10 years HCAVS - 10 years FORUM
On Saturday and Sunday, 2 & 3 March 2019, the 10th Anniversary Forum of the Hellenic Companion Animal Veterinary Society (H.C.A.V.S.)successfully took place at the Wyndham Grand Athens Hotel, in Athens.
The opening ceremony was held on Saturday morning in the largest hall, which was filled with participants-veterinarians, representatives of companies-sponsors, members of the two university schools of Veterinary Medicine, as well as guests of honor of the Organizing Committee.
The ceremony was dedicated in the memory and the work of Professor Timoleon Rallis,who was President of the Society and a beloved friend. After the introduction of the Acting President of the H.C.A.V.S., Benjamin Albalas, the President of the Organizing Committee, Michael Chatzopoulos addressed the audience followed by the President of the Scientific Committee, Professor Dimitris Raptopoulos.The floor was then given to the President of the Department of Veterinary Medicine of the School of Health Sciences, Professor Nikos Papaioannou and to Errikos Tsipianitis, member of the Board of the Hellenic Veterinary Association, who spoke on behalf of the President of the Association, Athina Trachili.
We listened with particular attention and emotion to the speech of Timoleons’ daughter, Stella Ralli, who was invited to the event.
Professor Edward J. Hall, who was especially invited to the honorary event, delivered a speech of significant interest on “The present and the future of Gastroenterology”, in memory of Professor T. Rallis.
The 10th Forum took place in four halls, where different subject areas were addressed at the same time. Beyond the vast majority of sessions which concerned pathological conditions of every medical specialization concerning dogs and cats, there were also sessions on Equidae and Lagomorphs.
The innovations introduced in the 10th Forum were the following:
- The type of sessions called “Small Group Sessions”. These were held in one hall, on Saturday and Sunday, the whole day long
- The Dentistry Session -offered by the W.S.A.V.A.- which was successfully prepared by the School of Dentistry of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
- The Special Sessions -offered by the H.C.A.V.S.to the sponsors, in return for a successful cooperation,at all levels,in the ten years of the Society’s activities.
The foreign guest speakers expressed their satisfaction over the participation of their colleagues and thanked the Society for the organization and the scientific efficiency, respectively.
The 10th Forum leaves behind an amazing overview, both in terms of quality and quantity of subjects and participations.
The Forum received more than 750 participations, while the number of registrars in the scientific program was about 600 (500 veterinarians and 100 students of veterinary medicine). Especially in the Small Group Sessions, 140 participants registered and attended the sessions.
The Organizing and Scientific Committee of 10th Forum, as well as the Executive Board of the H.C.A.V.S., wishes to thank all the speakers warmly for their contribution to the great success of the Forum. A special word of thanks goes to the participant colleagues, who once again embraced the Society and the Forum with confidence! A heartfelt thank you also to all the commercial companies that sponsor and constantly support the Society’s work.
Last but not least, we wish to express our special thanks to our future colleagues, the students of the School of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Thessaly, who contributed to the success of the 10th Forum with their tireless voluntary work.
For 10 years now, the H.C.A.V.S. is supported by its Secretariat, which indefatigably, thoroughly and in full cooperation with the Executive Board, develops more and more expertise, contributing to the success of all the events organized by the Society.
Hon. Secretary, Executive Board of the HCAVS
President of the Organizing Committee of the 10th FORUM
H.C.A.V.S. EXECUTIVE BOARD
*HCAVS’s dear departed President Timoleon Rallis was also a member of both Committees
You can download the FINAL PROGRAMME which includes the detailed Scientific Program as pdf by clicking the link below.