Twelfth International Veterinary Emergency &
Critical Care Symposium


The 12th International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Symposium (IVECCS 2006) was held September 17-21 at the Marriott Rivercenter San Antonio and drew 2900 attendees. The symposium was conducted by the Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society (VECCS) in alliance with the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC) and the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians (AVECCT). This was the largest IVECCS ever with 2240 veterinarians, students and technicians participating in the four and one-half day progressive CE program. (See attendance figures below).

This year's international symposium focused on "Clinical Monitoring" and combined over 450 hours of lectures with 45 wet labs, dry labs, workshops and small group seminars. IVECCS 2006 served as the Annual Meeting for VECCS and also hosted the annual meetings of the ACVECC, AVECCT, American Association of Veterinary Blood Banks (AAVB) and the Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthetists (AVTA). Highlights of the meeting included the keynote lecture on "Optimizing Strategies Beyond Evidence-Based Medicine" by Dr. John Marshall, Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto and a special case lunchtime presentation on "Caring for Barbaro" given by Drs. Barb Dallap and Pam Wilkins of Penn's New Bolton Center.

Registration Summary:








157 International Registrants

13 Countries

  • 120 speakers presented over 450 hours of cutting-edge CE
  • 35 hours of CE credit was available
  • Basic to advanced level lectures and labs on clinical monitoring.
  • CPR Training course for veterinarian-technician teams and technician teams alone.
  • Invited lectures by Dr John Marshall, internationally acclaimed expert on sepsis and human critical care.
  • A full day of State-of-the-art presentations featured discussions on advances in MOF, pulmonary hypertension, oxidative stress and molecular basis of therapeutics.
  • One day devoted to exotic animal EM/CC with an additional ½ day wet-lab.
  • Conducted over 40 labs and Small Group Discussion sessions; 75% were sold out prior to the meeting and over 95% of all seats in the sessions were filled.
  • A day of Disaster Medicine presentations relating to lessons learned from the 2005 hurricanes.
  • Audience Response (keypad interactive) system was utilized in three days of the program.
  • Small Animal Abstracts program included over 40 papers and posters.
  • Technician program with 4½ days of lectures and labs
  • Over 850 techs attended, making it one of the largest tech meetings in North America.
  • Three simultaneous tracks of tech program sessions
  • A half day devoted to a Multidisciplinary Review program
  • The AVTA conducted a special one-half day program
  • Several hands-on labs focusing on monitoring, vascular access, nursing care, catheter management and CPR.
  • Equine Medicine program Over 50 equine oriented veterinarians attended
  • Equine Abstracts featured 19 papers
  • Three days devoted to equine critical care with focus on equine monitoring, multiple organ dysfunction and ICU management.
  • Management program - Two days
  • Included panel discussions on facility design and personnel management in referral practices.
  • Commonly encountered management issues addressed by working practice managers.