ICCVM 2020
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 Coe DVM, PhD
Associate Professor
Ontario Veterinary College
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 in the Department of Population Medicine where he has established an active research program examining the human-animal bond as well as the role of interpersonal communications on the outcomes of veterinary care. In his current role at the College, he co-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.
In 2010, Jason was awarded the Nestlé Purina PetCare Canada Chair in Communications dedicated to improving the relationship between companion-animals and people through research and education. When not dedicating his time to these activities, Jason enjoys personal time with his wife, son and 2 daughters.