Symposium

One Respiratory Health
40th Veterinary Comparative Respiratory Society (VCRS) Symposium

VCRS 2022 will be held from October 2-5, 2022, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. 
Hybrid conference with the option of virtual attendance.

Symposium themes 

  • COVID in animals and animal models of COVID
  • Lung inflammation and lung injury
  • Interdisciplinary research and animal models
  • One rural lung health
  • Biomedical engineering advances for respiratory health


 

Key dates for VCRS 2022

Date Activity
May 1, 2022 Call for scientific abstracts 
June 1, 2022 Registration for VCRS 2022 opens
June 30, 2022 Deadline for submission of scientific abstracts
August 15, 2022 Final decision regarding scientific abstracts 
August 26, 2022 Deadline for submission of late-breaking scientific abstracts
September 1, 2022 Final decision regarding late-breaking scientific abstracts
October 2, 2022 Equine airway endoscopy and sample collection wet lab (Ryan/Dubé Equine Performance Centre, WCVM) 
October 3-5, 2022 VCRS 2022 (Holiday Inn Express and Suites, Saskatoon)

 

VCRS 2022 is sponsored by: 

VCRS six sponsors' logos

Registration

Registration for VCRS 2022 is now open! Please click on the green button below to register for the hybrid conference.

If you have trouble completing your VCRS 2022 registration, please contact the USask Event Registration Office: conference.events@usask.ca.

Program

Equine airway endoscopy and sample collection wet lab
Ryan/Dubé Equine Performance Centre, WCVM
Approved by the Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association (SVMA) for 5.0 CE credits 
Registration opening soon

9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Tracheal wash and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) Dr. Julia Montgomery, Associate Professor, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, WCVM, University of Saskatchewan
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch presentation: Aservo EquiHaler Dr. Doug Myers, Technical Services Veterinarian (Equine), Boehringer Ingelheim Canada
1:00-3:00 p.m. Upper airway endoscopy Dr. James Carmalt, Professor, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, WCVM, University of Saskatchewan

Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Canada 

aservo-inhaler

Opening sessions

Please note: all times are listed as Central Standard Time (CST)

8:30 a.m.-8:40 a.m. Welcome message  Dr. Gillian Muir, Dean, WCVM, University of Saskatchewan
8:50 a.m.-9:40 a.m. Keynote presentation Dr. Baljit Singh, Vice President Research, University of Saskatchewan
9:40 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Refreshment break

Theme 1 | COVID in animals and animal models of COVID. Sponsored by Zoetis.

10:00 a.m.-10:50 a.m. Presentation title TBA Dr. John Hardham, Director, Center for Transboundary and Emerging Diseases, Zoetis
11:00 a.m.-11:50 a.m. Presentation title TBA Dr. Darryl Falzarano, Research Scientist, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization, and Adjunct Professor, Department of Veterinary Microbiology, WCVM, University of Saskatchewan
11:50 a.m.-12:05 p.m. Presentation title TBA Dr. Karen Stasiak, Senior Manager, Veterinary Medical Affairs, Zoetis
12:05 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch


Theme 2 | Lung inflammation and lung injury

1:30 p.m.-2:20 p.m. Presentation title TBA Dr. Gurpreet Aulakh, Fedoruk Chair in Imaging Science, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, WCVM, University of Saskatchewan
2:30 p.m.-3:20 p.m. Presentation title TBA Dr. Mallar Bhattacharya, Associate Professor, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
3:20 p.m.-3:45 p.m. Refreshment break
3:45 p.m.-5:15 p.m. Scientific abstracts

Theme 3 | Interdisciplinary research and animal models

Please note: all times are listed as Central Standard Time (CST)

8:30 a.m.-9:20 a.m. Presentation title TBA Dr. Juan Ianowski, Associate Professor, and Dr. Julian Tam, Assistant Professor, USask College of Medicine
9:30 a.m.-10:20 a.m. Presentation title TBA Dr. Caroline Zeiss, Professor, Yale School of Medicine
Presentation sponsored by the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM)
10:20 a.m.-10:50 a.m. Refreshment break


Theme 4 | One rural lung health

10:50 a.m.-11:40 a.m. Presentation title TBA Dr. Shelley Kirychuk, Associate Professor, USask College of Medicine, and Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture
11:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m. VCRS grant recipient presentation Speaker TBA
12:20 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Sponsorship presentation
1:45 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Scientific abstracts
3:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Refreshment break
3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Scientific abstracts
6:00-9:00 p.m. VCRS banquet and awards

