ICCVM 2020
Bichara Sahely B.Sc. (Hons.), MB. BS., DM (UWI)
Basseterre, St. Kitts, West Indies
Dr Bichara Sahely was born in St. Kitts. He was the St Kitts and Nevis State Scholar in 1988. He obtained his BSc (Hons) in Biology from Dalhousie University in Canada in 1992 and he completed his MBBS in 1997 and his DM (Internal Medicine) in 2003 at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. Six months of his electives in 2002 were spent at the University of Toronto in Canada in rheumatology, cardiology and nephrology. He has returned home to serve his country as a Consultant Physician in Internal Medicine at the Joseph N. France General Hospital since 2003 to the present. He also has been in private practice since 2004.
His recent interests revolve around the social, economic and political determinants of health and disease and he is investigating on how best to update our biopsychosocial models of medical practice to be fully life-coherent with the protection of our social and planetary life support systems. The base of this exploration is the life-value onto-axiology framework of University Professor Emeritus John McMurtry which provides the most comprehensive and coherently inclusive framework for taking into account, all of the life-value determinants of healthy developments at all levels of life organization.
Suzanne M. Kurtz PhD
Professor Emerita
University of Calgary (Canada) and Washington State University (USA)
Suzanne Kurtz, PhD, is Professor Emerita of the University of Calgary (Canada) and Washington State University (USA). At Calgary, she served the Faculties of Education and Medicine (1976-2005) and directed the medical communication program. At Washington State, she became Nestle Purina Professor of Clinical Communication and founding director of the Clinical Communication Program, College of Veterinary Medicine (2006-2017). Focusing her career on improving communication in healthcare and education, communication curricula development and clinical skills evaluation, she has worked with medical, veterinary and education students; interns and residents; practicing physicians and veterinarians across the specialties; technicians, nurses and allied health professionals; patient groups; professional organizations, government agencies and industry partners; educators, researchers and administrators. Collaborating across diverse cultural and disciplinary lines, Dr. Kurtz continues to consult nationally and internationally. In addition to numerous articles and book chapters, her publications include Skills for Communicating in Veterinary Medicine (co-author C Adams; 2017), companion books Teaching and Learning Communication Skills in Medicine and Skills for Communicating with Patients (co-authors J Silverman and J Draper;1998 and 2005 [2nd editions], 3rd edition of Skills book, 2013), and Communication and Counseling in Healthcare (co-author VM Riccardi;1983).


Cindy Adams MSW, PhD
Professor, Veterinary Clinical & Diagnostic Sciences
University Of Calgary, Veterinary Medicine
MSW (Master’s of Social Work, University of Calgary); PhD (Veterinary Epidemiology, Ontario Veterinary College)
Dr. Adams is a Professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences at the University of Calgary, Veterinary Medicine. Her primary role includes directing the Clinical Communication Program across the first 3 years of the DVM program, and conducting research related to communication in small and large animal practice settings and research that has to do with veterinary education and human-animal interactions. She is called upon to assist schools (veterinary and animal health technology) across North America to design and deliver communication programs.
She consults nationally and internationally in veterinary medicine on all applications of communication in veterinary medicine. She is the founder and Chair of the International Conference on Communication in Veterinary Medicine, founder and Board member for the International Veterinary Communication Institute, Faculty member for the Institute for Healthcare Communication, New Haven Ct. Her most recent contribution to the profession is a handbook entitled: Skills for Communicating in Veterinary Medicine. This book was written for all members of the practice team as well as those responsible for training and coaching communication in a variety of settings.
Elpida Artemiou BSc, MSc, PhD, AFAMEE
Associate Professor of Clinical Communication
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Artemiou is an Associate Professor of Clinical Communication, and the Director of Research and Innovation in Veterinary Medical Education at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Artemiou has focused her career on clinical communication, simulation-based teaching and learning, and outcome assessments. Dr. Artemiou emphasizes active teaching and incorporating blended learning and experiential practice in the classroom. Dr. Artemiou has also developed and implemented outcome assessments to evaluate students’ communication competence and established the role of simulated clients as raters. Dr. Artemiou is passionate in exploring the advances of emerging technologies including the use of Apple technology, virtual and augmented reality, and artificial intelligence within veterinary and medical education. Her interests further encompass a variety of areas relevant to veterinary medical education including workplace learning and assessment, leadership development, diversity programs, human-animal interactions, the principles of relational coordination in academia and practice, and the One Health approach. Through her many roles at RUSVM, Dr. Artemiou encourages a culture of personal wellness and mindful, reflective daily practice with a focus on Mindful Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. Dr. Artemiou is equally passionate about human-animal interactions and improving quality of life for both animals and humans.
Jennifer Bradtke Psy.D., CGP
Director of the Counseling Center
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Jennifer Bradtke is a licensed clinical psychologist, board-certified group psychotherapist, and the Director of the Counseling Center at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. She serves as the Co-Chair of the International Committee of the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS) and is a member of AAVMA’s Veterinary Mental Health Practitioners Research Committee. Her expertise in program development has led her to develop and manage programs such as the Office of Health and Wellness for Northwestern University’s Qatar campus, the Department of Research at the Sleep and Behavior Medicine Institute, and the Partial Hospitalization Program at Insight Behavioral Health Centers in Chicago, Illinois. While she clinically identifies as a generalist, she has developed expertise in treating sleep and eating disorders, and multicultural populations. She has presented internationally at various conferences and written articles on the use of humor in psychotherapy, gratitude, mindfulness, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Dr. Bradtke is a long-time practitioner and teacher of mindful meditation and has special interest in positive psychology, multiculturalism, and integrative health which she brings to her work in veterinary medical education.

Jason B. Coe DVM, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph
Dr. Jason Coe is an Associate Professor at the Ontario Veterinary College. After graduating from the College in 2001, he returned from mixed-animal practice to complete a PhD in the area of veterinary communications in 2008. In the same year, Jason joined the Ontario Veterinary College as a faculty member in the Department of Population Medicine where he has established an active research program examining human-animal relationships as well as the role of interpersonal communications on the outcomes of veterinary care. In his current role at the College, he coordinates the clinical-communication curriculum across all 4 years of the veterinary program and is involved in teaching students about the relationships that exist between people and animals.
Over the past decade, Jason has established an international reputation for his leadership in veterinary communications, primary-care veterinary education and understanding the human-animal relationship. Jason has published over 75 peer-reviewed journal articles, contributed to several book chapters and is regularly invited to speak nationally and internationally at scientific and continuing-education conferences. As a result of his many achievements, Jason has been recognized by the Ontario Veterinary College Alumni Association as one of their Distinguished Young Alumnus. Outside of his professional activities, Jason relishes personal time with his wife, son and two daughters.
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