16-18th March 2018


Bucharest, Romania


5 international speakers


Get the chance to visit Bucharest and its incredible divers architecture: Art Deco (highest density in Europe), Art Nouveau, Brâncovian, Neo-Romanian as well as Communist (The Parliament - second biggest building in the world). Read more about it here:

As all Latin people (yes, we are Latin:), we like to eat well so you can find good places to eat international cuisine but also make sure you don’t miss our traditional Romanian food, some may be high caloric but then again good food is not always healthy :). You will have the chance to wash that guilty feeling away by burning those calories later, in the vibrant night life of Bucharest, or by joining us on a hike in the mountains. The Carpathian mountain crest goes up to 2500m you just need to bring some hiking gear and follow our FB group:

What was that other great thing you had planned for March 2018 again? :)


RoVECCS mission:
  • Gather all those who are passionate about or working in veterinary emergency and critical care, practitioners, students, nurses and practice managers.
  • Promote the study, development and practice of veterinary emergency and critical patient care in Romania and Eastern Europe.
RoVECCS organizational structure:
  • Adrian Iurcenco - President
  • Cosmin Mureșan – Vicepresident
  • Sînziana Rădulescu – Secretary
  • Ioana Cafriță, Cristian Cristea, Andrei Tutuneanu, Radu Boncea - Founding members.
RoVECCS, at a short glance:
  • 2015 – 1st congress at MNAC (National contemporary art museum) in the Parliament building. - 200 attendees & 4 speakers (Dan Chan – DACVECC, Aidan McAlinden DECVS, Louise Clark DECVAA, and Sérgio Guilherme – Diagnostic Imaging).
  • 2016 & 2017 – 2nd and 3rd editions increased the number of attendees up to 250+.
    - 4 workshops, great parties and wonderful social events.
    - some of the most famous lecturers, such as: Howard B. Seim III – DACVS, Dominic Barfield – DACVECC, Ambra Panti DECVAA, Tobias Grave DECVECC, Kris Gommeren DECVIM-CA, Ceriel Maas – DECVS.

Scientific programme

25 CPD points / congress day

- Precongress Registration

- Neuroprotection - an emerging therapeutic strategy in traumatic brain injury - Cosmin Mureșan

- Auto-/transfusions in trauma - Jocelyn Patterson

- Coffee break (30 min)

- US - life in the FAST lane - Jaqueline Nobles

- X-rays and CT’s in trauma - Jocelyn Patterson 

- Lunch (1h 30 min)

- The right way to deliver sad news to the clients - Cristian Cristea

- Blood gases made easy - clinical cases discussion - Sînziana Rădulescu

- Drinks break(40 min)

- The role of immune system in trauma patients - Jacqueline Nobles

- Dispnea – pattern recongnition - Adrian Iurcenco

- Registration

- Opening

- Coagulopathy of trauma - Laura Ilie

- Traumatic brain injury - Laura Ilie

- Coffee break (30 min)

- Keys to wound management - Aaron Jackson

- The traumatized thorax: what to know and how to do - Francesco Staffieri

- Sponsor talk (10 min) Royal Canin

- Lunch(1h 30 min)

- Airway management and oxygenation in emergency - Francesco Staffieri

- Non invasive ventilator support in small animals - Francesco Staffieri

- Drinks break (40 min)

- Updates on the use of dexmedetomidine: can we change some paradigms? - Francesco Staffieri

- Gala dinner & Party!

- Acute kidney injury - Laura Ilie

- Updates in fluid therapy - Laura Ilie

- Coffee break (30 min)

- Tips to survive sepsis - Laura Ilie

- Blunt abdominal trauma. Criteria for emergency exploratory laparotomy - Aaron Jackson

- Lunch(1h 30 min)

- Penetrating abdominal wall injuries - Aaron Jackson

- Body wall ruptures - Aaron Jackson

- Drinks break (40 min)

- TOMBOLA (20 min)

- Orthopedic trauma and care

- Closing talks


30 CPD points / workshop


MARCH 14 - "Mechanical ventilation"

- Physiology of mechanical ventilation
PEEP and lung recruitment
Modes of ventilation

- Lunch break 1 hour

- Monitoring of spirometry during ventilation
Helmet CPAP how to use it in practice.


MARCH 15 - "Emergency Surgery after trauma"

- Diaphragmatic hernia repair
Abdominal wall repair (hernias)

- Lunch break 1 hour

- Splenectomy
Liver Lobectomy

3. Dry labs


- “Electrolytes and blood gases-why bother?”
part I

- Lunch break 1 hour

- “Electrolytes and blood gases-why bother?”
part II


- “The bleeding patient -now what?”
part I

- Lunch break 1 hour

- “The bleeding patient -now what?”
part II


Laura Ilie
Dr med vet, MS, DACVECC
Diplomate of American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, since September 2016
Veterinary Specialty Center, Buffalo Grove, IL

Our very first Romanian ECC diplomate, Laura started with shelter medicine in Romania (serving where the need was the most needed) just after graduation while continuing her academic career, following a Masters program at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest.

