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Lori B. Atkins, LVT, VTS (ECC)

I graduated from Northern Virginia Community College with an AAS in Veterinary Technology in 1995 and received certification as a Veterinary Technician Specialist (Emergency and Critical Care) in November 2000.   I worked at Alexandria Animal Hospital in Virginia for 15 years, serving as a veterinary assistant, Licensed Veterinary Technician, and the Veterinary Technician Training Coordinator.  In 2002, I accepted the position of Small Animal ICU and ER Services Coordinator at Texas A&M.  My special interests include envenomation, toxicology, trauma, and transfusion medicine.

John R. August, BVetMed, MS, MRCVS

John August is a native of Surrey, England.  He received his pre-veterinary education at Eastbourne College in Sussex, England.  In 1973, he graduated with honors from the Royal Veterinary College at the University of London, and became a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

Following an internship and residency in small animal internal medicine, he remained on the faculty at Auburn University as an Assistant Professor until 1982.  While at Auburn, he was awarded the Master of Science degree in 1977, and became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Specialty of Internal Medicine) in 1979.  He joined the faculty of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine as Associate Professor and Coordinator of Medical Services in 1982, and was appointed Professor of Companion Animal Medicine in 1986.

From 1986 until 1997, he was Professor and Head of the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Texas A&M University, and served as Deputy Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine.  He received the Texas A&M University Association of Former Students Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award in Administration in 1994.  He has also served as Interim Head of the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology.  His professional interests include feline internal medicine, distance education, lecturing internationally, and the effective use of educational technology in the classroom to promote learning.  Dr. August shared responsibility for the feline internal medicine service in the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital for 15 years.  He is the editor-in-chief of Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine, volumes 1 through 6, published by Saunders Elsevier.  Volume 6 was published in 2010.

On September 1, 2014, he was appointed Associate Dean of Faculties and Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Texas A&M University.

Jordan Baker

Jordan is a new technician here at Texas A&M. She recently graduated with her associates degree in Veterinary Technology from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in Denver, Colorado. She loves working with all large animals but cattle are her favorite!"

Timothy Bolton, DVM

Dr. Bolton received his B.S. from Baylor University College of Arts and Sciences in 2007, and completed his D.V.M at Texas A&M University in 2011.  He completed internships at North Carolina State University and Memphis Veterinary Specialists before beginning his residency at Texas A&M.

Tina Brunnet, AAS, LVT

Tina has worked as a veterinary assistant / technician over the last 18 years in a variety of practice settings – general, emergency, referral and University. She is currently the Co-supervisor of the anesthesia service at Texas A&M Veterinary Teaching Hospital and have worked exclusively in anesthesia for over 7 years. Tina graduated from Stautzenberger College in 2009 with my associates of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology and have been a RVT since 2010 in the state of Texas. She will be applying for the status of a Veterinary Technician Specialist in the field of Anesthesia in December of 2013, with all hopes to taking the exam in September 2014. Tina currently shares her home with 3 dogs and 2 cats.

Hollye Callis, BS, LVT, RT (MR)

Hollye Callis received her Associate degree in veterinary technology from Sul Ross State University in 2002 and became a registered veterinary technician the same year.  She then received a BS in animal science in 2004.  Upon graduation, she worked at the University of Missouri’s veterinary teaching hospital in radiology for 4 years where she instructed 4th year veterinary students in radiography, and performed CT, MRI, and nuclear medicine procedures.  She joined the Texas A&M veterinary radiology team in 2008 as a radiology technician.  In 2012, Hollye was accepted as one of two, first remote students ever to be a part of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center School of Health Professions diagnostic imaging program with an emphasis in MRI.  She graduated in 2013 with her BS and obtained her RT (MR) certification.  Her scholarly interests are CT and large animal imaging.

