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2020 Canadian Symposium in

Veterinary Cannabinoid Medicine

Western Canada


February 9th, 2020


Our Speakers


The CAVCM is honoured to have North America's leading experts presenting at this event!


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Stephen Cital

RVT, SRA, RLAT, VCC, CVPP, VTS- LAM (Res. Anesthesia)


Stephen originally started college to become a registered human nurse but did not enjoy working with humans as patients. Instead Stephen became an RVT and then obtained certification as a Surgical Research Anesthetist through the Academy of Surgical Research followed by the designation of a Registered Laboratory Animal Technician through the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science soon after.

Most recently he became one of the first Veterinary Cannabis Counselor Specialists in the country while continuing to educate veterinary professionals on safe and effective use of cannabis in the clinical setting. 

Stephen is the Executive Director for the Academy of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians and Nurses, holding a VTS credential in Research Anesthesia.

His regular daytime position is at ElleVet Sciences as the Director of Education and Development, as well as a private consultant. 

He occupies his remaining time writing book chapters, and is an award winning international lecturer . He enjoys teaching and serves on advisory boards for local Vet Tech colleges, is on the Aratana Technician Council of Pain Experts, COO for the Veterinary Anesthesia Nerds and Veterinary Cannabis Academy Facebook and webpages. Stephen is currently the Chair-elect for the Committee of Veterinary Technician Specialties. He has served as the President for the Society of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians, Vice President for the California RVT Association and member at large for the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America. He was also a column coordinator for one of Natures journals and is the primary editor for a textbook on cannabis therapy being published by Springer Nature. 


Conny Mosley



Dr. Cornelia Mosley graduated in 1997 from the University of Leipzig in Germany. She completed her thesis in Munich and an anesthesia internship in Glasgow Scotland. She then completed an anesthesia and analgesia residency at the University of Washington and Florida where she developed her long-time interest in anesthesia and analgesia of non-domestic species.


Dr. Mosley has held faculty positions at North Carolina State University, Oregon State University and most recently the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph. She has a passion for teaching veterinary trainees and her experiences at several different institutions have given her a unique and broad perspective on teaching and learning. She has been formally recognized several times for her excellence in clinical teaching and utilizes these skills at the 404 VERH where she mentors DVM Interns and RVTs.


Dr. Mosley also has an interest in pain management (perioperative, postoperative as well as chronic pain). Dr. Mosley is certified in acupuncture from the Chi Institute in Florida, which applies Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles to veterinary medicine. Dr. Mosley also leads an Integrative Pain Management Service, which helps improve the quality of life of patients experiencing chronic pain.  It is in this area that she sees cannabinoid medicine having tremendous potential.  As a founding director and the Vice-President of the Canadain Association of Veterinary Cannabinoid Medicine, Dr. Mosely has been lecturing on this topic to veterinarians and veterinary technicians in both Canada and the US.


In her spare time, Dr. Mosley tries to keep up with her two busy daughters, her even busier husband, and her Large Munsterlander `Birko’, she may even get to relax and enjoy a book or two.


Ethan Russo

MD, Board-Certified Neurologist


Ethan Russo, MD, is a board-certified neurologist, psychopharmacology researcher, and Director of Research and Development of the International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute (ICCI) based in Prague, Czech Republic: 

ICCI is a “center of excellence” comprised of a consortium of international academic institutions and private companies dedicated to promotion of medical cannabis research and industrial hemp nutrition and husbandry.


Previously, he was Medical Director of PHYTECS (2015-2017), a biotechnology company researching and developing innovative approaches targeting the human endocannabinoid system (, and from 2003-2014, he served as Senior Medical Advisor, medical monitor and study physician to GW Pharmaceuticals, United Kingdom for numerous Phase I-III clinical trials of Sativex® for alleviation of cancer pain unresponsive to optimized opioid treatment and initial studies of Epidiolex® for intractable epilepsy (


He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania (Psychology), and the University of Massachusetts Medical School, before residencies in Pediatrics in Phoenix, Arizona and in Child and Adult Neurology at the University of Washington in Seattle. He was a clinical neurologist in Missoula, Montana for 20 years in a practice with a strong chronic pain component. In 1995, he pursued a 3-month sabbatical doing ethnobotanical research with the Machiguenga people in Parque Nacional del Manu, Peru. 


He has held faculty appointments in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Montana, in Medicine at the University of Washington, and as visiting professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Harvard University, and Johns Hopkins University. 


