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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Carlos Andrega
Carlos got his DVM at the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vila Real, Portugal in 1998. He  worked as general practitioner for 3 years until he moved to France to complete a surgical internship at the Bardet´s Surgical Referral Clinic. Here, he became official Resident in Small Animal Surgery and got his Diploma by the ECVS afterwards. Carlos has worked as Specialist Surgeon in referral hospitals in Porto and in Aberdeen. He joined the Service of Surgery at Centro Hospitalar Veterinário, Porto, Portugal since 2013 where he performs Soft Tissue Surgery, Trauma, Orthopedics, and Neurosurgery. He also worked in University of Glasgow´s Small Animal Hospital between 2017-2019 as a Senior Specialist Surgeon in Soft Tissue and later moved to the University of Edinburgh. He is also involved in many national and international congresses and courses. He is author of several publications, both in national and international specialized journals.

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Lindsey Ashburner
I am an Emergency and Critical Care Veterinary Nurse at the Edinburgh University Hospital for Small Animals.

I first qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2012 and started my career at a mixed practice. It was here that I found my passion for ECC and achieved the VetsNow certificate in emergency and critical care. In 2015 I started working at the Edinburgh University as a dedicated ECC nurse in the busy ICU department.

A big aspect of my job working for the University is teaching veterinary students. To improve my teaching abilities, I completed The Edinburgh Teaching Award – Associate Fellow. I use my teaching skills to teach veterinary students, veterinary interns, residents, and fellow veterinary nurses.

In 2017 I was awarded a scholarship from Edinburgh University which enabled me to complete my Vet Tech Specialist(ECC) qualification which I obtained in 2019. Included in the scholarship was the opportunity to undertake several externships to gain experience of other ERs/ICUs in both the USA and UK and attend ECC specific CE events including the European and International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Congresses.

In my spare time I enjoy running and hill walking with my husband and very energetic dog Fara. I also have two cats who rule the roost in our house.

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Goncalo Babau
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. Besides the continuous focus in emergency’s area, he also has growed its interest and skills in cytologies.

In 2017 he completed his Nurse Certificate in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care by VetsNow.

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.

In 2020 he also completed the title of rescuer by RECOVER Initiative.

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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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Marie-Claude Blais
Dr. Marie-Claude Blais has graduated from the Faculté de médecine vétérinaire of the Université de Montréal in 2002. She completed her Small Animal Internal Medicine Residency at Tufts University (2008) and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine the same year. She has also completed a Fellowship in Transfusion Medicine under the mentoring of Dr Urs Giger at the University of Pennsylvania (2005).

Since 2008, Dr Blais is back to the Université de Montréal where she is currently an associate professor in Small Animal Internal Medicine as well as the Section Head of the Small Animal Hospital. She is also in charge of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vétérinaire (CHUV) Small Animal Blood Bank, reflecting her main focus of interest in research, i.e. all aspects of transfusion medicine. Since 2017, she has concluded a collaboration agreement with the Canadian Animal Blood Bank, a not-for profit organization based in Winnipeg. This collaboration helps provide high quality canine blood products to veterinarians throughout Canada and creates a unique opportunity for clinical research, teaching and networking. Most recently, she has participated as a chair member in the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC) Consensus on the Rational Use of Antithrombotics in Veterinary Critical Care (CURATIVE) guidelines and has co-author the chapter entitled "Erythrocyte Antigens and Blood Groups" for the Schalm's Veterinary Hematology (7th edition). 

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Corrin Boyd
Dr Boyd is a criticalist employed as Senior Lecturer 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. 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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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 is now a  diplomate of both the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. After a short period of locum work in private practice she has re-joined the RVC as a staff clinician in veterinary emergency and critical care in January 2020. She has a particular interest in feline critical care, acute kidney injury and endocrine emergencies.