Cheryl A. Coartney LVT, CVT, VTS (ECC)

Cheryl is the Small Animal Clinic ICU Training Coordinator.  She received her Registered Veterinary Technician status from the State of California in 1993, and has since worked at many level’s of practice.  Her background includes general practice, ER practice, Referral Hospitals, and TAMU’s ER and ICU departments.  She received her Veterinary Technician Specialist (Emergency and Critical Care) in 2008, and her Colorado Certified Veterinary Technician status in 2010.  She truly enjoys training and teaching other technicians to become an integral part of the hospital environment.

Michelle Coleman, DVM

Dr.  Coleman graduated from veterinary school at the University of Georgia in 2007. After completing a 1 year internship at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, KY she began a residency in Equine Internal Medicine at Texas A&M University. She is currently working as a Lecturer in Equine Internal Medicine and working toward completion of a PhD in Epidemiology.

Caleb Coursey, EMT-P

Caleb has been technician in the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital for over 7 years.  Mr. Coursey has worked in the veterinary field for over 13 years in ICU / ECC, anesthesia, and cardiovascular surgery.   He is a Paramedic in the State of Texas, and is currently completing his degree to become a Registered Veterinary Technician.  He has spoken at local, state, and national level to veterinary and human professionals on a broad spectrum of topics.    He has received advanced training in both veterinary and human disaster medicine and management.

Thomas M. Craig, MS, DVM, PHD

Dr. Craig is currently professor in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine.  Dr. Craig has served as a military veterinarian in Denmark and Slovenia as well as mixed practice veterinarian in New Mexico, Colorado and New Zealand.  His research interest include epidemiology and control of internal parasites of grazing animals; epidemiology and diagnosis of vector borne protozoa infections, and evaluation of anthelmintics in laboratory and field conditions

Robin Dabareiner, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVS

Dr. Dabareiner received her DVM from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. Dr. Dabareiner is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in large animal surgery and is an avid team roper and very involved in rodeo and the local horse industry. She specializes in navicular disease and poor performance in rodeo horses but has an extended background in English performance horses.

Brandon Dominguez, BS, MS, DVM

My current position is in the Veterinary Large Animal Clinical Sciences Department providing services to the state’s prison system animals including dogs, horses, cattle, swine, and chickens. I am advisor to the Texas A&M Student Chapter of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians and the bovine teaching herd. I am a member of the Veterinary Emergency Team. My professional interests are in population health, infectious disease, emergency planning and response, continuity of operations, and food animal medicine.

Rachael Eckert, DVM

Dr. Eckert is currently the Equine Field Service Intern at Texas A&M University. She graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, Scotland. Originally from Michigan. Interested in Sport Horse Medicine and lameness.

Amanda L. Friedeck, BS, LVT

Amanda stared working for Texas A&M University Small Animal Clinic in 1995, as a student worker.  After working for many different services such as community practice, anesthesia, surgery and as the medicine services floater technician, Amanda decided that dermatology was the area she wanted to specialize in.  She became the medicine technician supervisor in June of 2011.  In 2007 she graduated with a Bachelors degree in Animal Science with a Business minor.  In 2008 she took on the responsibility of teaching the 3rd year veterinary students, during their clinical skills lab, in the art of dermatologic sample collection.  Amanda received her LVT in the summer of 2014.  Amanda has published many articles in national veterinary technician magazines and is in the process of having a book chapter published, as well as speaking to technicians across the state on dermatologic conditions and sample collection.  Amanda’s other interest are her new family, wildlife management and the outdoors.

Heidi Gaddis

Heidi was born in Honolulu Hawaii and developed an interest in equine when she was five and at the age of 10 her family had moved to California and purchased a horse ranch.  Growing up on the ranch her mother and Heidi had their own horse business in which they bought and sold horses.  While attending the University of Hawaii part time she also attended the Oklahoma Horseshoeing School and became a Certified Farrier.  While still in Hawaii after college she developed her own business called, “Horses by Heidi”, in which she trained, gave lessons and shoed horses.  To further her education she attended Colorado State University and received her Bachelors of Science in Equine Science.  Also, while attending CSU, she rode full time for the Equestrian Team and went to Nationals and placed 4th in the Nation in “Hunt Seat Equitation”.  Heidi volunteered at the CSU breeding lab collecting stallions with Dr. Squires to gain further knowledge of the equine industry.

