American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
    ACVECC Initiatives (RECOVER & VETCOT)

    RECOVER: Reassessment Campaign on Veterinary Resuscitation 

    The RECOVER initiative was spearheaded by co-Chairs Dr. Daniel Fletcher and Dr. Manuel Boller, and supported by ACVECC. The goals of this initiative were to:

    1. To facilitate an evidence review of the current literature on veterinary cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
    2. To derive a draft set of clinical guidelines for veterinary CPR based on the evidence review
    3. To collate and incorporate feedback from the veterinary community at large and develop a set of consensus CPR guidelines
    4. To disseminate these consensus, evidence-based veterinary CPR guidelines widely

    For more information, go to our RECOVER page.

    VetCOT: Veterinary Committee on Trauma

    The Veterinary Committee on Trauma is supported by ACVECC. VetCOT's vision is to crate a network of “lead” hospitals (university and private) to seed development of trauma systems. More information can be found here.


    Dear DACVECC colleagues,


    The ACVECC Veterinary Committee on Trauma (VetCOT) is planning to identify the next wave of Veterinary Trauma Centers (VTCs) to expand our network. This network of hospitals is collaborating in many ways, including a now well established trauma registry with >55,000 dog and cat trauma cases which is being utilized to improve trauma patient care. The trauma initiative is truly a group effort – from collaborative research and education to the patient bedside. Thanks to all VetCOT committee members, VTC leads and trauma teams for your efforts. We are excited to expand the network.


    If after reviewing the updated Resources document, your hospital is interested in applying for VTC provisional status, please read the “Intro letter and Checklist for hospitals interested VTC identification” (attached). The application deadline is 11:59 PM PST Monday April 4, 2022. The target is for the VetCOT-Identification and Verification subcommittee to review applications in order to present recommendations for approval to the ACVECC Board of Regents at their May meeting.


    For further information on the effort, please visit or contact Kelly Hall or Rachel Fink.


    Together we are improving trauma patient care,


    Megan Davis, Identification and Verification committee chair,

    Kelly Hall, VetCOT Executive Director,

    Rachel Fink, VetCOT Program Coordinator,


    ACVECC VetCOT Trauma & Critical Care Symposium, March 25-27, 2022

    Dear Colleagues,


    We are excited to invite you to the annual ACVECC VetCOT Veterinary Trauma & Critical Care Symposium March 25-27, 2022, in Las Vegas, NV. The conference will be held in conjunction with the ACVECC PGR/MDR (Mar 24-25, 2022) and the Trauma, Critical Care & Acute Care Surgery Conference (March 28-30, 2022). This conference is a unique opportunity for those with an interest in trauma medicine and surgery to share ideas, experiences and expertise in a smaller forum conducive to discussion and collaboration. While the target audience is veterinary specialists (DACVECC, DACVS, DACVAA), we strongly encourage residents (ACVECC, ACVS, ACVAA), Emergency clinicians, ECC technicians, and allied specialists and residents (ACVO, ACVIM-neurology, ACVSMR, ACVR) to attend. Although the focus is small animal trauma, our large animal colleagues are encouraged to attend.


    The "Call for Abstracts" is also attached. Accepted abstracts are published annually in JVECC.

    Please note that the deadline for abstract or case report submission has been extended to 11:59 pm (EST), Monday January 17, 2022.


    Tentative schedule:

    Friday afternoon, March 25, 1:00-5:30 PM: VetCOT subcommittees meetings– all are welcome to attend! A Zoom link to attend remotely will also be provided.


    Saturday March 26, 9:00 AM-5:30 PM: Conference officially begins. Trauma abstracts and Case reports, DACVECC panel case discussion, MD trauma surgeon presentation, and more. Dinner for those interested at local restaurant (optional).


    Sunday March 27, 8:30 – 5:30 PM: Year in Review, Performance Improvement and Patient Safety program vignettes, overlapping sessions with Trauma-Critical Care conference, DVM/VMD and MD joint presentations with panel to follow, and more!

    1. Hotel registration and flight arrangements for the VetCOT Conference can be made through the Trauma, Critical Care & Acute Care Surgery website (the recommendation is to book early, as the rooms do fill quickly)


    1. Registration fee: $200 DVMs$100 technicians/residents. To register online go to:




    1. Please email your completed registration information form to Rachel Fink, at .


    1. Registration for the human Trauma, Critical Care & Acute Care Surgery conference is separate, and can be made on the link, above.


    If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Hall ( )




    Dear All,


    The VetCOT initiative is continuing to grow. Thank you for your continued support!

    Please click on the link below to view our latest newsletter, which has information on our upcoming annual conference in Las Vegas, the move of the data registry, and our subcommittees’ activities.

    It is a very exciting time to be part of this initiative to help improve our trauma patients’ outcomes, conduct research, and network with colleagues.



    Rachel Fink

    VetCOT Program Coordinator

    CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital

    Fort Collins, CO