ESVC Abstract Presenters Bio

Omri Belachsen

Omri graduated from the university of Kosice, Slovakia in 2011. Shortly after graduation he moved to the UK to take up a position in a first opinion practice, where he worked for two years. He then spent one year doing a rotational internship at Willows Referral Centre before joining Southern Counties Veterinary Specialists as a Cardiology intern in 2016. During this time, he completed an advanced veterinary practice certificate at Liverpool University. In March 2017, he began a cardiology residency, also at Southern Counties Veterinary Specialists

Jessica Ward

Dr. Jessica Ward is a native of Idaho Falls, Idaho, though much of her training took place in the state of North Carolina. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Duke University and her DVM from NC State University. After a 1-year small animal rotating internship at the Ohio State University, she returned to NC State for her residency in Cardiology. Dr. Ward is currently an Assistant Professor of Cardiology at Iowa State University. Her research interests include point-of-care ultrasound, the cardiovascular effects of steroids, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Serena Crosara

Serena Crosara is currently faculty in small animal cardiology at the Department of Veterinary Science of Parma University. She received her D.M.V. degree from the University of Torino in 2003. In 2011 she obtained her PhD degree in Veterinary Clinical Science with a thesis about Systolic function and cardiac remodeling in dogs with mitral valve disease. She pursued the residency program in small animal cardiology at the Kansas State University (KS, USA) and at the University of Torino (TO, Italy). She is ECVIM-CA (cardiology) diplomate since 2012. She has published several journal articles and book chapters and she has lectured nationally and internationally. She is currently the vice-president of the Italian Society of Veterinary Cardiology (SICARV) and the secretary of the European Society of Veterinary cardiology (ESVC). She is member of the Examination Committee of the Speciality of Cardiology of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Companion Animals. Serena lives and works with her dog Akela.

Giulio Menciotti

Giulio Menciotti obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Padua University in 2012, defending a thesis about the use of Tissue Doppler in dogs affected by myxomatous valvular disease and pulmonary hypertension. He then received a PhD from the Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. His main research area is canine myxomatous valvular disease, with a special focus on investigating valvular morphology using non-invasive imaging (three-dimensional echocardiography). He is author of several scientific papers in international peer-reviewed journals and scientific abstracts at international conferences. He won several awards for his papers and presentations, among which the Young Investigator Award Original Study from the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology in 2017 and the second prize for Young Investigator Research Communication of the ECVIM-CA congress in 2016. He is currently a second-year small animal internal medicine (Cardiology) resident at the Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.

Agnieszka Ksiazek

DMV Ksiazek has graduated veterinary medicine from the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn Poland followed by a completion of her doctorate at the Institute for Regenerative Medicine in Zurich, Switzerland on the topic;cutting edge disease modelling in veterinary and human medicine, in vitro cardiac implants manufacture and latest stem cell tissue engineering innovations. She was widely exposed to international environment within several in vivo preclinical European projects collaborations on the topics of heart valve tissue engineering. She compleated multiple clinical externships including those in the United States of America, Switzerland, Poland or the Republic of South Africa. DVM Ksiazek completed her rotational internship at Queen Mother Hospital for Animals of Royal Veterinary College in the United Kingdom and since the beginning of 2018 she has started a residency programme in Small Animals Cardiology at the cardiology department of University of Zurich veterinary faculty under the supervision of Prof DVM Anton Glaus. Privately she is a semi-professional basketball player of a Swiss National basketball league, a lover of snowboard and painting, a wife and for the past 2 months also a fresh mum.

Marta Claretti

She graduated in July 2012 from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Bologna. Since 2013 she has been practicing a multidisciplinary theoretical-practical training period, followed by a one-year Cardiology Internship at the Gran Sasso Veterinary Clinic, led by Dr. Claudio Bussadori MD DVM Dipl. ECVIM-CA (Cardiology). From July 2014 to June 2015 she worked at the Roma Sud Veterinary Clinic dealing with cardiology and abdominal ultrasound. Since July 2015 she has been working at the Gran Sasso Veterinary Clinic as a cardiologist, working alongside Dr. Bussadori in his clinical activity, scientific research and interventional cardiac surgery. She is the author of articles in national and international journals. She is a speaker at national and international congresses, she is a speaker and instructor at the cardiology didactic itineraries and the cardiology competence certification organized by SCIVAC, as well as at different level cardiology courses that are regularly carried out at the Gran Sasso Veterinary Clinic and has held a one-week first-class cardiology course as the only speaker at an international level in China. She has attended numerous congresses of cardiology, abdominal ultrasound and internal medicine. In February 2017 she started a Cardiology Residency Program at the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ECVIM-CA), under the supervision of Dr. Claudio Bussadori. Since 2014 member of the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology (ESVC) and member of SICARV. SCIVAC member since 2010

Darcy Adin

Dr. Darcy Adin graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996 and completed a cardiology residency at UC Davis in 1999. She has been board-certified in cardiology since 2000. Dr. Adin has held positions in private specialty practice and academia and is currently a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine. Her research centers around optimization of heart failure treatment and understanding diuretics and the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system.

Geoff Culshaw

Geoff graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 1994. After 11 years in general practice, he joined the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 2005, obtaining the RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Cardiology (2008) and RCVS specialist status (2011). He is currently Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Cardiopulmonary Medicine, and a Clinical Research Associate of The Roslin Institute. Geoff's interests include cardiovascular-renal interactions in health and disease, accessory pathways in cats and dogs, and the molecular basis to canine MMVD. In 2018, he completed a PhD at the Queens Medical Research Institute, investigating endothelin-1 in renal salt handling in early Type 1 diabetes mellitus. This has led to post-doctoral research on localising and targeting inappropriate renal sodium transport to restore circadian regulation of blood pressure in Type 1 diabetes.