Through her education and diversity in the equine industry, she has chosen to continue her passion by gaining further knowledge and experiences while developing a career as a Professional Veterinary Technician.  Since college she has been working in the veterinary industry and have been a career technician for over 15 years.  This also fueled her to want to apply at Texas A&M Large Animal Teaching Hospital and try to get back to what she loved doing; her dedication to teaching, educating and being part of a growing institution.

Phillippa Gibbons, B. Vet. Med, MS, DACVIM (LAIM)

Dr. Sprake is completing a residency here at Texas A&M in Large Animal Internal Medicine (Food Animal).  Dr. Sprake received a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Reading, UK in 2005 and completed her veterinary training in 2008 at Royal Veterinary College in the UK.

Sheila Gibler, LVT

Sheila has been working in the field of Veterinary Technology for 26 years and has been a Licensed Technician for 17 years.  She received her Bachelors in Psychology and Equine Science in 1988 and her Associates in Veterinary Technology in 1997. She has worked the majority of her time in Mixed Animal practices; she joined the staff at TAMU in 2008 where she was the Supervisor for the Anesthesia Service.  She moved from the Anesthesia service to Food Animal Medicine and Surgery in 2012 and to Large Animal Ultrasound in 2013.

Wendy Greathouse, BS

Ms. Greathouse graduated from Texas A&M University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology.  She has worked for Texas A&M Small Animal Hospital for 15 years in three different positions.  Wendy is currently the Orthopedics Service Technician.  Her interests are bandaging, orthopedic conditions and canine behavior.  Outside of work, she enjoys taking walks with her 3 four legged children and husband, Scott.

Alec Green

Alec is currently an Anesthesia Technician at Texas A&M Veterinarian Teaching Hospital. He has been with the teaching hospital for a little over a year. Alec has been working in this field for the past 11 years, primarily as a large animal technician. For 5 of those years he worked at two different surgery facilities (Hill Country Equine and Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery). After that he worked at a clinic that primarily worked with dairy cattle.

Romy Heilmann, DVM

Dr. Heilmann graduated in 2005 with her veterinary degree from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Leipzig, Germany. She subsequently spent some time in small animal general practice, and returned to academia in fall of 2005 in order to work on a postgraduate doctoral degree in veterinary medicine which she received from the Vetsuisse Faculty of Berne University, Switzerland in 2008. After completing an Internship at the Small Animal Veterinary Referral Center TÜZ in Switzerland, Dr. Heilmann started her combined Small Animal Internal Medicine Residency/PhD program at Texas A&M University in fall of 2008. Her PhD project involves the development of novel non-invasive diagnostic tests for chronic enteropathies in dogs. Dr. Heilmann’s main interests are small animal/comparative gastroenterology & hepatology, and interventional endoscopy & interventional radiology.

Sara Howard, DVM

Dr. Howard received a B.S. from Texas A&M University in 2005 and her D.V.M from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012.  She also completed a food animal internship in the Pathobiology and Population Medicine department at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine before beginning her residency at Texas A&M.

Scott Jacques, PhD

Dr. Jaques is the endocrinology section head at the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory. Dr. Jaques’ background is in reproductive endocrinology with emphasis in the pituitary hormones luteinizing hormone (LH), follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). His current focus is on primary hypothyroidism in the canine, specifically TSH, and how TSH may change forms in the primary hypothyroid patient or possibly the Cushing’s patient. A primary interest of the endocrine section is Cushing’s syndrome and the effects that disease has on thyroid function from the hypothalamus to the thyroid gland. Dr. Jaques is currently involved with projects centered around endocrinology of various species including Gulf pipe fish, red drum, pronghorn antelope and Texas desert bighorn. Past projects includea study of leatherback turtles and their reproductive endocrine relationship to successful nesting, and isolation and characterization of a recombinant canine TSH.

