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Meet your 2016-2017 Board
President: Rebecca Bishop
Class of 2017
I had my first taste of emergency medicine in the Tufts Hospital for Large Animals as part of the student technician team during my first year of vet school. Between the exhilarating fast pace of triage and the reward of watching patients recover from life-threatening illness, I was captivated. I’ve been president of our SVECCS chapter for the past year, and look forward to joining the NSVECCS board as President this year!
I graduated from UMass Amherst in 2013 with degrees in Chemistry and Philosophy, and am currently in my third year at Tufts University. When not studying or working in the hospital, I enjoy horseback riding, knitting, and spending time with my two cats. After graduation, I hope to complete an equine internship - my long-term goal is to become board-certified in both EEC and large animal surgery.
Vice 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.
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: Ally Chen
University of Calgary
Class of 2017
Growing up, I have always wanted to be a scientist. I often envisioned a life full of passion, challenges and discovery. My dog, Ruby, has been a driving force in my life and career since before I can remember. His energy and spirit propelled me to a career working with animals. Fast forward to now, I have finished my BSc in Zoology from the University of Calgary and I am in my 4th and last year of vet school at UCVM. I have been passionately involved in my school’s SVECCS since 1st year, on the chapter executive team as shadowing coordinator in my 2nd year, and as the president in my 3rd year. As the NSVECCS communications director this year, I hope to build a stronger communication channel with all the chapters.
What draws me to ECC is the variety, the challenging cases, the “organized” chaos, and above all, the human-animal bond. After graduation, I hope to complete a small animal rotating internship and to learn and discover more about ECC as well as radiology, surgery, and other services.
I am forever grateful to my dog, Ruby, as I might not be where I am now without him. Unfortunately, while I tried to tell him he had to live forever, his knack for selective hearing kicked in and he passed away at the ripe old age of 14. I am currently pet- less and I am attempting to fill that void by fattening my friends with my baked goods and by staying warm with lots of climbing, biking, swimming, and skiing
Webmaster: Brittani Sexton
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
Previous NSVECCS President:
St. Georges University
Class of 2017