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What is the RECOVER Initiative?

The Internationally Recognized Authority in Veterinary CPR

The Reassessment Campaign on Veterinary Resuscitation (RECOVER) initiative was spearheaded by a team of veterinary emergency and critical care specialists in 2010 with the goal of developing and disseminating the first true evidence-based veterinary cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) guidelines.


Develop and update evidence-based, consensus veterinary CPR guidelines through exhaustive review of the primary CPR literature.


Provide the only standardized CPR training to veterinary professionals and pet owners offering CPR certification through the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC).


Inform and support scientific research to improve our approach to CPR in animals.

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Guiding Veterinary CPR Forward

Through the efforts of over 100 veterinary specialists working with the RECOVER initiative, the very first evidence-based veterinary CPR guidelines were published in the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2012.

The RECOVER Initiative is a non-profit program within ACVECC and VECCS dedicated to conducting high-quality education, research, and guideline creation. Learn more about the RECOVER Initiative and veterinary CPR by exploring this website.

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The 2024 Guidelines are now published!

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Hear from Trained Professionals

Caroline MartinICU Nurse

CPR always makes me nervous despite extensive training in practice. The BLS and ALS have filled the gaps in my knowledge and giving me a thorough understanding of CPA and the CPR interventions and monitoring procedures in place. I loved the RECOVER course and highly recommend them to the entire veterinary profession.

Leslie Wereszczak LVMT, VTS (ECC)University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center

Before RECOVER, codes could feel like chaos. With RECOVER, CPR has become systematic and predictable by taking the guesswork out of the equation and gives the entire (trained) team clearly defined roles and evidence-based steps to take. No more chaos, just CPR.

Noah Jones BSRT, RRT-ACCS, RCP, RVT, VTS (LAM)Foundation Veterinary Solutions

RECOVER helped identify knowledge gaps and future research needs, influencing both clinical researchers as well as laboratory animal researchers. Getting certified means researchers involved in resuscitation research can ensure their study protocols follow the current best evidence, which is typically required for IACUC approval.

Valerie Garuccio CVT, VTS (ECC)Compassion-First Pet Hospitals

One of the biggest changes I have seen is that RECOVER training has allowed us to utilize all staff members. Assistants are taught to initiate CPR and participate in the code.