American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care

Who We Are

We lead the advancement of emergency and critical care and empower the veterinary healthcare team

The American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care is the AVMA-recognized veterinary specialty organizationTM for certification of veterinarians in the field of veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.   ACVECC Diplomates are Board Certified Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care who have undergone specialized training in the field of veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. We help veterinarians get the proper training, residencies, certificates, and employment as well as helping pet owners find qualified vets for emergency care.

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Resident Focus & “On the Horizon” Call for Submissions
Resident Focus & “On the Horizon” Call for Submissions IVECCS 2022 Sunday Sept 11, 2022, 8:00 – 11:30 AM The ...
2019 ACVECC Jack Mara Scientific Achievement Award
The 2019 ACVECC Jack Mara Scientific Achievement Award will be presented to Dr. Fletcher and Dr. Boller at the 2019 International Veterinary Eme...
2019 Ira M. Zaslow VECCS Distinguished Service Award: Dr. Liz Roz...
VECCS proudly announces Dr. Elizabeth Rozanski as the 2019 Ira M. Zaslow VECCS Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Ro...
Dr. Justine Lee | 2018 Hill’s Jack Mara Scientific Achievement Aw...
ACVECC is pleased to announce Justine A. Lee, DVM, DACVECC, DABT as the recipient of the 2018 ACVECC Jack Mara Scientif...

Dates & Deadlines

Upcoming Deadlines and Due Dates


SAVE THE DATE! October 2-5, 2022
VCRS 2022 | One Respiratory Health

VCRS 2022 web site

Visit the VCRS 2022 web site for more details!

Photo: Tourism Saskatoon

Attend VCRS 2022 in Saskatoon! 

Save the date for the 40th annual Veterinary Comparative Respiratory Society (VCRS) Symposium! VCRS 2022 will take place from October 2 to 5, 2022, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The symposium's venue is the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, located across from the University of Saskatchewan.  

Under the umbrella of "One Respiratory Health," VCRS 2022 will explore five exciting themes over three days: 

  • COVID in animals and animal models of COVID
  • Lung inflammation and lung injury
  • Interdisciplinary research and animal models
  • One rural lung health
  • Biomedical engineering advances for respiratory health

FEATURED SPEAKERS | Oct. 3-5, 2022

WET LAB | Oct. 2, 2022

Equine airway endoscopy and sample collection 
Join Dr. Julia Montgomery and Dr. James Carmalt of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) for a full day of learning at the WCVM's Ryan/Dubé Equine Performance Centre. Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Canada.

Scientific Abstracts | Banquet and Awards | VCRS Grant Recipient Presentation
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 to learn more! 






As a reminder, the IVECCS Program Committee is seeking proposals for presentation topics and ideas for IVECCS, September 7-11, 2023, in Aurora, CO. Veterinary and Technician experts in Emergency and Critical Care, Small and Large Animal Surgery and Medicine, Practice Leadership, and Exotic Medicine & Surgery are invited to submit their proposed topics and course descriptions for lecture, workshop and lab sessions.


The theme for IVECCS 2023 is:

“Emergency and Critical Care and the GI Tract”


Proposal Deadline: September 30, 2022

Final review of proposals for IVECCS 2023: October 31, 2022

Invitations to present at IVECCS 2023 sent to speakers: January 2023


Contact with questions or if you experience difficulties entering your speaker information into the database.





"Hello, Everyone!"

Please use the link below to place your vote for the recipient of the 2022 Hill's ACVECC Jack Mara Scientific Achievement Award for "Advances in Extracorporeal Therapy and/or Dialysis Therapy."

Please select the individual you feel has made the most substantial contribution to our knowledge and understanding of extracorporeal therapy and/or dialysis therapy in the critically ill veterinary patient.

The nominees for this award are listed below, and their bio sketches are attached attached to email recently sent out.

  • Alessio Vigani
  • Cathy Langston
  • Leonel Londoño

Ballot will close on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 at 12:00 PM Eastern.

Thank you all for placing your vote!

Lenore Bacek
Vice President, ACVECC
Chair, ACVECC Scientific Program Committee



Sunday Sept 11, 2022, 8:00 – 11:30 AM

The IVECCS 2022 Resident Focus is scheduled for Sunday Sept 11, 2022 from 8:00 –11:30 AM.   We are planning on six presentations: 20 minutes of lecture followed by 5 minutes for Q&A on the last day of the Symposium.  The aim is to provide high-level presentations for residents, advanced practitioners, and diplomates.  We are seeking both residents and recent diplomates of ACVECC and ECVECC to make up the program.  These presentations should be from stellar new diplomates and residents, to residents, at a resident level.  You are being notified of this program as a resident program coordinator, resident, or recent diplomate. We are looking for appropriate subject matter and content for ACVECC and ECVECC residents or diplomates.  The presentations can be on any subject, but must be at a resident/diplomate level.  

In addition to the traditional boards level review, we are excited to solicit cutting edge research topics or advanced physiology review for topics that are on the horizon.  This is an excellent platform for residents and new Diplomates to share knowledge, ideas or even preliminary results.  We believe these types of presentations will appeal to Diplomates and individuals in training who seek specialist level information.  

For the mentors: we hope that you encourage the very best residents to speak.  We do require that you be directly involved in the preparation of the presentations to promote resident success and excellent presentations. A statement of support for your mentee’s submission is requested but not required. Proceedings will be required and published.  

This has been a popular session for residents, diplomates and eager conference attendees.  It is also an excellent opportunity to provide residents and new diplomates an avenue for speaking and writing.  The session timing provides opportunity for advanced level discussion for those attendees who were unable to attend the MDR.  

Residents/diplomates chosen to present are reminded they must register for the meeting and that registration is not complimentary.  An honorarium will be provided for each presentation. 

DEADLINE for submission of a summary of the proposed presentation topic is February 1, 2022. (Please see submission instructions below)

The authors of all presentations that are selected for presentation will be notified by February 25, 2022.

Proceedings from the selected presentations will be published in the IVECCS 2022 Proceedings.

Submission instructions: 

Please submit your proposal as .pdf or .docx files to before February 1, 2022.  The subject line should read “IVECCS 2022 Resident Focus Proposal”

The proposal can be in outline form and should be no longer than 2 pages, single spaced, with font no smaller than 10pt.  We are not looking for the actual presentation, rather a summary of what you propose to cover in your presentation.  We are particularly interested to see:

  • Topic material is appropriate to the intended audience (ACVECC & ECVECC Residents & Diplomates)
  • Topic is not a repeat of something presented last year (similar topics are fine if covering a different aspect from the previous year - this should be apparent from your proposal)
  • Material can be covered in the appropriate depth in a 20-minute presentation

Mentors are expected to be directly involved in preparation of the presentation. A statement from your mentor in support of your submission is encouraged but not required. 

Submissions will be reviewed and authors of selected presentations notified by February 25, 2022.

Thank you in advance for your help in continuing this program for our residents and new diplomates.   

Armi Pigott, DVM, DACVECC