Elizabeth Kelley, LVT

I graduated from Tomball College, now Lone Star College Tomball, in 2000 with an Associates degree in Veterinary Technology and became a Registered Veterinary Technician. Almost immediately after graduation, I started working at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in the Community Practice service, which is now called the Primary Care service. After a year, I transferred to the Feline Internal Medicine service where I worked for the next 10 years.

I then took a 3 year sabbatical and when I returned to work, I started teaching part-time at Blinn College in the Veterinary Technology Program.

Thomas W. Koenig, LVT, VTS (Dentistry)

Tommy is a Registered Veterinary Technician and a 1982 graduate of Texas State Technical Institute.  He has 31 years of veterinary experience working for the Fayette County Veterinary Clinic in La Grange and at the Hiway 620 Animal Hospital and Dental Clinic in Austin. He joined Dr. Bert Dodd in the Austin clinic in 1988 where he received extensive veterinary dentistry training.  Currently works full-time with Dr. Dodd in the Small Animal Dental Service at the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University. Tommy is a charter member of the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians (AVDT) and has served on its Exam and Education Committees. He has also achieved specialty status for veterinary technicians in dentistry. He is also a past vice-president and secretary of the Texas Association of Registered Veterinary Technicians, and has served as secretary of the Capital Area Hospital Managers Association.

Tina Lilly

Tina graduated from Sul Ross in 2008 with an associate in Veterinary Technology and a Bachelor’s in Animal Science. Tina has been in the Texas A&M large animal ICU as a veterinary technician since 2008. Some of her responsibilities include caring for critical patients, assisting faculty with emergencies, and teaching veterinary students.

Lisa Lopshire, BBA, CVPM

Lisa Lopshire is an AAHA practice consultant with over 20 years of experience in the veterinary industry. She is a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager and has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Lisa worked at a 24 hour small animal practice for 13 years and became an AAHA practice consultant in 2007.

David Love, BA, DVM

David Love graduated with a BA in Biology from University of Louisville, transitioning to veterinary school at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. He graduated in May of 2014, and has been working as a veterinary intern instructor at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine Large Animal Hospital since graduation. He hopes to pursue a residency in wildlife/zoological medicine after the internship is up.

Paula Plummer, LVT, VTS (ECC)  (Chair – Small Animal Lab)

Paula has been at Texas A&M University since 2007, first working in the Small Animal ICU and then moving to the Feline Internal Medicine service in 2011.  She graduated from Murray State College in Tishomingo, OK and has been a registered veterinary technician since 2000.  In 2011 she received her veterinary technician specialty in emergency and critical care.  Paula has spent most of her career in academia working in the critical care unit or feline internal medicine teaching veterinary students tasks that will help them be a better patient advocates when they graduate.   Paula is also involved in teaching technicians in online programs and being a guest lecturer and lab instructor at local, regional and national continuing education symposiums.  When she is not working, Paula enjoys spending time with her husband and furry 4 legged family.

Jennifer Perkins, LVT

Jennifer attended the University of Maine graduating with a Bachelor of Science in zoology.  After graduation Jennifer worked as a zookeeper at a small animal preserve and at the Birmingham Zoo for a year.  Jennifer attended Medaille College in 2006, graduating with an associate’s degree in veterinary technology and received her licensure in the state of New York.  In 2008 she began working at a general small animal practice until October 2012 when she accepted a position at Texas A&M veterinary teaching hospital in the zoological medicine service.   Jennifer currently lives with her two ferrets and her dog, Buddy.

