VECCS 2015 was attended by nearly 2900 Veterinarians, Technicians, Managers, and Students - the largest IVECCS by a wide margin exceeding IVECCS 2011 previous record attendance by over 250 registrants.
74 Practice Managers
Sub Total: 2,892
68 Job Fair Representatives
Grand Total: 3,683
IVECCS 2015 was the 21st IVECCS and the first on the East coast. There were 2,892 vet, tech, student and practice manager registrants which included 390 international registrants from 31 foreign countries. With exhibitor personnel, nearly 3700 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 2015 was “Respiratory 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, four special “daybreak sessions” were presented to packed rooms. Symposium program highlights:
- Multidisciplinary Review sessions - attended by 250 vets and 85 techs.
- Nearly 100 ACVECC (SA & LA) and ACVAA research abstracts and 40 poster abstracts.
- Several lecture blocks on acute respiratory dysfunction syndrome (ARDS), ventilation therapy, thoracic trauma and critical care management of respiratory patients.
- Updates on Clinical Cardiology, Sepsis, Coagulation, Trauma Management, and Fluid therapy: Crystalloid vs Colloid Controversies.
- ACVECC Year-in-Review - Overflow sessions providing in-depth literature reviews.
- Practice management program included a full-day of high energy motivational sessions on leadership and challenging personnel issues. Program also included three days of lectures and a day of interactive workshops.
- Technician lectures and workshops presented all four days, with three tracks each day– nearly 900 techs (largest ever at IVECCS) participated
- Wet labs on Cardiac Output Measurements, 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.
- Welcome Reception held outside on the grassy lawn overlooking the Potomac River, a breathtaking event attended by over 2500.
- Organizational meeting of RECOVER joint committee held to kick-off phase two of this internationally acclaimed work.
- General Session & Awards Ceremony
- Dr Jonathon Sevransky delivered a thought provoking lecture on “Prevention of Sepsis Induced ARDS”
- Awards Ceremony – Dr Jen Devey received the Zaslow VECCS Distinguished Service Award.
- Dr John Rush received the ACVECC Achievement Award for his longtime work and accomplishments in the field of Critical Care Cardiology.
- VECCF announced the formation of “Dougies Fund” a disaster relief support fund named for Dr Dougie Macintire, a Founding Member of the VECCF and devoted member of VECCS.
- Best Abstract and Case report award winners also announced.
Symposium surveys showed very strong satisfaction with IVECCS as 98% of attendees responding said they would recommend IVECCS to a colleague and over 97% indicated they would attended another IVECCS within two Years.
IVECCS 2016 will be held September 7-11 at the Gaylord Texan outside Dallas - Fort Worth (Grapevine), Texas.
IVECCS 2016 EVAL AND MOBILE APP CHALLENGE WINNERS
Thank you to everyone that completed the IVECCS Eval and participated in the App Game Challenge on the Mobile App! Below is the list of this year's winners.
2016 IVECCS Free General Registration
Dr. Donald Hiltner III, Frederick, MD
$200 Visa Gift Card
Betsy Murray, Northampton, MA
Dr. Stephanie Torfin, St. Paul, MN
Dr. Christine Learman, Woodbridge, VA
Complimentary 2016 VECCS Membership
Melissa Zablatzky, Denville, NJ
Dr. John Gicking, Tampa, FL
Dr. Chiara De Caro Carella, Corvallis, OR
One Free Set of VECCS Scrubs
Dr. Amelia Munsterman, Auburn, AL
Brandy Helewa, Phoenix, AZ
Dr. Sarah Burke, Biloxi, MS
MOBILE APP CHALLENGE WINNERS
Dr. Amy Oliverio, Portsmouth, NH
Betty Chan, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Dr. Michelle Goodnight, Suwanee, GA
Beats Solo Headphones
Corene Carpenter, Berkeley, CA
$20 IVECCS Bookstore Gift Certificate
Allison Edwards, Lexington, KY
Anastasia Lucignani, New Smyrna Beach, FL
Audrey Gale Dyer, Lexington, KY
Diana Shum, Toronto, Canada
Emery Engers, Troy, MI
Harry Kyle, Campbell, CA
Jenny Groover, Gainesville, FL
Lindsey Fejfar, North Grafton, MA
Meg Stapleton, Stone Ridge, NY
Meghan Dakin, Dover, NH
Patty Pate, Kingston, NH
Polly Fleckenstein, East Syracuse, NY
Rebecca Weller, Guelph, Canada
Valerie Duckworth, Campbell, CA