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 will work at the Bom Jesus Veterinary Hospital and at the Animal Blood Bank. Tiago is as well, Clinical Coach and enjoys teaching the students.

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Katja-Nicole Adamik
Dr. med. med., DACVECC, DECVECC

Senior lecturer and head of the Emergency and Critical Care Section of the Small Animal Clinic, Vetsuisse-Faculty University of Bern, Switzerland 

2015: Diplomate ECVECC
2011: Diplomate ACVECC
2007 – 2010: Faculty in Emergency and Critical Care Service, at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany
2006 – 2009: Residency ACVECC at Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Bern, Switzerland, Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine
2006: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the Free University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany
2002-2006: Assistant in the Clinic of Small Animals, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Free University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany
2002: Graduation in Veterinary Medicine at the Free University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany

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Andrea Armenise 

Graduated in 2003 from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Bari, Italy. In 2007 he completed a visiting period of five months at AEC in Glendale (WI) with Elke Rudloff, DVM DACVECC. Obtained the WINFOCUS USLS-BL1 Certificate. Author and co-author of book chapters in emergency and critical care ultrasonography and invited speaker of several Italian congresses and courses in the same topic. Currently employed at Ospedale Veterinario Santa Fara, Bari, Italy, working on emergency and critical care, ultrasonography and cardiology. 


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. In 2017 he obtained his Certificate in Veterinary Nursing for Emergency and Critical Care, issued by VetsNow. Besides the continuous focus in emergency’s area, he also has growed its 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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Dominic Barfield

Dom graduated from University of Sydney and spent 5 years in general practice in Sydney prior to moving back to the UK to pursue further training in Emergency and Critical Care at the Royal Veterinary College. He stayed on at the RVC and now co-leads the ECC service. He is interested in mechanical ventilation, sepsis and transfusion medicine. He is also interested in the non-technical skills in the profession and how to bring that into undergraduate education.

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Livia Benigni

Livia graduated in 1997 from the University of Pisa in Italy. She was an intern in Internal Medicine (Cardiology) at the National Veterinary School of Alfort (Paris, France) and then a Diagnostic Imaging resident at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London (UK).

In 2005 she obtained the Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging and became a recognised European Specialist in Diagnostic Imaging. Livia worked for 14 years as a radiologist in the referral hospital of the Royal Veterinary College, acquiring expertise in small animal radiology, ultrasound, computed tomography and magnetic resonance.

She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; she has authored and co-authored several peer-reviewed articles and contributed to the Mattoon and Nyland textbook “Small Animal Diagnostic Ultrasound” 3rd edition (2014) and to the BSAVA “Manual of canine and feline ultrasonography” (2011). She was an invited speaker to many national and international meetings and actively contributes to the continuous development of the veterinary profession in the UK and abroad.

Livia has now left academia and works as an independent radiologist seeing imaging cases in private practice, reporting via teleradiology, and providing imaging CPDs and in-house ultrasound training to veterinarians.

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Ingrid Borgmann
RVN, VTS (ECC), I:nstaaa

After some years in the theatre world Ingrid Borgmann made a switch to the veterinary profession. In 2003 she graduated as veterinary nurse and started working in first opinion. Seven years later she found a new challenge at the emergency department of the Medical Centre for Animals in Amsterdam. To improve her knowledge of emergencies and critical care she enrolled at the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians, becoming a VTS (ECC) in 2015.

At the end of 2017 Ingrid started her own company I:nstaaa. She now works as a locum veterinary nurse in first and second opinion in both the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Ingrid also gives lectures and workshops in which she combines expansive knowledge and experience in various situations of the veterinary field with a bit of her theatre background. 

