IVECCS 2012 had over 2150 vets, techs, managers and students in attendance, with exhibitor personnel the total was 2570. This also included nearly 275 international registrants from 30 foreign countries.
The state-of-the-art symposium 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) again met at IVECCS and presented two tracks of Research Abstracts as well as coordinating the IVECCS anesthesia/analgesia program. Additionally, the ACVA conducted their Diplomate business meetings and candidate certification exams at the symposium. The Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthetists (AVTA) held their business meetings and Veterinary Technician Specialty (VTS) certifying exam at IVECCS along while conducting a special anesthesia lecture series on the technician program. This is the second year, 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 2012 was “Diagnostics in Emergency and Critical Care” and was the focus of several laboratory and diagnostic support topics. Over 430 hours of scientific program presentations were provided to attendees while still emphasizing the latest in therapeutic interventions utilized in day-to-day practice. Additionally, five special “daybreak sessions” were offered this year as well as some new (first time) workshops and wet labs.