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2018 Certifying Examination

Friday, June 01, 2018

The 2018 Certifying Exam will be held on Friday, June 1, Saturday, June 2 and Sunday morning June 3rd, 2018. It will be held at the The Springhill ( Marriott) Suites Chicago O'Hare, 8101 W Higgins Rd, Chicago Illinois. For room reservations call +1 855-499-0001.

Veterinary Pain Short Course

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Veterinary Pain Short Course-2018 on pain, pain mechanisms and novel therapies in Veterinary Medicine, August 22-25, 2018 in San Diego, CA. Registration is now open !

This meeting is unique in veterinary medicine for its emphasis upon fundamental (basic) principles and mechanisms of pain as they pertain to the veterinary patient.

Interest in pain and its management is a natural focus of the veterinary profession as mandated by the AVMA and the standards set by the AAHA/AAFP and practiced by the International Veterinary Association for Pain Management (IVAPM).

Program Highlights

18 lectures with lecture handout and representative papers
Intense review of mechanisms of pain processing
Application of mechanisms to specific clinical pain syndromes
Evolution of pain behavior across species (insects to marine mammals)
Review of mechanisms of current and developing analgesic drugs
Facilities tour and dinner at the famed San Diego Zoo Safari Park
We really look forward to seeing you in San Diego.

Tony Yaksh and Bill Muir

Target Audience: This course was designed for veterinarians and animal researchers interested in the study of pain in animals and humans and for pharmaceutical researchers and companies interested in the development of veterinary analgesics.

Click on the link for program details and accommodations


Thursday, September 13, 2018

The ACVAA program begins September 14, with resident's review session and evening reception.
Sept 15- ACVAA Abstracts and Resident awards, and general session
Sept 16 ACVAA Special Focus Seminars
Sept 16 Evening - ACVAA Business meeting and reception
September 17 ACVAA Special Focus Seminars

Hotel - Hyatt Regency
601 Loyola Ave. New Orleans, LA 70113
A block of rooms are being held - make you reservations early

Watch this space for more details as they come 2018

ACVAA abstract sessions at IVECCS

Saturday, September 15, 2018

The ACVAA abstract session at IVECCS is
scheduled for Saturday September 15th at the Hyatt Regency in New
Orleans, LA, USA.

The up-to-date ACVAA abstract guidelines are listed under the ACVAA
abstracts tab on the IVECCS website:
A formal call for abstracts with an appropriate link for submissions
will be released on March 19th.

The deadline for abstract submissions will be April 2nd, 2018.

Any questions may be sent to the abstract collection e-mail at:

World Congress Veterinary Anaesthesia Venice 2018

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Congress Registration for the 13th WCVA is now officially open!
You will all relevant information on the congress website:

The congress will be held in Venice, in a modern Conference Centre (Terminal 103,, close to the railway station and on the edge of the historic city of Venice. The facility is easy to reach (further information on the website), and Mestre, on the other side of “Ponte della Libertà”, connecting Venice to the mainland, offers accommodation options ranging from budget to luxury.

The Welcome Reception will be held at the meeting Venue on Tuesday 25th September 2018. A masked Gala Dinner and ball will be held the following evening in the stunning Ca’ Vendramin Palace (the Casinò Palace, the oldest Casinò in the world,

Thursday afternoon and evening you will be able to join (limited places available) a bout tour visiting the beautiful Murano and Burano.

Last, but not least, although you should have by now enough reasons to attend a memorable WCVA meeting, I need to mention the scientific programme. Topics treated will be Ketamine, ventilation, haemodynamic monitoring, use of point of care ultrasound in anaesthesia and preoperative care, stabilisation for colics, management of the critically ill foal, and ethics of end of life and in palliative care, with considerations relevant for both humans and animals. Comparative anaesthesia and perioperative care is the core subject of this meeting, driven by the charisma and knowledge of internationally known speakers. Please check the programme at
On Saturday, with programme still to be defined (coming soon) there will be a “post congress day” on locoregional anaesthesia in veterinary medicine.

This event will be a great chance to meet old friends and colleagues in a beautiful setting while attending what I believe is a Congress with a fantastic scientific (and social!!) programme.