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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 Board Certified Specialists in Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia 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


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

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