Abby Rafferty, LVT, CCRP

Abby graduated from McLennan Community College in 2008 with an Associates of Applied Science and her RVT title. Since then, she has worked in a private practice (Waco, Tx) and at Texas A&M University’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. She attended and completed the University of Tennessee’s Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner course in 2011 and spent the next few years in the rehabilitation department at A&M. She is currently working for Blinn College and teaching in their Veterinary Technology Program.

Juan Romano, DVM, PhD

Dr.  Romano is an Associate Professor of Theriogenology in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University. Dr. Romano received his DVM from the University of Uruguay in 1985, MS in Theriogenology from the University of Minnesota, Residency Certificate in Food Animal Theriogenology and PhD from Texas A&M University. Dr. Romano was a farmer and worked for 10 years in freelance activity mostly in ruminant reproduction. In 1986-1987 work in the Laboratoire pour le Côntrole des Reproducteurs (Paris-France) and in 1991 studied six months on in vitro production of cattle embryos at the National Livestock Breeding Center in Fukushima (Japan).

Sara Sammons, DVM

  • UC Davis B.S. 2005-Animal Science
  • UC Davis DVM 2010-Equine Track
  • Equine Internship 2010-2011 Littleton Equine Medical Center in Littleton, Colorado
  • UC Davis M.S. 2012-Comparative Pathology (thesis on Thoroughbred racehorse stress fractures of the humerus)
  • Colorado State University Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians 2012-Certified in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture
  • Current 2nd year resident in Equine Internal Medicine and Lameness-Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas
  • Career interests: Equine sports medicine, rehabilitation, and musculoskeletal ultrasonography

Mary Sanders, LVT

Mary began working as a vet assistant when her Dad opened his practice in 1973. She began at the TAMU VMTH Small Animal Clinic as a student worker caretaker in 1978 & advanced to veterinary assistant. While working at the Small Animal Clinic, she received her RVT in late 80’s. She has held varied vet tech positions within the SAC: Community Practice, Exotics/Wildlife, Neurology/Electro-diagnostics and SA ICU Supervisor.  In August 2001, Mary began working with Dr. George Lees as project coordinator for the Hereditary Nephropathy Research Program.  Additionally, she assists with the International Veterinary Renal Pathology Service, established in 2005 by Dr. Lees & colleagues.

She shares her personal time with son, Matt, 3 dogs (Chou, Max & Jake), 3 cats (Jade, Gracie, Rags), Blue & Gold Macaw (Georgie) & tropical fish.  Mary enjoys yard work, gardening, word puzzles & reading in any spare time left.

Elizabeth Scanlin, BS

Elizabeth received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and Agriculture from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX in 2000 and is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Agriculture Education from Iowa State University with emphasis on Adult Education.  Her other academic interests are in Agricultural Leadership, Organizational Leadership. Elizabeth spent a short time in the poultry processing industry before beginning work at Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.  She worked for 2.5 years in the Large Animal Medicine Section as a Research Technician assisting with data and sample collection for Johne’s Disease in beef cattle, stomach ulcer detection in horses, and the Beef Pep program that was a partnership between the Food Animal section, Texas ranchers, and Agriculture Extension Specialists to assist ranchers with running their ranches more efficiently to increase profit and quality of care for their cattle. Elizabeth then spent 10 years in the Small Animal Operating Room as a Veterinary Technician with a special interest in Neurosurgery, and in 2013 joined the Small Animal Neurology Service where she splits her technical time between clinical and research endeavors in Neurology.  When Elizabeth isn’t at work, she is busy spending time with her husband, two very energetic children and extended family, and volunteering for several local and national non-profit organizations.

Sarah Shaw, DVM

Dr. Sarah Shaw was raised just outside of Toronto, Ontario and grew up riding hunters, jumpers and event horses. She received her DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College in June 2010. Following graduation, Dr. Shaw worked for one year at a mixed large animal practice and then completed a one year rotating internship at the Equine Medical Center of Ocala. She is currently a 3rd year veterinary resident instructor at Texas A&M in large animal internal medicine.

