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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

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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
Statistics
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
Metabolism
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 ian.self@nottigngham.ac.uk. Alternatively for booking please contact Ruth Readyhoof at veterinary-cpd@nottingham.ac.uk

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