Meet our Keynote Speakers:

Prof. Dr. Daniel Lichtenstein

Our key note speaker is a legend and pioneer in the field of critical care, Prof. Daniel Lichtenstein.  A medical intensivist, Dr. Lichtenstein revolutionized the approach to bedside patient management, having defined critical ultrasound, including lung ultrasound, as a whole-body approach to the critically ill with immediate therapeutic applications. It is a great honour to have such a renowned speaker at our first VECCUS meeting. Please join us for this unique opportunity to hear someone speak on a topic that has changed the way we practice ECC!  


Dr. Søren Boysen, DACVECC


Dr. Søren Boysen obtained his DVM from the University of Saskatchewan (Canada), completed a small animal internship at the Atlantic Veterinary College (Canada), and a residency at Tufts University (United States), becoming a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care 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 veterinary emergency and critical care at the University of Calgary, where he continues to be active in various ECVECC, ACVECC and VetCOT committees.

Extensively published, and a recipient of numerous teaching and research excellence awards, he has become an internationally recognized speaker, lecturing around the world. He loves all things ECC but his true passion is point of care ultrasound: With his colleagues from Tufts he published the first veterinary FAST point of care ultrasound exam for use in small animals, and with colleagues at the University of Calgary, adapted veterinary point of care ultrasound for use in non-trauma patients. With the help of many great colleagues from around the world, he continues to develop ultrasound training techniques, education programs, and workshops for non-specialist practitioners. Along with point of care ultrasound, his research interests include hemorrhage, coagulation, and perfusion.


Meet our other Speakers:

Andrea Armenis

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.

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.

Laura Cole



Kris Gommeren

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. 

Bert Jan Reezigt