Laura Cole

Chair

MA, Vet MB, MVetMed, DECVECC
Lecturer in Emergency and Critical Care
Royal Veterinary College, London, United Kingdom.

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.

Maxime Cambournac

VICE CHAIR

DVM, Dip. ECVECC
Service d’urgences, réanimation et soins-intensifs
CHV Fregis, Arcueil, France

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, one of his main fields of interest is emergency ultrasound, in which he as published. 

Andrea Armenise

Secretary

DVM
Clinical supervisor in Emergency and Critical Care
Ospedale Veterinario Santa Fara, Bari, Italy

Andrea graduated from the University “Aldo Moro” in Bari, Italy, in 2003 and specialized in the physiopathology of reproduction of domestic animals at the same university in 2008. He began his professional career at the Ospedale Veterinario Santa Fara in Bari, Italy, focusing on emergency and critical care, ultrasonography, and cardiology as a clinical supervisor. In September 2023, he transitioned to providing consulting services in cardiology, abdominal ultrasonography, and critical care at various local clinics. 

He has been recognized for his contributions, receiving the 3rd Best Abstract at the 6th World WINFOCUS Congress in Rome in 2010 and the Best Oral Presentation at the 11th EVECCS Congress in Barcelona in 2012 for his lectures on the use of ultrasonography in emergency and critical care. 

Andrea is author of papers on point-of-care ultrasonography published in international peer-reviewed journals and multiple international book chapters. He has been an invited speaker at numerous Italian and international congresses.

Additionally, Andrea served as a LOC member of the EVECCS Congress in Venice in 2018, and he is a member of the EVECCS, VECCS, and SCIVAC societies.

FOUNDING MEMBERS

Søren Boysen

DVM, DACVECC
Professor, Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Winner of the 2023 Jack Mara Scientific Achievement Award for “Advances in Point of Care Ultrasound” (POCUS), Dr. Søren Boysen is a self-proclaimed POCUS afficionado. He completed his DVM from the University of Saskatchewan, 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 in 2003. He is the former Chief of Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care at the University of Montreal and currently a Full Professor at the University of Calgary. Extensively published with > 100 articles/chapters and a recipient of numerous teaching, research, and speaker excellence awards, he has become an internationally recognized lecturer. With the help of many great colleagues from Tufts and around the world, he has developed, advanced, and advocated the use of all things POCUS. He co-edited the textbook “Essentials of veterinary point of care ultrasound: Pleural space and lung” and continues to pioneer novel ultrasound training techniques and workshops for non-specialist practitioners. Along with point of care ultrasound, his research interests include veterinary education/simulation, hemorrhage, coagulation, and perfusion.

Kris Gommeren

DVM, MSc, PhD, DECVIM-CA, DECVECC

Kris Gommeren graduated from Ghent University in 2002, where he completed an internship and residency in internal medicine. In 2009, he became a diplomate of the European College of Internal Medicine and worked briefly in a referral practice before moving to the University of Liège, where he developed the ECC service. Since then, the emergency and intensive care service of the University of Liège has grown into a service with a team of 12 veterinarians, including 2 specialists and 4 residents in training, supplemented by 6 full-time ECC veterinary assistants, and assisted by rotating interns. In 2017, Kris became a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care and in the meantime completed a PhD on the effects of systemic inflammation on the cardiovascular system. Kris is former president of the European Society of Emergency and Critical Care (EVECCS), and co-founder of the Animal Blood Bank Benelux. His main areas 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.

Subcommittee leads

Andrea Armenise

Scientific committee

DVM

Clinical supervisor in Emergency and Critical Care
Ospedale Veterinario Santa Fara, Bari, Italy

Simon Cook

Scientific committee

BSc BVSc MVetMed DACVECC DECVECC FHEA MRCVS
Lecturer in Emergency and Critical Care
Royal Veterinary College
Co-chair of the scientific committee

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. Clinical and research interests combined include immunomodulation, cardiovascular monitoring, patient side ultrasonography and aspiration pneumonia.

 

Website & communication committee

Hugo Swanstein

DVM,
University of Copenhagen

Hugo Swanstein is currently completing a 2-year rotating small animal internship at the University of Copenhagen, where he also obtained his DVM in 2022. He developed a passion for emergency and critical care medicine, particularly point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) and is currently publishing multiple articles on feline POCUS. Already actively lecturing and educating, Hugo has delivered and co-delivered multiple lectures and workshops on POCUS at the national and international level, both individually and in collaboration with numerous colleagues considered leaders in the field of POCUS. 

 

Education committee

Søren Boysen

DVM, DACVECC

Professor, Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Co-chair of the scientific committee