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. 

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Marcel Aumann


Nov. 2010 - present: Present position - Director Emergency and Critical Care Service Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Toulouse, Toulouse, France
Febr. 1999 - 2010: Director Emergency and Critical Care Service, Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa, USA

July 1995 - June 1998: Residency; Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care/Small Animal Internal Medicine; VCA/Veterinary Referral Associates; Gaithersburg, USA
July 1993 - June 1994: Internship; Small Animal Medicine Medicine and Surgery; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
Nov. 1987 - Nov. 1992: Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine; Ludwig Maximilians-University Munich, Germany


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Amanda Boag


Amanda graduated from Cambridge University in 1998. She undertook further clinical training at the RVC and the University of Pennsylvania and is Board certified in both Internal Medicine and Emergency and Critical Care. She was a Lecturer in ECC at the RVC from 2003-2008. In September 2008, she took up the post of Clinical Director at Vets Now where she has responsibility for clinical and professional standards across 55 emergency clinics and three 24 hour hospitals. She is Founding President of the European College of Veterinary ECC, is an elected RCVS Council member and is current Vice-President of the RCVS.

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Soren Boysen

Dr. Søren Boysen, Professor at the University of Calgary, obtained his veterinary degree in 1996 (WCVM), completed a small animal internship at the 1998 (UPEI), and a residency in 2003 (Tufts University, Massachusetts). He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC) and has taught at several Canadian Veterinary Colleges (having designed the ICU, established a residency training program and helped develop the ECC curriculum in Montreal and the ECC curriculum in Calgary). Extensively published, and a recipient of numerous teaching excellence awards, he has become an internationally recognized speaker. He regularly lectures and delivers emergency ultrasound labs at CanWest, EVECCS, IVECCS and various other international conferences.  His particular passion is the advancement of point of care ultrasound; he developed the original Focussed Assessment of Sonography for Trauma (FAST) exam in veterinary patients, adapted point of care ultrasound protocols for use in non-trauma patients, and is actively involved in point of care ultrasound research assessing intravascular volume status and response to fluid therapy.  He continues to work on improving hands on training workshops targeted at improving emergency ultrasound training for non-specialist practitioners.


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Megan Brashear

Megan Brashear, BS, CVT, VTS (ECC) graduated from Brigham Young University in 2000 with a BS in Animal Science with an emphasis in Veterinary Technology. She earned her CVT in Oregon in 2000, and in 2004 became a VTS (ECC). Megan is the Hospital Administrator at VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists in Clackamas, Oregon where she enjoys her time on the clinical floor with technicians and medical staff providing in-the-moment training and teaching the whys of ECC nursing.

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Angela Briganti

Dr. Briganti is researcher at the University of Pisa from 2011, where she is lecturer in Anaesthesiology and Emergency Procedures. She is part of the clinician staff at Veterinary Teaching Hospital of the Department of Veterinary Sciences of Pisa University, where she is head of the Emergency and Intensive Care Unite.
She obtained her DVM degree in 2002 at University of Pisa. In 2006 she completed her PhD programme with a veterinary emergency medicine theses and in 2009 she finished a post doc programme in anaesthesia. 
Dr. Briganti's principle areas of research are: loco-regional anaesthesia, non-invasive ventilation and endotracheal intubation. 


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Daniel Fletcher

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/Dan 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.

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Teresa De Francesco

Dr. Terri DeFrancesco is a Professor in Cardiology and Critical Care with tenure at the North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, in Raleigh, NC. She is also the Assistant Department Head in the Department of Clinical Sciences, Small Animal Focus Leader and Chief of Specialty Services for the NC State Veterinary Hospital.


Dr. DeFrancesco completed her DVM degree at Cornell University in 1991, followed by a small animal rotating internship at Virginia Tech and residencies in Cardiology and Emergency/Critical Care both at the College of Veterinary Medicine at NC State University. She is double-boarded in Cardiology and Emergency and Critical Care and has been on faculty at NC State since 1995. She has been the recipient of numerous teaching and clinical awards including two-time recipient of the Pfizer Norden Teaching award, four-time recipient of the Clinician of the year award, and the NCVMA NCSU Clinician of the year award.


