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!

Lecture summary   

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 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.

Maxime Cambournac

Dr. Cambournac graduated from the Veterinary School of Lyon in 2012, and pursues an internship the following year. Then, he joined the emergency and critical care team at the university of Lyon, first as an assistant lecturer, and then as ECVECC resident. He recently pass the ECC board exam and is now an ECVECC diplomate.  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 Veterinary Hospital in Paris suburban.

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

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 gained the American Diploma in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care shortly after. After a period of time locuming in private practice she has re-joined the RVC as a staff clinician in veterinary emergency and critical care. She has a particular interest in the management of AKI and the role of hypertension in disease progression. 


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.

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.

Bert Jan Reezigt

Bert Jan graduated from Utrecht University in 1997. His whole professional career he has been working in Sweden. The first years he was employed at Helsingborgs regional small animal specialty hospital. Since 2003 he works at Blå Stjärnans small animal specialty hospital in Gothenburg. He is a Swedish board certified specialist in small animal diseases. His main areas are ECC and internal medicine. For many years he was head of ICU and part of the management team at Blå Stjärnan. From 2006-2016 he was a member of the general board of EVECCS and working actively to promote ECC in Europe. Nowaday he works as a veterinarian specialized in ECC and he is consulting in internal medicine and ECC. He combines this clinical work with creating continuing education for veterinarians and veterinary technicians. He is founder and chair of the Nordic Small Animal Veterinary Conference and he leader of the Blue Star Academy. He speaks and lectures frequently visiting clinics in Sweden and Norway. Since 2014 he is doing his specialist training in internal medicine. During the last years he has been focusing on the use of Point Of Care ultrasound in veterinary emergency and critical care. Together with other specialists he tries to promote the use of this great tool in Scandinavia and Europe.