2018 VECCS Spring Symposium

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Spring Symposium – Big Hit with Attendees

The VECCS 2018 Spring Symposium was held in beautiful Playa Del Carmen April 11-15 at the Grand Hyatt Resort and Spa. Nearly 300 sun-hungry VECCS loyalists attended, which included 230 vets and techs, 40 guests and 20 exhibitor personnel representing ten cordate partner companies.

The scientific program was one of the best-ever according to most attendees and focused on “Acute Abdomen” with featured speakers, Ken Drobatz, DACVECC, DACVIM, providing the ER vet perspective and, David Holt, DACVS, sharing his thoughts as a veterinary surgeon. Various severe acute abdominal conditions were explored in-depth from the presenting complaint, exam findings, diagnostics, differentials and subsequent medical and surgical treatments. The program wrapped with Cases from the Bone-Pile. A very timely annual literature review by Dr Drobatz, was also included on the packed program.

Adjunct speakers, Kristin Messenger, DACVAA and Benjamin O’Kelly, DACVECC, augmented the core program with presentations on practical anesthesia protocols and arterial blood gases. In summary, the attendee critiques on the scientific program were some of the highest ever for our Spring Symposium.

The social program was exceptional as well with a gala Welcome Reception Thursday evening held around the pool on the spacious decks overlooking the Caribbean. Regional food and beverage was abundantly provided by VECCS.

As a special bonus, attendees are being granted a 20% discount off IVECCS 2018 General Registration.

Note that proceedings books and Flash drives are available to order.  Please see our online store.

Spring Symposium 2019 will be at the Marriott Los Suenos Golf and Beach Resort, Costa Rica, April 4-7, 2019! Make plans NOW to join us!

We extend a huge thank you to the generous exhibiting companies that supported the 2018 VECCS Spring Symposium.


Fujifilm Sonosite Inc.
Hallowell EMC
National Veterinary Associates
Smart Flow
Veterinary Emergency + Critical Care