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Nuno Félix
Nuno Manuel Félix graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Lisbon in 1999. He traveled to the United Kingdom to perform an internship in Small Animal Medicine at the Animal Medical Center, in Manchester, under the supervision of Dr. Phillip Boydell. After returning to Portugal and working in several private hospitals, he joined the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Lisbon in 2001, where he remained until 2014. At the University, Nuno worked as an Assistant Professor in several disciplines and as a clinician at Hospital Escolar Veterinário-FMV, as a resident physician and responsible for the Emergency and Critical Care section. In 2004 he completed his Master's Degree in Neuroscience, at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon and in 2011, he obtained an Integrated Master's Degree in Medicine from the same University. In 2017 he completed his doctoral thesis on hemorrhagic shock at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Lisbon. Nuno finished the Pediatric Medicine residence in July 2020 and currently works in Hospital Santa Maria in Lisbon and in Hospital Garcia da Orta in Almada. He is also an external lecturer for Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon, giving classes in pediatric emergency medicine. Nuno was actively involved in the development of Emergency Veterinary Medicine and Intensive Care at national and European level, having performed the functions of Secretary of the European Society for Emergency and Intensive Veterinary Care (EVECCS) 2005 -2011. Currently holds the position of Chairman of the Member and Relationship Committee of EVECCS. He is also one of the founding elements of the Portuguese national group for emergency and veterinary intensive care. Nuno is also a national and international lecturer, having written several articles and book chapters, as well as guiding several master's theses in Veterinary Medicine related to Emergency Veterinary Medicine and Intensive Care.

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Joe Fenn
Joe graduated from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in 2009 and spent the next 2 years in general practice in Derbyshire. He then returned to the RVC to complete a rotating internship at the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals (QMHA), followed by a Senior Clinical Training Scholarship (residency) in Veterinary Neurology and Neurosurgery. Following completion of his residency and attainment of a Masters in Veterinary Medicine (MVetMed), Joe successfully sat the examination for the Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Neurology (ECVN) in 2015. Following this he stayed at the RVC as staff clinician, and in 2019 was appointed as a senior lecturer in Veterinary Neurology and Neurosurgery. Joe is a European and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Neurology.

Joe is interested in all aspects of veterinary neurology and neurosurgery, although he is particularly interested in the management of acute spinal cord injury and the development of advanced neurosurgical techniques such as transsphenoidal hypophysectomy. Joe is currently the lead surgeon of RVC’s hypophysectomy clinic and enjoys the challenge of managing these complex cases alongside colleagues from the Internal Medicine and Emergency and Critical Care services.

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Robert Goggs
Dr. Robert Goggs qualified in 2004 and completed an internship and residency in Emergency and Critical Care at the RVC in London and became board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2008. Dr. Goggs was faculty at the RVC for 2 years before moving to Bristol to undertake a PhD in platelet biology. Dr. Goggs joined the ECC team at Cornell University in 2013 and is currently an assistant professor. His clinical research interests include bleeding disorders, thrombosis, biomarkers in critical illness and the management of canine IMHA. Dr. Goggs is a previous Chair of the ACVECC Examination Committee and was a member of ACVECC CURATIVE initiative and of the ACVIM canine IMHA consensus committee.

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Katie Gray
Katie is currently appointed as Senior Emergency and Critical Care Nurse at the Royal Veterinary College where she has been since late 2012. Katie has published several articles in Veterinary publications including her own study into sepsis recognition which was undertaken as part of her Advanced Diploma in 2016. Her favourite cases are those who are critically unwell in the ICU, especially septic peritonitis and those on mechanical ventilation. She has spent time on the BSAVA Metropolitan Committee and lectures for Veterinary nurses regularly including via online tutored courses and webinars.

Katie is working towards the Post Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Education at the RVC; and is also studying towards a Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling. She lives in Hertfordshire with her ever expanding menagerie and can be found walking her spaniels, gardening with her ducks or knitting on the sofa. 

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Julien Guillaumin

Dr Guillaumin is currently an Associate Professor in Emergency and Critical Care at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. After graduating from the Ecole Nationale Veterinaire de Nantes, France, Dr Guillaumin pursued a small animal rotating internship at the Ecole Nationale Veterinaire d’Alfort, France. After his internship, he 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). He continued his advanced training in Emergency and Critical Care in the US, working at Cornell University and completed his ACVECC residency from the University of California, Davis in 2009. Before moving to sunny Colorado, Dr Guillaumin was a teacher, clinician and researcher at the Ohio State University for 10 years.

