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The Workshop

A two day simulation learning workshop certifying attendees as RECOVER Certified BLS/ALS Rescuers, RECOVER Certified BLS/ALS Instructors, and providing training on immersive simulation education using OpenVetSim.

Attendees may attend just one or both of the sessions.


RECOVER CPR Rescuer Certification – BLS and ALS

How do we best treat animals in cardiopulmonary arrest? Evidence-based veterinary CPR guidelines published by the RECOVER Initiative in 2012 aimed at maximizing patient survival after cardiopulmonary arrest led to the official veterinary CPR certification process approved by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. This course will teach the concepts and techniques of RECOVER Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Life Support (ALS).

The certification process consists of an online course followed by onsite training at the conference. Because of this, participants must have successfully completed the RECOVER online BLS and ALS courses available at (or have taken the courses previously offered by eCornell or Veritas). Successful completion of this course grants certification as a RECOVER BLS and ALS Rescuer. Human medical professionals certify in human CPR. Veterinary medical professionals should certify themselves in veterinary CPR!

Prerequisites: Completion of Online BLS and ALS Courses (

Fee: TBD

Part I: Simulation Learning Workshop

This segment of the workshop will orient attendees to OpenVetSim, the open source, high fidelity simulation platform developed by Dr. Daniel J Fletcher at Cornell University. Attendees will learn how the simulator hardware works, how the components are assembled into a fully functional mannequin, and how to operate and program scenarios into the simulation software. The fundamental concepts of medical simulation, scenario design, and facilitation of scenario debriefing to enhance learning will be discussed to provide participants with the foundational knowledge and skills to teach through immersive simulation.


Part II: RECOVER Veterinary CPR Instructor Certification – BLS and ALS

This session offers veterinary professionals certification as RECOVER CPR Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Life Support (ALS) Instructors, approved to certify veterinarians and veterinary technicians as RECOVER BLS and ALS Rescuers.  Participants must have successfully completed the RECOVER BLS and ALS online courses and be RECOVER Certified Rescuers in BLS and ALS (or enrolled at for the Rescuer Rescuer Certification Course at this workshop). Participants will learn how to conduct the BLS and ALS certification courses and administer standardized assessments to certify others in BLS and ALS. Participants will learn how to run hands-on BLS certification workshops with CPR mannequins and how to deliver the standardized assessments to certify others in BLS. Attendees will then learn to run a hands-on ALS certification workshop with a canine patient simulator running a series of CPR simulations, and ultimately a final “mega-code” certification simulation.

Prerequisites: Veterinary Professionals with certifications as RECOVER Certified BLS and ALS Rescuer. You may be concurrently enrolled at the same workshop.

Recommended: Previous training or teaching experience recommended.

Fee: TBD

Event Details


Jan 5-6, 2019


Tetlow and Roy Park Veterinary Innovations Lab
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
930 Campus Road, Ithaca, NY 14853

Program Schedule

RECOVER CPR Rescuer Certification – BLS and ALS

Date Time Activity
Jan 5 8am-9:40am RECOVER BLS Rescuer Certification
9:40am-9:50am Break
9:50am-2pm RECOVER ALS Rescuer Certification


Immersive Simulation Intensive: RECOVER CPR

Date Time Activity
Jan 5 2:30pm-4:10pm Simulation Scenario Design and Software
4:10pm-4:20pm Break
4:20pm-6pm Simulation Hardware and Debriefing
Jan 6 8am-8:50am RECOVER Instructor – Orientation
9am-10:40am RECOVER BLS Instructor Certification
10:40am-11am Break
11am-12:40pm RECOVER ALS Instructor Part I
12:40pm-1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm-3:10pm RECOVER ALS Instructor Part II
3:10pm-3:30pm Break
3:30pm-4:30pm RECOVER ALS Instructor Certification


Step 1: Fill out Registration Form
Step 2: Submit payment through Cornell Accounting when contacted.


Daniel Fletcher, PhD, DVM, DACVECC

Dr. Fletcher has been on the faculty of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine since 2006. After receiving a BS in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University and a PhD in Bioengineering from the University of California Berkeley/San Francisco, he obtained his DVM from the University of California at Davis. He then completed a rotating internship and emergency and critical care residency at the University of Pennsylvania. He has received multiple teaching awards, including the 2013 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence and is co-chair of the RECOVER Initiative, which published the first evidence-based veterinary CPR guidelines. His research interests include disorders of fibrinolysis, epilepsy, and the use of immersive simulation in teaching. He has been building simulators for veterinary education since 2009 and opened the Tetlow and Roy Park Innovation Lab, an immersive simulation center at Cornell in the fall of 2015.


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

Ken Yagi has been practicing in the veterinary field since 2000 obtaining his RVT in 2008 and certifying as a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care in 2011 and Small Animal Internal Medicine in 2013. He has obtained his master’s degree in Veterinary Science through the University of Missouri in 2017. As an active educator and VTS he has contributed to the development of training methods and application of the RECOVER guideline in practice. He has been serving as the program director for the RECOVER Initiative since 2017, developing the certification process and international instructor network to establish an evidence-based standard for veterinary CPR worldwide. Ken is currently employed at the Tetlow and Roy Park Innovation Lab at Cornell as the Veterinary Education Simulation Laboratory Manager.

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

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