Royal Canin Breakfast Symposium



Join the Royal Canin Cardiology breakfast About Feline HCM

When: Friday September 2 from 8:00am to 9:00am
Where:  SECC Gothenburg, venue of the ECVIM-CA Congress Rooms R22 R23 R24 R25
Why: to have an informal discussion with a cardiologist including (in alphabetic order):

• Vassiliki Gouni (France)
• Jens Häggström (Sweden)
• Jo Dukes McEwan (UK)
• Brigite Pedro (Portugal)
• German Santamarina (Spain)
• Pascale Smets (Belgium)
• Gerhard Wess (Germany)

A free buffet breakfast will be provided. Seating will be on a first come, first served basis at tables of 9 people each (including the speaker).
Registration is limited to 56 people, register via the ECVIM-CA Congress registration module
Registration fee:  5 Euros


Vassiliki Gouni


DVM, PhD, Dipl. ECVIM-CA (Cardiology), EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Cardiology
Vassiliki is in charge of the cardiology unit at the Centre Hospitalier Vétérinaire Advetia, a private hospital based in Vélizy Villacoublais, near Paris (France). She works together with a clinical assistant and provides referral cardiology consultations.

Jens Häggström



DVM, PhD, DECVIM-CA (Cardiology)
Jens Häggström completed his basic veterinary training 1990. He earned his Doctorate degree in 1996 became an Associate Professor in Internal Medicine, in Uppsala the year 2000, 2003 Promoted Professor, 2012 Professor (Chair) in the same subject, and in 2014 Section Head for Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. Jens Häggström is a Diplomate of ECVIM-CA since 1998. He is author and co-author of a large number of original papers in internationally distributed peer-viewed Journals, Congress abstracts and Textbook chapters. Jens Häggström is Lead Investigator of the SVEP, QUEST and the EPIC trials, all investigating the effect of different drugs in Myxomatous Mitral Valve Disease in dogs. He a panelist for the 2009 and 2019 ACVIM Consensus statements concerning Myxomatous Mitral Valve Disease in dogs and for the 2020 ACVIM Consensus statement concerning Feline Cardiomyopathy.


Jo Dukes McEwan

BVMS(Hons) MVM PhD DVC DipECVIM-CA(Cardiology) FRCVS RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology and EBVS® European Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology
Jo is Professor of Veterinary Cardiology at the University of Liverpool Small Animal Teaching Hospital. Most of her time is within the clinics, providing a referral cardiology service, leading a team of 2 other lecturers and three residents following the ECVIM-CA Cardiology residency training programme.

Brigite Pedro

DVM, MSc, DipECVIM-CA(Cardiology), MRCVS
European Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology
Brigite graduated from the University of Porto in 2008. Shortly after graduation, she moved to the UK to do a general internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. In 2010, she started a cardiology internship at the Small Animal Teaching Hospital of the University of Liverpool. In 2012, Brigite began her residency at the same institution, where she then continued as a clinician teacher. In 2016, she started working at Willows Veterinary Center and Referral Service, one of the busiest interventional cardiology centers in the UK. In 2021, Brigite finally returned back to Portugal.
She is currently part of the cardiology team at Virtual Veterinary Specialists, but she is also working part time in two cardiology centers in Portugal.
Brigite completed her Master’s degree in Cardiovascular Pathophysiology in 2012. In 2016, she obtained the European Diploma in Veterinary Cardiology. She is currently finishing her PhD at the University of Porto, investigating the impact of rate control in dogs with atrial fibrillation.


German Santamarina


DVM, Dipl. ECVIM-CA (Cardiology)
Germán Santamarina graduated in 1989 at Santiago de Compostela University (USC), Spain.
He earned his Doctorate degree in 1993. He has completed training stays in the field of Cardiology and Internal Medicine at the faculties of Davis (USA), Bologna (Italy), Alfort (France) and Lyon (France). AVEPA Accredited in Internal Medicine and Cardiology. German is Professor in Internal Medicine at the Veterinary Faculty of Lugo (USC) and develops its clinical-care activity in the Internal Medicine Service of the Rof Codina University Veterinary Hospital


Pascale Smets


DVM, Dipl. ECVIM-CA (Cardiology)
Pascale Smets graduated in 2006 at Ghent University, Belgium. After successfully obtaining her PhD degree in veterinary internal medicine in 2011, she started an alternative residency program in cardiology at the ECVIM-ca, with clinical training at the University of Munich, Germany and Zurich, Switzerland. In 2015, she obtained the European Diploma in Veterinary Cardiology and returned to the Small Animal Teaching Hospital of Ghent University. In 2017 she became professor in veterinary cardiology and department head of the cardiology service, leading a team of cardiology clinicians, a resident and PhD students. She spends her time on providing referral cardiology consultations, teaching and research.



Gerhard Wess

Prof. DVM, Dr. med vet. Dr. Habil., Dipl. ACVIM (Cardiology), Dipl. ECVIM-CA (Cardiology and Internal Medicine), EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Cardiology
Gerhard Wess is the head of the cardiology department at the Clinic of Small Animal Medicine at the LMU University Munich, Germany. His residency program is recognized by both the ECVIM and ACVIM. His clinical and research interests include the diagnosis and medical management of cardiac disease and failure. He has a particular interest in cardiomyopathies in dogs and cats, including genetic research, basic research and clinical trials to evaluate new echocardiographic methods, biomarkers, Holter-ECGs among others as well prospective drug trials.