Speakers - Vet Streams
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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Rita graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998, after which she completed a small animal internship at Florida Veterinary Specialists, currently Blue Pearl in Tampa. She then completed a residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Florida with a successive fellowship in Emergency and Critical Care at Blue Pearl in Tampa. She joined the faculty of the North Carolina State University (NSCU) College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006, was Director of Emergency Services for 6 years, and during her 10 years as faculty at NCSU pursued her academic interests in the fields of traumatic and hemostatic disorders. In 2016, she left NCSU to assume the role of Senior Director of Clinical Programs for BluePearl Veterinary Partners, where she developed their campus outreach program and strategic training initiatives, such as EmERge for new graduates. She has also served as Chief Veterinary Officer for the Gentle Care Animal Hospital Group in NC, and as Director of Consultation Services for Antech Diagnostics. In 2021, she assumed her current role of Senior Director of Clinical Academy Programs for the Veterinary Emergency Group (VEG), where she is privileged to pursue her passion of helping veterinarians be at their best when people and their pets need it most.
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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.
Karen’s lectures, on topics of transfusion medicine, are generously made possible with the support of:
Dr. Justine Lee is a board-certified veterinary specialist in both emergency critical care (DACVECC) and toxicology (DABT). Dr. Lee attended veterinary school at Cornell University and completed her internship at Angell (Boston, MA). She completed her fellowship and residency in emergency and critical care at University of Pennsylvania. Previously, she was on faculty at University of Minnesota (2003-2008) and the head of an animal poison control center (2008-2013). She is the founder and CEO of VETgirl, a subscription-based podcast and webinar service offering RACE-approved, online veterinary continuing education. More information can be found at www.drjustinelee.com and www.vetgirlontherun.com.
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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. Her research was mainly focus on cardiovascular system and respiratory disease. 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 full-time cardiologist in the University of Liège and is involved in the internship and residency training program in internal medicine and cardiology. Her special interest areas are evaluation of cardiovascular function in an emergent setting (CV-POCUS) in companion animals and assessment (echocardiography, CT-scan) of pulmonary hypertension in dogs due to various conditions.
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Dr. Helen Øvregaard heads up Clinical Communication skills at AniCura. After many years in clinical practice, she now works with knowledge-sharing and training in communication skills. At AniCura we believe communication skills are essential in ensuring high quality medical outcome and patient safety, as well as the care of our pet owners and for ourselves.
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Anders Perner, MD 1993, PhD 2001, Specialist in anaes-thesia and intensive care 2004, European Diploma in Intensive Care 2009. He is senior staff specialist in Inten-sive Care, Rigshospitalet since 2007, Professor in Intensive Care Medicine, University of Copenhagen since 2012, Chair of Scandinavian Critical Care Trials Group since 2008 and Section editor at Intensive Care Medicine since 2013. His major research interest is clinical research in critically ill patients. Thus he currently chair the Scandinavian Critical Care Trials Group and the strategic research programme ‘New resuscitation strategies in patients with severe sepsis’. The program is ongoing and will randomize 2000 patients with severe sepsis in 3 RCTs of resuscitation in 30 ICUs in all the Nordic countries. The first RCT, the 6S trial has been published and the second, the TRISS trial, is ongoing and on track.
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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.
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Pascale Smets received her master’s degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2006 at the University of Ghent. After graduation she completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine at the Small Animal Department, Ghent University. This was followed by a PhD research project in internal medicine also at the same university. During that time, her interest in cardiology grew. After successfully obtaining her PhD degree in 2011, she started an alternative residency program at the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ECVIM-ca), subspecialty cardiology, with clinical training at the University of Munich, Germany and Zurich, Switzerland. In 2015 she became an ECVIM-ca diplomate in cardiology and returned to Ghent University. In 2017 she was appointed a full-time tenure track professorship with main focus on research (diuretic treatment, diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmias, cardiac function in critically ill animals), teaching and clinical work in the Small Animal Department.
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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.
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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 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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Pedro graduated from the University of Lisbon, Portugal, in 2014. He has spent time in the Northeast England straight after graduation working in general practice. After three years in general practice, he completed a rotating internship at Dick White Referrals (DWR), Pedro is beginning the final year of an ECVIM-accredited Residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists (Linnaeus- Mars Veterinary Health). He enjoys all aspects of Internal Medicine, particularly endoscopy, respiratory disease, and acute kidney injury.
