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The American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia was founded in 1975 to promote the advancement of veterinary anesthesiology and to assist the veterinary profession in providing exceptional service to all animals.

The ACVAA is currently composed of over 220 Board Certified Specialists in Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia who practice veterinary anesthesia across the globe.

The goals of the ACVAA include establishing, evaluating and maintaining the highest standards in the practice of veterinary anesthesiology by promoting the establishment of educational facilities and clinical and research training in veterinary anesthesiology. Additionally, the ACVAA establishes the criteria of fitness for the designation of a specialist in the practice of veterinary anesthesiology.

The ACVAA is an AVMA-Recognized Veterinary Specialty Organization. To learn more about specialization in veterinary medicine, see the American Board of Veterinary Specialties of the American Veterinary Medical Association website.

ACVAA Position Statement on Certificate Programs

The American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA) Diplomate is the only recognized credential in North America acknowledging individual expertise and specialization in veterinary anesthesia and peri-operative analgesia. The ACVAA is organized under the authority of the American Board of Veterinary Specialists (ABVS) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). All ACVAA Diplomates have undergone multi-year dedicated residency training under the supervision of ACVAA Diplomates, to achieve a high level of knowledge, skill, and competency in providing anesthesia and analgesia care in multiple species. Diplomate status in Anesthesia and Analgesia is granted following a rigorous examination process.

The ACVAA promotes anesthesia and analgesia continuing education and training programs designed to advance the knowledge and competency of all veterinary care providers. Endorsement of Certificate granting programs can be accomplished by meeting or exceeding minimal ACVAA guidelines. These guidelines are designed to inform the profession and the public by requiring accurate Certificate program description of content, structure, knowledge and the skill level attained by the anesthesia and analgesia care provider. ACVAA approved Certificate granting programs are identified and listed on the ACVAA website.

The ACVAA Foundation 2011 Annual Meeting ACVAA News

Upcoming Events

Tue
September
25
2018

World Congress Veterinary Anaesthesia Venice 2018

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Congress Registration for the 13th WCVA is now officially open!
You will all relevant information on the congress website: www.wcvavenice2018.eu

The congress will be held in Venice, in a modern Conference Centre (Terminal 103, https://www.vtp.it/img/2016/11/presentazione-terminal-103-ENG.pdf), close to the railway station and on the edge of the historic city of Venice. The facility is easy to reach (further information on the website), and Mestre, on the other side of “Ponte della Libertà”, connecting Venice to the mainland, offers accommodation options ranging from budget to luxury.

The Welcome Reception will be held at the meeting Venue on Tuesday 25th September 2018. A masked Gala Dinner and ball will be held the following evening in the stunning Ca’ Vendramin Palace (the Casinò Palace, the oldest Casinò in the world, http://www.casinovenezia.it/en/venues/cavendramincalergi).

Thursday afternoon and evening you will be able to join (limited places available) a bout tour visiting the beautiful Murano and Burano.

Last, but not least, although you should have by now enough reasons to attend a memorable WCVA meeting, I need to mention the scientific programme. Topics treated will be Ketamine, ventilation, haemodynamic monitoring, use of point of care ultrasound in anaesthesia and preoperative care, stabilisation for colics, management of the critically ill foal, and ethics of end of life and in palliative care, with considerations relevant for both humans and animals. Comparative anaesthesia and perioperative care is the core subject of this meeting, driven by the charisma and knowledge of internationally known speakers. Please check the programme at https://www.wcvavenice2018.eu/images/pdf/WCVA2018_Provisional_programme.pdf
On Saturday, with programme still to be defined (coming soon) there will be a “post congress day” on locoregional anaesthesia in veterinary medicine.

This event will be a great chance to meet old friends and colleagues in a beautiful setting while attending what I believe is a Congress with a fantastic scientific (and social!!) programme.

http://www.wcvavenice2018.eu

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