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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 members 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.

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University of California San Diego Veterinary Pain Short Course

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The International Veterinary Association for Pain Management (IVAPM) and UCSD Department of Anesthesiology have partnered again to bring the 4th installment to be held on July 27-30, 2016 in San Diego.

The overall aim of these courses has been to provide in depth reviews of the fundamental issues in pain and the use of analgesics in the veterinary patient. In 2016, the focus will be on pain in the veterinary patient, actions of current analgesics and development of new veterinary analgesics.

A lecture and case-based discussion program has been developed focusing on:

1. Epidemiology of pain in veterinary practice
2. Legal and ethical imperatives for pain management in the veterinary patient
3. Pain pathways and targets for novel therapeutics
4. FDA regulatory pathways for development of veterinary analgesics
5. Companion animal clinical trial models
6. Current veterinary analgesic drugs including NSAIDs, alpha 2 agonists, opioids, cannabinoids, and local anesthetics
7. Case studies in current and ongoing development and approval of veterinary pain therapeutics

Registration fees paid prior to May 1, 2016 are $450 for DVM, PhD and industrial participants; $175 for residents, fellows and students. Registration fees include detailed handouts, a "meet and greet" reception, breakfast and snack breaks.

The meeting will be held at the scenic Marriott Liberty Station on the San Diego bay just 5 min from the airport and will offer 15 hours of RACE approved continuing education.

For further details, regarding venue, speakers and topics, please visit the meeting website (
Targeted audience: Clinical and basic researchers interested in current thinking
regarding pain processing and behavioral pain assessment; pharmaceutical personnel
who are interested in developing analgesics for humans and particular for the
strategies to focus on development of drugs approved for veterinary pain management
Speakers from the US FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine will lecture on processes
and regulatory requirements for development and use of analgesic therapies in “small”
and “large” animals.
Accreditation: The American Association of Veterinary State Boards RACE
committee has reviewed and approved the Veterinary Pain Short Course for 15
Credit Hours having met the standards adopted by the AAVSB.
Financial Sponsorship: Aratana, Bayer, Elanco, NexVet, Zoetis

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