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The VECCS is an Affiliate Member of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) and a member of the WSAVA Assembly. The WSAVA mission has the global mission of sharing information and knowledge among organization around the world and has many initiatives working through its committees and task forces. One of the recent and most important initiative was development and activation of the Global Pain Council (GPC) which our own Dr Karol Mathews, chaired. The GPC met at IVECCS in Nashville to kick off their program which culminated this year with Guidelines for the Recognition, Assessment and Management of Pain at World Congress in Bangkok. Dr Stamp represented VECCS as one of the organizations endorsing the Guidelines.


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Congratulations to Amy Breton, CVT, VTS (ECC) for being voted as the WVC Veterinary Technician Continuing Educator of the Year! If you have not had a chance to hear her lecture, make sure you do next time! She will be speaking at IVECCS this year as well!


The 2015 VECCS Spring Symposium held at the Marriott Los Suenos, Heredia, Costa Rica was attended by 216 registrants accompanied by 70 guests.  Registration was capped at this number due to meeting room capacity.  Attendees received 16 hours of RACE approved CE and enjoyed the breathtaking setting of the Costa Rican coast, a variety of ecotourism excursions, jungle tours, sunshiny days, and the very warm Costa Rican hospitality.

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The Board of Directors of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society are honored to offer the Steve Haskins Memorial Scholarship available to current VECCS members for 2015. Dr. Haskins was a pioneer of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, and his untimely passing remains a huge loss for our profession and society. He was truly an amazing individual who remained a tireless force for the improvement of the lives of animals through advancement of veterinary emergency and critical care.

Application Documents
•    Resident Scholarship Application
•    Technician Scholarship Application
•    Mentor/Supervisor Endorsement Submission Form

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide support for eligible VECCS members who may not otherwise be able to attend (due to financial limitations) the International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Symposium. Dr. Haskins was the only individual to have spoken at every IVECCS meeting, and was presented the President's Award at IVECCS 2013 to recognize his unique contributions to our Society and specialty. This scholarship was first awarded to eight recipients in 2014 as a way for VECCS to give back to our profession and support our members.

Qualified Individuals - Two Specific Groups May Apply:
•    Residents in good standing in the first or second year of an ACVECC-approved residency training program.  Must also be a current VECCS member in good standing at the time of application.
•    Licensed veterinary technicians engaged in emergency or emergency/critical care practice for no less than three years.  Must also be a VECCS member in good standing at the time of application.
NOTE: If you have received an award in the past, you are not eligible to receive another award.

Scholarship Details:
•    Scholarship Value: Approximately $1,700 per recipient. Each recipient will receive a $500 stipend to cover travel and incidental costs plus complimentary four night hotel stay at an IVECCS-approved conference hotel location, IVECCS 2015 registration, and one year VECCS membership for the year following the meeting.
•    Number of scholarships: Four scholarships for technicians and four scholarships for residents will be awarded for 2015.

Application Requirements:
•    Submit a completed application form. (Links for specific forms for residents and technicians are below.)
•    Nomination form in support of application emailed from primary supervisor (technician) or resident mentor (ACVECC residents). (Link for specific form for mentor/supervisor nomination is below.)
•    Completed application and mentor/ supervisor nomination forms should be emailed to Dr. Cole Taylor, Treasurer, VECCS, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , by saving your completed form to your computer and emailing the form from your email address. Alternatively, an image of the completed form can be captured and emailed.

Recipients will be determined by way of a point system:
Each application will be ranked based on a point system.  The maximum number of points that may be earned is 15 (technicians) and 14 (residents).  The four highest ranked applicants in each category (residents, technicians) will receive scholarships.  A lottery will be used if more than four individuals in each category have maximum point scores.                        

Technicians Point System:
•    VTS-ECC certified (2 points)
•    Past IVECCS presentations (1 point for each year with a max of 5 points)
•    Prior work for IVECCS (moderator, technician, etc.) or VECCS committee work (1 point for each year with a max of 5 points)
•    VECCS member in consecutive years prior to scholarship application year (1 point per consecutive year for max of 3 points)

Residents Point System:
•    Current 2nd Year (will be 3rd year at time of IVECCS) - 2 points
•    Current 1st Year (will be 2nd year at time of IVECCS) - 1 points
•    Presented at prior IVECCS (2 points)
•    Submitted an abstract, poster, case report or resident focus presentation for upcoming IVECCS (2 points)
•    Prior work for IVECCS (moderator, etc.) or committee work (1 point for each year with a max of 5 points)
•    VECCS/ SVECC member in consecutive years prior to scholarship application year (1 point per consecutive year for max of 3 points

Date Target:
Applications will be accepted through May 15, 2015, 9:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time. Scholarship recipients will be notified by June 5, 2015.

NOTE: Only the named recipient can use this award for the current meeting year (IVECCS 2015). If you know that you are not able to attend the meeting for 2015, please do not apply. If you receive the award and are unable to use the award for 2015 for any reason, your award will be forfeited and the award will be made to the next eligible person from the applicant pool. If you have agreed to participate in IVECCS 2015 to a level that your travel expenses are already paid to include airfare and hotel, please do not apply for this award.

Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS) Educational Speaker Grants are available to state and local veterinary medical associations, veterinary technician medical associations and other national and international non-profit groups that organize continuing education courses. This Grant is to be used to provide financial support for speaker compensation for emergency and critical care related continuing education. Individual $600 grants will be awarded to ten different organizations per calendar year, and will be applied exclusively toward speaker honorarium costs. This Grant is given in support of the VECCS mission, which is to provide a forum for collaboration of all individuals interested and involved with veterinary emergency and critical care medicine and surgery, and to promote the advancement of knowledge and high standards of practice in veterinary emergency medicine and critical patient care.  

The organization must complete the application below.  The emergency and critical care topics can be surgical, medical, or practice management related. Speakers must be members in good standing of the VECCS.  The organization can select the speaker, or request a list of names of VECCS member speakers and topics.

The completed application must be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  A decision will be made within 60 days of application.