IVECCS 2018 – A SELL-OUT: OVER 4000 ATTENDEES

IVECCS 2018 – A SELL-OUT: OVER 4000 ATTENDEES

IVECCS 2018 – A SELL-OUT: OVER 4000 ATTENDEES

Event: 24th International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Symposium (IVECCS), September 14–18, 2018, held at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans drew a record attendance of over 3400 registrants for the scientific program. Registration was capped and closed August 17 in consideration of total meeting room capacity. This was the 30th IVECCS, the first of which was conducted in September 1988 in San Antonio.

The continued strong interest in emergency and critical care and the high quality of education at IVECCS attracts attendees from all over the world.  The spacious Hyatt Regency in downtown New Orleans was the setting this year for the outstanding scientific program, and made IVECCS 2018 something very special. This was the largest IVECCS ever held with 3438 registered veterinarians, technicians, students, and managers, as well as 575 Exhibitors, 71 Job Fair representatives, and 157 guests; total attendance number was 4291. Affiliate organizations ACVECC, AVECCT, ACVAA, AVTAA, AVHTM and IVAPM again met at IVECCS to hold their annual meetings.

At the General Session Dr. Elisa Mazzaferro (Cornell University) was recognized and presented the Dr. Ira M. Zaslow VECCS Distinguished Service Award (see story below), for her dedicated and long-time service to IVECCS, VECCS and ACVECC. Dr. Jan Kovacic, a long-time VECCS and ACVECC member gave the Knowles Memorial Lecture, an historical perspective of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care over the last 40 years. Dr, Gary Stamp was honored with an award in his name from ACVECC for his dedication and contribution to the advancement of veterinary emergency and critical strengthening the bond between VECCS and ACVECC.

The scientific program received high praise for the clinical relevant and practical content, while also presenting 100 research abstracts and several advanced session tracks. The theme for IVECCS ’18 was “Trauma Management in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care” with several lectures and workshops focused on the various aspects of this topic. The program was very diversified with different levels of presentations, i.e., general, fundamental, specialist and VECCSpert (advanced practitioner) sessions. Over 75 workshops and labs were conducted to maximize interactive learning and hands-on participation; 90% of the 2780 seats for these sessions were sold out.

Program Highlights: (1) Pre-symposium day included Multidisciplinary Review (MDR) lecture tracks for veterinarians and technicians, an IVAPM pain management review session, case studies of trauma surgical emergencies, a leadership program presented by Dr Wendy Hauser who discussed developing non-medical proficiencies and leadership skills in the workplace as well as associated challenges confronting the practice leaders. In the Veterinarian MDR, over 240 veterinarians heard reviews of coagulation, CPR, shock, transfusion medicine, pulmonary ultrasound and more. Approximately 80 technicians attended the Technician MDR which provided discussions on fluid therapy, feeding tubes, coagulation, electrolytes and much more. The ACVAA also conducted a day-long MDR for their ACVAA residents. (2) Research Abstracts and Posters: ACVECC and ACVAA collectively presented nearly 100 abstracts covering a range of small animal, large animal and exotics topics. Twenty-three poster abstracts were also presented and awards were given for several abstract categories.  (3) Emergency medicine tracks included bleeding emergencies, management of neuro trauma, diagnosis and therapy for respiratory emergencies, and various trauma management presentations.  (4) Fluid therapy: Several presentations were given on a variety of fluid therapy topics to include updates on selection of fluids, colloids versus crystalloids, hydroxyethylstarch and AKI, and fluid overload. (5) Anesthesia and Analgesia: Special topics on tissue injury and post nerve pain, regional and local anesthesia protocols and use of opioids for pain management.  (6) Special Sessions included: Diagnostic imaging that highlighted Global FAST modalities, antimicrobial use in emergency medicine, coagulation and transfusion medicine challenges in the ER; (7) Major highlight was the comprehensive RECOVER program on CPR which included lectures, dry-labs, certification sessions and this year the first CPR battle.

A CPR battle took place on Monday with 8 teams competing to demonstrate their proficiency and effectivness at administering CPR using simulators. Dr, Meredith t’Hoen and the RECOVER team led by Drs. Fletcher and Boller, and Ken Yagi, RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM) organized and conducted the event. The BluePearl Tampa team won the very spirited competition.

Large Animal Program:  The Large Animal sessions at IVECCS 2018 were fantastic, offering a little of something for everyone! The speakers this year included Dr. Gary Magdesian, the T. Douglas Byars Boehringer Ingelheim Equine Emergency & Critical Care Educator of the Year Award recipient, who spoke on several engaging topics including pharmacology and antimicrobial selection in the ICU, physiology of IV fluids, and perspectives on prematurity and renal disease in the neonatal foal, . Fabulous guest speakers included Dr. Gayle Hallowell, who spoke on comparative treatment of traumatic brain injury, ophthalmic emergencies, and analgesia in the trauma patient, and Dr. Britta Leise who educated a diverse group of attendees on her insights into management of complicated wounds and pain management. We also had a wonderful host of speakers presenting cutting-edge research in the abstract session.  Other well-received sessions included esophageal emergencies, equine anesthetic recovery, advances in treatment of ileus, robotic CT in emergency cases, respiratory emergencies, postoperative fever, and hemoperitoneum to name just a few.  Next year’s program promises another outstanding collection of speakers and topics, so do not miss us in D.C.!!

Technician Program: IVECCS 2018 was our most successful yet for veterinary technicians, attracting a record 1178 veterinary technicians to attend an outstanding lecture and lab program! Sixty technician candidates sat for the AVECCT examination. The conference started with the Technician MDR which was very well-attended and received. The technician program went into full swing with two lecture tracks and one morning Masterclass and Mini-Workshop, followed by an afternoon lab each day. The lecture tracks were divided into General, Advanced, or Specialty levels to ensure that there was something for everyone. The AVTAA had a two-day track comprised of lectures and a lab. Technicians flocked to New Orleans despite recent weather disasters to join world-class speakers, providing high-level, cutting-edge talks. Major technician events included two luncheons, sponsored by BluePearl, and Hill’s, a joint ACVECC-VTS Reception, sponsored by BluePearl and Dechra.  The AVECCT Pinning Ceremony, co-sponsored by Hill’s and Bayer, was extremely well attended with 200 technicians present, and new members were pinned.  The 2018 AVECCT Specialty Technician of the Year Award was presented to AVECCT Member Angel Rivera, of Milwaukee, for his outstanding contributions to AVECCT and Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.

Practice Management Program:  IVECCS 2018 provided solid proof that supporting veterinary practice leaders is a priority for the conference organizers.  The program included four days of lectures and workshops.

Friday, September 14, was our pre-symposium Leadership Development track featuring Dr. Wendy Hauser.  As a practice owner Dr. Wendy understands that a successful practice requires leadership behaviors from all members of the team, yet leadership skills do not come naturally for everyone. Dr. Wendy spent the day providing valuable information related to personality types, communication techniques, motivation, generational differences and critical conversations.

Saturday, September 15 was an “in the trenches” day.  Recruiting is a hot topic so a half day workshop was dedicated to recruiting strategies.  Who knew a four hour workshop on OSHA could go so fast?  OSHA is much less intimidating after hearing Brandon Hess’s approach.  Three hours of the day was focused on training techniques and establishing an education coordinator in your practice.  Ken Yagi , RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM) and Dr. Nicolette Zarday won over even the most skeptical attendees when they talked about the concept of an “Open Hospital”, or having clients “in the back”.  Real life examples from their own practice, including video and photos, provided outstanding evidence that the benefits of an “Open Hospital” far exceed the drawbacks.  Watch for more on this topic in 2019.

Sunday, September 16 and Monday, September 17 IVECCS brought back a favorite speaker; Dr. Charlotte Lacroix.  Her well attended talks on corporate consolidation, negotiations and human resource dilemmas were filled with Dr. Lacroix’s usual insight and straight forward commentary.  Other sessions addressed air quality and other HVAC considerations for new construction and renovation projects, controlling inventory costs, common mistakes made by new managers and how to increase revenue without working harder.

Professional Wellness:  IVECCS has been offering lectures related to professional wellness for several years but 2018 was the first year that an entire, full day track was dedicated to the topic and, not surprisingly, the track was well attended.  Sandra Brackenridge was our primary speaker for the day.  Sandra is a social worker in the veterinary profession so her advice and example were highly relevant and, without a doubt, will be valuable to all those who participated.  Another favorite speaker; Dr. Marie Holowaychuk, gave an enlightening presentation on overcoming perfectionism.

Ethics and Beyond:  Ethics sessions are not new to IVECCS but 2018 was the first year that an entire day was filled with intriguing topics related to ethics.  Our speaker for the day was Dr. Katherine Goldberg. Dr. Goldberg addressed challenging dilemmas such as end of life care, medical futility and the criticalist’s role in palliative care, to name just a few.  Dr. Goldberg took attendees on an introspective yet practical journey that should be required curriculum for each and every veterinary professional.  As one attendee put it; “I wish I could bring Dr. Goldberg into my practice to lecture to my team on a monthly basis.”  The day ended with an extraordinary ethics panel discussion that included Dr. Lisa Moses, Dr. Goldberg, Dr. Holowaychuk, Dr. Lacroix and Sandra Brackenridge.  It was a two hour session yet the audience would have stayed for more if the day were not coming to an end.

Wet Labs and Workshops:  IVECCS is well known for the exceptional number of hands-on workshops and wet labs available to attendees. This year’s symposium offered over 75 interactive, small group workshops which included dry labs, panels, and five wet labs. The dry lab/workshops provided interactive training on CPR/resuscitation train the trainer, basic and advanced ventilation management, airway management, wound management, emergency procedures, regional anesthesia techniques, advanced anesthesia monitoring and advanced trauma life-support (ATLS)….and much, much more.

5K Fun Run/Walk: The traditional 5K Fun Run/Walk (sponsored by CardioVet) occurred Sunday morning at sunrise along the Mississippi riverfront near the new Orleans French Quarter.  Nearly 150 participants enjoyed a beautiful New Orleans morning. Medals were awarded to winners in male and female age brackets.

Job Fair: As every year, the Job Fair was sold out – with 47 practices participating and well over 1000 attendees visiting the spirited teams at their booths. All possible spaces were sold and several practices were on the waiting list. Book early next year!

IVECCS Proceedings:  The IVECCS ’18 proceedings are available for purchase in book or flash drive format. The comprehensive 900 page proceedings includes the lecture presentations as well as over 100 ACVECC and ACVAA abstracts. See the web site to order online at www.veccs.org.

(1) Hill’s Dr. Jack Mara ACVECC Achievement Award: This award is given annually by ACVECC to a veterinarian in recognition of his/her exceptional contribution in a particular specialty area. The 2018 award for outstanding achievement was presented to Justine Lee, DVM, DACVECC, VETgirl, LLC, Saint Paul, MN, for her work related to Toxicology.  Award sponsored by Hill’s.

(2) Ira M Zaslow Distinguished Service Award: Elisa Mazzaferro, MS, DVM, PhD, DACVECC, was the recipient of this most prestigious award for 2018.  Dr. Mazzaferro is a Staff Criticalist at the Cornell University Veterinary Specialists and Adjunct Professor  of Emergency-Critical Care, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. She is known internationally for her accomplishments as a lecturer and author.

(3) 2018 T. Douglas Byars Boehringer Ingelheim Equine Emergency & Critical Care Educator of the Year Award: Presented to K. Gary Magdesian, BS, DVM, Professor

Medicine & Epidemiology for the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. He has published extensively in the field of equine critical care. Dr. Magdesian was selected by a vote of the VECCS membership.

 

(4) Practice Manager of the Year Recognition: The 3rd Annual VECCS Practice Manager of the Year Award was presented to Marta Jackson, General Manager at Canada West Veterinary Specialists & Critical Care Hospital, during the Practice Manager luncheon. Sponsored by Nationwide Insurance.

 

(5) 2018 ACVECC Research Grant: A $ 9,980 research grant was awarded to “Melissa Claus and colleagues at the College Health Research Group, Comparative Health Research Group at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Murdoch University, for “The Use of Deferoxamine to reduce the inflammatory response in dogs with hemorrhagic shock treated with stored packed red blood cells”.  Dr. Lisa Smart, pictured, accepted the award for Dr. Claus.

(6) 2018 VECC Foundation Research Grant: A $8,298 grant was awarded to Amelia Munsterman, DVM, DACVS, DACVECC, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, for “Non-invasive Measurement of Gastrointestinal Myoelectrical Activity with Unipolar Electrodes in Horses”.

 

(7) Resident Small Animal Abstract Award:  Given jointly by VECCS/ACVECC, was presented to Brittany Enders, DVM, resident at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.  Her 2018 abstract presentation was entitled, “Repeated infusions of lyophilized canine albumin safely and effectively increases serum albumin and colloid oncotic pressure in healthy dogs”. Dr. Ender’s abstract was part of the ACVECC Residents Abstracts program and a $500 stipend accompanied the award.  Sponsored by Pathway Vet Alliance.

(8) Large Animal Resident Abstract Award: Awarded to Alicia Long, DVM, Penn Vet New Bolton Center, Avondale, PA. Dr. Long’s research paper was entitled “The Prognostic Value of Clinical Criteria to Define Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS) In Neonatal Foals”.  A $500 cash stipend accompanied the award.  Award sponsored by Mila International.

 

 

(9) Poster Abstract Award: Presented to Hendrik Lehman, DVM, JLU Giessen, Giessen, Hesse, Germany, for his project “Prospective comparative quality control study of a novel gravity-driven hollow-fiber whole blood separation system for the production of canine blood products”.  A $500 cash stipend accompanied the award.  Award sponsored by Abaxis.

(10) Best Case Report Award: Pia Martiny, DVM, Cornell University Hospital for Animals, Ithaca, NY, was selected as the winner of the small animal case report presentation. Title of her case report was “ Placement of a Temporary Cholecystostomy Tube to Relieve Pancreatic EHBDO in a Dog“. Dr. Martiny received a stipend of $300 cash for this award.

(11) Best Technician Case Report Award: Rachel Feuerstein, LVMT, University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine, Knoxville, TN, was recognized by an AVECCT Panel for presenting the most outstanding technician case report. Her case was entitled “The Troublesome Tale of a Shunted Schnauzer”.  A $300 cash stipend was awarded.  Award sponsored by Animal Blood Resources International.

(12) ACVAA Abstract Award: Two awards were presented. First place small animal recipient was Dr. Kathryn Zatroch, for “Evaluation of atipamezole as treatment for dexmedetomidine-induced cardiovascular depression in anesthetized cats”.  First place large animal recipient was Dr. Kelley Varner, University of Pennsylvania – Ryan Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, for “Efficacy of alveolar recruitment in anesthetized horses ventilated with Heliox or 30% oxygen/ 70% nitrogren”. Award sponsored by Smiths Medical/Surgivet.

(13) Hill’s Pet Nutrition Disaster Relief Award: Dr. Lorna Lanman was a highly successful small animal practice owner in Illinois and Arizona when in 1996 she became struck by the commitment to devote much of her time and talents to Disaster Relief and joined the newly formed Veterinary Medical Assistant Team (VMAT). Over twenty years she has deployed in support of Hurricanes Floyd, Katrina, Rita, Sandy (and others); to wildfires in New Mexico and California; to support foreign animal disease outbreaks in the US and England. She provided support to New York and Pennsylvania after 911 and has supported Federal and state government agencies to include US Secret Service, USDA, DOD and the states of Arizona and Virginia. She has been absolutely tireless and totally selfless in dedicating herself to helping others in time of desperate need. No one person has given of their professional and personal energies and talents as Dr. Lorna Lanman. We are proud to recognize her as the first recipient of Hill’s Pet Nutrition Disaster Relief Award.

