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Dr. Lydia Donaldson, recipient of the 2017 President's Award for Meritorious Service to the ACVAA

Added 05 Oct 2017

In 2017 the ACVAA Board of Directors has initiated an award to recognize a Diplomate for outstanding service to the ACVAA . A nominee for this award plays a dominant role in promoting, growing, and strengthening the ACVAA and its membership. The ACVAA recognizes Dr. Lydia Donaldson for the tireless and exceptional coordinating work she has done for over 7 years as Executive Secretary. Congratulations Dr. Donaldson!

Dr. Eugene (Gene) Steffey, recipient of the ACVAA 2017 Career Achievement Award

Added 22 Sep 2017

The American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA) Career Achievement Award recognizes a Diplomate for accomplishments throughout a long career of outstanding performance in advancing the art and science of veterinary anesthesia and/or analgesia. The award is made on the basis of accomplishments throughout a career distinguished by sustained, significant contributions to education, research and/or service in veterinary anesthesia and analgesia, including service to the ACVAA. The recipient, acknowledged by academicians, professional peers and the general veterinary community, in a fundamental way, has advanced the field of veterinary anesthesia and/or analgesia with contributions that have stood the test of time. The ACVAA is proud to award the 2017 Career Achievement Award to Dr. Gene Steffey.

Congratulations New Diplomates 2017

Added 20 Sep 2017

Seventeen candidates successfully completed the ACVAA certifying exam and are welcomed as ACVAA diplomates. New Diplomates are Drs. Isla Arcaro, Ryan Bailey, Ciara Barr, Carrie Davis, Stephanie Dooley, Stephanie Fissekas, Elizebeth Goudie-DeAngelis, Rachel Hector, Melanie Jarrett, Kerrie Lewis, Penting Liao, Heidi Lehmann, Marta Romano, Andrea Sanchez, Allan Williamson, Gareth Zeiler, and Aurora Zoff.

Available Scholarships and Research Fellowships

Added 12 May 2017

Dear Colleagues: I want to advise you of some available monies through the IVAPM Research and Scholarship Foundation which our BOD would like to encourage applications in cooperation with ACVAA diplomates. You of course understand my interest in working together. We have monies available to support up to five veterinary student pain management scholarships (up to $1,000 each) with one designated for a student interested in cancer pain management. Also up to two research fellowships( up to $10,000) for resident studies. It would be great if one of these fellowships was in feline pain management. As we are aware, university monies for the resident projects are limited. Please , no more than one application per university and I would hope done in collaboration with the anesthesiologists at that university. Decisions will be expected at our September 2017 meeting so monies available for the 2017-2018 academic year. Application forms will be available by contacting Dr. Charles E. Short, DACVAA ,who is chair of the IVAPM R&S Foundation BOD at

In Memoriam Dr. Peter Gray (1954-2016)

Added 18 Apr 2017

It is with great sadness that we share the death of our dear friend and colleague Dr Peter Gray in May last year as the result of disseminated melanoma. Peter was born in Melbourne and gained his veterinary degree there in 1977. He first worked in Western Australia but soon started travelling around the world with his partner Mary in pursuit of their careers. He specialized in anaesthesia starting with an internship at the University of Guelph. After a period in general practice in the UK he moved on to Michigan State University for a residency and PhD. It was there that he also became a diplomate of the ACVA. His return to Australia saw Peter taking a long-term research appointment in respiratory physiology at the University of Western Australia in Perth. He then returned to clinical anaesthesia and joined the team at Murdoch University. Peter’s phlegmatic temperament mean he was ideally suited to anaesthesia, always providing a calm, reliable oasis within the sometimes fraught and frenetic environment of the operating theatre. It was a discipline that was dear to his heart, and his expertise in respiratory physiology made it his favourite teaching subject. Besides his work, Peter ran a small wholesale greengrocer business and was occasionally late on campus due to having to get just the right type of mango, plum or another load of cabbages for his customers. This undoubtedly contributed to the most wonderful cooking indulged in by both himself and Mary – to the great benefit of all visiting friends. He was also a keen cyclist and would often watch the weather radar in order to best the time his ride home. When retirement beckoned, Peter and Mary built their dream home on the north coast of Tasmania, which was a beautiful and fitting last achievement for him. During the building of the house and while doing a locum at the University of Queensland, Peter was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic melanoma. While the prognosis was grim, new medication gave him extended good quality time and he was able to move into his new home as well as help create and enjoy its wonderful garden. Peter has left many friends. He sometimes spoke of his inability to tolerate fools and wondered whether this was his weakness or strength. We know we count ourselves extremely fortunate to have enjoyed both his friendship and his professional expertise s over the years and miss him dearly. Greit Haitjema and Polly Taylor

