Meet your 2017-2018 Board
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