March 21-24, 2024
Negril, Jamaica
18 CE Hours

Laura Cole

MA, VetMB, MVetMed, Cert VPS, PgCert VetEd, Cert AVP (ECC), DipECVECC, DipACVECC, MRCVS, FHEA

Laura graduated from Cambridge University in 2011 and worked in small animal practice prior to completing a rotating internship at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC). She finished her Emergency and Critical Care residency at the RVC in June 2019 and she gained the American Diploma in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care shortly after. She is currently a lecturer in Emergency and Critical Care at the Royal Veterinary College. She has a particular interest in the management of acute kidney injury, endocrinological emergencies and point of care ultrasound. She has lectured both in the UK and overseas on a variety of topics and is the president of the newly formed Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Ultrasound Interest Group.

Elisa Mazzaferro


Dr. Mazzaferro is the current Past-President of the Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society (VECCS) and past-president of the American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care (ACVECC). She is the recipient of the 2018 VECCS Zaslow Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Mazzaferro is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, completing an internship at the Veterinary Institute of Trauma, Emergency and Critical Care in Wisconsin. She then completed a residency in Emergency-Critical Care at Colorado State University, where she also earned her PhD. She was board certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care in 2002. Dr. Mazzaferro is internationally renowned and a leader in her field. She is a prolific publisher, having authored and edited four books as well as numerous chapters and manuscripts on a range of topics relating to Emergency and Critical Care Medicine. She lectures extensively nationally and internationally, having given presentations in more than 21 US states and 9 countries. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, gardening and anything related to pugs.

Rebecca L. Stepien

DVM, MS, DACVIM (Cardiology)

Rebecca Stepien is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed an internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York, NY and a cardiology residency at the Ohio State University. Dr. Stepien has taught at the Royal Veterinary College in the UK and Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and has been a Clinical Professor of Cardiology at the University of Wisconsin since 1994. She is a past president of the ACVIM Specialty of Cardiology and is active in clinical trials involving diagnosis and treatment of acquired heart disease. Dr. Stepien’s clinical and research interests include systemic hypertension, the interaction of cardiac and systemic disease, therapy of acquired heart disease and the natural history of mitral valve disease in whippets. She is a founding member and current co-chair of the Cardiac Education Group.

Lori Waddell


Dr. Waddell graduated from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and then completed an internship at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, MA. After her internship, she worked as an emergency clinician in private practice before completing a residency in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania’s Veterinary Hospital. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care and has worked at the University of Pennsylvania since her residency. Dr. Waddell is a Professor of Clinical Critical Care Medicine, and medical director of the Intensive Care Unit at the University of PA. Her current areas of interest include fluid therapy, acid-base disturbances, and coagulation in critically ill patients.