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What is the RECOVER Initiative?

Reassessment Campaign on Veterinary 
Resuscitation (RECOVER)

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 evidence-based veterinary cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) guidelines.

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. New guidelines were published on June 26, 2024.

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Our Mission

Empowering people to provide lifesaving care to animals through education, science, and community.

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Our Vision

To create a connected worldwide community in which all animal caregivers are competent and confident in providing optimal lifesaving care to animals.

Our Focus

The RECOVER Initiative has Three Main Goals

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Developing evidence-based guidelines for veterinary CPR.

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Providing courses and certifications for veterinary professionals, pet professionals, and pet owners to empower them to effectively perform CPR on cats and dogs.

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Addressing the knowledge gaps in veterinary CPR.

Learn More About RECOVER

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

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