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The 2015 VECCS Spring Symposium held at the Marriott Los Suenos, Heredia, Costa Rica was attended by 216 registrants accompanied by 70 guests.  Registration was capped at this number due to meeting room capacity.  Attendees received 16 hours of RACE approved CE and enjoyed the breathtaking setting of the Costa Rican coast, a variety of ecotourism excursions, jungle tours, sunshiny days, and the very warm Costa Rican hospitality.

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The Board of Directors of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society are honored to offer the Steve Haskins Memorial Scholarship available to current VECCS members for 2015. Dr. Haskins was a pioneer of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, and his untimely passing remains a huge loss for our profession and society. He was truly an amazing individual who remained a tireless force for the improvement of the lives of animals through advancement of veterinary emergency and critical care.

Application Documents
•    Resident Scholarship Application
•    Technician Scholarship Application
•    Mentor/Supervisor Endorsement Submission Form

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide support for eligible VECCS members who may not otherwise be able to attend (due to financial limitations) the International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Symposium. Dr. Haskins was the only individual to have spoken at every IVECCS meeting, and was presented the President's Award at IVECCS 2013 to recognize his unique contributions to our Society and specialty. This scholarship was first awarded to eight recipients in 2014 as a way for VECCS to give back to our profession and support our members.

Qualified Individuals - Two Specific Groups May Apply:
•    Residents in good standing in the first or second year of an ACVECC-approved residency training program.  Must also be a current VECCS member in good standing at the time of application.
•    Licensed veterinary technicians engaged in emergency or emergency/critical care practice for no less than three years.  Must also be a VECCS member in good standing at the time of application.
NOTE: If you have received an award in the past, you are not eligible to receive another award.

Scholarship Details:
•    Scholarship Value: Approximately $1,700 per recipient. Each recipient will receive a $500 stipend to cover travel and incidental costs plus complimentary four night hotel stay at an IVECCS-approved conference hotel location, IVECCS 2015 registration, and one year VECCS membership for the year following the meeting.
•    Number of scholarships: Four scholarships for technicians and four scholarships for residents will be awarded for 2015.

Application Requirements:
•    Submit a completed application form. (Links for specific forms for residents and technicians are below.)
•    Nomination form in support of application emailed from primary supervisor (technician) or resident mentor (ACVECC residents). (Link for specific form for mentor/supervisor nomination is below.)
•    Completed application and mentor/ supervisor nomination forms should be emailed to Dr. Cole Taylor, Treasurer, VECCS, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , by saving your completed form to your computer and emailing the form from your email address. Alternatively, an image of the completed form can be captured and emailed.

Recipients will be determined by way of a point system:
Each application will be ranked based on a point system.  The maximum number of points that may be earned is 15 (technicians) and 14 (residents).  The four highest ranked applicants in each category (residents, technicians) will receive scholarships.  A lottery will be used if more than four individuals in each category have maximum point scores.                        

Technicians Point System:
•    VTS-ECC certified (2 points)
•    Past IVECCS presentations (1 point for each year with a max of 5 points)
•    Prior work for IVECCS (moderator, technician, etc.) or VECCS committee work (1 point for each year with a max of 5 points)
•    VECCS member in consecutive years prior to scholarship application year (1 point per consecutive year for max of 3 points)

Residents Point System:
•    Current 2nd Year (will be 3rd year at time of IVECCS) - 2 points
•    Current 1st Year (will be 2nd year at time of IVECCS) - 1 points
•    Presented at prior IVECCS (2 points)
•    Submitted an abstract, poster, case report or resident focus presentation for upcoming IVECCS (2 points)
•    Prior work for IVECCS (moderator, etc.) or committee work (1 point for each year with a max of 5 points)
•    VECCS/ SVECC member in consecutive years prior to scholarship application year (1 point per consecutive year for max of 3 points

Date Target:
Applications will be accepted through May 15, 2015, 9:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time. Scholarship recipients will be notified by June 5, 2015.

