Meet your 2017-2018 Board
The new board is excited for this year! This year's board represents six different veterinary schools in the US. We look forward to continuing the NSVECCS legacy and hope to improve student involvement.
President: Daisy Spear
Class of 2018
Like others who are attracted to ECC, I'm drawn to the variety and uncertainty of emergency medicine. However, much more importantly, I feel a compelled to be there for pets and their people on possibly one of the worst days of their lives. I want to know that I can make a difference, ease their burden, even if it's only in a small way. This is really what gratifies me when I work in Emergency. I believe whole-heartedly in the power of the Human-Animal Bond and I want to work to preserve and support that throughout my career, wherever I am.
I'm a Smith College alum, now in Vet School at Tufts University and loving every minute I get to work in the ER! I can't wait to join such an incredible profession in 2018 and work with all of the wonderful vets I've met and studied with.
Vice President: Trusten Moore
Western University College of Veterinary Medicine
Class of 2020
"As Forest Gump said, “Life is like a box of chocolates; You never know what you’re gonna get.” The fast-paced, thrilling, and unexpected scenarios are what drove me to love emergency medicine and critical care. You truly never know ‘what you’re gonna get.’ Emergency clinicians must be well-rounded individuals and expect to face challenges every shift. Each patient is like solving a puzzle, but you must do it in a short amount of time. Another facet of this field of medicine that I enjoy is the interaction with the pet owners. It is during this time of need that I can be a shoulder to lean on, an ear to listen, and a catalyst in the journey of their beloved one’s treatment.
I graduated from Mississippi State University with a B.S. in Animal & Dairy Sciences. I am now currently in my second year at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine in Pomona, California. During my free time, I enjoy singing, playing piano, guitar and saxophone, and exploring the beautiful state of California. After graduation, I hope to specialize in critical care. I am an advocate for veterinary medicine and thrilled to be given this opportunity! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Welcome to SVECCS! "
Secretary: Erica Iturraran
Oklahoma State University
I love the fast pace challenge that ECC medicine has to offer. When I first arrived to veterinary school at St. George’s University, SVECCS, was the first club I joined. I love all the opportunities to gain hands on experiences and mentors within the ECC society and I encourage all to take part! As for myself I am now a student at Oklahoma State University, Class of 2019. I plan to continue my active role in SVECCS and spread the joy that comes with being involved J. On my free time I love doing anything outdoors and active, especially with my dog, Juno. Feel free to contact me anytime and hope you enjoy SVECCS as much as I do!
Education Director: Anastasia Lucignani
St. George's University
Class of 2019
ECC is a spontaneous and challenging field that reveals your true aptitude, self-confidence and efficiency and inspires you to think outside the limits. As people, and especially as doctors, I believe we should all strive to effectively share these qualities with each other to strive towards progress in everything that we do. As a SVECCS member, it is my objective to contribute to a positive, innovative and educational impact, to make interpersonal connections, share and encourage learning opportunities and to develop my knowledge and skills by working as a team.
My first taste of the adrenaline rush that emergency and critical care medicine brings was during my studies at the Florida State University. I graduated with my B.S. in Animal Sciences and continued to gain exciting experiences at the University of Florida. I am currently pursuing my interests at the SGU School of Vet. Med. and maintain an active role in both SVECCS and NSVECCS. Upon completion of my DVM, I plan to practice emergency and ambulatory medicine in mixed practices.
Communications Director: Ashley Hopkins
Class of 2020
Hello SVECCS members and fellow emergency medicine enthusiasts,
My name is Ashley Hopkins and I am a 2nd year veterinary student at Purdue University, College of Veterinary Medicine in West Lafayette, Indiana. I am thrilled to be a part of SVECCS and a member of the NSVECCS executive board. I feel in love with emergency medicine during my time as an undergraduate. I had the fortunate opportunity during the last two years of my undergraduate education to work at a local small-animal emergency and specialty referral practice. The experiences I had at the ER were transformative in shaping my outlook on veterinary medicine and has been influential in shaping my career aspirations. Although it was daunting at first, I came to love the fast-pace environment, the complexity of the cases, and the challenges we faced as a team each night. I appreciated the growth I experienced not only in my technical skills, but in my “soft” skills as well. As an aspiring veterinarian, I cherish the lessons I learned in working within a team and in speaking to clients concerning often delicate and sensitive topics. I have loved my time serving on the executive board of NSVECCS and look forward to all the great things we will accomplish together!
Webmaster: Brittani Sexton
Class of 2018
I've been interested in the fast pace that the Emergency and Critical Care field brings for a while now. Working in an emergency clinic for many years, you realize that anything could walk through the door, and you need to be on your toes. I have been the secretary of my school's SVECCS chapter for the past few semesters and look forward to transitioning to the Webmaster of the National SVECCS board.
I graduated from Hiram college with a BA in Neuroscience and am currently an RVT in the state of OH. My interests include neurology, zoological veterinary medicine and disaster relief medicine. My long term goals include: board certification in Neurology and Zoological veterinary medicine, as well as a specialization in disaster relief.
SVECCS National Board Advisor:
Dr. Gary L. Stamp, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVECC