SVECCS exists to promote the education and involvement of veterinary students in all aspects of emergency and critical care medicine.


We are here to promote the education and involvement of veterinary students in all aspects of emergency and critical care medicine. We are the second largest student organization in many veterinary colleges. We are well known for our support of our chapters’ wet lab activities and exceptional student engagement. Here you will find information about specific SVECCS student chapters, educational and employment opportunities in emergency and critical care medicine, links and reference materials, as well as a number of other sources of information.

Our Mission

To provide our members with opportunities to advance their knowledge in medicine and surgery relating to the Emergency and Critical Care specialty.  Emphasis will be placed the importance of interdisciplinary approaches, teamwork, and communication to members of the community and professional within veterinary medicine.

Our Board

The National Board members are dedicated to helping veterinary students gain opportunity in the
Emergency & Critical Care specialty. We work hard year-round to keep you updated on events,
CE, conferences, externships/internships, etc.

The national board is composed of the following positions:
(1) NSVECCS Chairperson
(5) Board Members

The election cycle is from March to March on a two year term. As a National Board member,
you are required to work with VECCS on NSVECS initiatives, attend IVECCS as a student volunteer,
and the National SVECCS meeting that takes place at IVECCS.
As a NSVECCS board member, travel and accommodations will be subsidized by VECCS.

NSVECCS is a sub-organization of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS), NSVECCS works as a liaison and parent organization for the individual SVECCS chapters at various Colleges and Schools of Veterinary Medicine.
Exciting Announcement!

Put your mark on NSVECCS by creating our new logo!
NSVECCS is excited to announce a logo contest to create a standard logo for SVECCS chapters to use.

Please be creative but use the brand specs here, as a guide, to ensure the new NSVECCS logo will be on brand with VECCS!
Then, submit your fab design(s) here!

Your Generosity, Actualized

Your donation helps support VECCS Gives in fulfilling it’s mission of providing assistance and funding for projects that promote better care for animals in need.

Allocate Funds As You Desire

As you process your donation you will be given the following options:

  • General Donation: To be applied at the discretion of VECCS Gives. These donations go toward animal welfare, Working K9 support and other causes to which the committee sees fit.
  • The Dougie Fund (disaster relief): When disaster strikes, this fund provides supplies, funding and manpower to assist with relief efforts.
  • Scholarships: Supporting the future of ECC through scholarships for technician and veterinary students.
  • Grants: Money given to advance ECC Medicine.

Choose Donor Recognition

You can make a donation as an individual, as a practice or organization, or anonymously.

You may also make a donation in honor of a special patient or client (Pet Memorial / Client Memorial) or to express appreciation for an extraordinary veterinary team (Honor Veterinary Team). For $1000 or more, a commemorative plaque will be sent to the practice for display.

How to Remain an Active Chapter

Must submit application once a year through VECCS Awards Platform with the following information:

      • Updated contact information for chapter president, advisor, and school’s awards coordinator
      • Chapter constitution (sample provided on application form)
      • Upload list of active members

Active Chapter Benefits

    • Eligibility requirement for scholarships/grants
    • Bi-Monthly Dinner and Discussions with a VECCSpert
    • 50% off VECCS Student Membership – for promotional code, please email [email protected]
    • SVECCS to VECCS Crossover Program – Students that have maintained “good standing” in their school’s chapter for 3 years during their Vet School career will receive 1- year online VECCS membership free upon graduation (Hardcopy can be included at the cost-difference from the online only membership).
If your school does not have an SVECCS Chapter, join VECCS as a Student Member or click the “Activate Chapter” button below to start one.

Scholarships & Grants

VECCS Proficiency Award

Recipient selected by chapter advisor, designed to be awarded to 4th year/graduating student who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment and exceptional proficiency in caring for emergency and critical care patients regardless of species

    • $500 and a 1-year VECCS membership, certificate of recognition, VECCS stethoscope and various books/education materials
    • Nominations open during the Spring semester.  Recipients will be honored at their school’s awards ceremony.

For any questions, please email [email protected].

IVECCS Volunteer Stipend

Students who volunteer 2 half-days will receive free registration and stipends will be awarded to SVECCS chapters whose students attend and volunteer at IVECCS, with $1000 going to the school whose students volunteer the most hours

    • 1-2 Student volunteers = $300
    • 3+ Student volunteers = $500
    • SVECCS Chapter with the most volunteer hours = $1000

For any questions, please email [email protected].

IVECCS DEI Scholarship

VECCS, ACVECC and ACVECCTN are excited to announce the launch of diversity, equity and inclusion focused scholarships to support attendance at IVECCS. IVECCS is an amazing chance to experience all that a career in Emergency & Critical Care has to offer as well as to get some great CE!

    • Several scholarships are available and are open to:
      • Veterinary students
      • Veterinary technician students currently enrolled in an accredited program
      • Veterinary technicians who have graduated from an accredited program in the past year
    • Recipients will receive $1000 to cover travel expenses and accommodations, expected to volunteer and will receive free registration.
    • Application deadline: May 22, 2023

For any questions, please email [email protected].

SVECCS DEI Scholarship
    • Each College of Veterinary Medicine with an active SVECCS chapter will be offered a $1000 scholarship to be awarded to SVECCS student(s). High consideration given to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
    • Applications open in the Fall through November 30th.

For any questions, please email [email protected].

Education Grant

The Student Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society (SVECCS) is offering a grant to active student chapters to provide funding for wet labs or lectures supplementing their college’s curriculum. Our vision for this grant is for our veterinary student chapters to design either a lecture and/or wet lab for a topic to which students would not otherwise be exposed.

    • $500 grant for wet lab funding
    • Applications open in the Fall through November 30th.

For any questions, please email [email protected].


Upcoming Webinars

Dinner & Discussion With a VECCSpert
Sponsored by: MedVet

Date Rescheduled: Wednesday, October 4th | 6:00pm CST

Topic:  How to Have Conversations about Euthanasia

VECCSpert: Dr. Sheilah Robertson

How You Can Help


  • Donate
  • Memorial Donations
  • Volunteer
  • Renew VECCS Membership
  • Attend IVECCS
  • IVECCS 5k Participation
  • Sponsorship Opportunities
  • Gift & Estate Planning


  • The level I facility must have a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care available 24 hours a day.
  • A documented relationship with a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
  • Must have at least two certified technicians (CVT) employed full time with one of the technicians a certified Veterinary Technician Specialist (Emergency and Critical Care).


  • Have the resources to evaluate and stabilize any small mammal, avian, and reptile (exotic) “pets”.
  • The capability of providing advanced life support with mechanical ventilation and direct blood pressure monitoring
  • The capacity to perform endoscopy and bronchoscopy.
  • Proficiency in abdominal ultrasound and echocardiography.
  • The skills required to provide total parental nutrition.

Level II

A level II emergency and critical care facility has the medical staff, support personnel, specialized equipment, and staff training necessary to provide high-quality emergent and critical patient care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Level II facilities differ from Level III facilities in that they continuously operate 7 days a week and have specialized facilities and equipment essential to provide high-quality critical patient care. They must have readily accessible consultation with a board-certified imaging specialist.

To be certified as Level II, the facility must comply with all Level II requirements listed in the VECCS Facilities Certification Guidelines.

Level III

A level III emergency and critical care facility is an acute care facility with medical staff, support personnel, specialized equipment, and staff training necessary to provide high-quality emergency and critical patient care. A Level III facility is open to receive emergency patients on nights, weekends, and holidays 365 days a year.

To be certified as Level III, the facility must comply with all Level III requirements listed in the VECCS Facilities Certification Guidelines.

Apply for Certification

The certification process is entirely electronic and does not involve site visits. This trust-based approach is designed to reduce the costs of the certification program and requires each hospital to provide written, pictorial, and video documentation of its facilities, staffing, and equipment. All application materials are submitted electronically.

STEP 1: Download Application Guidelines

Please download and review the following documents:

STEP 2: Account Setup

Create your account in our application system. **Please do not utilize social media to create your account**

Account Setup Instructions:

  1. Create an Account
  2. Select ‘Start Entry’
  3. Select a Facility Certification category
  4. Select application type: ‘New Application’ or ‘Recertification Application’.
  5. Name your entry with your practice name or acronym then Cert or Recert-year. (Example: AMCS Cert-2021)

STEP 3: Submit Application

The certification will last for a period of two years. A renewal application is then required, which may involve a change or update of the level of certification and confirmation of accordance with standards. You have 30 days from the date of your facility certification renewal date to submit re-certification forms. If the re-certification forms are not submitted, your VECCS Facility Certification status will be terminated.

The following are REQUIRED:

  1. Application for Facility Certification
  2. Application Checklist
  3. Facility Certification Checklist
  4. Reference Checklist
  1. Veterinarian Employee List & CE Log
  2. Technician Employee List & CE Log
  3. Required documents (See Application Checklist)
  4. Payment


Clearly name the files, ie. Calibrated burettes, Crystalloids, etc.

Please attempt to make one continuous video. You will need to share your facility video by uploading it to YouTube or Vimeo first. If you need some help with uploading your video, you can see a quick explanation here: Vimeo or YouTube.

New Application Fee:

$500.00; includes a non-refundable application fee of $250.00 and an approval fee of $250.00.

Re-Certification Fee:

$400.00; includes a non-refundable application fee of $200.00 and an approval fee of $200.00.

Questions About SVECCS?