Andrea graduated from University “Aldo Moro” of Bari, Italy, in 2003 and specialized in 2008 in physiopathology of reproduction of domestic animals at the same University. In 2007, after several years working in private practice on emergency and critical care, he completed a visiting period of five months at AEC in Glendale (WI) with Rebecca Kirby DVM DACVIM DACVECC and Elke Rudloff DVM DACVECC, where he gained more knowledge and skills in emergency, critical care, internal medicine and ultrasonography. Soon after that, he started to work at the Ospedale Veterinario Santa Fara in Bari, Italy, working on emergency and critical care, ultrasonography and cardiology as a clinical supervisor, where he is still currently employed. He attended as a lecturer at 1-year course on Emergency and Critical Care at the Faculty of Medicine of the University “Aldo Moro” of Bari, Italy, in 2008. Awarded with the 3rd Best Abstract at the 6° World WINFOCUS Congress in Rome 2010 and with the Best Oral Presentation at the 11th EVECCS Congress in Barcelona in 2012 submitting lectures on the application of ultrasonography in emergency and critical care. Author of papers published on international peer-reviewed journals and several book chapters in emergency and critical care. Invited speaker of several Italian and International congresses. Founder of VECCUS group, part of EVECCS, and of WINFOCUS Veterinary Section. He obtained the WINFOCUS USLS-BL1 Certificate.
Dr. Manu Boller graduated from veterinary school at the University of Zurich, Switzerland in 1997, where he also completed a doctoral thesis and a veterinary anesthesia residency. He then moved to Philadelphia, USA, to undertake a residency in veterinary emergency and critical care and a fellowship in the field of resuscitation science at the University of Pennsylvania. He was a member of Penn’s Center for Resuscitation Science where he investigated novel strategies to optimize CPR and post-cardiac arrest care with a focus on controlled reperfusion and emergency cardiopulmonary bypass. In 2012, Manu relocated with his family to Australia, where he was an Associate Professor in small animal emergency and critical care at the University of Melbourne, Australia, until 2021. He is now a critical care specialist in a referral hospital in Victoria, Canada. Manu is co-founder and co-chair of the RECOVER initiative that published evidence- and consensus-based veterinary CPR guidelines and he serves as a member of various scientific committees.
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.
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.
Dr. Bruchim was graduated in 1999 from the Koret School of veterinary medicine. In 2001 has completed his rotational internship in the Hebrew University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. In 2012 he became board certified of the American college of Emergency and Critical Care, and in 2014 of the European College of Emergency and Critical Care. In 2018 he completed his PhD investigating Heat Shock Proteins particularly and other biomarkers during acclimation and physical performance and in canine naturally occurring heatstroke. In 2018 Dr. Bruchim founded the leading advanced private emergency and specialist center in Ben Shemen youth village.
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. In addition to the ECVECC specialist diploma, he passed one University diploma in resuscitation and critical care, one in mechanical ventilation and the Certificate of Veterinary hemodialysis from UC Davis. Now, he currently works as head of the Emergency and Intensive Care Unit and associate partners of the biggest French private veterinary hospital in Paris suburban, Fregis. Actively involved in many 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.
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 became a diplomat of the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care shortly after. She is currently a lecturer in Emergency and Critical Care at the Royal Veterinary College. She has a particular interest in the management of acute kidney injury, endocrinological emergencies and point of care ultrasound. She has lectured both in the UK and overseas on a variety of topics and is the vice president of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Ultrasound Society.
Nausikaa Devriendt graduated at the veterinary faculty of Ghent University, Belgium in 2010. After graduation she fulfilled a rotating internship in small animal medicine as well at Ghent University. During a year she worked at a referral practice in the UK, after which she worked as a small animal surgical assistant at the University of Paris. She successfully fulfilled a second master degree in ‘Surgical Sciences’ at the University of Paris-Est, where she did research about the use of mesenchymal stem cells and BMP-2 for critical bone size defects. She started a surgical residency at Ghent University in 2014, and became an ECVS diplomate in 2019. Subsequently she did a PhD about extrahepatic portosystemic shunts in dogs and obtained a doctoral degree in 2021.
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 Associate Professor. His clinical research interests include bleeding disorders, thrombosis, sepsis, biomarkers in critical illness and canine IMHA. Dr. Goggs is a member of the ACVECC CURATIVE Steering Committee and the ACVIM Immune-Thrombocytopenia Consensus Committee.
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.