Dr. DeFrancescos areas of interest include improving the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure in dogs and cats, point of care ultrasound, cardiac emergency management including arrhythmias management, pacemaker and ventilator therapy. 


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Luciano Gattinoni

Guest Professor Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, University of Göttingen - Germany
Born January 12, 1945.

He introduced the concept of lung rest by extracorporeal CO2 removal in acute respiratory failure and he worked on the quantitative analysis of thoracic CT, which culminated in the "baby lung" and lung recrutability concepts. Emeritus Professor at the University of Milan since 2017. He is currently working as Guest Professor at the University of Göttingen (Germany).

His research is focused on the pathophysiology and treatment of acute respiratory failure, including prone positioning, sepsis and acid base disorders. He has published more than 400 research articles and reviews in peer reviewed journals (h-index: 74, citations: 22132, source: Scopus). He held more than 1000 lectures worldwide. He served as President of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (1988-1990), President of the World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care medicine (1997-2000), President of the Italian Society of Anesthesia, Analgesia, Reanimation and Intensive Care (2006-2009).



Kris Gommeren

Dipl. ECVIM-CA, MSc, PhD
Kris graduated and performed an internship and a residency in internal medicine at Ghent University and became a diplomate in internal medicine in 2009. He briefly worked in a referral practice in the Netherlands, before moving to Liège University where he completed a PhD on cardiac effects of the systemic inflammatory response syndrome in companion animals. Since 2008 he is in charge of the ECC-service at Liège University, and remains involved in the internship and residency training program in internal medicine. Besides this work in a university setting Kris is the past president of EVECCS, is an internal medicine consultant for a veterinary laboratory, and finally helps his wife both in her 2-vet small animal practice, as in trying to raise their 2 children.


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Isabelle Goy-Thollot

Dr Vet, MSc, PhD
SIAMU, VetAgro Sup, Campus Lyon, Marcy l’Étoile, France

Isabelle Goy-Thollot is the Head for the SIAMU, which is the Lyon Vet School SA-ICU in France
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 in 2002. She is Past-President of the European Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (EVECCS) and currently 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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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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Eleanor Haskey

Eleanor 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.  I moved to the Midlands where I worked in a mixed practice for 2 years before returning to the University of Bristol as Senior ICU nurse. I spent four years back at Bristol where I studied for and gained the VTS(ECC) qualification in 2012. In 2013 I moved to London where I joined the Royal Veterinary College Emergency and Critical Care team where I am now Head ECC nurse. I have lectured nationally, written several articles and also contributed to book chapters. I am on the committee for AVECCT and BSAVA. 


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Guillaume Hoareau 

Dr. Hoareau is a veterinarian who earned his degree from the Toulouse National Veterinary School, France. He has 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. He is currently a post-doctoral fellow in Military Health Research in collaboration with the United States Air Force implementing novel interventions to provide critical care in austere environments. 


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Iain Keir

Iain Keir currently serves as Medical Director of Allegheny Veterinary Emergency Trauma and Specialty (AVETS), Pittsburgh, PA.  As a suburban multi-disciplinary referral center they have an active ACVECC residency program and clinical trials program. His research areas include the use of high flow nasal oxygen therapy and they have published the first series of articles documenting the use of this therapy in veterinary patients; in addition we are exploring methods of improving the use of low flow oxygen systems. His other area of expertise is in organ dysfunction in sepsis and the role antibiotics play in limiting organ dysfunction and improving outcomes in patients with sepsis.

Iain has an affiliated position at the Center of Critical Care Nephrology, Department of Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh.  The main focus of this collaboration is to develop a One Health approach to developing novel therapeutics for the treatment of sepsis to benefit both veterinary and human patients.

He graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Glasgow, in 2004. He undertook rotating and specialty (ECC) internships at the Royal Veterinary College, London and Tufts University, Boston respectively.  This was followed by a residency in ECC at the Royal Veterinary College, London between 2008-2011; becoming an ACVECC diplomat in 2011 and an ECVECC diplomat in 2016.

