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Gonçalo 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.

Filip Boyen
Filip Boyen graduated at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, Belgium in 2002. In that year, he started his PhD research on Salmonella pathogenesis in pigs at the Laboratory of Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology at the same Faculty. He finalized his PhD in 2007, and worked at the Division of Poultry, Exotic Companion Animals, Wildlife and Experimental Animals for 1 year as assistant. In 2008, he joined the Laboratory of Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology again as laboratory coordinator, a position with diagnostic, teaching and research responsibilities he still holds today.

His research addresses different bacterial diseases in various animals species, ranging from an occasional clinical case report, over pathogenesis research and susceptibility testing, to experimental trials. He considers himself to be a “generalist”, but his main topics of interest are respiratory and intestinal infections and antimicrobial resistance in bacterial pathogens of veterinary and zoonotic importance. The last few years his research focusses also on the use of MALDI-TOF in diagnostics and innovative applications of this technique.

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.

Angela Briganti
Dr. Briganti completed her DVM degree in 2002 at University of Pisa. In 2006 she completed her PhD programme with a thesis in veterinary emergency medicine and in 2009 she finished a post doc programme in anaesthesia.

From 2017 she is Associate Professor at University of Pisa where she is lecturer in Anaesthesiology, Emergency Procedures and Advanced Loco-regional anaesthesia.

She is the Director of the second level Master in Anaesthesia, Analgesia and Intensive Care for small animals.

She is part of the clinician staff at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital of the Department of Veterinary Sciences of Pisa University, where she is head of the Emergency and Critical Care Unite and of Anaesthesia sections.

Dr. Briganti’s principle areas of research are: loco-regional anaesthesia, non-invasive ventilation, airways management, glycocalyx shedding marker.

She is author of several international publications and she has been invited as speaker to national and international courses and conferences.


Yaron Bruchim

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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.

Daniele Collura
Daniele is head nurse in ICU one at the Erasme University Hospital, Brussels ULB (human medicine). He is a specialized ICU nurse and Master in nursing. Daniele is in charge since 1988. His teaching activities are focused on ICU student nurses and other ongoing formations at the hospital. He is also a co-organizer of the SISSIHE (annual symposium on intensive care for nurses)


Nausikaa Devriendt

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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, having spent 90% of her veterinary career in emergency and critical care positions.  She also has experience in referral nursing and is currently the head of the Priory Emergency Treatment Service (OOH) and referral lead of New Priory Vets in Brighton, who also provide cardio-respiratory and imaging referral services.

Her main focus over the years has been her continual learning and progression as an ECC nurse; as well as focusing on the level of care we give to our patients and clients.  Chloe is impassioned about sharing this knowledge through teaching and developing both vets and technicians within her position at her current 24/7 hospital to provide gold standard care.

Chloe is on the review board for the RCVS ‘inFOCUS’ veterinary journal and has provided lectures internationally. 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. When she’s not studying for her Certificate in Anaesthesia or working, Chloe likes to go for long walks on the South Downs with her husband, children and 2kg chihuahua.



Kris Gommeren
Kris Gommeren graduated in 2002 at Ghent University, where he performed an internship and a residency in internal medicine. He become a diplomate in internal medicine in 2009, and briefly worked in a private referral practice, before moving to Liège University, where he developed the ECC-service. In 2017 he became diplomate in emergency and critical care. Kris is past-president of the European Society of Emergency and Critical Care (EVECCS). He obtained his PhD on the effects of systemic inflammation on the cardiovascular system. His main fields of interest are point of care ultrasound, assessment of the cardiovascular system in critically ill patients, fluid therapy and the assessment of volume status and fluid responsiveness.


Isabelle Goy-Thollot
-   Fully engaged in the practice of emergency and critical care medicine since 2000.
-   Founding member of the SIAMU (SA-ICU at the School of Veterinary School in Lyon, France)
-   Head of the SIAMU (2002-2019)
-   Founding member of the European College of Emergency and Critical Care (2014)
-   Project Manager - General Education and Research Department (2019-present)

Continuing Professional development in ECC for both general and emergency practitioners nationally and internationally.
-   Author and co-author of book chapters of many international papers
-   Co-editor of 5 books (French language)
-   Author and co-author of book chapters
-   Congress lectures and workshops (national and international)
-   Mentoring of an ECVECC resident (2015-present)

Membership and responsibilities.
-   President of EVECCS 2005-2008
-   Chair of EVECCS Scientific Committee (2009-2017)
-   Chair of the ECVECC Credentials Committee (2014-2018)
-   General board ECVECC member (2014-2018)

Massimo Giunti

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Nathalie Hack
I came from my native country Belgium to the UK in 1996, determined to become a Veterinary Nurse and I got qualified in 1999.