His main clinical interests are hemostasis, blood banking and blood products, especially platelet products, immune mediated hemolytic anemia, thrombosis, including acute feline acute aortic thromboembolism, as well as SIRS, sepsis and MODS. He was chair of the ACVECC residency training committee, and currently serves as vice Chair of the ACVECC Joint Committee and also as a member of the ECVECC Education Committee. Dr Guillaumin has trained over 2000 students and 100 house officers. He has over 200 invited lectures or scientific publications.

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Vicente Herreira Bustillo
Vicente graduated in veterinary medicine from the Universidad UCH-CEU of Valencia in 2006. In 2009 he did a rotating internship at ARS Veterinaria hospital in Barcelona. After working a few years in emergency clinics in Spain and the UK, in 2013 he did an emergency and critical care internship at Auburn University, USA. In 2017 he completed a 3-year residency program in emergency and critical care at the Royal Veterinary College, London. In 2017 received his diploma from the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care and in 2018 obtained the diplomate status from the European College of the same speciality. Since 2018 he works as associate professor at the Universidad Católica de Valencia in Spain.

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Guillaume Hoareau
Dr. Hoareau graduated from the Toulouse National Veterinary School. He is board-certified by the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. He completed his residency at the University of California-Davis. He obtained a Ph.D. from the same institution in collaboration with the US Air Force. He also completed a post-doctoral research fellowship with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education in partnership with the US Air Force.

He currently serves as an Assistant Professor with the Emergency Medicine Division at the University of Utah, School of Medicine. Dr. Hoareau is an investigator at the Nora Eccles Cardiovascular Research Training Institute. His research focuses on mitigating ischemia-reperfusion following hemorrhagic shock and cardiac arrest with a special interest in resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. His benchtop interest revolves around evaluating mitochondrial injury. Dr. Hoareau continues to care for critically ill animals in specialty hospitals in the Salt Lake City area. 

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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 a Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care internship 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 practice in the USA until 2017.  She is currently a lecturer in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care, at Utrecht University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Meredith divides her clinical time between the Emergency Department and the ICU.  Her nonclinical duties emphasize teaching and include developing e-learning modules for veterinary students and overseeing staff education and training.  

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Ana Jacinto
Ana Jacinto graduated from the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, in Vila Real, Portugal.  She worked in general practice in Portugal before undertaking an internship at Cambridge University. This was followed by a residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Edinburgh where Ana continued to work as a locum lecturer. Ana was a lecturer in small animal medicine at the University of Évora and at the University Lusófona in Lisbon, Portugal. She worked in the internal medicine service in “Centre Hospitalier Vétérinaire Frégis” in Paris, France and at “Davies Veterinary Specialists” in Hertfordshire, England. Ana is currently an Internal Medicine consultant at IDEXX Laboratories.

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Kathryn Latimer - Jones

Kathryn qualified as a veterinary nurse over 20 years ago. She spent the early part of her career in small animal practice and then later as a lecturer in Veterinary Nursing. In 2007 she returned to clinical work, joining The University of Liverpool within the Small Animal Teaching Hospital.

Kathryn’s passion is high dependency nursing whether they are surgical or medical patients and reguarly writes articles for publication in the peer reviewed journal The Veterinary Nurse.  She is also a tutor for the Vets Now Cert VN ECC course.

She leads the team of in-patient care nurses at North West Veterinary Specialists in Cheshire, providing clinical and managerial leadership to the day-to-day operation of the nursing team.​​

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Jo-Annie Letendre
Dr Letendre graduated from the Faculté de médecine vétérinaire of the Université de Montréal in 2013. She then completed an internship at the Western Veterinary Specialist and Emergency Centre, a private practice affiliated with the University of Calgary. She became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2017 after completing a residency at Cornell University. She worked in a private practice in Montréal before joining the emergency and critical care team at the Université of Montréal in 2019. 