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Søren Boysen

Dr. Søren Boysen obtained his veterinary degree from the University of Saskatchewan, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, completed a small animal internship at the Atlantic Veterinary College, and a residency at Tufts University, becoming a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC) in 2003. He is the former Chief of Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care at the University of Montreal and currently a Full Professor of at the University of Calgary.  A member of several ECVECC, ACVECC and VetCOT committees he continues to actively promote veterinary ECC globally. Extensively published (more than 80 papers/chapters), and a recipient of numerous teaching and research excellence awards, he has become an internationally recognized speaker. One of his true passions is veterinary point of care ultrasound: He and his colleagues from Tufts published the first translational study on Focused Assessment of Sonography for Trauma (FAST) in small animals, and with colleagues at the University of Calgary adapted point of care ultrasound for use in non-trauma patients. He is actively involved in clinical studies investigating hemorrhage, coagulation, perfusion and point of care ultrasound. With the help of many great colleagues from around the world he continues to develop ultrasound training techniques for non-specialist practitioners and is an advocate of veterinary open access education.

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Maxime Cambournac

Dr. Cambournac graduated from the Veterinary School of Lyon in 2012, and pursues an internship the following year. After 1 year of general private practice, and complementary medical degrees, he joined the emergency and critical care team at the university of Lyon, first as assistant lecturer, and then as ECVECC resident. 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 Hospital in Paris suburban and is actively involved in French general and ECC societies.

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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Dan Chan

Dan is Professor of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine and Clinical Nutrition at the Royal Veterinary College. He received his DVM from Cornell University in 1998 and then completed a small animal internship at Animal Medical Center in New York City. This was followed by a dual residency in Emergency and Critical Care and Clinical Nutrition at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. He joined the faculty at the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2005 and in 2018, Dan became the Interim Head of Department for Clinical Science and Services after being the Medical Director of the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals since 2016. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.


Jennifer Devey

Jennifer is a graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph.  She completed an internship and an emergency and critical care residency at the Animal Emergency Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 1996. She completed a surgical residency in 2004 studying at several private practices in the USA. Jennifer has been director of emergency and intensive care services at a number of large private referral practices in Canada and the United States. She is currently working as an independent consultant and emergency and critical care specialist. She has published over 50 articles and book chapters, is actively involved in research, and is a member of seven professional veterinary organizations around the world. Jennifer enjoys teaching and is actively involved in training residents as well as lecturing and teaching workshops to nurses and doctors. 

Lindsey Dodd

Lindsey Dodd graduated as a Registered Veterinary Nurse from the University of Bristol with a degree in Veterinary nursing and practice administration and a certificate in Veterinary Practice administration. After graduating in 2007 she spent a period in general practice after which she joined the team at the University of Liverpool Small Animal Teaching Hospital to run the Intensive Care Unit. After four years running the ICU at Liverpool she made a move to Vets Now Referrals in Glasgow as Head Hospital Nurse. In 2013 she joined the team at Pride Veterinary centre to set up and run the Intensive Care Unit. After completing and successfully passing her credentialing year; completing case logs, skills set list, case reports, and then passing the final exam in America, she became a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care (VTS(ECC)) and joined the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians (AVECCT) in 2016.

She has lectured for BSAVA, BVNA and various private UK CPD companies. As well lecturing across Europe as part of the EVECC congress. She became an international speaker in America during IVECCS 2011 (Nashville), returning in 2012 (San Antonio) and 2014 (Indianapolis). In 2013 she lectured at additional CPD events in Sweden and 'The Voorjaarsdagen' in Amsterdam.

In 2015 she became a Lecturer in Veterinary Nursing at Harper Adams University covering maternity leave, during which time she achieved her PgC in Higher Education and became a Fellow of the Higher Educational Academy.

She sits on the European Veterinary Emergency Critical Care Society general board (since 2012) and is the past chair of the EVECCS PR committee as well as an advisory member of the membership committee for the Veterinary Emergency Critical Care society (VECCS). Her special clinical interests lie in critical, intensive and emergency care nursing.

