22-24th March 2024




4 international speakers


The 9th edition of the RoVECCS National Congress, themed "A night in the Emergency Room," covers important topics related to veterinary emergency practice, including POCUS ultrasound examination, surgical emergencies and emergency wound management, but also the most common errors made in small animal emergencies and stress management in veterinary medicine.

Over the two days of the congress, four international specialists and four Romanian lecturers, including a psychologist and ABA therapist, and a human doctor, specialized in emergency medicine will accompany you as you take part in presentations and clinical case-based discussions. Of course, we have also prepared a day of practical activities, with 2 workshops (POCUS– emergency ultrasound and Emergency surgical techniques), and a seminar on diagnostic cytology, aimed at guiding in the diagnosis of effusions of various etiologies.

The city of Cluj-Napoca, in the heart of Transylvania, awaits you to discover its charm, atmosphere, and buzz. With a rich history spanning over two millennia, Cluj-Napoca is also a modern, vibrant, multicultural, and cosmopolitan city, ranking among the most significant academic, cultural, and economic hubs in Romania.

RoVECCS Team also extends you an invitation to party and adventure, as always! A lovely party and two days of hiking in two of the most scenic areas in Cluj County - the Apuseni Mountains, home to Valul Miresei Waterfall, and Lespezi Peak, and the Trascăului Mountains, home to Piatra Secuiului Peak - have been planned.

We look forward to seeing you here.

Sincerely, RoVECCS Team.


  • To unite all Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Medicine enthusiasts - doctors, students, technicians, managers
  • To stimulate, encourage, and offer the development of a cooperative framework to all those passionate about this specialty
  • To promote education, development, and practice of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Medicine specialty at a national and international level
  • To facilitate access to information relevant to this specialty by organizing events of high educational value
  • To collaborate with similar entities and professional organizations in Romania and abroad (EU, USA, Asia, Latin America, etc.)
RoVECCS organizational structure:
  • Cosmin Mureșan, DVM, PhD, MVSc - President
  • Cristian Cristea, DVM - Vice President
  • Mira Anastasia Popa, DVM - Secretary
  • Laura Ilie, DVM, DACVECC - Past President
  • Andrei Tutuneanu, DVM - Treasurer
  • Sinziana Radulescu, DVM, DACVECC, DECVECC and Ioana Cafriță, DVM, CertAVPECC - members at large
  • Oana Cocoș, DVM; Alexandra Suciu, DVM; Daniela Țăranu; Andrei Băisan, DVM, PhD; Raluca Cigan, DVM; Rita Somfalvi, DVM; Costel Zăgan, DVM - advisory members
RoVECCS, at a short glance:
  • 2015 – 1st RoVECCS national congress, at MNAC (National Museum of Art Contemporary Art) at the Palace of Parliament (200 attendees; 4 international lecturers - Dan Chan, DACVECC; Aidan McAlinden, DECVS; Louise Clark, DECVAA and Sérgio Guilherme, DVM, MRCVS).
  • 2016 & 2017 – 2nd & 3rd editions brought a large number of attendees (250+), 6 international lecturers - Howard B. Seim III, DACVS; Dominic Barfield, DACVECC; Ambra Panti, DECVAA; Tobias Grave, DECVECC; Kris Gommeren, DECVIM-CA, DECVECC; Ceriel Maas, DECVS. Other details: 4 workshops, lovely parties, and warm and welcoming social events.
  • 2018 - 4th edition held at the Queen Elisabeth Theatre, Bucharest. Details: 200 attendees, 9 lecturers, 4 workshops and seminars, social events, and hiking in Piatra Craiului Mountains. Lecturers: Francesco Staffieri, DVM, PhD; Aaron Jackson, DACVS; Jocelyn Patterson, DACVECC, Jaqueline Nobles, DACVECC; Laura Ilie, DACVECC; Adrian Iurcenco, DVM; Cosmin Muresan, DVM, PhD; Cristian Cristea, DVM; Sînziana Rădulescu, DVM, DACVECC, DECVECC.
  • 2019 - Edition No. 5 entitled "TEAM" ("Together Everyone Achieves More"), took place at Cluj-Arena, Cluj-Napoca. Details: 220 delegates, 4 international and 9 local lecturers, 4 workshops and seminars, party, social events, and hiking in the Apuseni Mountains. Lecturers: Howard B. Seim III, DACVS; Timothy Hackett, DACVECC; Laura Ilie, DACVECC; Celine Pouzot-Nevoret, DVM, PhD, DECVECC; Adrian Iurcenco, DVM; Cosmin Muresan, DVM, PhD; Cristian Cristea, DVM; Sînziana Rădulescu, DVM, DACVECC, DECVECC; Ioana Cristina Cafriță, DVM; Andrei Tutuneanu, DVM; Victor Chitic, Constantin Bodolea, MD; Dan Sebastian Dîrzu, MD.
  • 2021 - "We Are All in The Same Boat", edition number 6, held for the first time exclusively online, on the VIN platform. Details: 3 days of presentations, 200 participants, 4 local and 4 international lecturers - Emily Thomas, DACVECC, DECVECC; Tom Greensmith, DACVECC, DECVECC; Steven De Decker, DVM, DECVN; Mark Plested, DACVR, DECVDI; Cosmin Muresan, DVM, PhD; Alexandra Muresan, DVM, PhD; Sînziana Rădulescu, DVM, DACVECC, DECVECC; Mihai Măcinic, DVM.
  • 2022 - "Let's Breathe!", the 7th edition, had as main topic the brachycephalic patient. The congress was held online, on the VIN platform: 2 days of presentations by 7 lecturers, a resident, and an ECC-certified nurse. Other details: 200 participants; lecturers: Dan O'Neill, DVM, MSc(VetEpi), FRCVS; Lynda Rutheford, DVM, DECVS; Elizabeth Thomovsky, DVM, MS, DACVECC-SA; Andra Enache, DVM, DECVO; Attillio Rochi, DVM, DECVAA; Andrea Holmes, DVM, DECIM; Jennifer Herring, DVM, MS, DACVECC; Emily Gorman, RVN; Jonathan Powers DVM, DACVR.
  • 2023 - The 8th edition, entitled "Let's be CPReady", was held at the Caro Hotel, Bucharest. Details: 1 day of workshops, 2 days of congress, 1-day hike in Zărneștilor Gorges; lecturers - Emily Thomas, DACVECC, DECVECC; Tom Greensmith, DACVECC, DECVECC; Sînziana Rădulescu, DVM, DACVECC, DECVECC; Efrat Kelmer, DVM, DACVECC, DECVECC; Dr. Cosmin Opriș, MD; Andreea Cătălina Turcu, DVM, PhD; Andrei Baisan, DVM, PhD.

Scientific programme

Most presentations will be given in English, with simultaneous translation. Romanian lecturers will present in Romanian language, with simultaneous translation. The event is accredited by the Romanian College of Veterinarians with points for documentation or organization, according to the criteria of the Continuing Professional Development Program (SNEC).

- Registration + welcome coffee

- Opening ceremony

- Soren Boysen & Kris Gommeren - Abdominal POCUS

- Soren Boysen & Kris Gommeren - Case-based POCUS for rapid diagnosis of shock patients

- Coffee break (30 min)

- Soren Boysen & Kris Gommeren - Pleural and lung ultrasound

- Soren Boysen & Kris Gommeren - Case-based POCUS for rapid diagnosis of dyspneic patients

- Lunch break (60 min)

- Soren Boysen & Kris Gommeren - Basic cardiac ultrasonography

- Coffee break (30 min)

- Soren Boysen & Kris Gommeren - Case-based POCUS for fluid therapy

- Soren Boysen & Kris Gommeren - Case-based Questions from the audience


- Wake up coffee

- Rachel Hattersley - Wound management in emergency care

- Rachel Hattersley - POCUS found fluid. To cut or not to cut

- Coffee break (30 min)

- Sponsor talk (20 min)

- Cristian Cristea & Carla Buleanu - Resilience - Managing stress in Veterinary Medicine

- Lunch break (50 min)

- Raffle (20 min)

- Sebastian Daniel Trancă - Emergency medical system in Romania

- Cosmin Mureșan - Top 10 most common mistakes in small animal emergency care


All hours are Eastern European Time Zone (EET) = GMT +2
The workshops will be held in English, without simultaneous translation.

