to the venue immediately after lectures, so come as you are, relax, eat, drink, dance and enjoy the craic. For those who need even more dancing, the party will continue with a disco after the main entertainment. Buses will leave at various times to bring you back to UCD and nearby hotels.

We look forward to welcoming you to the AVA Spring meeting on the Emerald Isle!

The Organising Committee.

Lynne, Vilhelmiina, Joei, Machi, Claire, Georgina, Laura and Julia.

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