ABSTRACT: This article outlines the Reassessment Campaign on Veterinary Resuscitation (RECOVER) initiative. It will review the established evidence-based guidelines for veterinary CPR, which are internationally recognised and endorsed by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC) and Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS). After reading this article, participants should be able to prepare for and recognise cardiopulmonary arrest (CPA), initiate basic life support, provide advanced life support, monitor the CPA patient and provide post-CPA care. Participants will also have access on the different RECOVER certifications available and certification process.


Courtney Waxman BAS, CVT, RVT, VTS (ECC)

Courtney graduated in 2008 with her degree in Veterinary Technology and became a Certified Veterinary Technician. She has spent over 13 years working in emergency/critical care medicine and gained the VTS (ECC) qualification in 2017. In 2018, she became a RECOVER Certified BLS and ALS Rescuer and a RECOVER Certified Instructor: Courtney currently works at Purdue University as an Instructor for the Veterinary Nursing Program.

Email: courtney@waxman.co; cwaxman@purdue.edu

Keywords: Cardiopulmonary arrest (CPA); CPR; RECOVER; BLS; ALS; veterinary nurse

To cite this article: Veterinary Nursing Journal • VOL 34 (08) • August 2019 pp207-212

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