(14) The Dr Gary L Stamp Award for supporting the Advancement of Emergency and Critical Care  was conferred on Dr Stamp by ACVECC and VECCS for his many years of extraordinary commitment to advancing EM/CC and collegiality around the world. Dr Stamp was a founding member of both the VECCS and ACVECC and served as President of both. He also co-founded IVECCS in 1988 and received the VECCS Zaslow Distinguished Service Award in 1996. Dr Stamp has been the VECCS Executive Director since 1999.

VETERINARY EMERGENCY AND CRITICAL CARE SOCIETY

The VECCS held a Board of Directors meeting at IVECCS on Thursday, September 13, and the Annual General Membership meeting was conducted Monday, September 17. Several issues were discussed and the highlights include: membership is nearly 5700 (5653) and is nearly the same as last year; finances are very strong with a balance sheet as of December 31, 2017, of $5,394.020 compared to $4,486,339 in 2016, which is a 20% increase in total equity over end of year 2016; JVECC impact factor improved from 1.17 in 2016 to 1.29 in 2017; facility certifications and recertification have brought the total to 82 approved with 17 being added this year; several  starting the recertification phase as well. More on-line CE is available as a member benefit and more is planned. VECCS Social Media activity has resulted in greatly expanded exposure and visibility of the society, particularly for IVECCS where several interviews and videos were obtained. The BOD agreed to join with ACVECC to form a task force to address the issues relating to the ER veterinarian and technician shortages.

Drs Messenger and Johnson updated members on the transition of the Executive Director position and status of hiring the new CEO.

Dr Johnson was recognized for his six years’ service on the BOD and his many significant contributions.

Officials:  President – Linda Martin, Pullman, WA; President-Elect -– Elisa Mazzaferro, Ithaca, NY; Immediate Past-President – Robert Messenger, Charlotte, NC; Treasurer – Chris Gray, East Lansing, MI; Recording Secretary – Kenichiro Yagi, Los Altos, CA; Executive Director – Gary Stamp, San Antonio, TX; Members-at-Large – Julie Dechant, Davis CA; Steven Epstein, Davis, CA.

AMERICAN COLLEGE OF VETERINARY EMERGENCY AND CRITICAL CARE

The 2018 ACVECC Certification Examination was held September 12 & 13, at the Hyatt Regency – New Orleans, Louisiana.  Eighty-seven (87) candidates sat for the examination.

The Exam Reception was held Thursday evening, September 13th, in the Hyatt’s Empire Foyer.  The Annual Regents Business Meeting was held at IVECCS on Thursday, September 13th.  The Annual Diplomate Business Luncheon Meeting and the ACVECC Diplomate Reception were held on Sunday, September 16th.

At the General Session Award Ceremony, Saturday, September 15th, ACVECC and VECCS proudly conferred upon Dr. Gary Stamp, The Dr. Gary Stamp Award, in recognition of his commitment and support of the advancement of emergency and critical care medicine. Justine A. Lee, DVM, DACVECC, DABT, was presented with the 2018 Hill’s ACVECC Jack Mara Scientific Achievement Award for “Toxicology.”

Officials: Daniel Fletcher, Ithaca, NY, President; Elisa Mazzaferro, Stamford, CT, Immediate Past-President; Ken Drobatz, Philadelphia, PA, President-Elect; Beth Davidow, Seattle, WA, Vice-President; Scott Shaw, Oxford, MA, Treasurer; Armelle de Laforcade, North Grafton, MA, Executive Secretary; Regents: Deb Silverstein, Philadelphia, PA; Greg Lisciandro, Spicewood, TX; Maureen Luschini, East Syracuse , NY; Daniela Bedenice, North Grafton, MA; James Barr, College Station, TX; Marie Kerl, Columbia, MO.

 

ACADEMY OF VETERINARY EMERGENCY AND CRITICAL CARE TECHNICIANS

In conjunction with IVECCS, the 21st certification examination was administered to 60 candidates. The Academy also held a pinning ceremony and reception for the class of 2017.

The technician program was well attended and received and AVECCT would like to acknowledge the generous support from industry sponsors and VECCS for the scientific and social programs.

Angel Rivera, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was the worthy recipient of the Technician of the Year Award for 2018.  Angel is a hugely well respected ambassador for AVECCT and has been beyond dedicated to the establishment and success of the academy.

The annual Board of Directors meeting was held prior to IVECCS and the General Membership meeting took place during the conference.  All committee reports were ratified and the current Board of Directors were introduced.

Officials: President – Louise O’Dwyer, Manchester, United Kingdom; President-Elect – Megan Brashear, Portland, Oregon; Immediate Past-President – Amy Newfield, Tewksbury, MA; Treasurer – Ken Yagi, San Jose, CA; Executive Secretary – Andrea Steele, Ontario, Canada; Members-at-Large – Justin Chandler –  Matawan, NJ; Jess Kerr, Clifton, NJ; Katy Waddell, College Station, TX.

 

AMERICAN COLLEGE OF VETERINARY ANESTHESIA AND ANALGESIA

Program: The ACVAA program at IVECCS 2018 included thirty two abstracts reporting the results of original scientific studies were presented.  The SmithsMedical/SurgiVet Resident Abstract Award for a small animal abstract was given to Dr. Kathryn Zatroch, Cornell University for “ Evaluation of atipamazole as treatment for dexmedetomidine -induced cardiovascular depression in anesthestized cats”. The large animal abstract award went to Dr. Kelley Varner, University of Pennsylvania New Bolton Center, for “Efficacy of alveolar recruitment in anesthetized horses ventilated with Heliox or 30% oxygen/70% nitrogen”. There were two days of ACVAA Special Focus lectures that included topics on Massive Transfusion and Transfusion Reactions by Drs. Juan Duchesne and Steven Spitalnik; Evaluation of Novel Analgesics and Methods of Assessing Pain in Non-Human Species by Dr. Nick Andrews; Anatomic and Molecular Mechanisms of Inhaled Anesthetics, Intracranial Pressure Changes in Different Species, by Dr. Robert Brosnan;  Liposomal Encapsulated Bupivacaine by Dr. Alan Kaye;  and Gastroesophageal Reflux, by Dr. Peter Pascoe and Dr. Debbie Wilson. The attending diplomates, technicians, residents and students were also able to attend a wide variety of lectures on critical care, practice management and mental health. Both dry and wet laboratories were held on basic and advanced regional anesthesia techniques under the leadership of ACVAA Diplomates.  The ACVAA meeting was preceded by a full day of Resident Boards Review, provided by diplomates of the ACVAA.

2018 New Diplomates: Sixteen new diplomates who successfully completed the certifying examination in Chicago, June 1-3, 2018 were announced and introduced at the ACVAA Diplomate Business meeting. The new Diplomates are Drs. Molly Allen, Barbara Ambros, Julie Balko, Chiara Hampton, Lauren Duffee, Kristen Fizzano, Jennie Haan, Ayako Oda, Diego Portella, Denise Radkey, Rebecca Reader, Christopher Smith, Melissa Smith, Hilary Shipley, Alicia Skelding, and Sharon Tenenbaum.

Business:  Fifty-three diplomates attended the Annual Business meeting in person or via web-based conferencing.  Dr. Kirby Pavloske from Jurox, who is also the President-Elect of NAVAS preceded the President’s presentation with a short discussion on Alfaxalone and NAVAS. Dr. Christine Egger, President of the ACVAA delivered a PowerPoint presentation:  New Diplomates were introduced and Drs. Claudio Natalini and Sarah Shane from Mississippi State University, were named the recipient of the 2018 ACVAA Research Grant; Dr. Cynthia Trim was awarded the 2018 ACVAA Career Achievement Award; and Dr. Doris Dyson was awarded the President’s Award for Meritorious Service to the ACVAA; A memorial tribute to Dr. William Lumb who passed away in February was included.  Other business that was discussed included the results of the 2018 certifying exam; some ACVAA Bylaws amendment language changes to be voted on by the membership at the end of 2018, the ACVAA Financial report, and the newly incorporated North American Veterinary Anesthesia Society (NAVAS).  Nominees for 2018 Executive Secretary and Region 2 and Region 5 Board of Directors positions were announced and the floor was open for any additional nominations.

Officials : President, Dr. Christine Egger, Knoxville, TN; President-Elect,  Colin Dunlop, Gladesville, Australia;  Executive Secretary,  Lynne Kushner, Portsmouth, RI.

 

ACADEMY OF VETERINARY TECHNICIANS IN ANESTHESIA AND ANALGESIA​

IVECCS 2018 was well attended by members of the AVTAA. .  A combined luncheon with ACVAA was held (sponsored by Midmark) where College and Academy members networked and discussed current issues facing both organizations. The ACVAA/AVTAA liaison committee, attended by Dr. Christine Egger, Dr. Odette O, Dr. Kirsten Wegner, Brenda Feller, Katy Waddell, Darci Palmer and Kim Spelts, met Friday evening and are looking forward to a very active and productive committee this year. The AVTAA held their certifying exam at the IVECCS conference where twenty-three applicants sat for the exam.  The annual AVTAA membership meeting was also held with 28 members in attendance.  The incoming president, Katy Waddell, outlined the main agenda items that she would like AVTAA to focus on for both short and long term goals

Officials:  President – Katy Waddell, College Station, TX ; President-Elect – Jennifer Sager, Gainesville, FL; Immediate Past-President – Kim Spelts, Colorado Springs, CO; Treasurer – Lynette DeGouff, Courtland, NY; Executive Secretary – Darci Palmer, Auburn, AL; Members-at-Large – Brynn Schmidt, Los Angeles, CA; Jody Nugent-Deal, Davis, CA; Amanda Shelby, Avon, IN.

VETERINARY EMERGENCY AND CRITICAL CARE FOUNDATION

Louisiana SPCA Spay/Neuter Day

On Thursday, September 13, the VECC Foundation partnered with the Louisiana SPCA and performed 64 spays and neuters on shelter animals as well as a feral cat population.  Basic veterinary care for a few animals was also provided and volunteers helped trouble shoot some complicated medical cases at the adoption center.

Special thank you to Purina, IDEXX, Zoetis and the IVECCS Lab Crew!

Planning is already underway for a project in Washington DC in 2019! Please contact the VECCF if you are interested in volunteering for this event:  info@veccs.org.

Fifth Annual VECCF K9 Emergency Care and CPR Course

On Friday, September 14, the VECC Foundation hosted its fifth annual K9 Emergency Care and CPR Course.  Over 30 first responders attended the all-day course that included both lecture and hands-on instruction. Our instructors covered topics such as anatomy, wound management, CPR in the field, exposure to toxins and common traumas.

A heartfelt thank you to those who volunteered their time to teach and to organize the event.  Space, refreshment breaks and lunch sponsored by Purina, VECCS and The Hyatt.

Foundation Fundraising Efforts

Our 2018 fundraising raffle raised over $12,000.  Some of the funds raised will help us cover expenses associated with the Louisiana SPCA project and our First Responder Course.  In addition, the VECC Foundation will designate a portion of the funds for The Dougie Fund for Disaster Relief, so that in the event of a natural disaster, money can be sent to veterinary practices and other animal care givers negatively impacted by disaster.  To donate to the VECC Foundation, please visit www.veccf.org.

The VECCF would like to recognize the following organizations for sponsoring raffle prizes:  Stamp Inc., VECCS, Sentier, Hallowell EMC and Animal Referral Center of WI.

The VECCF held their annual business meeting at IVECCS on Friday, September 14th.

VECCF Board:  Alyce D’Amato; President, Bill Smith; Past President, Deborah Silverstein; Secretary, Gary Stamp; Treasurer, Lorna Lanman, Deanne Pawlisch, Susan Barnes, Linda Martin, Christina Kotnaur and Libby Davidson.