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 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:


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 
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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 


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.

COVID-19 zoonosis: mitigating the risk to susceptible animals

Dr. John Hardham, Director, Center for Transboundary and Emerging Diseases, Zoetis
Sponsored by Zoetis
11:00 a.m.-11:50 a.m. Animal models of SARS-CoV-2 for vaccine development 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. Partnering with industry: journey highlights from research questions to publication 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. Imaging acute lung inflammation: lessons learnt 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. Macrophage-fibroblast interactions in lung injury Dr. Mallar Bhattacharya, Associate Professor, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
Sponsored by RRC
3:20 p.m.-3:45 p.m. Refreshment break
Scientific abstracts
3:45 p.m.-5:15 p.m. Effects of neutrophilic extracellular vesicles on airway smooth muscle proliferation in severe equine asthma Sophie Mainguy-Seers, Université de Montréal
4:00-4:15 p.m. Videofluoroscopic swallow study diagnosis of aerodigestive disorders in dogs Megan Grobman, Auburn University
4:15-4:30 p.m. A novel detection methods for canine sleep disordered breathing Iida Niinikoski, University of Helsinki
4:30-4:45 p.m.

Evaluation of thermophysiological characteristics of brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome utilizing the combination of a cold stimulus and infrared thermography

Tekla Lee-Fowler, Auburn University
4:45-5:00 p.m. Comparison of nasal swabs and handmade foams for the detection of equine herpesvirus by qPCR Mathilde Leclère, Université de Montréal
5:00-5:15 p.m. Applying novel multi-omic approaches to investigate the impact of training on airway immunity and molecular pathways underpinning airway inflammation Anna Eleonora Karagianni, University of Edinburgh

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. The current landscape of cystic fibrosis and contributions of experimental swine models to improved understanding of the disease Dr. Juan Ianowski, Professor, and Dr. Julian Tam, Assistant Professor, USask College of Medicine
9:30 a.m.-10:20 a.m. Timing of influenza coinfection profoundly alters SARS-CoV-2 phenotype in Syrian hamsters Dr. Caroline Zeiss, Professor, Yale School of Medicine
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. Occupational health: airborne emissions and health 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. Characterization of platelet lysate for nebulization in horses
VCRS grant recipient presentation

Dr. Kara Lascola, Associate Professor, Equine Internal Medicine, Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine 
12:20 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m.

One Health concept in the new European veterinary regulations

Balazs Albrecht
Sponsorship presentation: Boehringer Ingelheim
Scientific abstracts
1:45 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Effect of age on surfactant lipidomic parameters in healthy horses Undine Christmann, Lincoln Memorial University
2:00-2:15 p.m. Bronchial expression of matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP 9) in endobronchial biopsies (EBB) of horses with naturally occurring asthma Hanna Maaria Javela, University of Helsinki
2:15-2:30 p.m. Activating airway sensory neruons enhances the intensity and duration of nebulized hypertonic saline's treatment effect in swine airways Xiaojie Luan, University of Saskatchewan
2:30-2:45 p.m. Vitamin D metabolism and receptor expression are impacted by age in horses Londa Berghaus, University of Georgia
2:45-3:00 p.m. Characterization of age-dependent effects of influenza A virus and PRRSV infection on porcine macrophages Leonie Bettin, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO), University of Saskatchewan
3:00-3:30 p.m. Refreshment break
Scientific abstracts
3:30-3:45 p.m. Fatty acid fingerprints reflect disease severity in bronchoalveolar extracellular vesicles of asthmatic horses Nina Höglund, University of Helsinki
3:45-4:00 p.m. The relationship between airway neutrophilia and obesity in a population of clniically healthy horses Jenni Mönki, University of Helsinki
4:00-4:15 p.m. Evolution of respiratory signs in horses with mild to moderate asthma Florence Dupuis-Dowd, Université de Montréal
4:15-4:30 p.m. Influence of biomechanical stimulus on culture of 3D bioprinted respiratory models Amanda Zimmerling, University of Saskatchewan
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. Evaluating the respiratory system using new imaging and preservation

Dr. Scott Echols, President, Scarlet Imaging
Sponsored by the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM)

10:20 a.m.-11:10 a.m. Artificial intelligence fostering greater human interaction Dr. Cory Penn, Senior Veterinary Diagnostic Platform Lead, VETSCAN IMAGYST, Zoetis Global Diagnostics
Sponsored by Zoetis
11:20 a.m.-12:10 p.m. Reaching new depth: the development of a novel transbronchial biopsy tool Dr. Anderson Tyan, Assistant Professor, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

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



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

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 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 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.


For more information, please contact: 

Dr. Julia Montgomery
President, VCRS