EVECC Congress 2018 LAB Descriptions

Same as in previous years we are organizing different labs at EVECC Congress 2018 where you can learn the skills of emergency procedures and critical care from well-known specialists. There is a limited number of attendees per each lab so please register fast to reserve your spot in your preferred lab.


Thursday June 21th - VECCUS Ultrasound Lab        

Tutors: Soren Boysen, Kris Gommeren, Serena Crosara  & Andrea Armenise
Time: 14h15 - 17h55 (includes coffee break)
Maximum number of attendees: FULLY Booked!
Format: 4 hours Wet Lab
Lab fee: Early € 151,64 (€ 185,00) and Late € 200,82 (€ 245,00)

Abdominal and Thoracic Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma are commonly used as emergency point-of-care ultrasound techniques to rapidly identify underlying conditions and help direct diagnostics and therapy. They have high sensitivity and specificity at detecting abdominal effusion and other pathology, pneumothorax, interstitial and alveolar lung disease, and pleural effusion. Things we commonly see on the emergency and critical care service! Several regional lung ultrasound scanning techniques and focused vascular and cardiac techniques have been validated in veterinary medicine to further identify interstitial/alveolar disease, estimate intravascular volume status, and assess cardiac function. Ultrasound guided techniques also assist in performing diagnostic and therapeutic fluid aspiration as well as placing IV catheters. Through practical, hands-on training on live animals as well as cadavers, participants will have the opportunity to learn and practice the basics of cage side ultrasound exams, including normal findings in healthy dogs as well as abdominal and pleural fluid identification, pneumothorax, caudal vena cava estimation and basic cardiac parameters – all things that can be easily taught and mastered with minimal to no prior ultrasound experience! These are techniques general and ER practitioners should be using on a daily basis! Time permitting practice ultrasound guided IV catheter placement using phantom models!

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Friday June 22nd - CPR Workshop

Tutor: Daniel Fletcher
Time: 08h00 - 13h00 (includes coffee break)
Maximum number of attendees: 20
Format: 3 hours Dry Lab
Lab fee: Early € 151,64 (€ 185,00) and Late € 200,82 (€ 245,00)

This highly interactive laboratory will consist of simulations using a high-fidelity canine patient simulator with heart sounds, lung sounds, pulses, and a simulated patient monitor. Teams of participants will run CPR scenarios, followed by debriefing sessions to cover the core concepts of basic and advanced life support.

It is recommended that participants attend the Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support lectures offered at EVECCS before the lab, or complete the online CPR: Basic and Advanced Life Support course offering certification in veterinary CPR from the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC), available at

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Friday June 22nd - Cross-matching and transfusion medicine

Tutors: Isabelle Goy-Thollot & Yagi Kenichiro 
Time: 14h30 - 16h00 (includes coffee break)
Maximum number of attendees: 20
Format: 1,5 hours Dry Lab
Lab fee: Early € 102,46 (€ 125,00) and Late € 151,64 (€ 185,00)

The use of blood transfusions in veterinary practice has increased dramatically in recent years. Providing safe and effective transfusion therapy is essential. Blood typing is clinically important to ensure blood compatibility. Moreover, previously transfused dogs and cats also should be cross-matched. Blood typing can now be performed regularly in practice. This workshop will be organized in round tables with interactive case reports and practical exercises with blood-typing and cross-matching point-of-care tests.

Canine blood types and blood typing
Blood types are inherited antigens present on the RBCs surface membrane. Previous studies led to the initial international recognition of blood groups, termed dog erythrocyte antigens (DEA). New common blood type named Dal, Kai 1 & 2 have been recently described. The DEA 1 system (DEA 1-, and DEA 1+) is the most important system because of its strongest antigenicity. Blood typing is based on an agglutination reaction, using polyclonal or monoclonal antibodies to react with red cell antigens.

DEA 1 testing can be performed by a variety of methods, either at a reference laboratory or by use of in-house kits. In-clinic kits using monoclonal anti-DEA 1 antibodies are available for DEA 1 typing. One of these is a rapid test commercialized by Alvedia®. The blood typing Quick Test® uses immunochromatography technic.

In contrast, only polyclonal typing reagents are available on a limited basis for DEA 3, 4, and 7. Furthermore, polyclonal or monoclonal typing reagents for Dal and Kai 1 & 2, respectively, have recently been introduced by specific laboratories. Typing for antigens other than DEA 1 are available only from a few specialized blood service laboratories (Animal Blood Resource International, USA).

Feline blood types and blood typing
The major feline blood group system is known as the feline AB blood group system and contains three types: type A, type B, and type AB (rare). The MiK antigen has been identified more recently. Most cats have this antigen but in cats who do not, naturally occurring antibodies can be present which can lead to a hemolytic transfusion reaction with an initial incompatible transfusion. There are now two commercially available in house typing kits for cats (Rapid VetH Feline, DMS laboratories, NJ [CARD] and Quick test A+B, Alvedia, France). Both kits use monoclonal antibodies against type A and type B. There is currently no in house typing system for MiK.

Cross-matching determines the serological compatibility between the patient and donor bloods, based on an agglutination reaction, allowing detection of preformed alloantibodies or previous sensitization. The major cross-match is an assessment of the compatibility between the donor RBCs and patient plasma/serum, with the minor cross-match being the opposite (donor plasma/serum and patient RBCs). Minor cross-match incompatibilities are mostly of concern when large volumes of plasma or whole blood are to be administered. Cross-matching in dogs should be performed prior to repeat transfusion (

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Saturday June 23rd - ECG  interpretation

Tutor: Terry DeFrancesco
Time: 14h45 - 17h20 (includes coffee break)
Maximum number of attendees: 20
Format: 2 hours Dry Lab
Lab fee: Early € 102,46 (€ 125,00) and Late € 151,64 (€ 185,00)

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