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Efa Llewellyn
Efa graduated from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), London in 2010 and initially worked in general practice before completing a one year rotating small animal internship at the RVC. After a further short period in general practice, Efa moved to the USA to undertake a three year residency in Emergency and Critical Care (ECC) at the University of Minnesota. She successfully gained her Diploma from the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Medicine in 2016. Following her residency, Efa joined the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois as a Clinical Assistant Professor in ECC. Efa returned to the UK in October 2017 to join the team at the University of Edinburgh. 

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Francisco Lobo
In 1993 he got his MD at the Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas de Abel Salazar, Porto University, Porto, Portugal.

After completing his MD, he was a research fellow at the Anesthesiology Department, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands,  comparing different modes of postoperative pain management.

Completed the Residency in Anesthesiology  at Hospital Geral de Santo António / Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Porto in 2000, starting there his position as Consultant of Anesthesiology at the Department of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care Medicine and Emergency until 2017.

He was invited to join the Department of Anesthesiology, Division of Neuroanesthesia, Washington University School of Medicine is St. Louis, Missouri, USA, as  Visiting Professor and Instructor of Anesthesiology during the years of 2004 and 2005, followed by a short position as Research Fellow at the Anesthesiology Department, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn , New York, USA, where launched an experimental study on cerebral effects of anesthetic agents on non human primates neonates.

In 2018, joined as Senior Consultant the Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, Divisions of Neuroanesthesia and Clinical Research, Hamad Medical Corporation / Hamad General Hospital, Doha, Qatar.

Recently was appointed as Residency and Fellowships Program Director at the Institute of Anesthesiology, Cleveland Clinic in Abu Dhabi.

His special interests are Clinical Neuroanesthesia and Neurocritical care, peri-operative brain monitoring and the pharmacology of Intravenous Anesthesia.

Francisco has been holding several positions in  International Scientific Societies:
- during the period of 2008-2013 was member elected of the Council of the European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (ESAIC); from 2007 to 2010 member of the Committee Scientific Affairs of the Society of Neurosciences for Anesthesiology and Critical Care (SNACC);
- currently, he is Board Member of the European Society for Intravenous Anaesthesia, member of the International Scientific Advisory Board of the EuroNeuro and member of the Steering Committee of the ICETAP initiative ( International Consortium for EEG Training of Anesthesia Practitioners)

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Duana McBride
Duana McBride graduate from the University of Sydney, Australia in 2004 where she developed an interest in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine. After several years in general practice and referral emergency practice, she endeavoured to pursue her dreams by undertaking a residency program at Murdoch University, Australia, which was completed in 2013. She obtained her diploma with the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2013, alongside a Masters in Veterinary Medical Science (Murdoch University). She worked at the Royal Veterinary College as lecturer and clinician in the ECC department for 5 years, before joining the team at Southfields Veterinary Specialists where she leads the ECC service and is head of the internship program.  She has a strong interest in the pathophysiology of fluid therapy, coagulation, and oxidative injury. She continues her passion in teaching and furthering veterinary education by undertaking a Masters in Medical Simulation Training.

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Amy Newfield
Amy is currently employed with BluePearl Veterinary Partners as a Project Manager for Training and Health and Wellness and owner of Veterinary Team Training. After working in general practice for many years, Amy found her passion in emergency medicine and went on to obtain her VTS in Emergency and Critical Care. She has held several board positions in the Academy of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Technicians & Nurses including president.  Amy’s new focus is on team and leadership development. She is well published in over 20 subjects and recently published her own book “Oops, I Became a Manager” focused on creating happy veterinary teams. 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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Maria Oliveira
Maria earned her veterinary medical degree at the Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD), Portugal in 2006. Following this, she underwent a small animal rotating internship at the Hospital Ars Veterinaria in Barcelona and it was here she developed her passion for Neurology. Following this internship she moved to the UK and spent two years working in small animal private practices as both a permanent and locum vet. Maria pursued her love for Neurology and performed a three year residency in Neurology and Neurosurgery at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital of the Universitat Autònomade Barcelona. Following this, Maria worked in multidisciplinary referral centres in UK as a Neurologist and Neurosurgeon before moving back to Portugal. Currently Maria is living and working as a Neurologist in Portugal but continues to do some locum work abroad.

