The Section for Veterinary Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy of the Vetsuisse-Faculty / Bern, proposes a residency training programme recognized by the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia (ECVAA). After a 3-year training, you will be able to sit the examination to become a certified European Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia (Dip. ECVAA). The training programme includes a very large clinical experience in Anaesthesia and peri-operative Pain Therapy rotating throughout our clinics for Small Domestic Animals, Horses and Cattle. We also offer a large range of procedures for specific Pain Therapy. Our team also works in strong cooperation with the Emergency and Critical Care unit. Additionally, practice for laboratory and exotic animal species is organized in cooperation with other university and professional institutions. Besides its main clinical duty, the resident is involved in scientific research activities to at least fulfill requirements from the ECVAA (3 case reports, 1 original article as main author, 1 scientific cooperation). Our team regularly sits together for Journal Club, Case Discussion, Topic Round and organization meetings.
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The objectives of the standard ECVAA residency training programme are
Previous Residents in Anaesthesia and Analgesia at Bern
N. Jäggin-Schmucker 1994-1999
C. Spadavecchia 1998-2001
S. Wenger 2000-2003
A. Bergadano 2000-2003
I. Mosing (alt.) 2001-2003
I. Iff 2001-2004
O. Levionnois 2002-2005
S. Nannaronne (alt.) 2002-2004
P. Larenza 2002-2005
L. Zilberstein (alt.) 2003-2005
S. Axiak 2004-2007
C. Peterbauer 2004-2007
H. Rohrbach 2005-2008
K. Pieper (alt.) 2005-2008
C. Adami 2007-2010
K. Veres 2008-2011
N. Romagnoli (alt.) 2008-2010
A. Haga (alt.) 2010-2011
A. Lervik (alt.) 2010-2011
U. Morath 2010-
D. Casoni 2011-
V. Marolf 2012-
Details on the Training programme
a) Schedule for the three/four years
b) Anaesthesia clinical service, including emergency and intensive care
For standard residencies, approximately 60% of time (70% during the first year, 60% during the second year and 50% during the third year) will be spent in the clinics to provide clinical anaesthesia service and instruct veterinary students. The resident is also involved in decisions for critical care cases. Clinical duty also includes participation to the out-of-hours emergency service as a primary duty during the first (small animal hospital) and second residency year (equine hospital), and as on-call anaesthesia back-up (all clinics) together with the Diplomates during the third year.
For standard residencies, 40% of time will be allocated for learning time, research projects, internal and external rotations, attending conferences or other relevant courses, and holidays (5 weeks per year plus 1 week over Christmas/New Year).
c) Rotations in other related disciplines
The veterinary hospital of Bern offers contact with European Specialists in many disciplines (intensive care, diagnostic imaging, neurology, ophthalmology, internal medicine and surgery (including neurosurgery), in both large and small animals…) and week rotations are encouraged during off-clinics periods.
d) External clinical anaesthesia rotations
All our residents are also supported to visit other hospitals, both veterinary (particularly for sectors poorly represented at our faculty) and human, as well as external institutions dealing with experimental and exotic/wild animals.
The resident normally spends 5-10 weeks per year for clinically based research project. It is expected that the resident will be involved in research projects from the beginning to guarantee valuable experience of the necessary processes.