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Louise O'Dwyer

MBA BSc(Hons) VTS(Anaesthesia/Analgesia & ECC) DipAVN(Medical & Surgical) RVN

Louise gained her Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Surgical) in 2004 followed by her Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Medical) in 2007 and Veterinary Technician Specialist (Emergency and Critical Care) in 2011 and Veterinary Technician Specialist (Anaesthesia) in 2014. Louise has contributed to over 45 books, journal articles and book chapters, and lectures worldwide on all aspects of anaesthesia, emergency and critical care, surgery and infection control, within the UK, Europe, Scandinavia, Australia and USA.

Louise worked spent 15 years working at PetMedics in Manchester firstly as Head Nurse and then Clinical Director and in October 2015 Louise moved to Vets Now to take up the position of Clinical Support Manager. Louise’s interests include all aspects of emergency care but particularly trauma patients, as well as anaesthesia, surgical nursing, infection control and wound management. Louise was delighted to be the recipient of the prestigious Bruce Vivash Jones Veterinary Nurse Award 2016, which is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to the advancement of small animal veterinary nursing as well as in July 2016 being awarded the Golden Jubilee Award by the RCVS for exceptional contribution to veterinary nursing. Louise is also President Elect of the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians and will take over the role of President in September 2018.


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Chiara Valtolina

DVM, Research Doctorate, Dipl. ACVECC, Dipl. ECVECC

Chiara graduated in 2000 at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Milan, Italy In June 2006 Chiara started her residency in Emergency and Critical Care at the Royal Veterinary College in London. She terminated her residency in June 2009 and in September 2009 she became a diplomate of the AmericanCollege of Emergency and Critical Care. In 2014 she obtain the title of diplomate of the European College of Emergency and Critical Care.

She is currently working, since November 2009 as a staff clinician and lecturer in the Intensive Care Unit (IZA) of the Department of Clinical Science of Small Animals at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University in the Netherlands.


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Alessio Vigani

Alessio Vigani is currently faculty in small animal emergency and critical care and extracorporeal therapy at North Carolina State University. Alessio received his D.V.M. degree Summa Cum Laude from the University of Milan in 2006 and then obtained his PhD degree in clinical sciences. He completed a small animal rotating internship at the Ohio State University in Columbus in 2009. He subsequently pursued two consecutive residency programs in veterinary anesthesia and analgesia and emergency and critical care at the University of Florida. He is ACVAA diplomate since 2012 and ACVECC diplomate since 2014. Dr. Vigani has published several journal articles and book chapters and he has lectured nationally and internationally. His special interests include regional anesthesia in critical care, hemodynamics, acute kidney injury, and extracorporeal therapy. Alessio shares a tiny apartment with his 3 dogs Scimmietta, Macchietta e Anacleto. Alessio is a devoted runner and yogi.

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Fabio Vigano

Doctor Fabio Vigano’ was Graduated in 1987 and specialized in 1995 with Lode in small animal diseases at the University of Milan (Italy), 2015 Certified (GP Cert) in Emergency medicine and Surgery. Since 1987 he is running training programs in USA Universities and Private Practice specialized in Emergency and critical Care. Founding member of Eveccs (European Society of Emergency and Critical Care) and Past member of the Executive Eveccs Committee as Honorary Treasurer for 6 years. Veccs and Ava members, Past President Italian Society of Anaesthesia and Critical Care, founding member and Past President of the Italian Society of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. Contract Professor at the University of Milan (Italy) and Lusofona (Lisbon, Portugal) Veterinary Faculty. Emergency and Critical Care Examiner for the ESVPS (European School of Postgraduate Veterinary School). Director and speaker of more than seventy basic and advanced courses on Emergency and Critical Care for Veterinarians in Italy and abroad for Private Societies and University Master. Director of a Private Facility in Italy, open 24 hours. Speaker at Meetings and Congress since 1998. Author of publications about Emergency and Critical Care, author of three books about Emergencies and Critical care in small animals.

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