Maria has a special interest in idiopathic inflammatory diseases of the central nervous system, general neurosurgery and advanced neuro-imaging.

In her spare time Maria enjoys spending time with family and friends. She enjoys running outdoors, going to the gym, surfing and traveling. 

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Marco Perreira - Sampaio
Jun 2020 – Present: Assistant Doctor in Immunohemotherapy, Centro Hospitalar Universitario do Porto (CHUP):
- Thrombosis and Haemostasis: Congenital and acquired coagulopathies.
- Thrombophilia and Anticoagulation.
- Immunohematology and Transfusion Medicine.
- Blood Donation.
- Patient Blood Management.
- Liver and Kidney Transplantation.

Jan 2015–Jun 2020: Resident Doctor for Immunohemotherapy, CHUP.

Set. 2020 – Present: Invited Professor of Medical Specialities I of Integrated Master in Dentistry Medicine, Instituto de Ciencias Biomedicas de Abel Salazar da Universidade do Porto (ICBAS-UP).
Set. 2018 – Present: Invited Professor of Semiology and Pathophysiology I and II of Medicine Integrated Master (MIM), ICBAS-UP and CHUP.
Set. 2016 – Jul. 2018: Invited Professor of Medical and Surgical Semiology I and II of MIM, ICBAS-UP and CHUP.
Set. 2016 – Present: Jury Member for Academic Recognition for foreign license holders of Graduate / Master of Medicine from non-EU countries and Master thesis evaluation, ICBAS-UP and CHUP.

Oct. 2015 – Oct. 2020: PhD student in Medical Sciences, ICBAS-UP/CHUP: "Delirium in Intensive Care Patients: ‘’relationship with sedation. Early risk evaluation and determination of predictive markers".
Ago. 2008 – Dec. 2013: Veterinary Doctor, Clinivet, Santa Maria da Feira (Portugal).
Sep. 1996 – Nov. 2006: Veterinary Medicine, ICBAS-UP

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Céline Pouzot-Nevoret
Dr. Céline Pouzot-Nevoret is the head of the SIAMU, the ICU of the Veterinary School of Lyon. She graduated from this School in 2002 and joint the SIAMU’s team one year later. After completing a PhD on acute respiratory distress syndrome, she became an associate professor in Emergency and Critical Care.

She is a European board-certified specialist (Dip. ECVECC) since 2018.

She is actively involved in French and European ECC societies, as she is actually the past-president of the European Emergency and Critical Care society (EVECCS) and the Vice-President of the French ECC society (GEUR).

Her main field of interest are the management of respiratory distress patient with high flow oxygen therapy and mechanical ventilation.

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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 with the development of the University of Zürich Intensive Care Unit.

She is currently working in the university's new Emergency Unit, where she plays an integral role in the training of existing and new nursing staff members.

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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Kenichiro Yagi
During his 20 years in the field, Ken has discovered and refined his role as a veterinary technician by promoting compassionate and progressive care for the patients and their families. He obtained his VTS certification in emergency and critical care as well as small animal internal medicine and achieved his master's degree in Veterinary Science. He is currently the Chief Veterinary Nursing Officer for Veterinary Emergency Group, and the Program Director for the RECOVER Initiative. He has been awarded the NAVTA Veterinary Technician of the Year award in 2016, the California Veterinary Medical Association Veterinary Technician of the Year award in 2016, and the California RVT Association of the Year award in 2017. Ken has co-edited the Manual of Veterinary Transfusion Medicine and Blood Banking and has published various text chapters and articles in various publications. He gives presentations internationally on topics in ECC, transfusion medicine, and the veterinary nursing profession.

Ken works to encourage further recognition of the vital role of the veterinary nurses and technicians through work with organizations such as the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America co-chairing the Veterinary Nurse Initiative and serving as a board member of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians and Nurses, and the Veterinary Innovation Council. He is also an advocate for the Open Hospital Concept, encouraging veterinary practices to invite the pet owners to “the back” as a part of the team.

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

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