MU Veterinarian Part of Team Establishing Trauma Care Network

Veterinarians (from left) Gregory R. Lisciandro, Dennis T. (Tim) Crowe, Jennifer Devey, Claire R. Sharp and Tony Mann have formed the Veterinary Committee on Trauma Education Subcommittee. They met at the CVM recently to develop a certification course for Veterinary Trauma Centers.

Each year, approximately 1 in 10 seen at large veterinary referral centers are a result of traumatic injury. Trauma is the second leading cause of death in companion animals, with only infection claiming more lives of pets younger than 1, and cancer being responsible for more deaths in older pets. In an effort to improve emergency care and try to save more lives, the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC) Veterinary Committee on Trauma (VetCOT) is establishing a network of Veterinary Trauma Centers that will be seeded by a network of lead hospitals around the country. These Veterinary Trauma Centers will work together to define high standards of care and share information to improve trauma patient management and recovery.

Dr. Tony Mann, MU professor and director of Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Service at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, is chairman of the VetCOT Education Subcommittee, which is tasked with developing the Veterinary Advanced Trauma and Life Support (VATLS) certification course. One of the requirements for a veterinary institution to maintain the verification as a Veterinary Trauma Center will be to have designated staff members complete certification in VATLS. The ACVECC diplomates who are working with Mann to develop the course curriculum met at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine recently to prioritize which skills and techniques are most crucial for veterinarians to know in a trauma emergency.

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