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June 1, 2016

ACVECC is pleased to announce Larry D. Cowgill DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM) as the recipient of the 2016 Hill’s ACVECC Jack Mara Scientific Achievement Award for “The Critical Kidney”

Dr. Larry Cowgill received his DVM degree from the University of California at Davis and completed his internship and residency training at the University of Pennsylvania. From 1973-1976 he completed post graduate training at the Renal and Electrolyte Section of the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine in basic renal physiology and nephrology and earned a PhD degree in Comparative Medical Sciences in 1976. He is Board Certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine and a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal Internal Medicine).

Dr. Cowgill is a Professor in the Department of Medicine and Epidemiology of the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and has been a member of the clinical faculty at Davis since 1976. Concurrently, he is Associate Dean for Southern California Clinical Programs and Director of the University of California Veterinary Medical Center-San Diego (Clinical Programs).

One of Dr. Cowgill’s professional directions has been the development and expanded application of hemodialysis and therapeutic apheresis as a means of blood purification in animals with kidney failure, acute poisoning, and immune-mediated diseases. Dr. Cowgill was an early pioneer in the application and perfection of hemodialysis techniques for dogs and cats and established the world’s first clinical hemodialysis program for animals at UC Davis. He is considered an authority on kidney diseases of animals and currently directs the hemodialysis and blood purification programs at both UC Davis and the UC Veterinary Medical Center in San Diego. He established the first Fellowship training program dedicated to Renal Medicine and Extracorporeal Therapies, and has been instrumental in the training specialists currently performing hemodialysis worldwide. His current efforts are directed to expanding the national and international application of high-quality hemodialysis techniques and blood purification therapies for acute and chronic kidney failure in animals as well as the critical international demand for training in these therapies. These training efforts include the (web-based) semi-monthly International Renal Replacement Rounds and in 2014-2015 the establishment of the UC Davis Hemodialysis Academy that provided over 150 hours of advanced didactic instruction to trainees in 13 countries.

Dr. Cowgill has enjoyed and dedicated more than 40 years to the practice of veterinary internal medicine, nephrology, and teaching and has trained many of the leading veterinary nephrologists throughout the world.

The 2016 Hill’s ACVECC Jack Mara Scientific Achievement Award will be presented to Dr. Cowgill at the 2016 International Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Symposium (IVECCS) Grapevine, Texas, September 7-11, 2016.

Dr. Cowgill will be featured as a key lecturer in the 2017 ACVECC Postgraduate Review Course on “The Critical Kidney,” on January 20, 2017, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

March 10, 2016

Call for Nominations for the 2016 Hill’s ACVECC Jack Mara Scientific Achievement Award

The American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care announces a call for nominations for the 2016 Hill’s Dr. Jack Mara Scientific Achievement Award for “The Critical Kidney”.  

VECCS and ACVECC members are invited to nominate the veterinarian that they believe has made the most substantial contribution to our knowledge and understanding of nephrology in the critically ill veterinary patient. The nominee does not need to be a member of either VECCS or ACVECC.

Nominations (which can be made by any VECCS and ACVECC member) should include:

  • The name of the nominee
  • A paragraph stating the reason the nominee deserves the nomination in the opinion of the person nominating.

Those making nominations should gain permission from the person they wish to nominate BEFORE submitting the nomination, and inform the nominee that the nominee must submit a two to four page biosketch outlining their accomplishments in the field of veterinary nephrology to Kathleen Liard, at kathleen.liard@tufts.edu. This MUST BE DONE to confirm their intentions and to be accepted officially as a nominee.

More than one person may be nominated by a single individual. The individual will be elected by the ACVECC Diplomates. All nominations should be sent electronically to Kathleen Liard, ACVECC Administrative Assistant, at kathleen.liard@tufts.edu.