1. Workshop POCUS

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Veterinary Point-of-care Ultrasound for Everyday Practice

This workshop, developed and delivered by leaders in the field of veterinary point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS), will build on the interactive lectures which are a prerequisite to the lab. Through practical, hands-on training, participants will have the opportunity to learn and practice all of the common veterinary POCUS techniques currently used to assess the abdomen, pleural space, lung, and heart. Phantoms training models will also be used to demonstrate and practice ultrasound-guided vascular access. This lab will focus on techniques developed by the instructors, designed to increase veterinary POCUS diagnostic accuracy, and help facilitate easier application into everyday veterinary practice. These are all techniques that can be performed by any practitioner and should be used in everyday practice! We will also briefly review basic ultrasound machine function and probe manipulations.

Learning Objectives:
  • Perform point-of-care ultrasound scanning of the abdomen, pleural space, lung, heart, and vascular systems
  • Use ultrasound to guide IV catheters into phantom vessels using both in and out of plane techniques
  • Identify all key anatomic structures that are assessed during all veterinary POCUS exams.

2. Emergency Surgery

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Emergency surgery can be very rewarding but also very stressful. The clinician can be confronted with non-familiar procedures that need to be performed under pressure.

This wet lab in an opportunity to perform for the first time or perfect techniques when it comes to some of the emergency surgical procedures clinicians can be confronted with.

Rachel Hattersley will explain how and when to place a tracheostomy tube, how to deal with intestinal obstruction by performing an enterotomy or the dreaded enterectomy. We cannot ignore the urinary bladder emergencies; clinicians will have the occasion to perform a cystotomy and learn how and when to place cystotomy tubes.

Rachel is an amazing surgeon and teacher so don’t be afraid to ask for tips and tricks, she has a vast experience to share from.

3. Diagnostic cytology in emergency

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"Unleashing the power of clinical pathology in emergency and critical care cases" – Enter the realm of clinical pathology and uncover the utility of microscopic imagery alongside analyzer results in the diagnosis and interpretation of emergency cytology and hematology cases! In this session we will work through a variety of digital images as a group in an informal case-based format. We will cover key aspects of sample preparation, approach to microscopic image evaluation and diagnostic interpretation.

See you there!


Søren R. Boysen

Søren obtained his DVM from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) in Canada, completed an internship at the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) in Canada, and a Residency in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care at Tufts University in Massachusetts. He became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC) in 2003. Former chief of veterinary ECC at the University of Montreal (2003-2008) he helped establish veterinary ECC in the province of Quebec. In January 2009 Søren accepted a position at the University of Calgary to help with curriculum development for the newly formed college of Veterinary Medicine, where he is currently employed as a Full Professor in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care. A recipient of numerous teaching, research, and speaker excellence awards, he has become an internationally recognized educator. A founding member of the veterinary emergency and critical care ultrasound (VECCUS) working group he continues the promotion and education of veterinary ECC and point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) globally through his numerous contributions to research, book chapters, journal publications, and work with various ACVECC, ECVECC, VECCS, ECVECC, and VetCOT committees. Along with POCUS, his research interests include veterinary education/simulation, hemorrhage, coagulation, resuscitation, and perfusion.

Soren Boysen


Kris Gommeren

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. The service sees more than 3,500 emergency rooms every year, and offers an average of 8 intensive care patients the best care every day whilst trying to provide students with the necessary basic knowledge about this field. 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), founding member of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care UltraSound (VECCUS) interest group, 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.

Kris Gommeren


Catherine Wagg

Dr. Wagg graduated with a DVM from the Atlantic Veterinary College, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada in 1998. After several years in small animal practice, she entered a clinical pathology residency program at the Faculté de Médicine Vétérinaire, Université de Montréal in Quebec in 2004, and later became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. Dr. Wagg joined the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in January 2009. She is currently an Associate Professor (Teaching) and teaches within several courses of the DVM program including the 2nd year Clinical Pathology course, Clinical Skills and Clinical Presentations courses, and the 4th year Clinical Pathology rotation. Her research interests are currently focused on diagnostics in hematology and urology.

Catherine Wagg


Rachel Hattersley

Rachel graduated from the RVC in 2003 and spent several years in first opinion practice before undertaking a residency in small animal surgery at the University of Liverpool in the UK. Rachel became a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2012 and is currently a soft tissue consultant and Head of Theatre at Dick White Referrals. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys long-distance swimming and playing the drums.