Ilaria Spalla

Graduated in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Milan in 2010. PhD in Veterinary Clinical Sciences awarded in 2014 at the University of Milan. ACVIM residency at the Royal Veterinary College (London) 2015-2018, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology) awarded July 2018. Master?in Veterinary Medicine (MVetMed) awarded by the University of London June 2018.

Ingrid van Hoek

Ingrid van Hoek is a DVM with a PhD. She graduated cum laude as DVM in 2004 from Ghent University in the research and industry specialisation program, and finished a PhD in2008. In 2009 she joined the R&D of Royal Canin in France as Discover Program Manager, and is currently Discover Program & Regulatory Science Manager.

Valentina Patata

Valentina Patata graduated in Veterinary Medicine with honours in 2013 from the University of Perugia. In 2016, in the same University, she completed her Ph.D. in Cardiology, focusing her studies on several echocardiographic indices in dogs and cats. In 2016 performed an internship in Cardiology at the Istituto Veterinario di Novara and in 2017 began the residency program ECVIM-CA in Cardiology. She is author and co-author of publications in national and international journals and instructor in cardiology courses.

Sofia Hanås

Sofia Hans graduated from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden 1990. She has since then been in small animal clinical practice. She has worked both in animal hospitals and animals clinics, and is since 2008 a Swedish specialist in small animal internal medicine, 2017 she completed her Swedish specialization in cardiology. Sofia now works at the Evidensia Specialist Animal Hospital in Strömsholm, Sweden, with both cardiology and internal medicine. She is also a postgraduate student (PhD student) at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

Francesca Busato

Born in Negrar (Italy) on March 1990, she graduated in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Padova in 2014 (Summa cum Laude), with thesis: Congenital Pseudomyotonia in Romagnola Cattle: Investigation of the genetic defect causing the pathology; partecipation in the Erasmus programme at the Complutense University of Madrid (2012-2013). Rotating Internship 2014-2015 at the San Marco Veterinary Clinic; since 2015 she has been working at the San Marco Veterinary Clinic. In 2018 she started a Internal Medicine Residency Training Program.

Luca Ferasin
ESVC-O-14, presented by Eoin Klikenny

Eoin graduated in 2014 from the University of Budapest (Hungary) and worked in a busy mixed practice in Ireland for one year. He then decided to focus entirely on small animal medicine and took up positions at first opinion hospitals in Bradford and Peterborough. In 2017 Eoin enrolled in a cardiology certificate and also completed a rotating internship at Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists. After completing a cardiology internship at Lumbry Park, Eoin became an ECVIM cardiology resident in January 2019. Outside of work Eoin enjoys running, cooking and playing music. He has a very lazy rescue dog called Scratch.

Léna Giraud

I obtained my veterinary degree from Ecole Nationale Veterinaire de Toulouse, France, in 2015. After that, I pursued with a 12-months rotating internship, and then completed one year of specialized internship in Small Animal Internal Medicine in the same university. Then, I worked in private practices in France as a first opinion vet and in England as a specialized intern in Small Animal Internal Medicine for another year. I started a residency in Small Animal internal Medicine in Li?ge University in October 2018.

Christophe Bourguignon

Dr. Bourguignon graduated from the National Veterinary School of Lyon/VetAgro Sup (France) in 2014 after a combined program with the National Veterinary School of Nantes/ONIRIS (France) and University of Sao Paolo/UNESP Jaboticabal (Brazil). He passed his DVM thesis entitled "Anatomy and hemodynamics of the heart of Crocodilians". Then, he completed a small animal rotating internship at the National Veterinary School of Alfort (Paris, France). In 2015, he performed in Bordeaux (France) a research fellowship in human cardiac electrophysiology and interventional procedures as well as a part-time internship in veterinary cardiology in private practice. In 2016-2017, he completed a one-year Emergency and Critical Care specialty internship at North Carolina State University where he studied congestive heart failure in Addisonian dogs. In July 2017, he started a 4-year program combining a Cardiology residency and a research fellowship in clinical electrophysiology. His main interest is interventional Cardiology with an emphasis in management of arrhythmias using radiofrequency ablation

Vicki Greet

Vicki graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2014. She then gained a place on the competitive PDSA graduate programme, remaining with the PDSA for an additional year as a full-time veterinary surgeon. In 2016, she was appointed as an intern at the Royal Veterinary College on their rotating small animal programme and completed her postgraduate diploma in veterinary clinical practice. She then moved to Southern Counties Veterinary Specialists to undertake a cardiology-specific internship in 2017 and started her ECVIM residency in cardiology in 2018.

Manuela Perego
ESVC-O-18, presented by Maria Mateos Panero

Manuela Perego
ESVC-O-19, presented by Sergio Lombardo

Arianna Costa

Arianna Costa graduated in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Padua (Italy) in 2012. In 2015 she completed a rotating internship at the Veterinary Institute of Novara (Italy) and then she completed a specialistic internship in cardiology. From 2016 she has been working at the San Marco Veterinary Clinic in Padova (Italy). Her clinical interest is diagnostic imaging.

Alessandra Franchini

I've received my DVM degree in 2016 from University of Parma (PR, Italy). After my degree I have completed two periods of voluntary externship in 2016 at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine (VA, USA) and in 2017 at Clinica Veterinaria Malpensa (MI, Italy). Since January 2018 a PhD student in Biomedical and Veterinary Science at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine (VA, USA) under the supervision of Dr. Borgarelli. The research projects that I'm developing during my PhD are focusing on myxomatous mitral valve disease in dogs and on three-dimensional echocardiography in dogs affected by this disease with the purpose of describing the natural history, prognostic factors and predisposing factor for this disease. 

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