Speakers

Tiago Abreu
Tiago graduated in 2009 with a degree in Veterinary Nursing from the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança in Portugal. Since then, has worked in hospitals and 1st opinion practices in Portugal, gaining his NCert(Practical Techniques) before moving to the UK in 2013 to work in a 1st opinion/Referral Hospital in Bristol becoming Head Nurse and gaining the NCert(ECC) by Vetsnow in 2017. In 2018 has done one month traineeship in the ICU at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies before moving back to Portugal where he works work at the Bom Jesus Veterinary Hospital and at the Animal Blood Bank. Tiago is as well, Clinical Coach and enjoys teaching and training the students and colleagues.

Tiago is as well one of ProVetNurse’s CEO, a platform for online training for qualified Vet Nurses and Vet Nurse students.

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Gonçalo Babau Jorge
Gonçalo has a degree in Veterinary Nursing by Instituto Politécnico de Bragança. After his internship at Hospital Veterinário Central (a referral hospital), in 2010, he worked there for more 4 years. In Hospital Veterinário Central, he started to practice emergency attendings and the continuous monitoring with critical care and emergency blood analysis. And that was how the challenge within this area developed.


Since 2014 he works in VetOeiras hospital. In 2017 he obtained his Certificate in Veterinary Nursing for Emergency and Critical Care, issued by VetsNow. Besides the continuous focus in the emergency’s area, he also has grown interest and skills in citologies.

In parallel with his professional activity in the hospital, he has already been lectured in several congresses and conferences dealt by Veterinary Nursing Faculties. Due to these contacts with Faculties, he has established protocols between these entities and VetOeiras, being the person in charge of Veterinary Nursing internships in the hospital.

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Tara Bellis
Dr. Tara Bellis graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2007 and completed a small animal rotating internship there in 2008. She worked as an Emergency veterinary surgeon in small animal Emergency practices in South East England, before crossing the ocean and embarking on an Emergency and Critical Care residency at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in New York.  Dr. Bellis became a Diplomate of the American College of Emergency and Critical Care in 2015, and worked in Southern California before returning to NYC, where she now directs the ECC residency program at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Midtown Manhattan. Dr Bellis is currently a member of the ACVECC exam committee.  Her professional interests include sepsis, mechanical ventilation, and CPR.

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Frédéric Billen
Dr Frédéric Billen has graduated from the University of Liège in 2000. After an internship and residency in small animal internal medicine in Liège, he presented a Master’s degree on “The clinical, endoscopical and histological investigation of the nasopharynx in dogs” in 2005. He became diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine of Companion Animals in 2007, and defended a PhD thesis in 2008 on “Value of microbiological tests in the diagnosis of canine sino-nasal aspergillosis and evaluation of a new topical therapeutic protocol''.

He is senior lecturer in small animal internal medicine, resident advisor and coordinator of the internship in the same institution. His main interests are related to upper airway diseases and uro-nephrology in dogs and cats.

He is currently past-president of the European Society of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ESVIM) and member of the European Society of Veterinary Nephrology and Urology (ESVNU).

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Corrin Boyd
Dr Boyd is a criticalist employed as Registrar in Emergency and Critical Care at The Animal Hospital at Murdoch University. He is also a PhD candidate at Murdoch University, researching the adverse effects of fluid therapy products, with a focus on synthetic colloids. He graduated from Murdoch University in 2009. He remained at Murdoch working as a staff veterinarian in the Emergency and Critical Care service, before completing an internship (2013) and residency (2014-2017) in Emergency and Critical Care. He achieved ACVECC diplomate status in 2017. He also was awarded a Graduate Diploma of Education and Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies during this training. His main research interests include shock and fluid resuscitation, especially synthetic colloids, and their adverse effects on coagulation and kidney function. He has recently published research about the effects of fluid therapy products on kidney injury biomarkers, coagulation, inflammation and the endothelial glycocalyx in Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, Frontiers in Veterinary Medicine and Inflammation. Other interests include congenital coagulopathies, kidney injury biomarkers, extracorporeal therapies, anaphylaxis, enteropathogens, patient anxiety and sleep patterns in the ICU, use of technology in ECC and ethics in ECC.

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Maxime Cambournac
Dr. Cambournac graduated from the Veterinary School of Lyon in 2012, and pursues an internship the following year. Then, he joined the emergency and critical care team at the university of Lyon, first as an assistant lecturer, and then as ECVECC resident. He recently pass the ECC board exam and is now an ECVECC diplomate.  As complementary degrees, he passed one University diploma in resuscitation and critical care, one in mechanical ventilation and the Certificate of Veterinary hemodialysis from UC Davis. He currently works as head of the Emergency and Intensive Care Unit of Fregis Veterinary Hospital in Paris suburban.