She is thrilled to be a part of the team at Lumbry Park Veterinary Specialists as Head Veterinary Nurse. She’s as much a people person as she is an animal lover and thoroughly enjoys working in a friendly and truly positive team. She shares her home with Dotty a beautiful liver and white Springer Spaniel; Dotty by name and nature! They can often be spotted on many a big walk throughout Hampshire. Also her cat Archie who she handed reared during university… initially as a learning experience! He became a part of the family after bottle feed one! He was bought up with her prior Springer spaniels and so loves snuggling with Dotty after work and at weekends! She also enjoys yoga, Pilates, a good book, any good movie and spending time with her partner and  friends from all over!

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Rene Dörfelt

1997 – 2003: Professional studies of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Leipzig, Germany 
2003 – 2005: Dissertation thesis (hemodialysis in dogs) and Intenship at the Small Animal Clinic, Free University of Berlin, Germany 
2005 – 2007: Associate Veterinarian, Small Animal Clinic, Norderstedt, Germany
2007 – 2011: Resident of the  European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia at the Clinic for Anaesthesia and peroioperative Intensive Care, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna Austria
Since 2011: Head of the Emergency and Critical Care Service, Clinic of Small Animal Internal Medicine, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany.
Since 2011: German Specialist for Small Animal Medicine
Since 2012: Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
Since 2017: Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
Since 2018: German Specialist for Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Analgesia 



Kris Gommeren
Dipl. ECVIM-CA, MSc, PhD

Kris Gommeren graduated and performed an internship and a residency in internal medicine at Ghent University, where he helped in the development of the ECC-service and blood bank. He worked briefly in a referral practice in the Netherlands, before obtaining his diplomacy in internal medicine and moving to Liège University. Since 2008 he is in charge of the ECC-service at Liège University, where he finished a PhD on systemic inflammation and the the cardiovascular system. He became a diplomate in emergency and critical care, although he remains actively involved in the internship and resident training program in internal medicine. Besides his work in a university setting, he is a consultant for an international veterinary company for the development of emergency and critical care facilities and the training of emergency and critical care personnel. Over the past years Kris has become involved in the EVECCS society, of which he actually is past-president. 


Guillaume Hoareau 

Dr. Hoareau earned his veterinary degree from the Toulouse National Veterinary School, France. He completed a residency from the University of California-Davis and is now board-certified by both the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. Dr. Hoareau holds a PhD from the University of California-Davis in Integrative Pathobiology, specifically in resuscitation and haemorrhage control. He is currently a research fellow in trauma and critical illness in collaboration with the United States Air Force while continuing to care for veterinary patients. His interests include haemorrhage control, REBOA catheter development, critical care automation, novel extracorporeal blood purification therapies.

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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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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.  



Hanna-Liis Lepp

I am an internal medicine doctor currently working as a clinical nutrition consultant  in North Estonia Medical Centre. My main interest and expertise is perioperative and home parenteral nutrition care but in my everyday work I consult a vast spectrum of patients in both acute and chronic phases, including high dependency ICU patients. I am also the head of Estonian Society of Clinical Nutrition  and although my experiences in veterinary acute care nutritional interventions are limited to evoking emesis on my dog and rehydrating my hen, I do believe in sharing knowledge and learning in broad spectrum cooperation and multidisciplinary approach. So hopefully I am able to  contribute to improving nutritional support also for your intensive care patients as did Stinky, the first home parenteral dog, to my intestinal failure patients. I do hope to smell better in the process!

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Alex Lynch

Alex Lynch graduated from the University of Bristol in 2009 with honors. After a period in general and specialty practice in the UK, he undertook further clinical training in emergency and critical care at Tufts University in North Grafton, Massachusetts. Following his residency, Alex joined the emergency and critical care faculty at the University of Florida in 2015. He is currently an Assistant Professor in emergency and critical care at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. He splits his time between clinical work, research, and teaching. His major interests are coagulation, transfusion medicine and trauma.

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Silke Salavati
Dr.med.vet., PhD, Dip ECVIM-CA, MRCVS

Dr. Salavati graduated from the Justus-Liebig University (JLU) in Giessen (Germany) in 2003. She has completed her German doctoral thesis (Dr.med.vet) in Giessen, working on establishing a breath test to assess canine gastric emptying and validating it against scintigraphy. She has completed a rotating internship in the Small Animal Hospital of the JLU, which was followed by a residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the same university, where she continued to work on gastrointestinal topics in small animals (for example assessing sensitivity and specificity of different bedside tests for Parvovirosis in comparison to PCR and electron microscopy). As the residency was successfully completed, Dr. Salavati holds a diplomate title of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine - Companion animals (DipECVIM-CA). From 2009 to 2013 she successfully completed a PhD at the Royal Veterinary College, London (UK), investigating the clinical and immunological effects of a single-strain probiotic in canine Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). From 2013 to 2016 she was a Junior lecturer in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the JLU, before she took her current position as a Senior lecturer for Small Animal Internal Medicine at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Sciences in Edinburgh (Scotland).

She continues to have a great interest in canine and feline gastroenterology, investigating novel aspects to evaluate visceral pain and inflammation and establishing novel treatment approaches in canine chronic enteropathies. So far, she has around 25 publications in various journals around these topics, and has written several book chapters in small animal internal medicine textbooks. 

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Joel Starkopf

Joel Starkopf is a professor of anaesthesia and  intensive care at the University of Tartu, head of the Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Clinic, Tartu University Hospital. He graduated from University of Tartu, Estonia, in 1991, and received his training as anaesthetist and intensive care specialist. From 2009 to 2015 he was dean of the Faculty of Medicine, and since then he has headed up the Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Tartu. His scientific experience ranges from animal experiments to multicentre clinical trials and systematic reviews. His research has focused on abdominal problems in intensive care patients; ischaemia-reperfusion of the heart and myocardial preconditioning; and pharmacokinetics of antibacterial drugs in severe sepsis and septic shock. He has published more than 70 peer reviewed scientific papers. He has broad clinical practise as intensivist, and supervises the University Hospital department with the highest caseload for anaesthesia, intensive care and emergency medicine in Estonia.



Emily Thomas

Emily graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2005. She worked in first opinion practice before completing an internship at the RVC, after which she pursued a residency in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in the USA. Since finishing her residency in 2012 she has worked in both private and academic referral practice. She joined the Royal (Dick) Vet in 2016 where, in addition to teaching, she heads up the Intensive Care Unit in the Hospital for Small Animals.   



Michael Willard

Dr. Willard is a 1975 graduate of the Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine.  He did his internship and Masters degree at Kansas State University and his internal medicine residency at Michigan State University.  After that, Dr. Willard held faculty appointments at Michigan State University, Mississippi State University, and Texas A&M University.  He is currently Senior Professor and Professor Emeritus of Small Animal Clinical Sciences and specializes in gastroenterology, hepatology, pancreatology and endoscopy (flexible and rigid).  Dr. Willard has extensive experience with protein-losing enteropathies and gastrointestinal problems of racing Alaskan sled dogs.  He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.  Dr. Willard has given over 3,500 hours of invited post-graduate continuing education lectures (nationally and internationally), has over 80 refereed publications, and has over 150 book chapters in print. 

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Kenichiro Yagi

Over the 19 years in practice, Ken has discovered and refined his role as a veterinary technician by promoting compassionate and progressive care for the patients and their family. He obtained his VTS certification in emergency and critical care as well as small animal internal medicine and obtained his master's degree in Veterinary Science. He is currently the ICU Manager and Blood Bank Manager at Adobe Animal Hospital, and is the Program Director for the RECOVER CPR Initiative. Ken has co-edited the Manual of Veterinary Transfusion Medicine and Blood Banking and has published over 25 text chapters and articles in publications such as the Veterinary Team Brief and Today’s Veterinary Nurse. He speaks internationally and has given over 800 presentations.

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 the Veterinary Innovation Council. He pursues these goals by showing the value of the profession’s perspective in veterinary medicine.

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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