Rachel Hattersley


Carla Alina Buleanu
Psychologist, ABA Therapist

As President of the Big Hearts Society Animal Protection Association, established in 2017, Carla is involved in actions related to the rescue and adoption of abandoned, abused, or sheltered animals subject to euthanasia. Additionally, for the past 5 years, the Big Hearts Society Association has been supporting and actively participating in the Romanian Prison Dogs Program, the first program of psychological assistance and animal-assisted therapy for incarcerated individuals in Romania.

Carla Alina Buleanu

Psychologist, ABA Therapist

Sebastian Daniel Trancă
MD, PhD, Conferențiar universitar, Universitatea de Medicină și Farmacie ”Iuliu Hațieganu” Cluj-Napoca

Professional experience:
Associate Professor, University of Medicine and Pharmacy ”Iuliu Hațieganu” Cluj-Napoca
Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care 2
Consultant Anesthesia and Intensive Care

Certified in Aerospace medicine
Certified in Hyperbaric medicine

Sebastian Daniel Trancă


Cristian Daniel Cristea
Cristian Daniel Cristea, DVM, Co-founder Pet Stuff

Cristi graduated the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Bucharest, in 2009, and the Master of Clinical and Pharmacy FMVB, in 2012. He is a founding member of AMVCB (Association of Veterinary Clinicians in Bucharest), as well as of RoVECCS (Romanian Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society). He is co-founder of the "Low Stress Handling medicine" Program, co-founder of the "Romanian Prison Dogs Program", volunteer in sterilization campaigns organized by Vier Pfoten and Dog Rescue as well as volunteer of the Utility Dogs Club - Search and Rescue Team. He is a member of the executive board of CMV Bucharest since 2019 and vice-president of CMV Bucharest since 2022. He has participated as a lecturer in numerous conferences and congresses: RoVECCS congresses, ARDIV conferences, FMVB conferences for students - Career Days in Veterinary Medicine, Pet Fest (Adoption Fair organized by ASPA in Bucharest), in the Pet ABC Program developed by ARPAC (Romanian Association of Pet Food Producers). He founded Pet Stuff in 2006, together with her colleague Ruxandra Tenia, the starting point being a Pet Shop in Crangași Square. In 2009 they opened their first veterinary practice in a new location, and by the end of 2018, they already had a staff of 8 employed veterinarians, 6 assistants and 5 auxiliary staff. In 2019, together with his colleague Alexandru Buzdea opened a 24/7 veterinary hospital in sector 6 with a team of 19 people. He is currently coordinating with his associates, Dr. Ruxandra Tenia and Dr. Alexandru Buzdea, the Pet Stuff Veterinary Hospital team, which consists of 53 doctors and 18 non-medical staff. He is a volunteer member, together with his dog Roa, of the Search and Rescue Team, as part of the Club of Utility Dogs. In his free time, he enjoys traveling with his son, wife, and their dogs, Roa and Narcios, but also cooking, playing basketball, skiing, and spending time with family and friends.

Cristian Daniel Cristea

Cristian Daniel Cristea, DVM, Co-founder Pet Stuff

Cosmin Mureşan

Dr. Cosmin Mureșan is a lecturer in the Department of Surgery, Anesthesia and Intensive Care at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, USAMV Cluj-Napoca. From 2004 to 2016, he worked as a veterinarian at the Emergency Department of the same faculty. He has participated in various internships at several universities, including the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna - Austria, University of Bari "Aldo Morro" - Italy, Royal Veterinary College - UK, National Veterinary School of Lyon - France, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Koret - Israel, Vet Suisse Bern - Switzerland, Vet Suisse Zurich - Switzerland, Ross University - St. Kitts and Nevis, Hohenheim Small Animal Clinic - Germany. He obtained the title of Doctor of Veterinary Medical Sciences after completing his Ph.D. thesis entitled " Hemodynamics in resuscitated cardiac arrest with neuroprotection through therapeutic hypothermia and memantine in swine". He has lectured at various conferences and workshops both in the country and abroad and has a substantial scientific activity. He is a founding member of the Romanian Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (RoVECCS).

Cosmin Mureşan


Registration fees

Congress fee - veterinarian

2 days

Congress fee - veterinary student

2 days

Congress fee - veterinarian Ukraine and Republic of Moldova

2 days

Workshop POCUS

Soren Boysen and Kris Gommeren
14 seats

Emergency Surgery Workshop

Rachel Hattersley
9 seats

Seminar Diagnostic cytology in emergency

Catherine Wagg
20 seats

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