His main fields of interest are emergency ultrasound, as well as extracorporeal therapies and renal physiology, in both of which he has published. He has also a special interest in fluid physiology, acid base and electrolytes disorders.

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Laura Cole
Laura graduated from Cambridge University in 2011 and worked in small animal practice prior to completing a rotating internship at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC). She finished her Emergency and Critical Care residency at the RVC in June 2019 and she gained the American Diploma in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care shortly after. She has a particular interest in the management of AKI and the role of hypertension in disease progression. 


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Daniele Collurra
Head nurse in ICU 1 at Erasme University Hospital, Brussels  ULB (human medicine). Specialized nurse in ICU and Master in nursing. In charge sinds 1988. Teaching activities to ICU student nurse and ongoing formation at the hospital. Co-oragnisator of the SISSIHE (annual symposium on intensive care for nurse)

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Simon Cook
Simon graduated from the University of Bristol in 2011 with degrees in veterinary science and veterinary pathogenesis. After a rotating internship at the Royal Veterinary College and two years in a busy 24 hour hospital, he completed a residency in emergency and critical care at the Royal Veterinary College. He is currently a lecturer in emergency and critical care at the Royal Veterinary College, London, with a part time research commitment in a neuromodulation group. Clinical and research interests combined include immunomodulation, cardiovascular monitoring, patient side ultrasonography and ischaemia reperfusion injury.

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Sylvie Daminet

Sylvie Daminet was born in Genk, Belgium. She graduated as a veterinarian in 1992 from the University of Liège in Belgium. Thereafter she moved abroad to specialise. She performed an internship followed by a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Montreal in Canada. In 1996 she became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM&ECVIM-CA). She also obtained a  Master’s degree on canine thyroid function from the University of Montreal.

She was an assistant Professor at the universities of Montreal and Prince Edward Island in Canada and Lecturer at the Royal Veterinary College in London in England. She obtained her PhD on thyroid function tests in dogs at the University of Ghent in Belgium in 2002.

Currently she is a full Professor at the same University. She is chair of the small animal internal medicine service and her clinical and research interests are in endocrinology and nephrology. Under her guidance 12 PhD’s were defended successfully. She is program director of the residency program in Companion Animal Internal Medicine at Ghent University and (co-)-supervised many residents who became diplomate of the ECVIM-CA. Sylvie (co)-authored over 200 publications in international and national journals. She was president of the European Society of Veterinary Endocrinology from 2009 to 2011 (www.esve.org) and chair of the Specialty of Internal Medicine of ECVIM (2011-2014).

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Nausika Devriendt
Nausikaa graduated at the veterinary faculty of Ghent University, Belgium in 2010. After graduation she fulfilled a rotating internship in small animal medicine as well at Ghent University. During a year she worked at a referral practice in the UK, after which she worked as a small animal surgical assistant at the University of Paris. She successfully fulfilled a second master degree in 'Surgical Sciences' at the University of Paris-Est, where she did research about the use of mesenchymal stem cells and BMP-2 for critical bone size defects. She started a surgical residency at Ghent University in 2014, and became an ECVS diplomat in 2019. Since her internship, she has a special interest in portosystemic shunts and besides clinical work, she is currently doing a PhD about extrahepatic portosystemic shunts in dogs.

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Chloe Fay
Chloe qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2012, gained her ECC certificate in 2016, and her VTS (ECC) in 2018. She has a strong background in ECC and referral Nursing, She is currently the head of the Priory Emergency Treatment Service (OOH) and referral lead in Brighton, who also provide cardio-respiratory and internal medicine referral services. Chloe also runs her own veterinary training and consultancy business.

Chloe is on the review board for the RCVS ‘inFOCUS’ veterinary journal and is involved in peer reviewing material for the Australian College of Veterinary Nursing’s ECC certificate. She most recently became RECOVER instructor certified. Chloe is highly experienced and passionate about all aspects of emergency and critical care nursing, but her specific interests include critical care patients including renal and septic patients, and cardio-respiratory patients.

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Thierry Francey
Graduate from the University of Bern (Switzerland) [1988].
Internship in small animal anesthesia [1995-6].
Residency in small animal internal medicine (University of Bern and Louisiana State University, USA) [1996-2000].
Fellowship in nephrology / hemodialysis [2000-2002] and Lecturer in small animal internal medicine and Nephrology (University of California Davis, USA) [2002-2005].
Ad Interim Head of the Division of small animal internal medicine (Vetsuisse Faculty University of Bern). [2005-2019].

