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Annual Scientific Meeting, July 7–9, 2016, Lisbon, Portugal

Scientific programme now available (click here for the PDF)


Join us in Lisbon for our 25th Anniversary Annual Scientific Meeting in July

We would like to give you a warm welcome to Lisbon and Portugal next July!

We are very pleased to be hosting the 25th ECVS annual scientific meeting in Lisbon where the twenty fifth anniversary of our college will be celebrated! This is a time and a great place to do it.

We are excited to be able to host this meeting at the Belém Cultural Centre (CCB), which is an impressive modern building and the main culture hub of the city. Belém is by the river and in the heart of Lisbon where a diversity of touristic and cultural attractions are located. It is also the home of the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art where you can see Lusitano horses performing daily.

The Scientific programme has been carefully tailored to match the occasion with a great mix of invited speakers and an exciting variety of free communication and poster sessions which will make this a real meeting of friends and science.

Lisbon is a fascinating and beautiful city! The international airport is located near the city centre; public transportation is excellent and taxis are affordable and will easily take you everywhere. You will have time to visit the city monuments, explore the different "bairros", relax by the river or take the train to the beach!! We strongly recommend you make a short holiday out of this trip before or after the meeting.

There are a variety of hotels within walking distance of the CCB and there is easy and regular transport from this part of town to the other busy areas. We recommend early booking of your room to avoid disappointment (Lisbon gets busy in the Summer!).

The closing dinner and party will be within the cloisters of the old royal palace in Terreiro do Paço where you will be able to enjoy the best of Portuguese food and wine as well as an ECVS performance especially put together for the occasion…..(you will need to attend to discover more but we can assure you, it will not disappoint).

We have also prepared a diverse and interesting partners’ programme for those interested to explore two main cultural sites near Lisbon: Sintra village is a UNESCO world heritage site and forms one of the most spectacular cultural sceneries in Europe full of castles and palaces that are so enchanting that they all seem to come straight from fantasy books. A visit to the coastal village of Cascais or a morning at Guincho beach are also programed to enthuse your family or friends to join us in Lisbon.

We aim to make our meeting and your trip as pleasant as possible.  Please visit our ECVS website on a regular basis for changes and information -  so stay tuned and get excited!

Susana Monteiro, Luís Lamas, Ana Marques and David Vicente

Our thanks go to Turismo de Lisboa and Turismo de Portugal for their support and assistance. 


For more information on Lisbon, its sights and the beautiful coast - please visit the official Lisbon tourist website.

see video about Lisbon 

TAP is the official carrier for the 25th Annual Scientific Meeting

For online booking with TAP we have the following reservation code:  IT16TPCG47

please note the preliminary guidelines:

  • TAP Portugal will grant a discount to all participants of the conference who make their flight booking and buy their ticket exclusively through TAP's website.
  • To make your booking please follow these steps: www.flytap.com
  • select flights and dates
  • insert the event code in the Promotion/Congress Code Box, located on the left side of the webpage
  • 10% for all economy class fares
  • 20% for all business class fares

(Please note that the discount is applicable over any fare, including promotional fares)

  • The payment will always be by credit card or any other option available on the website.
  • Bookings made previously through travel agencies or at TAP desks are not eligible for the discount
  • This discount will apply to all TAP destinations and only on TAP operated flights. Code-share flights operated by other airlines and other airlines flights do not benefit from the discount.
  • The passengers can travel on dates comprehended 10 days before / 10 days after the event dates. Event dates must be comprehended in the period of travel.

In case of questions, please contact TAP Portugal by the following email: [email protected]

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Reservation of accommodation at the various hotels

We would like to give you the opportunity to profit from a reduced booking rate at the Novotel & Mercure  and the Corinthia as mentioned below. In these rates breakfast is included.

Please download the respective registration form and send it directly to the hotel of your choice. Please make your booking for flights and for the hotel as soon as possible.  If we have a larger group staying in these hotels there will be a shuttle organised in the morning to the CCB and in the evening back to the hotel -  (10min taxi <10euros/trip) or look for chain hotels near Avenida José Malhoa:

All prices including VAT and breakfast 

Hotel Corinthia Lisboa -  direct link to the booking system - reservation deadline is June 7th Novotel & Mercure - reservation form PDF - deadline May 31
single €145  € 90
double €169  € 99


Also, Lisbon has a vibrant and growing number of small hostels and  private guesthouses which we recommend you explore via the usual websites look for options in the Belém area or downtown (Baixa) where the tram will take directly to the congress centre.