He is a Past-President of the International Cannabinoid Research Society and is former Chairman of the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines. He serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for the American Botanical Council. He is author of Handbook of Psychotropic Herbs, co-editor of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutic Potential, and author of The Last Sorcerer: Echoes of the Rainforest. He was founding editor of Journal of Cannabis Therapeutics, selections of which were published as books: Cannabis Therapeutics in HIV/AIDS, Women and Cannabis: Medicine, Science and Sociology, Cannabis: From Pariah to Prescription, and Handbook of Cannabis Therapeutics: From Bench to Bedside. He has also published numerous book chapters, and over fifty articles in neurology, pain management, cannabis, and ethnobotany. His research interests have included correlations of historical uses of cannabis to modern pharmacological mechanisms, phytopharmaceutical treatment of migraine and chronic pain, herbal synergy and phytocannabinoid/terpenoid, serotonergic and vanilloid interactions.


He has consulted or lectured on these topics in 39 US states and Canadian provinces and 39 countries.

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Katherine Kramer

DVM, CVA, CVTNP, DAVBP (Canine & Feline Practice)


Dr. Kramer’s scope of practice includes Veterinary Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. 

Dr. Katherine Kramer joined Vancouver Animal Wellness Hospital in March 2011 after nine years of practicing veterinary medicine in North Carolina. Animals have always been a part of her life, from her early childhood on a wildlife refuge in the Florida Keys, to working on a white rhino in South Africa while earning her degree at the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine.

Kathy became interested in alternative modalities early in her career, “every day I see the benefits of melding the amazing advancements of Western medicine with the wisdom of Eastern medicine.” She greatly enjoys being a veterinarian particularly when she is working on complex internal medicine cases, educating clients on preventative healthcare for their pets, gently approaching geriatric cases and integrating Veterinary Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture into her holistic approach. As an integrative veterinarian, incorporating cannabis in her practice has been a natural progression and has resulted in her becoming a vocal proponent for research and the use of cannabis as a therapeutic agent for companion animals.

Kathy is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Canine and Feline Practice) and a member of the College of Veterinarians of BC, the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, The American Association of Feline Practitioners, the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management.  She serves as the chair of True Leaf Medicine International Ltd.’s Veterinary Advisory Board, and as a director of the Canadian Association of Veterinary Cannabinoid Medicine. 

Kathy and her husband Alex share their home with Eddie, Vonnegut and Sal, three very handsome black and white cats.

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Louis-Philippe de Lorimier

DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)


After a B.Sc. degree from McGill University in 1991, Dr. de Lorimier obtained his DVM from the Université de Montréal in 1996. Following 4 years of small animal general practice in Montréal, he enrolled in a medical oncology training program at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 2000. Upon completion of his residency in 2003, he stayed on as a clinical assistant professor until 2007.


Dr. de Lorimier is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) in Oncology and joined the team of specialists at Hôpital Vétérinaire Rive-Sud in July 2007. He sits on several oncology-related committees and boards, is an oncology consultant on the Veterinary Information Network (, and collaborates with veterinary and comparative oncology networks.

Along with his core expertise in the management of veterinary cancer patients, Dr. de Lorimier's interest in cannabinoid-based therapies and his clinical research experience brings considerable expertise to evaluate the safety and efficacy of cannabinoids in pets. 

Author or co-author of forty scientific papers and 12 book chapters, his main interests include novel cancer therapeutics, comparative oncology, pain control, and palliative and supportive care aiming to improve his patients' quality of life.​


Sarah Silcox


Dr. Sarah Silcox is a founding director and President of the Canadian Association of Veterinary Cannabinoid Medicine, as well as a clinical practitioner, focused on integrative medicine and palliative and hospice care. 


Dr. Silcox graduated from the University of Guelph, Ontario Veterinary College in 1997. Following graduation, she worked at a busy, multi-doctor, small animal practice where she continued to upgrade her skills and fostered an interest in integrative therapies.


In 2001 she completed the Professional Course in Veterinary Homeopathy and soon after, left general practice and opened the first Integrative Medicine House Call Practice in the Durham Region. In 2004, she became certified in Veterinary Acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, and in 2010 completed her certification in Animal Chiropractic. 


Dr. Silcox has been working full-time in her House Call practice for the last 15 years but also spent 15 years working part-time as an emergency care veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of Durham Region.

An advocate for the veterinary use of cannabinoids, her interest in the potential benefits of medical cannabis for pets reaches back several years.  While she is excited about recent changes in legislation which will allow further studies in this area, she remains a powerful advocate for veterinarians' right to authorize cannabis use for their patients, and lectures extensively on the subject of cannabis in veterinary medicine.


When not working, Dr. Silcox shares her time with her husband, their cat, Marvin, and two dogs, Blackberry and Wallace.  She enjoys travel, working outdoors and starting home renovation projects.

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Presented by the

Canadian Association of Veterinary

Cannabinoid Medicine

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