Featured Speakers

Søren Boysen, DVM, DACVECC

Dr. Søren Boysen obtained 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 of at the University of Calgary. A member of several EVECC, ACVECC and VetCOT committees, he continues to actively promote the global advancement of veterinary ECC. Extensively published and a recipient of numerous teaching and research excellence awards, he has become an internationally recognized speaker. He and his colleagues from Tufts developed and introduced the profession to FAST exams, 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 and workshops for non-specialist practitioners. Along with point of care ultrasound, his research interests include hemorrhage and resuscitation, coagulation, and perfusion.

Andrew Linklater, DVM, DACVECC

Dr. Linklater grew up in Canada, he moved to the US to complete advanced training and became a diplomat of ACVECC in 2009. He oversees the emergency and critical care department at Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists. He has authored dozens of publications, including being a senior editor of two textbooks and has lectured at dozens of major national and international conferences. In his free time he enjoys travelling, running and doing anything outdoors with his dog.

Josh Vaisman CCFP, MAPPCP

Josh believes all veterinary professionals deserve to feel fulfilled by their work every day. Through his company, Flourish Veterinary Consulting, he combines more than 20 years of veterinary experience, a masters in Applied Positive Psychology & Coaching Psychology, and education in Positive Leadership and Positive Organizational Scholarship to help them achieve that.

Lenore Bacek, DVM, MS, DACVECC

Lenore Bacek received her DVM from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007, followed by a one-year rotating small animal internship at Louisiana State University. She completed both a residency in small animal emergency and critical care and a master’s degree at Auburn University in 2011.

After spending nearly a decade on faculty at Auburn, Dr. Bacek took a new role in 2019 as the Clinical Programs Manager for BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospitals. She is incredibly passionate about teaching and leads the emERge program, BluePearl’s innovative emergency training and mentorship program as well as other initiatives specific for emergency veterinarians.

Dr. Bacek has been an invited speaker at numerous international, national and regional conferences and has published numerous scientific articles and book chapters. She currently serves as the Vice President of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.

Serge Chalhoub, DVM, DIPL. ACVIM (SAIM)

Serge Chalhoub graduated from Bishop’s with a BSc. (Honours) in Biology in 1999. He then enrolled in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program at the Faculté de médecine vétérinaire (FMV) of the Université de Montréal and completed the 5-year program in 2004. Serge followed this with a one-year rotating small animal clinical internship at the same institution.

After working for two years as a general practitioner and emergency veterinarian in Montreal, Serge pursued a residency in small animal internal medicine at the Animal Medical Center (AMC) in New York City. Once his residency completed in 2009 he stayed on at the AMC as their first renal/hemodialysis fellow and then as a staff doctor.

Dr. Chalhoub has been a faculty member at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) since 2012 and currently holds the rank of tenured senior instructor. He was the recipient of the 2013 Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s Teacher of the Year Award, the 2015 University of Calgary Team Teacher of the Year Award, and the 2017 Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teacher Award (considered the most prestigious teaching award for a veterinary faculty member in North America). Serge is the coordinator of a community outreach-service learning program (UCVM-CUPS Pet Health Clinic) for disadvantaged Calgarians. He has authored and co-authored numerous scientific articles and book chapters on veterinary point of care ultrasound, renal and urinary medicine, and lectures around the world on these topics. He is a member of the National Issues Committee (NIC) of the CVMA.