Teresa Shisk-Saling LVT

Teresa has over 35 years of experience in veterinary medicine.  She was a member of the first graduating class of the veterinary technician program at Palo Alto College in San Antonio.  Teresa has worked in small animal/exotic practices in Austin, San Antonio and College Station.

For the last 25 years, Teresa has been giving a home to unwanted, injured and abandoned pet trade reptiles and pocket pets.  She and her husband Frank take care of over 70 different species of animals.  They travel around the state talking to different groups about proper pet care and responsible pet ownership.

Teresa is active in several animal related groups.  In addition to being Director of the Reptile Hospice & Sanctuary of Texas, she is a member of the Austin Herpetological Society, the Responsible Pet Owners Alliance, the Texas Association of Registered Veterinary Technicians and the Brazos Valley Kennel Club where she is the current Board Chair.

Amy Swinford, MS, DVM

Dr. Swinford holds a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Illinois  College of Veterinary Medicine and also obtained her Masters of Science degree there in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology. She became a board-certified microbiologist in the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists in 1997. Dr. Swinford has enjoyed a diversity of positions in her career as a veterinary microbiologist. She first worked as a diagnostic virologist at the University of Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center in Lincoln, NE. She subsequently worked on vaccine and antimicrobial compound research and development with two veterinary biopharmaceutical companies.  During this time, Dr. Swinford also served as a Public Health Officer in the United States Air Force Reserve.

In 2005, Dr. Swinford returned to diagnostic veterinary medicine by joining the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) as Section Head of the Diagnostic Bacteriology/Mycology Laboratory. In this capacity she serves as a diagnostician, works on collaborative research projects, and teaches as an adjunct Assistant Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine Department of Veterinary Pathobiology at Texas A&M University. She became the Microbiology Branch Chief at TVMDL in 2012, with supervision and oversight of the Bacteriology, Virology, Serology, and Molecular Diagnostics sections.

Katy Waddell, LVT, VTS (ECC, Anesthesia)

Ms. Waddell graduated from Texas State Technical Institute in Waco, TX and received her RVT from the state of Texas in 1977.  She has in academia, working with a technician training program in Kentucky.  She worked at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at Texas A&M University during in the 1980’s and left to pursue a career in private practice., then rejoined the VMTH to work with the  Anesthesia Service in   2002.  During her career she has worked with small animal, mixed animal, emergency and medical referral practices.  She enjoys the constant challenge of keeping abreast with the rapid changing world of veterinary medicine with an interest in analgesia, critical care, anesthesia, and cardiology.  She in currently owned by five cats and one dog.  Time away is spent being a food roadie for her son’s culinary competitions.

Stephanie Wertman, LVT

Stephanie has been working in the veterinary field for 26 years. I served in the US Army Veterinary Corps for 2 years, as an Animal Care Specialist. Later I received my Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology in 1997. I have had the opportunity to work at a variety of general mixed animal and /or referral equine practices. I began working at the TAMU Veterinary Teach Hospital in 2011 as a Large Animal ICU Technician, and have recently moved to Equine Internal Medicine. My outside interests include raising/showing Boer Goats, as well as riding reining and cutting horses when given the opportunity.

Dana Whitaker, A.A.S., LVT

Dana Whitaker attended Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology, graduating on December 5, 2005. On December 12, 2005 Dana began her career at Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine. The first position she held was as an Anesthesia Technician, working with small, large, and exotic animals. In 2007, Dana moved into the role of Surgery Technician for Small Animal Soft Tissue, where she still works today. Dana is a member of the Veterinary Wound Management Society, and really enjoys teaching others about wound management and bandaging techniques.  Dana has worked as part of the Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team (VET) since it began in 2010. She was deployed with the VET to the Bastrop County Complex Fire disaster in 2011, and most recently in April 2013 to the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion. Dana is passionate about educating pet parents, communities and private practices on how to prepare for disaster before it strikes. When not working in the hospital or out in the field with VET, she can be found spending time with her friends, pets and family.