Nominations close at 11:59 pm EDT on April 29, 2016

The person chosen will be featured as a key lecturer in the 2017 ACVECC Postgraduate Review Course on The Critical Kidneywhich will be held in January, 2017.  The award is in memory and honor of Dr. Jack Mara, a distinguished veterinarian and scientist who was a staunch advocate of veterinary emergency and critical care as well as postgraduate education.Questions concerning nominations can be addressed to Dr. Deborah Silverstein at dcsilver@vet.upenn.edu ; Kathleen Liard at Kathleen.liard@tufts.edu; or Dr. Armelle deLaforcade at Armelle.delaforcade@tufts.edu.

November 6, 2015

ACVECC will once again be hosting a post-graduate review course in conjunction with the Society for Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) congress. In 2016, the SCCM 45th Critical Care Congress will be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, from February 20-24, 2016.

The ACVECC Postgraduate and Multi-Disciplinary Review will be held on February 19th & 20th; (13) hours of CE will be provided.

The PGR this year is focused on advances in cardiology diagnostics and therapies, and will be presented by John E. Rush DVM, MS, DACVECC, DACVIM (Cardiology), the 2015 recipient of the Hill’s ACVECC Jack Mara Scientific Achievement Award. He will co-present this day with fellow cardiologist Teresa DeFrancesco DVM, DACVECC, DACVIM (Cardiology). Topics will include: cardiac function, treatment of congestive heart failure, cardiac arrhythmias, and pulmonary hypertension, as well as cardiac imaging modalities.

The MDR will be presented by Jane Quandt DVM, MS, DACVAA, DACVECC and Benjamin Brainard VMD, DACVAA, DACVECC, who both care for critical patients in need of analgesia or anesthesia. Topics for this day will include: the selection and use of anesthetic, analgesic, and anxiolytic drugs in the veterinary ER and ICU, including anesthetic planning for critically ill patients.

Linda Barton DVM, DACVECC will present the IVECCS Research Abstracts Review.

You may register for the veterinary PGR on the main SCCM website:

http://www.sccm.org/Education-Center/Annual-Congress/Hotel-Travel/Pages/default.aspx

Early registration for the SCCM Congress ends on December 16, 2015.

Proceedings for this meeting will be available as either a printed booklet or a jump drive.

We hope to see you in Orlando!

June 3, 2015

ACVECC is pleased to announce John E. Rush DVM, MS, DACVECC, DACVIM (Cardiology) as the recipient of the 2015 Hill’s ACVECC Jack Mara Scientific Achievement Award for “Clinical Cardiology”

Dr. John Rush is a 1984 graduate from the Ohio State University, where he concurrently completed his DVM and MS degrees.  After a 1 year internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, Dr. Rush completed a residency in cardiology and small animal internal medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He moved to the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 1989, where he is a Professor in Cardiology, currently with a minor role in emergency and critical care resident training.  Dr. Rush served as Section Head of the Emergency and Critical Care Service at the Cummings school from 1998-2003.

Dr. Rush is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. He is also a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialty of Cardiology, where he currently serves as President of the specialty.

Dr. Rush’s research interests include cardiology and emergency and critical care fields, and he has been active in researching cardiac biomarkers, nutrition and cardiac disease, and new cardiac medications. Dr. Rush has over 150 peer reviewed articles, and he has mentored over 50 interns and residents, of whom 20 individuals went on to participate in academic careers in cardiology or emergency and critical care. He also has had administrative roles as Associate Department Chair for Clinical Sciences, Vice President and Medical Director at Tufts Veterinary Emergency Treatment and Specialties in Walpole, MA, and as a co-developer and Supervisor for Tufts at Tech Community Animal Hospital at Worcester Technical High School.

The 2015 Hill’s ACVECC Jack Mara Scientific Achievement Award will be presented to Dr. Rush at the 2015 International Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Symposium (IVECCS) Washington, D.C., September 18-22, 2015.

Dr. Rush will be featured as a key lecturer in the 2016 ACVECC Postgraduate Review Course on Advances in Cardiology Diagnostics and Therapies,” on February 19, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.

September 30, 2014

ACVECC will once again be hosting a post-graduate review course in conjunction with the Society for Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) congress.

In 2015, the congress will be held at the Phoenix Convention Center from January 17-21, 2015.

The ACVECC PGR will be held on Jan 16 and 17th, and 12 hours of CE will be provided.

The PGR this year is focused on neurocritical care, and will be presented by Dr. Curtis Dewey, the 2014 recipient of the Jack Mara Scientific Award.  He will co-present this day with fellow neurologist Dr. Peter Early.  Topics include: updates in traumatic brain injury, IVDD and spinal trauma, and approaches to the patient in status epilepticus, among other topics.

The second day will be focused on advances in veterinary sepsis and critical care, presented by Dr. Iain Keir and Dr. Claire Sharp, both ACVECC Diplomates with strong research interests in sepsis.  Topics for this day will include: antibiotic selection in sepsis, cardiovascular dysfunction in sepsis, the role of extracorporeal blood purification in sepsis, and a reevaluation of fluid therapy in the ICU, among other topics.

You may register for the veterinary PGR on the main SCCM website:

http://www.sccm.org/Education-Center/Annual-Congress/Hotel-Travel/Pages/default.aspx

Early registration for the congress ends on Nov. 12, 2014.

July 11, 2014

ACVECC is pleased to announce Curtis W. Dewey, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology), Diplomate ACVS as the recipient of the 2014 Hill’s ACVECC Jack Mara Scientific Achievement Award for “Neurology: Diagnostics and therapies for the critical patient”

Dr. Curtis W. Dewey earned both his bachelor’s and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degrees at Cornell University. Subsequent to graduating with his doctorate, Dr. Dewey began a Small Animal Internship at the University of Georgia, and then a Small Animal Surgery Residency and Masters Degree (Anatomy) program at UGA. Dr. Dewey entered and completed a rotating Small Animal Neurology/Neurosurgery residency at the University of California, Davis. He then served on the faculty of Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine for five years, followed by a five years in private specialty practice at Long Island Veterinary Specialists.

Dr. Dewey served as the Chief of the Neurology/Neurosurgery Service at Cornell University’s Hospital for Animals for nearly (7) years, and is currently an Associate Professor, Section of Neurology/Neurosurgery, at Cornell. Beyond his extensive professional accomplishments, Dr. Dewey has spoken at multiple national and international veterinary meetings. He is also widely published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and related publications. The third edition of Dr. Dewey’s textbook A Practical Guide to Canine and Feline Neurology is currently in production, co-edited by Dr. Ronaldo daCosta.

The 2014 Hill’s ACVECC Jack Mara Scientific Achievement Award will be presented to Dr. Dewey at the 2014 International Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Symposium (IVECCS) Indianapolis, Indiana, September 10-14, 2014.

Dr. Dewey will be featured as a key lecturer in the 2015 ACVECC Postgraduate Review Course on “Neurology: Diagnostics and therapies for the critical patient,” on January 16, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.

April 23, 2014

The new European College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

“We are delighted to announce that on April 12, 2014 at their annual meeting, the European Board of Veterinary Specialization (EBVS) unanimously approved the creation of a new European College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ECVECC). This represents a great step forward for ECC in Europe and gives our specialty the same status as many other specialties. The 10 Founding Diplomates will comprise the Organizing Committee of Amanda Boag, Joris Robben and Nadja Sigrist, along with Sophie Adamantos, Marcel Aumann, Andrew Brown, Dan Chan, Cristina Fragio, Isabelle Goy-Thollot and Francoise Roux. We would like to thank all involved with ECC in Europe over the last decade who have laid the foundation stones on which this achievement is built. We would also like to thank VECCS and ACVECC for their support during the last few years as we have prepared our submission. The College will be formally launched at the EVECCS Congress in Prague (www.eveccs2014.org) in June, when we expect to hold our first business meeting. We now plan to work hard to grow the College and develop training programs in Europe to create a vibrant, sustainable organization and to further the development of our specialty. We will be publicizing processes for applying for de facto Diplomate status and residency training guidelines following our meeting in June.” Amanda K. Boag, DACVIM, DACVECC

