The first preliminary meeting, that would later become EVECCS, was organized by Prof. Yves Moens during the 7th World Congress of Veterinary Anesthesia in Berne, Switzerland on September 20th, 2001. A group of enthusiasts from all over Europe decided it was time to start a society that would become the European platform for all those invested in the establishment and development of veterinary emergency and critical care (VECC) in Europe.

The Society was formally registered in the Netherlands on March 27, 2002 by the founding fathers, Prof. Dr. Yves Moens and Dr. Joris Robben. The society had its inaugural meeting in April of the same year during a pre-congress day of the “Voorjaarsdagen” (Spring Days) Congress in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

The most prominent event organised by the Society has been the establishment of its annual Congress. In keeping with the core values to develop and foster veterinary emergency and critical care throughout Europe, each annual congress is hosted in a different European city. The success of each of our congresses is a testament to the widespread interest in veterinary emergency and critical care throughout Europe. The Congress has quickly become a widely recognised scientific and social event for all participants.

In 2006 the growth of the Society was also noticed by Dr. Gary Stamp and other members of our sister organisation in the United States of America, the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS). The support of VECCS ( and the close relationship that has developed since then between the two societies has been of tremendous importance for the development of EVECCS ( and its Congress. EVECCS joined VECCS in supporting the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2007 by making it its official journal.