American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care

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The American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care is the AVMA-recognized veterinary specialty organizationTM for certification of veterinarians in the field of veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.   ACVECC Diplomates are veterinary specialists who have undergone specialized training in the field of veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. We help veterinarians get the proper training, residencies, certificates, and employment as well as helping pet owners find qualified vets for emergency care.

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Dates & Deadlines

Upcoming Deadlines and Due Dates

Fellow ACVECC diplomates and ACVECC residents,


Please note that the deadline for Small Animal Abstract submission is 11:59 p.m. (Central Time) 15 April 2022. We hope to see your abstracts. Here is a link to the submission site:


Thank you.


F. A. (Tony) Mann, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS, Diplomate ACVECC


Hello ACVECC colleagues!

Due to continuing COVID stressors and increased demand for virtual options, we will be moving the 2022 post-graduate review course to a virtual format on March 24-25, 2022.


Day 1 of the PGR is focused on Advances in Trauma and will be presented by Kelly Hall DVM, DACVECC, the 2021 recipient of the Hill’s ACVECC Jack Mara Scientific Achievement Award in collaboration with Dr. Greg Beilman, Professor of Surgery from the University of Minnesota Medical School.


Day 2 of the PGR is focused on Coagulation in Trauma and will be presented by Armelle deLaforcade DVM, BS, DACVECC and Andrew Linklater DVM, DACVECC.


Registration will be open until February 25, 2022. Please use the follow link to register:


If you have registered for the live format and do not wish to attend the virtual format, please email Vicki VanderSluis ( for a refund.


Thank you and we hope to ‘see’ you there!


Lenore Bacek, DVM, MS, DACVECC

ACVECC VP, Chair Scientific Committee



Dear Colleagues,

We are excited to invite you to the annual ACVECC VetCOT Veterinary Trauma & Critical Care Symposium March 25-27, 2022, in Las Vegas, NV. The conference will be held in conjunction with the ACVECC PGR/MDR (Mar 24-25, 2022) and the Trauma, Critical Care & Acute Care Surgery Conference (March 28-30, 2022). This conference is a unique opportunity for those with an interest in trauma medicine and surgery to share ideas, experiences and expertise in a smaller forum conducive to discussion and collaboration. While the target audience is veterinary specialists (DACVECC, DACVS, DACVAA), we strongly encourage residents (ACVECC, ACVS, ACVAA), Emergency clinicians, ECC technicians, and allied specialists and residents (ACVO, ACVIM-neurology, ACVSMR, ACVR) to attend. Although the focus is small animal trauma, our large animal colleagues are encouraged to attend.


The "Call for Abstracts" is also attached. Accepted abstracts are published annually in JVECC.


Tentative schedule:

Friday afternoon, March 25, 1:00-5:30 PM: VetCOT subcommittees meetings– all are welcome to attend! A Zoom link to attend remotely will also be provided.

Saturday March 26, 9:00 AM-5:30 PM: Conference officially begins. Trauma abstracts and Case reports, DACVECC panel case discussion, MD trauma surgeon presentation, and more. Dinner for those interested at local restaurant (optional).

Sunday March 27, 8:30 – 5:30 PM: Year in Review, Performance Improvement and Patient Safety program vignettes, overlapping sessions with Trauma-Critical Care conference, DVM/VMD and MD joint presentations with panel to follow, and more!

  1. Hotel registration and flight arrangements for the VetCOT Conference can be made through the Trauma, Critical Care & Acute Care Surgery website (the recommendation is to book early, as the rooms do fill quickly)
  2. Registration fee: $200 DVMs, $100 technicians/residents. To register online go to:
  3. Please email your completed registration information form to: Rachel Fink, at
  4. Registration for the human Trauma, Critical Care & Acute Care Surgery conference is separate, and can be made on the link, above.

If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Hall (


Resident Focus & “On the Horizon” Call for Submissions


Sunday Sept 11, 2022, 8:00 – 11:30 AM

The IVECCS 2022 Resident Focus is scheduled for Sunday Sept 11, 2022 from 8:00 –11:30 AM.   We are planning on six presentations: 20 minutes of lecture followed by 5 minutes for Q&A on the last day of the Symposium.  The aim is to provide high-level presentations for residents, advanced practitioners, and diplomates.  We are seeking both residents and recent diplomates of ACVECC and ECVECC to make up the program.  These presentations should be from stellar new diplomates and residents, to residents, at a resident level.  You are being notified of this program as a resident program coordinator, resident, or recent diplomate. We are looking for appropriate subject matter and content for ACVECC and ECVECC residents or diplomates.  The presentations can be on any subject, but must be at a resident/diplomate level.  

In addition to the traditional boards level review, we are excited to solicit cutting edge research topics or advanced physiology review for topics that are on the horizon.  This is an excellent platform for residents and new Diplomates to share knowledge, ideas or even preliminary results.  We believe these types of presentations will appeal to Diplomates and individuals in training who seek specialist level information.  

For the mentors: we hope that you encourage the very best residents to speak.  We do require that you be directly involved in the preparation of the presentations to promote resident success and excellent presentations. A statement of support for your mentee’s submission is requested but not required. Proceedings will be required and published.  

This has been a popular session for residents, diplomates and eager conference attendees.  It is also an excellent opportunity to provide residents and new diplomates an avenue for speaking and writing.  The session timing provides opportunity for advanced level discussion for those attendees who were unable to attend the MDR.  

Residents/diplomates chosen to present are reminded they must register for the meeting and that registration is not complimentary.  An honorarium will be provided for each presentation. 

DEADLINE for submission of a summary of the proposed presentation topic is February 1, 2022. (Please see submission instructions below)

The authors of all presentations that are selected for presentation will be notified by February 25, 2022.

Proceedings from the selected presentations will be published in the IVECCS 2022 Proceedings.

Submission instructions: 

Please submit your proposal as .pdf or .docx files to before February 1, 2022.  The subject line should read “IVECCS 2022 Resident Focus Proposal”

The proposal can be in outline form and should be no longer than 2 pages, single spaced, with font no smaller than 10pt.  We are not looking for the actual presentation, rather a summary of what you propose to cover in your presentation.  We are particularly interested to see:

  • Topic material is appropriate to the intended audience (ACVECC & ECVECC Residents & Diplomates)
  • Topic is not a repeat of something presented last year (similar topics are fine if covering a different aspect from the previous year - this should be apparent from your proposal)
  • Material can be covered in the appropriate depth in a 20-minute presentation

Mentors are expected to be directly involved in preparation of the presentation. A statement from your mentor in support of your submission is encouraged but not required. 

Submissions will be reviewed and authors of selected presentations notified by February 25, 2022.

Thank you in advance for your help in continuing this program for our residents and new diplomates.   

Armi Pigott, DVM, DACVECC