Currently Lecturer and Head of small animal nephrology/urology (Vetsuisse Faculty University of Bern). This clinical and research program is centered around the manifestations and treatments of uremia and it offers a wide spectrum of blood purification techniques such as hemodialysis, hemoperfusion and plasma exchange.

Teaching Faculty of the Hemodialysis Academy (UC Davis, USA), providing on-line training in blood purification techniques.

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Emily Gorman
Emily Gorman qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2005, before being awarded the inaugural Nursing Scholarship at Glasgow University Vet School where she carried out a year’s nursing internship.  She went on to specialise in exotic species, gaining her Certificate in Nursing of Exotic Species in 2007. She pursued her interest working with exotics for several years both in the UK and abroad before developing an interest in Emergency and Critical Care.

She attained her Certificate of Veterinary Nursing in Emergency and Critical Care in 2015, and has worked in ECC in both first opinion and referral centres. Since joining the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 2016 as the Senior ICU nurse, she has helped to develop the ECC service, undertaken externships in the UK and USA and been awarded an Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Authority. She is a RECOVER certified BLS Rescuer and also works as a phlebotomist for the Pet Blood Bank. Her main interests include CPR and transfusion medicine.

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Isabelle Goy-Thollot

Isabelle Goy-Thollot is the Head for the Vet School of Lyon, France ICU, the SIAMU.

She graduated from Maisons-Alfort, France in 1989 and completed a PhD in 2005 about hypothalamo-pituitary adrenal axis. She has been lecturer in internal medicine at the Lyon Veterinary School before founding the SIAMU (SA-ICU) in 2002. She has been President of the European Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (EVECCS) and chair of the ECVECC Credential Committee. She is founding member Diplomate of the European College of Emergency and Critical Care since June 2014. She is interested in nephrology, dialysis and blood transfusion. 

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Thomas Greensmith
Tom graduated from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in 2010, and after 4 years in a busy emergency practice and a one year internship undertook his residency at the RVC. He obtained his Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2018, along with a Master’s degree in Veterinary Medicine the same year. Following his residency Tom became the Cardiothoracic Perfusion Fellow at the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals (RVC) where he learnt to perform cardiopulmonary bypass to facilitate open heart surgery. In April 2019, Tom became a lecturer in emergency and critical care, and his current role involves providing clinical perfusion and post-operative care to patients undergoing open heart surgery, as well as being an active member of the renal replacement therapies unit and ECC faculty. His main interests include the bedside application of physiologic principles, advanced blood gas acid base analysis, mechanical ventilation and extracorporeal therapies.

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Julien Guillaumin
I am currently an Associate Professor in Emergency and Critical Care at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. I am also the OSU Blood Bank director. After graduating from the Ecole Nationale Veterinaire de Nantes, France, I pursued a small animal rotating internship at the Ecole Nationale Veterinaire d’Alfort, France. After graduation, I worked in both private practice emergency settings and academia, serving as a clinical instructor in Emergency and Critical Care at the Ecole Nationale Veterinaire de Lyon (now VetAgroSup). I continued my advanced training in Emergency and Critical Care in the US, working at Cornell University and completed my ACVECC residency from the University of California, Davis in 2009. I have been a teacher and clinician at Ohio State University since then.

My main clinical interest is hemostasis, blood banking and blood products, immune mediated hemolytic anemia, thrombosis, including pulmonary thromboembolism and feline acute aortic thromboembolis, as well as SIRS, sepsis and MODS, including ARDS.

I am the current Chair of the ACVECC residency training committee, also serving in the ECVECC Education Committee. I am also part of OSU internship program committee, coordinator of the OSU ECC residency committee and trained over 100 interns and ECC residents. I have over 100 invited lectures and more than 50 peer-review publications and research publications.

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Simon Hagley

Dr Simon Hagley obtained his veterinary degree from the University of Bristol, after which he moved to Australia to complete a specialty internship. He returned to the UK for 2 years, where he worked in a busy emergency hospital and was subsequently offered a 4-year Emergency and Critical Care training and teaching position in the world-renowned Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of California Davis. Now he has settled back in the UK and joined the team at ChesterGates to develop the emergency and intensive care services.

Simon’s publications include a case report on an unusual toxin and a study on changes in blood glucose in critically ill patients. His interests include all areas of acute medicine with a specific focus on fluid therapy, sepsis, electrolyte and glucose derangements and shock. 