Later she made a difficult but so daring personal decision - to relocate to the USA and to start from scratch. She worked as a veterinary technician under board certified criticalists for another 8 years before taking her ECFVG Certification, then for another year as an intern and an emergency veterinarian.

She had learned from her patients and from her diverse cultural experiences that the limits are only imaginary boundaries and that she can break those strong walls that our mind sometimes sets for us. She had done that before so many times, so why not go further and conquer the crest of the specialty she loved since she was back in Bucharest saving distressed animals, ECC medicine. She took that crest and now we are having her as a lecturer at our Congress. You are a real inspiration to us all. Thank you Laura!

Laura Ilie

Dr. med vet, MS, DACVECC

Francesco Staffieri
Associate Professor of Veterinary Anesthesia, University of Bari “Aldo Moro”. Department of Emergency and Organ Transplantation, Section of Veterinary Clinics and Animal Production, Valenzano, Bari, Italy

 Dr. Stafieri graduated in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Bari, Italy in 2002. In 2005 he discussed his PhD thesis about biotechnology applied to organ transplantation and integrated cellular therapies in oncology. From 2005 to 2009 he completed a residency program in veterinary anesthesia at the University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA. Since 2005 he is associate professor of veterinary anesthesia at the University of Bari, Italy. He is dedicated full time to the clinical and experimental research. His main fields of research are: experimental animal models of ALI/ARDS, pulmonary atelectasis and its treatment during anesthesia in small and large animals, non invasive ventilation in small animal patients, pain and its treatment in small and large animals, locoregional analgesia.

Up to September 2017 he has had 51 original articles published on peer reviewed international veterinary and human medicine journals, several book chapters in national (Italian) and international textbooks and authored a textbook about locoregional anesthetic techniques in small animals (Italian). He is the coordinator of the PhD program in “Tissue and Organ transplantations and cellular therapies” of the University of Bari. He serves as academic editor of PlosOne journal and as peer reviewer of several veterinary journals.

Francesco Staffieri

Associate Professor of Veterinary Anesthesia

Jocelyn Patterson
Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Specialist at Blue Pearl hospital, USA.

On The Job, known as “Jakie,” Dr. Patterson came to BluePearl after working in private practice in New York. She enjoys the challenge of treating complicated cases as well as acute or severe complications of chronic illnesses. She is most interested in sepsis, trauma and transfusion medicine but enjoys treating pets with all types of emergent illness.

Dr Patterson is a Diplomate, a member of the American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care. She had her residency training in Emergency & Critical Care at the Animal Specialty Center, Yonkers NY after completing an internship in Small Animal Medicine & Surgery at The Animal Medical Center, New York NY. She graduated at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA and also has a Bachelor of Arts degree at the New York University.

Off Duty, Dr. Patterson enjoys travel, hiking, surfing, triathlons, and time with her friends and family.

Jocelyn Patterson


Aaron Jackson
DVM, ACVS Diplomate, board-certified small animal Veterinary Surgeon at MedVet Chicago

Dr. Jackson is a ACVS Diplomate, a board-certified small animal Veterinary Surgeon at MedVet Chicago where he also serves as the Medical Director and Surgery Department Head. He has been part of the surgical team since 2010. Dr. Jackson attended the University of Illinois where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree, as well as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1998. Following his graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Jackson completed a year long internship in small animal medicine and surgery and a three-year residency in small animal surgery at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Since becoming a board-certified Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2006, Dr. Jackson has become a leader and well-known figure in the Chicago veterinary community. He is the author and co-author of several bodies of written work published in a variety of veterinary publications, including Slatter’s Textbook of Small Animal Surgery. He is an active advocate of continued education for veterinary professionals and has lectured on small animal surgery both nationally and internationally.

Although Dr. Jackson maintains an interest in all aspects of small animal surgery, he has particular interest in airway surgery and advanced orthopedic procedures. When not treating patients, Dr. Jackson enjoys spending time with his three children, reading, and volunteering at his children’s school.

Aaron Jackson

DVM, Diplomate ACVS

Dr. Jacqueline Nobles
Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Specialist at the COVE hospital, Suffolk, USA

Dr. Jacqueline Nobles obtained her DVM from Auburn University, completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship and an emergency and critical care internship, then completed her residency at Blue Pearl in Florida and become a Diplomate of American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2015. 

Dr. Nobles has started and expanded two large Blue Pearl specialty hospitals in Oklahoma and Florida. Later she joined the COVE hospital and continues to grow their emergency and critical care service as well as the entire hospital. Her professionalism, kindness, extensive veterinary knowledge and skills set and steadfast dedication to patient and client care is a welcomed addition to our list of great lecturers. 

Jacqueline Nobles


Cristian Cristea
Dr med vet, Co-founder of PetStuff, Bucharest

Cristian graduated the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest in 2009 and completed his Masters degree in Clinical sciences and Pharmacy at the same faculty in 2012. In 2006 he co-founded together with Dr. Ruxandra Tenia the Pet Stuff Veterinary Clinic. He is also the co-founder of the Association of Clinical Veterinarians in Bucharest (AMVCB) and of the Romanian Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (RoVECCS). Ever since starting his veterinary career he has been involved in a number of charity and awareness programs: Gentle handling and training program, Animals ABC (program dedicated to kids between 6 and 14 years old, with the role of educating children about pets needs), Jilava dogs and inmates rehabilitation program (a partnership with Jilava Penitentiary).