In the last 25 years, my clinical work ranged from quiet first opinion practices to very busy referral hospitals, working as a theatre nurse, ECC nurse, deputy head nurse, head nurse and principal nurse manager!  The emergency clinical work taught me to stay calm and level headed in extreme stressful situations. And a good sense of humour certainly helps!


I gained the diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Surgical), the Certificate in Emergency and Critical Care and the diploma in Feline Nursing. I am currently studying for my certificate in Advanced Feline behaviour.


I was a lecturer in Veterinary Nursing at Islington College in London and at the College of Animal Welfare. I loved teaching veterinary nurses and it is very rewarding to see when they reach that ‘lightbulb’ moment!


I have gone back to my big passion: being an emergency veterinary nurse! I am working for Vets Now as the roving nurse for District 5 .


I have two kids, three cats, two tortoises and a husband! I love yoga, travelling, a positive attitude to life, meeting new people and exploring new cultures. I am currently also doing my Yoga Teacher training.



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. 



Rita Hanel

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Eleanor Haskey
Elle graduated in 2008 from the University of Bristol with a BSc honours degree as a RVN.  She moved to the Midlands where she worked in a mixed practice for 2 years before returning to the University of Bristol as Senior ICU nurse. She spent 4 years back at Bristol where she studied for and gained the VTS(ECC) qualification in 2012. In 2013 she moved to London where she joined the Royal Veterinary College Emergency and Critical Care team and worked as both senior and head ECC Nurse for a total of 6 years. In 2020 she stepped down as head nurse and back into the team to regain a focus on clinical work and mentoring the students on clinical rotations. In 2019 she completed a PGCert in Veterinary Education and became a member of the FHEA. She has lectured internationally, written several articles and also contributed to book chapters. She is on the editorial committee for The Veterinary Nurse in addition to volunteering for EVECCS and BSAVA. 



Jiwoong Her
Jiwoong Her received his DVM from the Chungnam National University in Daejeon, South Korea, and went on to complete his ECFVG (Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates) clinical year at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. He completed his master’s degree and residency in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020. Upon completion of the residency, he became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care and joined the Ohio State University as an assistant professor. His research interests focus on trauma, fluid therapy and non-invasive ventilation.



Karen Humm
Karen graduated from Cambridge in 2001 and spent two years in small animal practice before completing an internship at Liverpool University.

She then worked at an emergency clinic before starting a residency at the RVC in Emergency and Critical Care. She gained the American Diploma in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2008, the European Diploma in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2015 and is now an Associate Professor in Transfusion Medicine and ECC.  She is also Director of the Transfusion Medicine Service.



Christopher Kennedy
Christopher is a critical care specialist at the University of Liège, Belgium. He completed his veterinary school at the Royal Veterinary College in 2015 (UK). He then undertook an internship at the Atlantic Veterinary College (Canada) followed by residency at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine (USA). Christopher has a strong interest in physiology; the complex changes in (patho)physiological pathways that occur in critically ill animals are why he enjoys critical care medicine. Christopher’s current research focus is cardiac and cardiovascular function in critical illness.

Mark Kim
I graduated from Sydney University before embarking on a round the world career through the UK, Hong Kong, Australia, and the US, before returning to Australia for an ECC residency at Murdoch University.

I am now practising at SIAMU, VetAgro-Sup, Lyon and my current interests are cardiac emergencies, point-of-care ultrasound, acute kidney injury, acute gastrointestinal diseases, and urgently learning French! 


Justine Lee

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Dan Lewis

Following graduation in 1995 from The University of Cambridge, Dan worked in mixed practice for five years, where he gained the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia. In 2000, he moved to Petmedics, a large hospital-based emergency clinic in Manchester, where he remained for eight years.

In 2008 Dan embarked upon a residency at The Royal Veterinary College, obtaining his Diploma in Emergency & Critical Care in 2011.

Following this, Dan spent a period in charge of the ICU at Bristol vet school before returning to Petmedics. Dan joined the Vets Now 24/7 Emergency and Specialty Hospital, Glasgow in January 2015 as part of our existing ECC team and has since been promoted to National ECC Lead.

Dan is interested in all aspects of critical care, but particularly in septic patients and poorly cats.


