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IVECCS 2016 was attended by nearly 2500 Veterinarians, Technicians, Managers, and Students – A very successful symposium with a large international attendance.
1533  Veterinarians (plus MDs, RNs, PhDs, etc)
741    Technicians
107    Practice Managers
91      Students
  Sub Total: 2,472
541    Exhibitors
71      Job Fair Representatives
111    Guests
  Grand Total: 3,195
IVECCS 2016 was the 22nd IVECCS and was conducted at the Gaylord Texan, Grapevine, Texas, between Dallas and Fort Worth. There were 2,472 vet, tech, student and practice manager registrants which included 314 international registrants from 30 foreign countries.  With exhibitor personnel, nearly 3100 attended this IVECCS. This state-of-the-art symposium was again conducted jointly by the Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society (VECCS), American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC), and the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians (AVECCT). The American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA) and the Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthesia and Analgesia (AVTAA) met at IVECCS and augmented the scientific program with tracks focusing on anesthesia and pain management. ACVAA also conducted two full-day tracks of Research Abstracts.  The International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM) met at IVECCS as an affiliate. The organization held their business meetings, practitioner exam and coordinated a portion of the Pain Management program.

The theme for IVECCS 2016 was “Sepsis in Emergency & Critical Care” which was the focus of many of the lecture modules as well as several laboratory and small group interactive workshops. Over 430 hours of scientific program presentations by 150 speakers were provided to attendees while still emphasizing the latest in therapeutic interventions utilized in day-to-day practice. Additionally, six special “daybreak sessions” were presented to packed rooms. Symposium program highlights:
  • Multidisciplinary Review sessions - attended by 260 vets and 8 techs.
  • IVAPM Pain Management Review session presented to over 300
  • Nearly 100 ACVECC (SA & LA) and ACVAA research abstracts and 35 poster abstracts.
  • Several lecture blocks on Sepsis, MODS, assessment of organ failure, antibiotic therapy, and critical care management of sepsis patients.
  • Updates provided on Respiratory Distress, Coagulation, Transfusion Medicine, Trauma Management, and Fluid therapy: Crystalloid vs Colloid Controversies.
  • ACVECC Year-in-Review - Overflow sessions providing in-depth literature reviews.
  • Practice management program drew the largest attendance ever with over 110 practice managers participating and the 4 day program included a full-day of on leadership, conflict resolution and challenging personnel issues. A special Practice Managers luncheon was held where the Practice Manager of the Year was announced.
  • Technician lectures and workshops presented all four days, with three tracks each day– nearly 750 techs participated.
  • Wet labs were held on Critical Care Echocardiography, Monitoring, Arterial Catheterization, Emergency Surgery, Endoscopy, AFAST/TFAST and more.
  • Ventilation training utilizing advanced ventilation simulators were conducted in both vet and tech workshops registrants.
  • The Welcome Reception with live Texas Western music and line dancing was a highlight enjoyed by the all registrants.
    General Session & Awards Ceremony
    • Packed room of over 700 attended the General Session
    • Dr Anand Kumar delivered a thought provoking lecture on “Antibiotic Strategies Against Sepsis”
    • Dr Pam Wilkins received the Zaslow VECCS Distinguished Service Award. First equine veterinarian to receive the award.
    • Dr Larry Cowgill received the ACVECC Achievement Award for his longtime work and accomplishments in the field of the Critical Kidney.
    • Dr Diana Hassel received the T. Douglas Byers Boehringer Ingelheim Equine Educator of the Year Award,
    • ACVECC presented their annual research grant to Drs. Thomas Edwards, Amie Koenig, James Edwards, and LeNae Pecenka, MLS(ASCP)SBB.
    • VECCF reviewed their service work projects and presented their research grant for $10,000 a group from University of Georgia.
    • Best Abstract and Case report award winners were also announced.
    • ACVAA recognized the best abstract presentations their two tracks of abstracts
    • AVECCT commemorated their 20th Anniversary by recognizing their Charter Members. The group also recognized Dr Gary Stamp as their first Honorary AVECCT Member.

IVECCS 2017 will be held September 13-17 at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee.

IVECCS Corporate Partners
We would like to extend a very big "Thank You" to our 2016 IVECCS Sponsors.  Their partnership is integral in allowing IVECCS to offer the highest-quality continuing education available at any national or international meeting.  Please show them your support!

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