The VECCS is collaborating with the Veterinary Information Network (VIN) to conduct a series of webinars covering  timely ER and ICU topics.  These educational webinars are FREE to VECCS members.

March 16, 2015, 8pm EST; Steve Mehler, DVM, DACVS
Traumatic Wounds: The Art of Debridement and Closure
This course will provide an introduction to the early wound environment secondary to trauma.  The golden rule alone is not enough information to justify leaving a wound open or closed.  The course will go over all of the factors involved in deciding which wounds should be closed primarily, the wounds that would benefit from delayed primary closure, and the wounds that require modern open wound management techniques. The pros and cons of the common wound dressings will be discussed.

April  27, 2015, 8pm EST; Tony Johnson, DVM, DACVECC
The Colloid Debate: Use Them or Lose Them?

Separating the data from the hyperbole when it comes to colloids and the recent colloid controversy is hard. Everyone has an agenda, and you can tease whatever meaning you like by cherry-picking studies that support your position, pro or con.  Colloids (synthetic ones, anyway) have long been known to have potential adverse effects, but the past two years have seen that murmur of warning about colloids become a scream, at least on the human side. It’s impossible to ignore and we should look at it very seriously.  The data for people is compelling, but people in ICU and pets in ICU are totally different.  The following statement from a recent JVECC article sums it up pretty well for me: “At present there is no veterinary literature or data to support the restriction or cessation of HES product use in small animal veterinary patients.”

May 25, 2015, Time TBD; Marie K. Holowaychuk, DVM, DACVECC
Canine and Feline Sepsis: Recognition, Treatment, and Prognosis

Sepsis is one of the leading causes of death in critically ill dogs and cats.  Attend this webinar to learn more about how to recognize and treat this challenging condition and use prognostic tools to help predict outcome.  Topics will include a review of SIRS criteria, source identification, laboratory and imaging abnormalities, and treatment options including fluid therapy, antibiotic selection, surgical intervention, anticoagulant therapy, vasopressor support, and supportive care.

June 22, 2015, Time 8pm EST; Dez Hughes, BVSc, DACVECC
Lactate: Getting the Most from Lactate and Venous Blood Gas/Metabolite Analysis
After 25 years of clinical experience and research using plasma lactate concentration in veterinary emergency and critical care patients it's great to see clinical use of lactate becoming mainstream. And that's simply because it is definitely useful in assessment, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis. But to get the most from measuring lactate we need to have a solid understanding of lactate pharmacokinetics: its production, distribution, metabolism and excretion. More important, perhaps, is how we interpret and use the changing values to guide our diagnostics, treatment and prognosis. To get the very most from lactate, particularly in venous blood samples, we need to interpret lactate in conjunction with pO2, CO2 and pH. Then we can really get the best picture of the metabolic state of the tissues in our emergency and critical patients.


Past VECCS/VIN Webinars are accessible through your VECCS Member home page at

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  2. Click on "MEMBER HOME"
  3. Scroll down and click "VIEW VECCS/VIN WEBINARS"
  4. To view past webinars, click "LIBRARY"


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