Calling veterinary students!

Would you like the opportunity to attend the SPVS-VMG Congress, 23-35 January 2020 at Celtic Manor Resort, Newport? Read on to find out how you can join us a Room Monitor at this unmissable event in the veterinary calendar.

What is it?

The SPVS-VMG Congress is the UK’s leading non-clinical veterinary conference. Highlights for 2020 include:

  • Congress being opened this year by leading broadcaster and best-selling author, Clare Balding
  • A screening of Cal Major’s film Vitamin Sea, documenting her world record stand up paddle-boarding expedition from Land’s End to John O’Groats
  • The opportunity to meet and network with people across the veterinary industry
  • A focussed exhibition with plenty of space to relax whilst meeting a wide range of companies with advice on management, relevant products and business development
  • Congress taking place at 5-star Celtic Manor with its luxury spa, multiple restaurants, comfortable bedrooms and spacious bars. All Congress delegates are welcome to use these fabulous facilities

How you could be involved

We’re giving five veterinary students the opportunity to join us as Room Monitors at the event. As a Room Monitor, you will be allocated one of our lecture streams, dedicated to topics such as leadership, culture, marketing and profitability, along with tackling sustainability and adapting for the future. You would then oversee the following:

  • Meeting and greeting chairs and speakers
  • Overseeing audience get in, checking name badges and assisting late arrivals
  • Recording number of attendees for each session
  • Operating the audience microphone for the Q&A sessions
  • Encouraging the audience out as quickly as possible once sessions finish so that you can start to fill for the next
  • Assisting any sponsors with laying out handouts on chairs
  • Tidying the room between workshops

Once each session has commenced, you’re able to take a seat and enjoy the lectures.  This is a great opportunity to listen to some stimulating and pioneering content from speakers within the veterinary profession and beyond.

You would be required to do this for the entire lecture programme (10:40am-4:30pm on Friday 24 January and 9:00am-4:00pm on Saturday 25 January, with breaks in the exhibition for coffee and lunch). We would also request your assistance with delegate registration at the beginning of Congress.  At all other times, you would be free to take advantage of one of the many highlights detailed above.

In return, each Room Monitor will receive a full congress pass that includes complimentary refreshments, lunch and Friday evening happy hour in the exhibition.  You will also be provided with twin room bed and breakfast accommodation at the Coldra Court hotel for Thursday 23 and Friday 24 January.

You would need to be able to make your own way to Celtic Manor for Thursday 23 January, but it is easily accessible from the M4 by car or a short taxi ride from Newport station.


To be in with a chance of this opportunity, you must be a veterinary student in the third year of studies or beyond.  Simply email before 15 November 2019 with the following information:

  • Name
  • Contact number
  • Email address
  • Which veterinary school you attend and year that you are in

We will make a draw from all entries received, and inform you if you are to be involved shortly afterwards.

Student tickets

Even if  you’re not lucky enough to be selected, SPVS and VMG are offering a limited number of delegate passes at very special rate for students.  Book before 31 October to receive day and weekend tickets at half the regular price early bird price – just £115+vat for the day or £162.50+vat for the whole two days.  Post early bird prices are still a fantastic £125+vat for the day and £177.50+vat for the weekend.

 To register and for full details of the event, click here

Look forward to seeing you at Congress!