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Elle Haskey

Elle studied Veterinary Nursing and Practice Administration at the University of Bristol and graduated in 2008 with a BSc honours degree as a Registered Veterinary Nurse.  She moved to the Midlands and worked in a mixed practice for 2 years before returning to the University of Bristol as Senior ICU nurse. She spent four years back at Bristol where she studied for and gained the VTS(ECC) qualification in 2012. In 2013 Elle moved to London where she joined the Royal Veterinary College Emergency and Critical Care team where she gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Veterinary education. Elle has lectured internationally, writing several articles and also contributing to book chapters and sat on the committee for AVECCT, EVECCS and BSAVA. 

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Meredith 't Hoen
Meredith ‘t Hoen graduated from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. She then completed an internship in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care at Washington State University, followed by an Emergency and Critical Care residency at the University of Missouri. After becoming a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2011, Meredith ran the ECC service at a private specialty hospital in the USA until 2017.  Wishing to return to academia, Meredith joined the Utrecht University Faculty of Veterinary in 2017. Upon moving to the Netherlands, Meredith was pleased to also become a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.  Meredith currently divides her clinical time between the Emergency Department and ICU.  Her nonclinical duties, which emphasize teaching, include developing e-learning modules for veterinary students and overseeing staff education and training. 

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Sabrina Hoehne
Dr. Hoehne graduated from the University of Zurich Vetsuisse Faculty in 2010. She spent a year at Cornell University and obtained her Dr. med. vet. degree in 2012. She then completed a small animal rotating internship at Oregon State University and a small animal Emergency and Critical Care internship at the University of California, Davis before pursuing her residency training in Emergency and Critical Care at the University of California, Davis and becoming board certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2017. She then completed a post-doctoral fellowship in pulmonary medicine at the University of California, Davis before joining the University of Bern Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care team as a lecturer in fall 2018. Her professional interests include electrolyte and acid base abnormalities, especially disorders of potassium homeostasis, transfusion medicine, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. 

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Efrat Kelmer
Dr. Kelmer graduated from the Hebrew University Veterinary Teaching Hospital (Israel) in 2001. Following her studies, she moved to the US and completed a master's degree in immunology, followed by an internship and a small animal ECC residency at the University of Missouri, between the years 2003-2006. She than continued on to serve as an Assistant Professor at the University of Knoxville, TN for 2 years, before returning to her home country, Israel, in 2008, to become the first emergency and critical care diplomate in her country. Since returning to Israel, Dr. Kelmer has served as department head for 10 years, and is currently a senior clinical lecturer. She has continued to author and co-author publications and book chapters in various subjects related to critical care medicine.  Dr. Kelmer joined the European College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2015. She has a special interest in trauma, sepsis, coagulation and environmental emergencies. 

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Maarten Makkee
Maarten Makkee graduated as a veterinary nurse in 2001 and he started his career working in private practice for 8 years. As emergency and critical care has always been his passion, in January 2009 he began working in the ICU of the Department of Clinical Sciences of Companion Animals, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University in the Netherlands. He continues to work there with pleasure. In the last years Maarten has also become involved in the training of new ICU nurses and in giving lectures and workshops for emergency and ICU nurses as part of their continuing education. 

Maarten is now studying and preparing for the  Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care (VTS(ECC)) exam. 

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Julie Menard
Dr. Menard graduated from the Ecole Nationale Veterinaire D’Alfort France and pursued a small animal rotating internship at the University of Montreal, Quebec in Canada. She completed an Emergency and critical care internship and residency at Cornell University in the United States and became an ACVECC diplomate in 2011. She was a Lecturer in Emergency and Critical care at the University of Zurich, Switzerland; and then joined an international veterinary pharmaceutical company for 2.5 years, doing of clinical studies and drug assessment including antimicrobials. She returned to Cornell University in 2015 where she is currently a Lecturer in Emergency and Critical care. Her interests lie in antimicrobial stewardship and antimicrobial resistance in critical care patients.

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Anne-Christine Merveille
Anne-Christine graduated in 2005 and performed an internship at the university of Liège. She worked during 1 year at the National Veterinary school of Lyon as assistant in small animal internal medicine department. In 2008, she started her PhD on canine genetic and was involved in a European research project, the “LUPA project”. At the same time, she started an alternate training program in Small animal Cardiology between the University of Liège and the Royal Veterinary College in London. In 2015, she obtained her PhD and in 2016, her Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine – Companion Animals, in the subspecialty of Cardiology. Since 2014, she works as a cardiologist in the University of Liège and remains involved in the internship and residency training program in internal medicine. Her research area are cardiovascular point of care ultrasound and pulmonary arterial hypertension. 