- 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)
Dr. Giunti received his veterinary degree from the Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna, Italy, in 1999, and a PhD in veterinary clinical sciences from the same university in 2003. In 2002 he did a clinical fellowship of 6 months in the Section of Anesthesiology and Resuscitation of the Small Animal Clinic of the University of Bern (Switzerland). In 2004, he was employed as Assistant Professor at the University of Bologna, operating in the Small Animal Clinical Service of the Veterinary University Hospital (VUH). In 2006-2007 he did a research fellowship of 9 months on “biomarkers of sepsis in small animals at the School of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania (USA). Since 2012 he is the Head of the Emergency & Critical Care Service of the Small Animal VUH of University of Bologna. Since 2015, he is Associate Professor at the University of Bologna. Since December 2018 he was accepted “De Facto as a Diplomate of the European College of Emergency and Critical Care (ECVECC®). His main research interests are on biomarkers of critical illness in small animals.
Simon obtained his veterinary degree from the University of Bristol in 2011, after which he moved to Australia to complete a rotating internship. He returned to the UK for 2 years, where he worked in a busy emergency hospital before completing an internship and residency in Emergency and Critical Care at the University of California Davis in 2019. After settling back in the UK, Simon joined the team at Vets Now Referrals in Manchester and is currently clinical lead for the hospital. Simon has written several book chapters for core veterinary critical care textbooks and is a lecturer and examiner for post-graduate ECC certificate qualifications in the UK. His interests include all areas of acute medicine with a specific focus on fluid therapy, electrolyte and glucose derangements and shock. He is committed to enhancing the level of veterinary training with the ultimate goal of improving patient care and promoting staff wellbeing.
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 critically ill cats and dogs.
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!
Following graduation in 1995 from Cambridge, Dan worked in mixed practice for 5 years, where he gained the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia. In 2000, he moved to a large hospital-based emergency clinic in Manchester, where he remained for 8 years. In 2008, Dan embarked upon a residency at the RVC, obtaining his American Diploma in Emergency & Critical Care in 2011, followed by his European Diploma in 2015. Since then he was in charge of the ICU at Bristol Vet School before joining Vets Now Referrals at Glasgow in January 2015. Dan is currently National ECC Lead for Vets-Now although still contributes to the 24-hour Emergency & Critical Care referral service at the Glasgow hospital, as well as to the Vets-Now ECC Residency training program. Dan is interested in all aspects of emergency and intensive care, but particularly in septic patients, animals needing ventilatory support and critically ill cats, as well as in how human factors influence our ability to provide care in difficult or stressful environments.
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 has 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, and is currently undertaking a Masters in Medical Simulation and Patient Safety with the National University of Ireland. Her clinical interests non-technical skills, fluid therapy, coagulation, and oxidative injury; and personal interests include hiking, yoga, cooking and playing the drums.
Dominique Paepe graduated as veterinarian at Ghent University in 2003. She became Diplomate ECVIM-CA internal medicine in 2009 and obtained a PhD degree in Veterinary Sciences (Title: Screening for early feline kidney disease: limitations of currently available tests and possible solutions) in 2014. Since graduation, Dominique Paepe has been affiliated with the Small Animal Clinic of Ghent University and combined this with a clinical position in a private small animal clinic in France in 2015. Currently, she is full-time appointed as Professor in internal medicine at Ghent University, combining teaching activities, research and clinical work. Her main research focus can be found within the field of veterinary nephrology, more specifically the early diagnosis of acute and chronic kidney disease in small animals by assessing the relationship between glomerular filtration rate (GFR) and indirect markers to assess GFR, by measuring serum and urinary biomarkers and by evaluating novel imaging techniques. A second research focus is rational antimicrobial use in small animals. She is involved in projects to map in Belgium the antimicrobial usage in small animals, the resistance profile of bacteria isolated form small animals, the risk factors for this resistance, the circulation of resistant germs within veterinary practices and the risk of transmission of resistant germs between small animals and their owners or vice versa. Another goal is to develop prediction models to define risk for sepsis and flow diagrams to diagnose sepsis in three species (small animals, horses, calves) based on clinical data and innovative biomarkers. Finally, Dominique is part of the liver study group at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Ghent University mainly performing clinical studies in dogs with portosystemic shunts. Dominique Paepe is (co)author of numerous publications in national and international journals, promotor of several PhD investigators, frequent speaker on (inter)national conferences and regular reviewer of scientific publications. In 2016 her work within the field of veterinary nephrology was rewarded with the “IRIS Award.
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.
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.
Alessio Vigani is currently medical director of emergency, critical care and extracorporeal therapy at The University of Zurich Small Animal Hospital. 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. He worked as Clinical Assistant Professor in Emergency, Critical Care and Extracorporeal therapy at North Carolina State University from 2014 until 2019. His special interests include acute kidney injury, extracorporeal therapy, regional anesthesia in critical care, and hemodynamics.
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 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 five books about Emergencies and Critical care in small animals.