In his spare time he enjoys traveling, riding horses, playing basketball, skiing and spending time with his family and friends.

Cristian Cristea

Dr. med vet
Co-founder of Pet Stuff

Adrian Iurcenco
Dr med vet, MRCVS
Clinical director, criticalist, surgeon and owner at SpeedVet, Bucharest

After graduating the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest he spent one year working for different private clinics. In 2007 he followed a rotational internship at the Veterinary Faculty in Utrecht and later that year he started the SpeedVet veterinary emergency service in Bucharest. SpeedVet is now one of the best provider of veterinary ECC services in the country. Since then he followed several ESAVS (European School for Advanced Veterinary Studies) courses and in 2014 co-founded RoVECCS (Romanian Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society) together with several friends interested in ECC, society that he also presides to this day.

Adrian also worked a part time job for The Veterinary Referral Center in Godstone, London as an ECC veterinary surgeon and recently started a CPD company - SpeedVet Academy.

Adrian Iurcenco

Dr med vet, MRCVS
Owner at SpeedVet & SpeedVet Academy

Cosmin Mureșan
Dr med vet, PhD, MVSc

From 2016 until present he is Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Surgery, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UASVM of Cluj-Napoca. Between 2004 and 2016 he worked as a veterinarian at the Emergency Hospital of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca. He attended externships in several universities in Europe (University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna - Austria, Royal Veterinary College, London - United Kingdom, National Veterinary School of Lyon - France, University of Bern - Switzerland, Small Animal Clinic Hohenheim - Germany). He obtained the title of Doctor of Veterinary Medical Science (PhD) with the thesis entitled "Hemodynamics in resuscitated cardiac arrest with neuroprotection through therapeutic hypothermia and memantine in swine". Also participated as a lecturer at various conferences and workshops in Romania and abroad and has a consistent scientific activity.

Cosmin is Vice-president and founding member of the Romanian Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society as well as Secretary of the European Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society.

Cosmin Mureșan

Dr med vet, PhD, MVSc

Sinziana Radulescu
Intern at Royal Veterinary College, London

Sînziana graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest in 2011 and in the same year she co-founded Hemopet non-profit organization, the first blood bank in Romania. Sînziana worked in busy emergency first opinion practices before establishing a small animal practice in support of the blood bank, while also co-founding RoVECCS (the Romanian Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society). She then moved to the UK to pursue postgraduate studies and gained her Certificate in Emergency Medicine and Surgery while working for 2 years as an emergency veterinary surgeon in an exceptional 24h hospital in Bristol, UK.

Sînziana is now pursuing another post-graduate diploma and she is actively involved in clinical research whilst being an intern at the Royal Veterinary College in London, UK.

Sînziana Radulescu

Dr. med vet, GPCert (EM&S), MRCVS,
Intern at Royal Veterinary College

Registration Fees

Be a smart bird, register online until 1st of March to get the reduced fee.

Congress Fee

equivalent of 220€
Full congress(Friday, Saturday and Sunday)

Congress Fee

equivalent of 100€
Precongress day(Friday)

Congress Fee

equivalent of 180€
Congress (Saturday and Sunday)


equivalent of 250€

SURGERY Workshop Fee

equivalent of 250€

If you pay online (by card) payments will be made using RON (Romanian curency - Lei).
Payment can be made by bank transfer.
For bank transfers in RON, please use the Romanian bank account: IBAN: RO88BREL0002001389570100, SWIFT code: BRELROBU, Romanian Emergency and Critical Care Society.
Adress: Cobadin 4A, Bucharest, Romania
Bank adress: Bd. Decebal 9, Bucharest 030963, Romania
Please mention in the “information” area the chosen semniar and the delegate name (especially if payed trough a company), when you make the payment.
For more info please contact or +40736700000 Adrian Iurcenco

On-line registrations are now closed,
you can still register at the congress reception with cash only payment.

The Gala dinner and...the Party!

17 March at 20:00
Be there!

As usuall on Saturdays evenings we organise the RoVECCS party, which we are already famous for. This year we are also planning to organise a Gala dinner before the party, just to make sure we’ll get the calories needed to dance all night.

Please register for the party at the registration desk.


Don’t miss the chance to part of an exciting adventure. Hiking on the pearl of the Carpathian chain - Piatra Craiului and having a mountain chalet all by ourselves is a unique experience that bounds colleagues with incredible lifelong memories.
Please follow our Facebook group for more info, or email us at
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Elisabet’s Theatre, Regina Elisabeta, Nr. 45, Bucharest, Romania.


For more details, please contact us here:
+40736 700 000
Adrian Iurcenco

Swift code: BRELROBU
Roveccs cui 34187931
Societatea Romana de urgente si Terapie Intensiva Veterinara
Cobadin 4A, Bucuresti

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