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The ECC Practicals: Next Level Skills for Next Day Application


General Course: May 22-24, 2023 | Orlando, FL

20 CE credit hours (RACE approved) 

Advanced Course: May 22- 25, 2023 | Orlando, FL

30 CE credit hours (RACE approved)

Course Description

In a world where online content and information are abundant and almost overwhelming, the one thing that still cannot be replaced is the practical experience gained through on-site and immersive hands-on experience. The ECC Practical workshop will provide the opportunity to dive right into putting knowledge into practice. With a minimal amount of time spent in classrooms, the vast majority of the time will be spent practicing procedures useful for veterinarians and veterinary technicians and nurses.

Procedure Guidelines

All procedures taught will be accompanied by procedure guidelines and supplies lists that can be taken back to your practice to implement with the rest of the team right away. The guidelines can be customized to meet your practice’s needs and use cases. The course is a perfect opportunity for doctors and the nursing team to attend together.

Simulation-based Learning

Put concepts into practice through an immersive simulation using a high-fidelity simulator that produces heart and lung sounds, pulses, and breaths that are connected to a multi-parameter monitor. Programmed scenarios will allow participants to explore and treat simulated patients as though they are real to solidify their knowledge, competence, and confidence in handling emergencies.

General Course Learning Objectives

Covers procedures useful to address problems with major body systems and aspects of ECC commonly encountered by any veterinary professional. Practical experience is directed at handling cardiovascular, respiratory, nutrition, and urinary system needs. The procedures covered will include:


  • Vascular Access: Venous cutdown, intraosseous catheters, Central venous cutdowns
  • Upper Airway: Nasal oxygen cannulas, nasal oxygen prongs, transtracheal catheters, tracheostomy tube placement, tracheostomy tube care
  • Chest Cavity Procedures: Thoracocentesis, guide-wire introduced chest drainage tubes, thoracostomy tubes
  • Abdominal Cavity Procedures: Abdominocentesis, abdominal drainage tubes
  • Nutritional Procedures: Nasal enteral tubes, esophagostomy tube placement and care
  • Urinary / Rectal Catheters: Male dog, female dog, male cat, female cat urinary catheterization. Fecal catheters


Advanced Course Learning Objectives

Covers advanced procedures useful to address problems with major body systems and aspects of ECC commonly encountered by any veterinary professional. Practical experience is directed at handling the use of blood analyses, ultrasonography, advanced monitoring and respiratory support. 

  • Blood Analysis: Acid-Base Analysis, Blood Gas Analysis, Oxygen Delivery Markers
  • Ultrasound: Point-of-care Ultrasound (AFAST, TFAST), U/S guided vascular access
  • Arterial: Arterial sampling, arterial catheterization, direct arterial blood pressure measurement
  • Oxygenation/Ventilation: High-flow nasal oxygen, surgical ventilator use

Course Leader

Kenichiro Yagi, MS, RVT, VTS (ECC), (SAIM) Kenichiro Yagi

During his 20+ years in the field, Ken has dedicated his career to reimagining veterinary nursing. He obtained his VTS certification in emergency and critical care as well as small animal internal medicine and achieved his master’s degree in Veterinary Science. He is currently the Chief Veterinary Nursing Officer for the Veterinary Emergency Group and the Program Director for the RECOVER Initiative. Over the years, he has received the Veterinary Technician of the Year award by NAVTA, the Veterinary Technician of the Year award by the California Veterinary Medical Association, the RVT of the Year award by the California RVT Association, and the AVECCTN Specialty Technician of the Year award. Ken co-edited the Veterinary Technician and Nurse’s Daily Reference Guide for Canine and Feline, and the Manual of Veterinary Transfusion Medicine and Blood Banking, and publishes articles and presents internationally on topics in ECC, transfusion medicine, and the veterinary nursing profession. 

Ken works to bring further recognition of the vital role of veterinary technicians and nurses through work with organizations, being a Past President of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, and President of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. He is also an advocate for the Open Hospital Concept, encouraging veterinary practices to invite pet owners to “the back” as a part of the team. 

Ken invites everyone to ask “Why?” to understand the “What” and “How” of our field and to continually pursue new limits as veterinary professionals and individuals.


  • Cristine Crick, CVT, RVT, LVT, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia)(ECC)
  • Mariana Pardo, BVSc, MV, DACVECC
  • Armi Pigott, DVM DACVECC
  • Leslie Wereszczak, LVMT, VTS (ECC)