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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

Upcoming Events



Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The 2017 ACVAA annual scientific and business meetings will occur at the venue of IVECCS at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, TN September 13-18.
Monday, Tuesday, September 11, 12 and 13 (morning) oral certifying exam
Wednesday Sept 13; ACVAA BOD meeting at 5:00 PM -- followed by Resident Reception sponsored by AKORN
Thursday, September 14: morning/afternoon ACVAA Abstracts. AVTAA -ACVAA luncheon sponsored by Midmark 12:00 noon. At 5:30- 7:00PM Knowles Memorial Lecture and Awards
Friday, Sept 15: ACVAA Business meeting : We will begin our reception with food and cash bar at 5:30 . The meeting will begin around 6:30PM

Registration has been open! Use the link below to register
ACVAA members- please remember to register as an ACVAA diplomate/resident/technician
A block of hotel rooms are being held for IVECCS/ ACVAA at the Gaylord however, reports are that there are no more rooms available ( August 2) . However, there are other hotels in the area within a 0.5-1.0 mile of the Gaylord.

Visit this link to register

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