Online registration
Click here to register online >    

Exhibitors / Sponsors
If you wish to register your interest as either as an exhibitor or sponsor, please log in to 'Your ECVS' and click 'Exhibitor / Sponsor Request' . If you do not have a login, please request one by contacting us at [email protected]

For your orientation, please refer to the enclosed floor plan and list of exhibitors and available booths.

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Spouse Programme

  • Friday | 8th July | Sintra Tour from 9h00 to 15h30          70 €

Sintra is one of Portugal's most beautiful destinations. You will take the bus directly to the stunning Pena Palace and get to know the luxurious gardens and the extravagant mixture of colors and stone cavings of this XIX century monument. Our trip will take you then to the lovely city center of Sintra for lunch and the visit of the National Palace of Sintra. Lunch, transportation, monuments entrance and guide are included.

  • Saturday | 9th July | Lisbon Coast Tour from 9h00 to 15h30          20  €

Cascais is a charming old fishing village that has become a sophisticated town. There are small museums, cool gardens and a beautiful marina. It’s golden beaches attracts sun-worshipping holidaymakers that will come to splash in the ocean so don't expect to get much sand to yourself at the weekend. Instead, if you want to taste the ocean breeze and the massive atlantic waves you will love Guincho beach, situated on the westfard facing side of the Lisbon coastline. This will provide a remote and wild setting. Transportation and guide are included; lunch is optional (20€).

Friday evening - boat transfer from Belém to the city center - an aperitif with typical Portugese wine and cheese will be served 

- and then free evening to explore the sites and nightlife of Lisbon 


Saturday evening highlight - Farewell party at the Pátio da Galé

Large Animal 

Wednesday 6th of July - Wetlab - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (FMV) - University of Lisbon

Equine arthroscopy, bursoscopy and tenoscopy - see more

C. Kawcak, M. Smith, R. Smith, D. Richardson
supported by Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG

Equine sinus endoscopy and laser surgery - see more

B. Woodie, J. Perkins, L. Vlaminck, A. Fürst
supported by Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG



Thursday 7th of July - Drylab - Centro Cultural de Belém CCB

-  exclusively for residents

ECVS Examination - what to expect? 
C.Tessier and P. Clegg

Resident training session: Bovine case discussion
14:00 – 16:00, CCB
K. Nuss and L. Vlaminck

Target group: Large animal residents only and preferrably examination candidates or residents submitting their credentials 
During this 2-hour session before the start of the congress, a specific training in one of the domains of veterinary surgery will be organized just for residents. After the successful past three years of bovine,  equine orthopaedics and equine soft tissue sessions we restart with the three year turn this time again bovine cases being the topic of the fourth large animal resident training session. A former exam committee member specialized in the field of bovine surgery will present clinical cases and ask specific questions on diagnostic methods and differential diagnosis, approach to the case, treatment, prognosis….Afterwards, all answers are presented followed by an interactive discussion about the cases.

Small Animal

Pre-congress courses


Thursday 7th of July Drylabs - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (FMV) - University of Lisbon

NPWT & Surgical Stapling 
supported by Infiniti Medical
B. Culp


Tracheal, Urethral & Ureteral Stenting
supported by Infiniti Medical 
B. Culp

12.30 - 15:30 

Thursday 7th of July Wetlab - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (FMV) - University of Lisbon

Small animal laparascopy - Wetlab
supported by  Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG
B. van Goethem, M.Jimenez Pelaez 

08.00-16.00   see more

Thursday 7th of July - Centro Cultural de Belém CCB

-  exclusively for residents

ECVS Examination - what to expect?

Resident training session: case discussion
14:00 – 16:00, CCB
G. Chanoit and R. Whitelock

Target group: Small animal residents only and preferrably examination candidates or residents submitting their credentials Several examples of Orthopaedic/Neurology and Soft Tissue case based and practical questions will be shown. This will also be the opportunity for you to ask questions.This session is open to all trainees but will be most valuable for senior residents, residents who have just submitted their credentials and for candidates retaking part I (case-based) and / or II (practical) of the examination.

subject to changes  /  06.06.2016 / ws

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