April 9, 2014

Call for Nominations for the 2014 Hill’s Jack Mara Scientific Achievement Award

The American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care announces a call for nominations for the 2014 Hill’s Dr. Jack Mara Scientific Achievement Award for “Neurology: Diagnostics and therapies for the critical patient.” 

VECCS and ACVECC members are invited to nominate the veterinarian that they believe has made the most substantial contribution to our knowledge and understanding of neurologic diagnoses or therapies in the critically ill patient.  The nominee does not need to be a member of either VECCS or ACVECC to be nominated. Nominations (which can be made by any VECCS and ACVECC member) should include:

  • The name of the nominee
  • A paragraph stating the reason the nominee deserves the nomination in the opinion of the person nominating.

Those making nominations should gain permission from the person they wish to nominate BEFORE submitting the nomination, and inform the nominee that the nominee must submit a two to four page biosketch outlining their accomplishments in the field of veterinary neurology to Kathleen Liard, at kathleen.liard@tufts.eduThis MUST BE DONE to confirm their intentions and to be accepted officially as a nominee. More than one person may be nominated by a single individual.  The individual will be elected by the ACVECC Diplomates.  All nominations should be sent electronically to Kathleen Liard, ACVECC Administrative Assistant, at kathleen.liard@tufts.edu. Nominations close at 11:59 pm EDT on May 16th, 2014  The person chosen will be featured as a key lecturer in the 2015 ACVECC Postgraduate Review Course on Neurology: Diagnostics and therapies for the critical patientwhich will be held in January, 2015. The award is in memory and honor of Dr. Jack Mara, a distinguished veterinarian and scientist who was a staunch advocate of veterinary emergency and critical care as well as postgraduate education. Questions concerning nominations can be addressed to Dr. Benjamin Brainard at brainard@uga.edu; Kathleen Liard at Kathleen.liard@tufts.edu; or Dr. Armelle de Laforcade at Armelle.delaforcade@tufts.edu.

November 4, 2013

The 2014 ACVECC Postgraduate & Multi Disciplinary Review

ACVECC is proud to sponsor a special post-graduate review course this year, in conjunction with the human Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) meeting in San Francisco, January 10-13 . Unlike previous years, the ACVECC program is integrated as a pre-congress session, which means that attendees can take advantage of the SCCM hotel blocks and online registration.  The PGR sessions will be Jan. 8 and 9, 2014 in the Moscone Center.  There will be no separate registration through ACVECC this year, so all attendees must register using the SCCM site (http://www.sccm.org/Education-Center/Annual-Congress/Hotel-Travel/Pages/default.aspx).  We encourage attendees to make your hotel reservations soon, and to take advantage of the early registration discount for the full SCCM meeting, which ends November 6, 2013. The schedule for this year’s PGR will include a full day (Jan 8) on respiratory therapeutics and diagnostics presented by Drs. Lesley King and Liz Rozanski.  Dr. King is the recipient of this year’s Jack Mara award for scientific achievement.  The speakers for day 2 (Jan 9) will be Drs. Andre Shih and Ed Cooper, who will present a program devoted to cardiovascular physiology and volume assessment and management in the critically ill patient.  A preview schedule of the topics for the veterinary PGR as well as the full SCCM congress can be found at http://www.sccm.org/Education-Center/Annual-Congress/Program/Pages/default.aspx.  In addition, for those attendees who were unable to join us at IVECCS this year, the day will feature a review of highlights from the scientific abstract and poster sessions at IVECCS 2013.   As in previous years, the second day will end with a mock-board exam for residents preparing to sit ACVECC boards.