The VECCS is collaborating with the Veterinary Information Network (VIN) to conduct a series of webinars covering  timely ER and ICU topics.  These educational webinars are FREE to VECCS members.

June 22, 2015, Time 8pm EST; Dez Hughes, BVSc, DACVECC
Lactate: Getting the Most from Lactate and Venous Blood Gas/Metabolite Analysis
After 25 years of clinical experience and research using plasma lactate concentration in veterinary emergency and critical care patients it's great to see clinical use of lactate becoming mainstream. And that's simply because it is definitely useful in assessment, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis. But to get the most from measuring lactate we need to have a solid understanding of lactate pharmacokinetics: its production, distribution, metabolism and excretion. More important, perhaps, is how we interpret and use the changing values to guide our diagnostics, treatment and prognosis. To get the very most from lactate, particularly in venous blood samples, we need to interpret lactate in conjunction with pO2, CO2 and pH. Then we can really get the best picture of the metabolic state of the tissues in our emergency and critical patients.

July 27, 2015 8pm CST; Todd Duffy, DVM, DACVECC
What's New in Coagulation?

Our understanding of coagulation, and our ability to apply this knowledge to the clinical patient, has increased substantially over the past decade.  Join in on this webinar to learn about some of the newer trends in coagulation diagnostics, as well as review emerging coagulation defects being recognized in small animal patients.

August 17, 8pm EST; Marie Kerl, DVM, MPH, DACVIM, DACVECC
Zoonoses in the ICU: Protecting your Staff

Veterinarians and support staff working with critically ill patients in the intensive care unit are at increased risk for zoonotic disease exposure, both because of the types of bacterial and viral threats for which patients need care, and the invasive nature of treatments that critically ill patients require. This lecture will present information on the zoonotic threats in the small animal ICU, and outline plans to develop a hospital infection control program.

September 28, 8pm EST; Jan Kovacic, DVM, DACVECC
The Art of Emergency Medicine

It is common for veterinarians to be very anxious about receiving and managing emergency cases.  This anxiety affects the new graduate entering general practice and the young doctor joining an emergency practice, but it also can invade the practice life of even the most experienced practitioner, GP or specialist.  This webinar will discuss the non-clinical aspects of emergency case management so that the energy and effort can be applied more to the physical state of the patient and less to the emotional state of the clinician and the support staff.



Past VECCS/VIN Webinars are accessible through your VECCS Member home page at

  1. Login to VECCS Member's Only home page
  2. Click on "MEMBER HOME"
  3. Scroll down and click "VIEW VECCS/VIN WEBINARS"
  4. To view past webinars, click "LIBRARY"


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