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Opioid-Sparing Pain Therapy in Animals: Working Task Force

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The following white paper is the result of a special session at the 5th International Veterinary Pain Short Course on pain, pain mechanisms and novel therapies in veterinary medicine held on August 22-25, 2018 in San Diego, CA. The organizers of the meeting convened a multi-disciplinary panel composed of individuals with an interest in pain physiology, pain pathophysiology and veterinary pain therapeutics in order to prepare a “white paper” of reasonable approaches clinicians can take to reduce the use of opioids in veterinary practice.

Download the white paper here

2019 Spring AVA meeting in Bristol

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

AVA 2019 Spring meeting in Bristol will be from the 20th to 23rd of March, 2019.We are excited to be able to present a strong scientific program with a great team of speakers, and to welcome you to our vibrant, historic city!
Pre-congress day - Laboratory animal anaesthesiaAnaesthesia and pain management for Pigs, Ruminants, Rodents, and, Primates. Legal and ethical aspects of laboratory anaesthesia.
(Dr Katy Murphy, Professor Paul Flecknell, Professor Eddie Clutton, Dr Delphine Holopherne-Doran, Dr Polly Taylor)

Main Congress day one - Developing consensus guidelines for pre-anaesthetic preparation of Horses, Ruminants and Small animals
After three sessions describing the current evidence base for each species we will spend the afternoon debating the recommendations
made by our invited experts with the ultimate aim of our invited Jury developing consensus guidelines.
(Species advocates: Dr Mark Senior, Professsor Eddie Clutton, Professor Dimitris Raptopoulos. Agent Provocateur Delphine Holopherne-Doran)

Main Congress day two - Pain day - Three lectures considering differing aspects of pain physiology and management - Noradrenergic control of pain,
DNIC, and, pain assessment in neonates, will be followed by a round table discussion considering controversies in peri-operative NSAID administration
with contributions from experts in nephrology, paediatric anaesthesia and orthopaedics.
(Professor Tony Pickering, Professor Kate White, Dr Anoopam Jain, Professor John Innes, Dr Hannah Gill, Professor Richard Coward,

Both of the main congress days will feature abstract and poster sessions - with sufficient time in the middle of the day to enjoy lunch, attend an AVA general meeting and quiz the poster authors!

Nursing Day - Anaesthesia for the respiratory patient
Covering peri- anaesthetic considerations, monitoring for the respiratory patient and featuring a practical, case based approach this will give participants a solid grounding in management techniques required for this difficult patient group.
(Dr Patrick Burns, Liz Leece, Julia Deutsch)

We look forward to seeing you in 2019!
For inquires please contact Dr. Paul Macfarlane

ACVECC VetCOT Veterinary Trauma & Critical Care Symposium April 12-14 2019

Friday, April 12, 2019

We are excited to invite you to the fifth annual ACVECC VetCOT Veterinary Trauma & Critical Care Symposium April 12-14, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV. The conference will be held in conjunction with the Trauma, Critical Care & Acute Care Surgery Conference (April 14-17, 2019).

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.

Tentative schedule:

Friday afternoon, April 12, 1:00-5:30 PM: VetCOT subcommittees meetings– all are welcome to attend!

Saturday April 13, 9:00 AM-5:30 PM: Conference officially begins. Trauma abstracts and Case reports, DACVECC panel case discussion, MD trauma surgeon presentation. Dinner for those interested at local restaurant (optional).

Sunday April 14, 8:30 – 5:30 PM: Performance Improvement Program vignettes, M&M Rounds, Year in Review, Resident survivor, overlapping sessions with Trauma-Critical Care conference, and more.

Follow the link then click on “Conference” for additional information, registration form, and Call for Abstract form

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.