NOTE: Only the named recipient can use this award for the current meeting year (IVECCS 2015). If you know that you are not able to attend the meeting for 2015, please do not apply. If you receive the award and are unable to use the award for 2015 for any reason, your award will be forfeited and the award will be made to the next eligible person from the applicant pool. If you have agreed to participate in IVECCS 2015 to a level that your travel expenses are already paid to include airfare and hotel, please do not apply for this award.

Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS) Educational Speaker Grants are available to state and local veterinary medical associations, veterinary technician medical associations and other national and international non-profit groups that organize continuing education courses. This Grant is to be used to provide financial support for speaker compensation for emergency and critical care related continuing education. Individual $600 grants will be awarded to ten different organizations per calendar year, and will be applied exclusively toward speaker honorarium costs. This Grant is given in support of the VECCS mission, which is to provide a forum for collaboration of all individuals interested and involved with veterinary emergency and critical care medicine and surgery, and to promote the advancement of knowledge and high standards of practice in veterinary emergency medicine and critical patient care.  

The organization must complete the application below.  The emergency and critical care topics can be surgical, medical, or practice management related. Speakers must be members in good standing of the VECCS.  The organization can select the speaker, or request a list of names of VECCS member speakers and topics.

The completed application must be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  A decision will be made within 60 days of application.

GRANT APPLICATION (pdf)

Education
Diana Hassel – Chair
Liz Rozanski
Elisa Mazzaferro
Raegan Wells
Barb Dallup Schaer
Angel Rivera
Steve Mehler

Member Services
Kenichiro Yagi – Chair
Nancy Shaffran
Bob Messenger
Pam Wilkins
Liz Thomovsky
Karen Roach
Scott Hall
Lindsay Dodd (consulting)
Susan Barnes (consulting)

Practice Management
Andrea Battaglia - Chair
Jim Clark
Alyce D'Amato
Robin Brogdon
Ben Haas

Facility Certification Committee
Bob Messenger – Chair
Jon Geller
Lou DelGiudice
Steven Epstein
Jennifer Cyborski
Linda Martin (consulting)
Scott Johnson (consulting)

Finance Committee
Cole Taylor
Scott Johnson
Bob Messenger
Jim Clark (Advisory)

Publications Committee
Gary Stamp
Marie Kerl
Dan Chan


Symposium Committee
Gary Stamp: Symposium Committee Chair
Elke Rudloff: Program Committee Coordinator
Elisa Mazzaferro: Program Committee Coordinator Consultant
Kate Hopper: General (Small Animal) Session Coordinator; MDR Session Coordinator
Andrea Steele: Technician Session Coordinator
Diana Hassel: Large Animal Session Coordinator
Jenifer Good: Large Animal Session Coordinator
Alyce D’Amato: Management Program Session Coordinator
Lisa Moses: IVAPM Liaison
Lydia Donaldson + Tammy Grubb (+1): ACVAA Liaison
Angela Lennox: Exotics Session Coordinator
Jen Devey: Laboratory Logistics Coordinator
Ben Brainard: ACVECC Scientific Program Coordinator
Raegan Wells: Resident Board Review Session Coordinator; MDR Session Coordinator
Tony Mann: Small Animal Abstracts Session Coordinator
Elizabeth Rozanski: Small Animal Case Report Session Coordinator
Harold Davis: AV-Room Coordinator
Shenan Diehl: Proceedings Coordinator
Tony Johnson: Member Representative
Leonel Londono: Member Representative
Sandra Llewellyn: Social Events Coordinator

 

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Each committee has approximately 4-7 members including the chair and recommended members below. Once committees are established for the first two-year cycle, members serve a four-year term of service, with approximately half the members being replaced at two-year intervals. The committee chair will have final say on committee membership and rotation. Actual sizes of each committee will vary based on need.

Committee members are encouraged to attend the VECCS general membership meeting if they are in attendance at the annual IVECCS meeting.

Education:

  • Chairperson appointed or reappointed by the President from among members of the Board of Directors or the committee every two years.
  • Members: The size and membership of the committee will be determined by the chairperson and approved by the president and executive director.
  • Charges:
    • Ongoing assessment and evaluation of current educational programs regarding
      • Value to membership
      • Promotion of VECCS mission and core values
  • Innovate and generate future educational products, to include (but not limited to…)
    • Internet-based education (podcast presentations)
    • Weekend traveling seminars
    • On-site learning opportunities
  • Evaluate non-IVECCS programs and Spring Meeting
  • Contribute content for E-newsletter about upcoming or ongoing educational offerings, and updates about science news (summary of recent published study findings in a particular area, new knowledge published, etc.)
  • Responsibility for management and oversight of educational offerings to insure feasibility and sustainability with regards to participant demand and financial cost/ benefit to organization
  • Provide written report of activities to the Board of Directors at regular intervals as determined by the President and Executive Director

 

Member Services:

  • Chairperson appointed or reappointed by the President from among members of the Board of Directors or the committee every two years.
  • Members: The size and membership of the committee will be determined by the chairperson and approved by the president and executive director.
  • Charges:
    • Identify current member service benefits available in writing, and update annually
    • Review by-laws every two years and make recommendations to Board of Directors regarding changes
    • Evaluate the perception of value of services to members on a regular basis
    • Explore new member benefit services with particular attention to feasibility, cost to the organization, and value of service to members.
    • Initial items to consider:
      • Evaluation and expansion of tangible member benefits for all sectors of membership but focus on:
        • Technicians
        • Practice Managers (coordinate with Practice Management committee)
    • Industry partnerships for discounted goods and services
    • Reviewing brochures annually and updating as needed.
    • Access to online educational content from pharmaceutical/ supply companies
    • Promotion of VECCS to non-members and to the general public to increase value
    • Oversee VECCS ambassador program (enrollment, updating content)
    • Contribute content for publication in the E-newsletter (Examples: Practice tips, Expert journal article “pearls” with links to article, Information on member benefits offered)
    • Provide written report of activities to the Board of Directors at regular intervals as determined by the President and Executive Director

 

Practice Management:

  • Chairperson appointed or reappointed by the President from among members of the Board of Directors or the committee every two years.
  • Members: The size and membership of the committee will be determined by the chairperson and approved by the president and executive director. The practice management session coordinator for IVECCS is a member.
  • Charges:
    • Ongoing assessment and evaluation of currently available VECCS practice management tools regarding
      • Value to membership
      • Promotion of VECCS mission and core values
      • Future growth of VECCS membership nationally and internationally
  • Work with the Practice Management member of Symposium committee to coordinate upcoming practice management educational sessions at IVECCS annually
  • Innovate and generate future practice management products, to include (but not limited to…)
    • Personnel and staffing for emergency practice and ECC specialty practice
    • Practice plans/ equipment needs for optimal ECC functionality
    • Sample medical record forms/ release forms for members to model form development
    • Sample ER/CC hospital policy manual
    • Staff/ employee compensation
  • Responsibility for management and oversight of existing and new practice management offerings to insure feasibility and sustainability with regards to materials being kept up to date and financial cost/ benefit to organization
  • Contribute content for publication in the E-newsletter (Examples: Practice management tips, Information on member benefits offered, links to online sources of information)
  • Provide written report of activities to the Board of Directors at regular intervals as determined by the President and Executive Director


Facility Certification Committee:

  • Chairperson appointed or reappointed by the President from among the members of the committee every two years.
  • Members: The size and membership of the committee will be determined by the chairperson and approved by the president and executive director.
  • Charges:
    • Maintenance of certification process
      • Review of applications and response to questions in a timely manner
      • Revisions/clarification of application documentation based on review and comments
      • Communication with membership
      • Provide informational documentation in online format for VECCS membership and public access
      • Develop an appeals system
  • Review and update of minimum requirements, applications documentation, and certification process concurrently with charge noted below
  • Development and implementation of recertification process/documentation
  • Ongoing evaluation and update of certification/recertification  process based standard of care, membership comments, and needs
  • Contribute content for publication in the E-newsletter (Examples: Information on facility certification, requirements, application process, list of certified/recently certified hospitals).
  • Provide written report of activities to the Board of Directors at regular intervals as determined by the President and Executive Director

 

Symposium Committee:

  • See bylaws

 

Finance Committee:

  • See bylaws

 

Publications Committee:

  • See bylaws.