Latin American Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (LAVECCS)

Latin America | Affiliate Member

Dr. Pablo Otero

WSAVA Representative:
Dr.Adriana Lopez Quintana

Members: 60

25 de Mayo 890,
Zip Code 20000


LAVECCS - a brief history

The Latin American Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, LAVECCS a non-profit organization was created on 1 April 2007. The purpose of LAVECCS is to promote, spread and secure the knowledge progression and elevated standards of practice in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Medicine in Latin-America.

LAVECCS has among its associates, colleagues from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Mexico, Peru, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Spain, United States of America and Uruguay


A list of the 2014 activities

LAVECCS in a coordinated effort with VECCS has recently published the RECOVER Initiative Reassessment Campaign on Veterinary Resuscitation Spanish translation. The goals of the RECOVER Initiative are to provide up-to-date, evidence-based, consensus CPR guidelines for veterinary medicine and to widely disseminate those guidelines in an effort to raise the standard of care in veterinary critical care medicine and to improve outcomes for dogs and cats in cardiopulmonary arrest. This Spanish translation represents the first of what we hope will be many translations that will extend the reach of RECOVER across the globe. More info here.

The ABC LAVECCS Certification Program includes two separate, two and half day courses involving both theory and practical work. After a theory and practice exam with a minimum of 75 % requirement for approval, LAVECCS has already certified 580 colleagues for the ABC Trauma and 52 colleagues for de ABC Critical Care Course. As a result, of the constant generation of knowledge in this field, the certification should be renewed every 2 years.

The first course – the ABC Trauma – that teaches veterinarians safe, reliable methods for assessing and initially managing emergency patients was held 5 times during 2014 in Costa Rica, twice in Mexico and Brazil

The second course - the ABC Critical Care - covers the fundamental principles which should be observed during the first 24 hours’ care of critically ill patients, and was held in Chile and Brazil.

In addition, since 2010 LAVECCS has also included an ABC Instructors Program. This program aims to prepare outstanding doctors with remarkable leadership and teaching qualities to become ABC Instructors, so that we would be able to further expand our ABC Continuing Education Program. In order to become an instructor the candidate should first approve an ABC Trauma Course scoring more than 90%. Then, they would have to assist under supervision to three other ABC Trauma courses where they would be taught technical and educational tools and would also be tested and qualified. By the third course they would have to prepare and present at least two of the lectures of the course and help to qualify the exams. Finally, they would have an only instructor course and examination.

The Latin American Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Journal, JLAVECCS an on-line publication, ISSN 1688-6100, completed its 3rd year of trimonthly publication on August 1st with permanent Small Animal, Large Animal and an Exotic Sections. We are now aiming to have this scientific publication Indexed and hopefully we will be able to achieve this goal before the end of 2012 or the middle of 2013.

Finally, our Training Externships Program in cooperation with very important Emergency and Critical Care Hospitals in USA, Spain and Brazil for LAVECCS’ members is fully operative. This year we have two members that were able to enjoy the benefits of these experience and they are willing to further pursue their education. 

LAVECCS Exotics and Wild Animals Committee in association with two other associations has held a Course in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with more than 200 participants and an outstanding  team work of 3 Veterinary Associations all contributed to this scientific and social achievement.


A list of the 2014 activities

The VII Annual Latin American Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Congress held last 18 – 20 November 2014 in Medellin, Colombia, as part of an integrated effort with VEPA Colombia.