We are very proud to announce that IVECCS 2011 attracted the largest number of industry professionals in our symposia history with nearly 2,700 veterinarians, technicians, practice managers, and students in attendance. Including exhibitor personnel, the symposium had over 3128 registered (includes 298 International registrants from 30 countries). That’s an almost 8% increase over IVECCS 2010 attendance of 2372! Technician attendance increased by 20%.
IVECCS 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 Anesthesiologists (ACVA) also met at IVECCS and presented two tracks of Research Abstracts on Thursday, September 15th, as well as coordinating the IVECCS anesthesia/analgesia program. Additionally, the group conducted their Diplomate business meetings and candidate certification exams at the symposium. The Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthetists (AVTA) also held their business meetings and Veterinary Technician Specialty (VTS) certifying exam at IVECCS along with conducting a special anesthesia lecture series on the technician program. For the first time, 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 ‘11 was “The Role of the GI Tract in Emergency and Critical Care.” More than 450 hours of continuing education were offered and the symposium combined lectures, wet labs, workshops and panels with multiple small group seminars. Numerous sessions integrated the role of the GI tract in emergencies and critical care case presentations. Additionally six special “daybreak sessions” were offered this year as well as some new (first time) workshops and wet labs.