This Congress was held at the Marriott Hotel in Central Knoxville and within walking distance from the University of Tennessee Veterinary School where some of the sessions were also held. It covered 4 days to accommodate the number of invited speakers and abstract presentations. The day before the Congress, a “Workshop on Regional Anaesthesia and Analgesia” was held sponsored, in part, by the newly formed IVAPM. Drs. Lynette Bester and Kenneth Joubert, from the University of Pretoria, presented the workshop. The afternoon of day 2 was spent at the local Museum of Appalachia Theme Park, where attendees were given a traditional-type meal and had the opportunity to visit the exhibits which depicted rural life of the early settlers in East Tennessee.In addition to the program proper, two parallel events took place at this Congress. Dr. Doris Dyson organized an Educational Exhibit with some interactive programs. Dr. Shauna Cantwell organized an interactive session with the Virtual Anesthesia Machine and this was a very popular feature with residents and graduate students.
The closing banquet was held on the final evening and was well attended. The Congress attracted 397 attendees from 39 countries, 19 invited speakers presented papers, 165 oral abstracts and posters were presented and 24 sponsors and exhibitors were in attendance. Countries represented were England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Check Republic, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Poland, Hungary, Greece, Turkey, Romania, Russia, Egypt, Republic of South Africa, Japan, India, Unites States of America, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Chile, Argentina, Columbia, Costa Rica, Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lank.