Keynote speaker:

Giovanni Volpicelli
Giovanni Volpicelli, MD, FCCP, born in Catania (Italy) in 1962, is Emergency Physician at the Emergency Department of San Luigi Gonzaga University Hospital, Torino, Italy, from 1998. From 2016 qualified Associate Professor of Internal Medicine.

He was the Chair of the Scientific Committee of the 1st International Consensus Conference on Lung Ultrasound and he is Member of the Scientific Committee of the 2nd International Consensus Conference on Ultrasound in Trauma and Board Member of the 1st International Consensus Conference on Ultrasound in Medical Education. He is Editor-in-Chief of The Ultrasound Journal (Springer), Academic Editor of Medicine (Lippincott)Associate Editor of European Respiratory Journal Educational (European Respiratory Society) and member of the Editorial Board and international Reviewer for many international journals, including The New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Chest, Intensive Care Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Critical Care, AnesthesiologyAmerican Journal of Emergency Medicine. He actively cooperates as a Scientific Reviewer with MORE (McMaster Online Rating of Evidence) at McMaster University, Health Information Research Unit, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

He is Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians (FCCP), Member of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and Member of the Board of Directors of the World Interactive Network Focused on Critical Ultrasound (WINFOCUS).

He actively coordinates the international program of education on lung ultrasound for WINFOCUS.

He has authored and co-authored chapters of international books in emergency medicine and emergency ultrasound, and 130 indexed publications in peer-reviewed international journals with more than 8750 citations and h-index 39: volpicelli/scholar.google.citations.


Please meet our other speakers:

Andrea Armenise
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.

Member of EVECCS, VECCS, WINFOCUS and SCIVAC societies.

Søren Boysen
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.

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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.

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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. 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.

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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 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. 


Simon Cook
Simon graduated from the University of Bristol in 2011 with degrees in veterinary science and veterinary pathogenesis. After a rotating internship at the Royal Veterinary College and two years in a busy 24 hour  small animal hospital, he completed a residency in emergency and critical care at the Royal Veterinary College. He is currently a lecturer in emergency and critical care at the Royal Veterinary College, London, with a part time research commitment in a immunomodulation. Clinical and research interests combined include immunomodulation, cardiovascular monitoring, patient side ultrasonography and aspiration pneumonia.

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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.

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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.

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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”. 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. 


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.

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