A scientific meeting
Each Spring the ECVO holds its annual congress in a major European city and every year it is organized over 4 days around a central topic. The starting point of each congress is the Continuing Education day, which offers the opportunity to listen to presentations from the most prestigious, world-leading researchers and clinicians, and culminates in the interactive and always stimulating ECVO Practical Slide Session of Hereditary Eye Diseases. This is followed by the two-day ECVO Meeting, which is comprised of numerous abstract presentations from all over the world and poster sessions. A State of the Art Lecture is one of the main highlights of the meeting and it is delivered by a special honorary guest, normally chosen among the most brilliant in the host country. The congress reaches its end with the ECVO Master Class sessions. A series of lectures on topics delegates can choose from and that sometimes include a wet-lab. Additional congress highlights include the announcement of the winners of the ECVO Grants (which fund research in areas of Veterinary Ophthalmology through ECVO residents/diplomates) and the ECVO Awards (given to the best scientific presentation and best poster).
A social meeting
The ECVO congress offers all of its delegates a great opportunity to meet friends from all over the world, make new ones, and visit representatives from the leading industry markets within a friendly and open atmosphere. Social events include a special reception, the ECVO Gala dinner, and the local culinary, historical and natural charm of the host city chosen each year.