In memoriam - Dr John Thurmon

Added 04 Apr 2017

Dr. John Carl Thurmon of Urbana, Illinois passed away on Monday, March 20, 2017. He was born on March 4, 1930 in Redford, MO, the son of James Clinton Thurmon and Lenna Laverta Welsh. He graduated from Van Buren High School, Van Buren, MO in 1948 and spent his early years working at Clearwater Lake near Piedmont, MO. Dr. Thurmon graduated from the University of Missouri in 1962 as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and immediately joined the faculty of the University of Illinois - College of Veterinary Medicine. He founded the Anesthesiology Section in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine in 1971 and served as its head until he retired as professor emeritus in 1998. In 1971 Dr. Thurmon was selected by his peers to investigate whether a specialty college of anesthesiologists could be formed that would be recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The committee he convened had to overcome significant resistance from well-established surgery and internal medicine specialty colleges. The committee worked tirelessly for four years, mostly during their free time, to earn the support needed to overcome the objections. The new specialty college, American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists, was formed in 1975 with Dr. Thurmon serving as the first president. Today the college is known as the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA) and has more than 220 board-certified members. Dr. Thurmon’s research led to the development of many injectable anesthetic protocols, including “triple drip” applicable to numerous species of animals. This discovery has been recognized worldwide and is cited on the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine’s website as a major contribution in the provision of humane veterinary care and the advancement of basic science using animal research. In the early 1990s Dr. Thurmon became the Editor-in-Chief of Lumb and Jones’ Veterinary Anesthesia, the definitive work on veterinary anesthesia. The 3rd edition, published in 1996, was 928 pages and drew on the knowledge of 37 authors. The 4th edition, published in 2007 after Dr. Thurmon retired, but for which he still served as an editor, was 1098 pages and compiled the knowledge of 69 authors. The evolution of this textbook and its authorship was further evidence that the anesthesia specialty that Dr. Thurmon and “the stubborn seven” had founded in 1975 was well established and recognized by the beginning of the 21st century. “Indeed, Dr. Thurmon's contributions to veterinary anesthesiology were both highly consequential and significant,” wrote Dr. Lesley J. Smith, Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology, University of Wisconsin and the current President of ACVAA. “John had a tremendous impact on veterinary anesthesiology and built an outstanding anesthesiology research and training program at Illinois,” wrote Dr. Peter D. Constable, Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois. Dr. Thurmon is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Thomas Schmitt of Highland Park, TX and three grandchildren, Katherine, Rosalyn and Benjamin. Donations in memory of Dr. Thurmon may be sent to the ACVAA Foundation, by visiting the ACVAA Foundation page (

The Foundation of the ACVAA is pleased to announce that funds for a Research Grant will be Available for 2017 

Added 30 Mar 2017

ANNOUNCEMENT –PROPOSALS SOLICITED The Foundation of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA), is pleased to announce its 2017 Research Grant Availability.  A research proposal that is hypothesis driven, and centers on an aspect of anesthesia or pain management, will be selected for funding, for up to a total of $5,000 US.  Applications from residents in an ACVAA endorsed training program will be favored. There will be a single stage process for proposals.  The ACVAA Foundation committee invites submission of proposals which are hypothesis driven, and center on an aspect of anesthesia or pain management of any species.  Guidelines for the submission are listed below.  All proposals will be evaluated by members of the Foundation committee.    Proposals should be submitted electronically to Dr. Benjamin Brainard, Scientific Director, the Foundation of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia, at  You will receive a follow-up email within (48) hours from Dr. Brainard as evidence of receipt of your submission.  If you do not receive email notification of receipt, please re-submit your proposal, or contact Dr. Brainard directly. Proposals due:  July 15, 2017* Notification of funding: On or about August 30, 2017 (Award will also be presented at ACVAA/IVECCS Annual meeting, September 2017) *Electronically submitted by 11:59 pm Pacific standard time.  Proposal guidelines: Maximum length six (6) typewritten pages (with unlimited appendix); 1 inch margins; in an easy-to read 12-point font, single spaced.  • The first page must include the name and contact information for principal investigator, and the names and affiliations of co-investigators.  • The second page should include an introductory narrative, which should document the importance of the proposed study, highlight relevance to Veterinary Anesthesia and Pain Management, and specifically address how the proposed approach will provide new information on the problem.  • The second page must also include the study hypothesis/hypotheses and objectives. • The third page should summarize the experimental design to satisfy the listed objectives. For clinical studies, document availability of sufficient case material. Multi-center investigations may be necessary and are encouraged to provide sufficient case material. Preliminary data, if available, is desirable. • The fourth page should document the role of each investigator and co-investigator, and provide adequate proof that the investigative team is appropriately equipped and has sufficient expertise in the area of study to merit funding.  This page should also contain a proposed time line for completion of the project (maximum one year). • The fifth page should contain references for the above, and is limited to one page.  • The sixth page should provide a fully itemized budget, divided into key components if possible (e.g. animal care, laboratory assays, purchase of study drug, use of equipment…).  The maximum budget amount is $5,000. Funds will not be released to the investigator until proof of institutional animal use and care approval or approval of a clinical research committee (if necessary) has been granted.  If required, a copy of the client informed consent must be attached to the proposal (no page limit). » The ACVAA does NOT pay for full-time faculty salaries, the purchase of laboratory equipment, or overhead.  » Any residual funds will be required to be returned at the end of (2) years. » If this award will be used in conjunction with other funds, please provide confirmation of the availability of these funds in a letter in the appendix. » Letters of support from collaborators, if necessary, may also be attached in an appendix to the proposal. » Do not list graphs/tables or other preliminary data in the appendix. Note: The ACVAA Research Grant Program is designed to give preference to funding clinically-oriented projects that either utilize clinical cases or experimental research and subjects that address a clinically-oriented anesthesia and/or pain management problem.  The Awardee will be required to provide a 6-month report by February 1, 2018 and is expected to present data from the study at ACVAA/IVECCS 2018.  Final report is due September 15, 2018.  This report can be sent electronically to Dr. Benjamin Brainard, Scientific director of the ACVAA Foundation Committee ( The Foundation of the ACVAA should be acknowledged at any presentation of the funded research results, and in any resultant publication.  Any questions can be addressed directly to:  Deborah Wilson,  Chair of the ACVAA Foundation Committee Work Phone:  (517) 353-9710 or email: