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Basic Science Revision Course

Monday, April 22, 2019

"We are pleased to announce the basic science revision course, now accredited by the AVA, will be running again in 2019. Although aimed primarily at candidates for the European Diploma of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia, the RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia and the American Diploma of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia, the course will be suitable for anyone undertaking further study in veterinary anaesthesia and related disciplines who wishes to consolidate their knowledge in the basic sciences and physiology especially where relevant to veterinary anaesthesia.

The course will be run at the University Of Nottingham School Of Veterinary Science, Sutton Bonington, from Monday the 22nd April 2019 to Friday the 26th April 2019 inclusive. It will consist of five intensive days of lectures with associated MCQ sessions to consolidate the knowledge gained. There will be opportunities for book discussions as well as the chance to exchange ideas with trainees from other institutions and experts in their respective fields. There will also be a course meal as well as a quiz night with an anaesthetic theme.

The course speakers include the veterinary anaesthetists Matt Gurney, Stijn Schauvliege, Kate White, Georgie Beaumont, Sanne Mellis and Ian Self. In addition, specialists in pharmacokinetics/dynamics and statistics from the University of Nottingham will present lectures.

Following very positive feedback from delegates on the last two courses the topics have been refined; subjects to be covered include (but are not limited to);
Respiration – physiology and monitoring, mechanics, compliance
Physics including the gas laws
European drug legislation
Cardiovascular, CNS, muscle, renal, and hepatic physiology
Monitors – how they work and equipment errors
Acid base physiology and monitoring
Clinical biochemistry
Pain – acute and chronic
We are also offering an optional exam practice day immediately following the course consisting of viva examinations tailored to the needs of the participants. Places on this day will be strictly allocated on a first come first served basis.

For further details, such as costs, accommodations and to reserve a place on the course please email the course organiser Mr Ian Self at Alternatively for booking please contact Ruth Readyhoof at

ACVAA 2019 Certifying Examination

Friday, May 31, 2019

The ACVAA Certifying Exam will be held May 31 through June 2, 2019 in Chicago at the Springhill Suites Marriott, O'Hare Chicago; 8101 W. Higgins Rd, Chicago, ILL 60631; 1+ 844-428-4315

For those attending, there is a block of rooms held for the ACVAA at a special event rate. Follow the link in this posting for hotel details, and to make reservations. Please note: Those who wish to reserve a room for Sunday evening June 2, should call or email Eric 1+ (773) 653 2035 or Genie 1+ (773) 653 2030 directly to let them know you are part of the group and need to stay Sunday night, so they can give you the event room rate for Sunday.

Canadian Symposium in Veterinary Cannabinoid Medicine

Monday, June 24, 2019

Deer Creek Golf & Banquet, Ajax, ON. The use of medical cannabis products is gaining popularity in both human and veterinary medicine. This full-day symposium will provide an overview of the medicinal components of cannabis, the basics of the endocannabinoid system, and explore the pharmacology of cannabinoids in pain management, neurology, oncology and behaviour. The final session will be dedicated to issues surrounding applications of cannabinoids in clinical veterinary practice. For further info click on link