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Amy Newfield
Amy is currently employed with BluePearl Veterinary Partners as a Project Manager for Training and Team Development. After working in general practice for many years, Amy found her passion in emergency medicine.  In 2003 she became a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care.  She has held several board positions in the Academy of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Technicians & Nurses including president.  Amy is well published in over 15 subjects, is an international speaker, has received numerous awards including two speaker of the year awards and is highly involved in her community. She lives in Massachusetts with her wonderful furry kids where you can find her eating chocolate, running in the woods, competing in agility and diving in the ocean.


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Marc Raffe
Dr. Raffe received his BS and DVM degrees from the University of Illinois.  Following graduation, he completed an Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Auburn University, followed by a Residency in Veterinary Surgery and Bioengineering at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine and a Residency in Comparative Anesthesiology at the University of Minnesota. Currently, he is a director at Veterinary Anesthesia and Critical Care Associates, a consulting group who provides professional educational and training services to the veterinary and biomedical industries.    Dr. Raffe holds an adjunct faculty appointment at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. 


Dr. Raffe is a diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia and a charter diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. He has authored or coauthored over 100 scientific articles in peer reviewed journals and proceedings, 35 chapters in textbooks, and co-authored a textbook on emergency and critical care medicine. Dr. Raffe has been an invited speaker on over 250 local, regional, national and international continuing education programs in anesthesia and emergency/critical care. He held multiple positions in the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC) including tenure as president and several terms on the Board of Directors.   He is a recipient of the Ira M Zaslow award for exceptional service and extraordinary commitment to the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS), ACVECC and the specialty of emergency and critical care medicine.  He has also been awarded the VECCS President's Award for extraordinary service to VECCS, ACVECC and the profession. 


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Clare Sharp
Dr Claire Sharp is a senior lecturer in small animal emergency and critical care in the School of Veterinary Medicine at Murdoch University. Claire originally obtained her veterinary degree from Murdoch in 2002, after which her rotating internship was at Oklahoma State University, followed by an ECC internship, residency, and Master’s degree at the University of Missouri. Claire’s special interests include trauma, sepsis, coagulation, biomarkers, and transfusion medicine. Claire has recently been involved in the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC) Consensus on the Rational Use of Antithrombotics in Veterinary Critical Care (CURATIVE), the ACVECC Veterinary Committee on Trauma, and the ACVIM consensus statement on the diagnosis and treatment of IMHA.


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Natasha Summerfield
Natasha has been working in a variety of practices since qualifying in 2011, including working abroad with charities, handling exotics and wildlife as well as helping in neutering and outreach programmes.

She found her passion for Emergency and Intensive Medicine while working at the Royal Veterinary College ECC unit in the UK. In 2014, Natasha moved to Zürich, Switzerland where she helped develop the University of Zürich Intensive Care Unit. She is currently Head Nurse of the university's new Emergency Unit, where she plays an integral part in the setup and day to day running of the department.

In 2018, Natasha successfully sat her Veterinary Technician Specialiality exam in Emergency Critical Care, becoming the first VTS-ECC in Switzerland.

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Emily Thomas
Emily graduated from Cambridge in 2005. She completed her residency in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in the USA in 2012, since when she has worked in both private and academic referral practice. She currently works at as an Emergency and Critical Care Specialist at Dick White Referrals in the UK. 

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Ivayla Yozova
Ivayla is an ACVECC diplomate since 2017 and an ECVECC diplomate since 2019. She completed her 3-year ECC residency in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, University of Bern, Switzerland (2013-2016), including a postgraduate doctoral degree on the topic hydroxyethyl starches. She obtained her original veterinary degree from Trakia University, Bulgaria (2002-2007), after which she joined the National Veterinary College of Toulouse, France for a Small Animal Rotating Internship (2008-2009). Prior to her residency she worked in a private small animal after-hours ECC practice on the French Riviera. During that time, she completed an MBA (Institute of Business Administration of Nice, France, 2010-2011) and a Pain Management Certificate (Medical Faculty, University of Montpelier, France, 2011-2012).

Her current position as a Senior Lecturer of Veterinary ECC at Massey University (since 2017) involves clinical work in the Pet Emergency Centre, patient-focused and didactic teaching of students, interns and residents and research. She advocates effective learning techniques and holds an AFHEA certificate. She is passionate about low stress handling and pet-centric practices. Her research interests include the endothelial glycocalyx (PhD project), trauma, stress response, POCUS and other minimally invasive monitoring tools, focusing almost exclusively on felines. She is part of the University’s Veterinary Emergency Response Team. 


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