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 and private referral practice, and has most recently joined the team with VetsNow. She has a strong interest in adult education using simulation training, and is currently undertaking a Masters in Medical Simulation and Patient Safety with the National University of Ireland. Her clinical interests in the pathophysiology of fluid therapy, coagulation, and oxidative injury; and personal interests include hiking, yoga, cooking and learning the drums. 

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.


Dominique Paepe

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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.



Marc Raffe
Dr. Raffe received his BS and DVM degrees from the University of Illinois.  After finishing an Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Auburn University, he completed a Residency and MS degree in Veterinary Surgery and Bioengineering at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine.  He then completed a residency in Comparative Anesthesiology at the University of Minnesota.   Dr. Raffe joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota and advanced to the level of Professor in Anesthesiology and Critical Care.  Following his tenure at the University, he worked as a preclinical research manager at Myocor Inc. developing novel biomedical device concepts for heart failure management.     He was appointed as Professor of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine establishing the emergency and critical care service in the veterinary teaching hospital.  He then accepted the role of veterinary specialist on the Veterinary Specialty Team at Pfizer Animal Health advancing to Associate Director of Outcomes Research.  Currently, he is the Director of Veterinary Anesthesia and Critical Care Associates LLC, a consulting firm providing education and research services.  Dr. Raffe holds an affiliate faculty appointmens at the University of Illinois and the University of Minnesota Colleges 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 a textbook on emergency and critical care medicine.  He served as a reviewer for the Am J of Vet Res, J Am Vet Medical Assoc, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Anesthesia Analgesia and the Compendium as well as Editor of the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. He is a past president of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care and has served in many ACVECC and VECCS continuing education roles.  Dr. Raffe has been an invited speaker on over 250 continuing education programs.    He currently serves on the IVECCS organizing committee and continues to be active in continuing education on a national and international basis. He is a recipient of the Ira M Zaslow award for exceptional service and extraordinary commitment to VECCS and the specialty of emergency and critical care medicine.  He has also been presented the President’s award for exceptional service to ACVECC.



Pascale Smets

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Sam Stewart
Dr. Sam Stewart is originally from the Hudson Valley region of upstate New York in the US. He completed his undergraduate degree in Biology at Binghamton University in New York. He then attended veterinary school at the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, finishing his degree in 2013. Dr. Stewart went on to complete a small animal rotating surgical and medical internship at Garden State Veterinary Specialists (Tinton Falls, NJ) in 2014 and an Emergency and Critical Care residency at the Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital (Ethos Veterinary Health - Woburn, MA) in 2017. He was also accepted as a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2017. Following his residency, he joined Ethos Science Consultancy (a contract research and consulting organization), through which he started a Science Commercialization Fellowship. Dr. Stewart also designs and conducts his own de novo clinical studies through Ethos Discovery, a non-profit incubator of scientific innovation. His areas of interest include improved means to diagnose and treat sepsis as well as novel modes of pain management in dogs and cats, such as the use of cannabidiol. He is always looking for new and exciting research opportunities to help further the knowledge and capabilities of veterinary medicine. 

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Erica Tinson

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Alessio Vigani

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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, Sassari, Pisa (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 eighty basic and advanced courses on Emergency and Critical Care for Veterinarians in Italy and abroad for Private Societies, University CPD and Masters. 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 and author of four books about Emergencies and Critical care in small animals. 



Courtney Waxman
Courtney has spent 15 years working in emergency and critical care medicine. She has previously held both ICU supervisory and technician training positions in the clinical setting. Her areas of special interest include CPR, critical care nursing, one-on-one case management, and critical thinking. Courtney obtained her Veterinary Technician Specialty (VTS) in Emergency and Critical Care (ECC) credential in 2017. From 2018-2021, she worked as an Instructional Technologist for Purdue University’s Veterinary Nursing Program. Since 2021, she is working as a Veterinary Nursing Development Manager with Veterinary Emergency Group.

In 2019, Courtney was named New Educator of the Year by the Association of Veterinary Technician Educators. In 2021, she received the Elanco Teaching Excellence in Veterinary Nursing award. She currently serves on the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians and Nurses (AVECCTN) Executive Board as Member-at-Large and is a RECOVER Certified BLS & ALS Instructor.

Courtney has been lecturing nationally and internationally on ECC topics since 2016, speaking at over 45 conference events. She has 15 published articles in veterinary technician/nursing journals in the US, UK, and Canada and is a contributing author for two textbook chapters. In 2020, she completed her master’s degree in Higher Education with a concentration on College Teaching.

Outside of veterinary medicine, she enjoys world travel with her husband, spoiling her dog Ollie, reading, and fitness. 


Ken 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.