Synergy at work: The RECOVER story


  • The authors declare no conflict of interests.

We are proud members of both the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS) and the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC), honored to be serving as elected officers. Our work with both organizations has brought us in direct contact with many brilliant and dedicated members. It is very rewarding to associate with such intelligent, driven, motivated, and fascinating members who care about the advancement of veterinary medicine and animal care.

Over the past year, we watched in amazement as members of both organizations came together through the efforts and motivation of Dr. Manuel Boller and Dr. Dan Fletcher to participate in the Reassessment Campaign on Veterinary Resuscitation (RECOVER). More than 80 veterinary professionals worked with advice from a co-chair of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR), Dr. Vinay Nadkarni, to critically evaluate the state of resuscitation medicine and its application to clinical veterinary medicine. The results of this collaboration are the basis for this issue of the Journal of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. We are extremely proud of the efforts of the RECOVER team and what was accomplished in such a short time, and sincerely thank the RECOVER group for this timely, informative work.

The RECOVER initiative speaks to what can be accomplished through the mutual efforts of our organizations and highlights what can happen when the combined resources of VECCS and ACVECC are focused on a common goal. VECCS and ACVECC have collaborated for years on many great ventures, most notably the outstanding continuing education program presented annually at the International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Symposium (IVECCS). One of our shared visions is to encompass emergency medicine and critical issues faced by all species, and seek the best information wherever it can be found. Combine the caseload and experience of the veterinarians, veterinary technicians, hospital administrators, and industry members of VECCS with the specialist expertise of members of ACVECC, and the possibilities of future collaborations are limitless. What will we do next?