Theme 5 | Biomedical engineering advances for respiratory health

Please note: all times are listed as Central Standard Time (CST)

9:00 a.m.-9:50 a.m. Presentation title TBA Dr. Scott Echols, President, Scarlet Imaging
10:20 a.m.-11:10 a.m. Presentation title TBA
11:20 a.m.-12:10 p.m. Presentation title TBA Dr. Anderson Tyan, Assistant Professor, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

Thank you for attending VCRS 2022. Rendez-vous à Montréal en 2023! 

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Venue and accommodations

The venue for VCRS 2022 is the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, located across from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Sask. 

A block of rooms has also been reserved at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites. To make a reservation, please contact the hotel using the information below. 

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
1838 College Drive, Bldg# 2
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 2Z8
Phone: 306-954-1250 | Toll-free: 877-660-8550

Travel to Saskatoon

The city of Saskatoon has the John G. Diefenbaker International Airport with direct flights from Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. Click here to view the Saskatoon airport's website

Airlines flying to Saskatoon include Air Canada (Star alliance member) and WestJet (code share partners).

Please note: COVID-19 vaccination with a Health Canada-approved vaccine is required for all domestic flights in Canada and for entry into Canada.

Click here to view the list of Health Canada-approved COVID-19 vaccines.   

Requirements for international travellers

Click here to view the current Government of Canada travel and testing requirements (as of June 2022).  

At this time, fully vaccinated travellers as defined here do not need a negative COVID-19 test. However, we recommend you stay up to date with entry requirements as they may change at short notice. All travellers are required to create an ArriveCAN account or download the ArriveCAN app. Click here for more details about the ArriveCAN

Trade show

VCRS 2022 includes a trade show that will be held on Monday, Oct. 3, and Tuesday, Oct. 4, in the symposium's conference room at Holiday Inn Express & Suites (High Up Above A and B). Please note: the trade show is in person only. 

If your organization would like to participate as a trade show exhibitor, click here to view the application information.

Questions? Contact: 

Dr. Julia Montgomery, VCRS President
julia.montgomery@usask.ca

Call for abstracts

  • Abstract submission opens: May 1, 2022
  • Deadline for submitting abstracts: June 30, 2022
  • NEW! Deadline for late-breaking abstracts: August 26, 2022

The VCRS invites submissions of abstracts for inclusion in the scientific program of the 40th VCRS Symposium that will take place in Saskatoon, Sask., from October 2 to 5, 2022.

Abstracts received will be peer-reviewed by a sub-committee of the VCRS Board according to the following criteria:

  • subject category
  • scientific content
  • experimental design
  • adherence to abstract guidelines

Accepted abstracts will be selected for oral or poster presentation. Previously published abstracts will not be accepted. For those abstracts selected for oral presentation, duration of the presentation will be 12 minutes plus three minutes for questions.

Please use the abstract submission form. Please submit to julia.montgomery@usask.ca no later than June 30, 2022.


VCRS calls for late-breaking scientific abstracts
Updated Aug. 12, 2022

The Veterinary Comparative Respiratory Society (VCRS) is calling for late-breaking scientific abstracts, which will allow summer research projects to be included in the symposium.

All accepted late-breaking scientific abstracts will be selected for the poster presentation. Only in-person poster presentations will be allowed. 

The submission deadline for late-breaking scientific abstracts is August 26, 2022. The VCRS will annouce its decision on September 1, 2022. 

Please use the late-breaking scientific abstracts submission form below. Please submit to julia.montgomery@usask.ca no later than August 26, 2022. 

Click here for additional information about VCRS and to become a member. 

Click green buttons below to download abstract information and the abstract submission forms.

About VCRS

The Veterinary Comparative Respiratory Society (VCRS) is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to provide a forum for the discussion of the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the respiratory system, and the diagnosis and treatment of respiratory disease in all animals.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in comparative respiratory systems, including veterinarians, physicians, physiologists, pathologists, respiratory therapists, and other allied health professionals.

Contact

For more information, please contact: 

Dr. Julia Montgomery
President, VCRS
julia.montgomery@usask.ca