History

Every spring the European Veterinary Conference Voorjaarsdagen is organized. In English, Voorjaarsdagen, means "Spring Days". Our conference has become an internationally acclaimed conference in companion animal medicine and surgery.

Since 1967, the Netherlands Association for Companion Animal Medicine (NACAM) has an annual Organised Companion Animal Conference for its members, non-members and veterinarians from abroad. With the passage of time, the conference has grown in popularity and size: the original one-day program has extended to three full days. The number of lectures has Increased to ten simultaneous sessions. Nowadays more than 1000 veterinarians attend this conference annually.

Veterinary technicians were also invited to the veterinary nurse program called the "DANS" during the European Veterinary Conference Voorjaarsdagen. Since 1996 this special program started consiting of lectures and practical sessions. Now the technicians program attracts about 800 veterinary technicians annually.

From 2001 onwards, Voorjaarsdagen hosts an Equine program. After very successful anniversary celebrations, the NEVA president, anniversary organizing committee and the Spring Day President agreed to Incorporate an equine program during Spring Day Conference. The two simultaneous session have eversince brought the best CPD. Close collaborations with NEVA, BEVA and the AAEP has made it possible to improve the program so that it has become the equine spring meeting of the year!

In 2013 the first edition of the Farm Animal scientific program was introduced during the Voorjaarsdagen. Together with the One Health program the conference now offers a complete view in veterinary medicine, covering all species, attracting all professionals working in the veterinary field.

Important private design of the Voorjaarsdagen Conference are to build friendship between veterinarians at a national and international level, to Enhance the quality and availability of veterinary medicine and surgery, and to foster the exchange of scientific information among veterinarians. The presence of our strong scientific backbone, the Department of Clinical Sciences of Companion Animals and the Department of Equine Sciences at Utrecht University and the Department of Farm Animal Health at Utrecht University, with its world - renowned scientists, gives us extreme confidence to present the best there is in the field of companion animal, equine and farm animal medicine and surgery.