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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.

The ACVAA Foundation 2011 Annual Meeting ACVAA News

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Veterinary Regional Anesthesia Bootcamp t

Friday, October 13, 2017

This is to announce the "save the date" for our third Veterinary Regional Anesthesia Bootcamp to be held at Cornell, October 13-15th, 2017. This is a hands-on workshop certified by the ACVAA (American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia) involving local and regional anesthetic techniques utilizing canine cadaver specimens. Through the use of small groups (2-3 delegates) and multiple stations, participants will have the opportunity to practice different regional anesthesia techniques of the head, the thoracic and pelvic limbs, the abdomen, and the thoracic wall in a controlled setting. This workshop is designed to serve as a "bootcamp" for veterinary anesthesia residents (first, second or third-year), board-certified specialists or clinicians who are interested in learning about regional anesthesia and practicing their skills in a unique setting under the guidance of content experts. The use ultrasound guidance will be taught, and participants will be able to perform blocks on the cadavers using these methods for themselves, followed by the opportunity to perform dissection of the relevant areas in order to learn more about the relationship of anatomy and block success.
The overarching objectives of this workshop are: 1) to provide participants with practical knowledge of the equipment that is used to perform local and regional anesthetic blocks, 2) to discuss the different blocks that can be used to provide anesthesia and analgesia for dogs and 3) to explain the considerations for performing these blocks (including anatomical landmarks and potential complications). In addition, participants should leave the workshop with practical knowledge and basic skills that will allow them to perform different nerve blocks in dogs as soon as they return to work.
Check this space in coming weeks for specific information about registration.

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