North American Veterinary Anesthesia Society

Board of Directors


Tasha Bartel, BScH, BVM&S, MRCVS, DACVAA

Director, ACVAA Representative

Dr. Annatasha Bartel graduated with distinction from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in 2008. She then worked in small animal general practice and emergency medicine for three years prior to pursuing a rotating small animal internship at the Mississauga-Oakville Veterinary Emergency Hospital. In 2015, Dr. Bartel completed a residency in anesthesia and analgesia at Cornell University in 2015. Dr. Bartel successfully sat the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia certification exams and was awarded diplomate status in 2016. Prior to her position at TVEH, Dr. Bartel was a clinical instructor in anesthesia at the University of California, Davis. Her specific interests include locoregional anesthesia, anesthesia of the critical patient, and the gastrointestinal effects of anesthesia. During her free time, Dr. Bartel enjoys adventuring abroad, baking, and volunteers as a mentor for high school students interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine.

Nancy Brock, DVM, DACVAA


Originally from Montreal, Nancy graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in 1982. She completed a residency in anesthesia and critical care at the University of California, Davis in 1988. In 1995, she completed the specialty certification process and was awarded the status of Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia. The cornerstone of Dr Brock’s referral practice is anesthesia safety. She helps clinicians and their nursing staff deliver safe, effective anesthesia and pain control for their surgical patients through the use of telephone consultations, telemedicine support and hands-on teaching.

Kris Kruse-Elliott, DVM, PhD, DACVAA


Dr. Kruse received her DVM from Oregon State University in 1984 and followed that with a year in mixed animal private practice in Seattle, WA.  She completed her residency in anesthesia at North Carolina State University (board certified in 1989 by ACVAA) and stayed to complete a PhD in pulmonary physiology.  From 1992 - 2006 she served on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin where she served as Section Head for Anesthesia and ran a nationally funded research lab.  Since 2006 she has been in the San Francisco Bay area, first as the Medical Director of AnimalScan and most recently as the anesthesiologist for Sage Veterinary Centers where she is working to develop and expand the anesthesia service and training programs across multiple Sage practices.   In addition to her clinical and training duties with Sage she continues to train veterinary and veterinary technician students in anesthesia and analgesia and serves as a consultant in both research and clinical anesthesia for various entities.

Khursheed Mama, DVM, DACVAA


Khursheed came to the United States to pursue her undergraduate and veterinary education after completing high school in India. She received her DVM in 1989 from Washington State University and went on to do a large animal rotating internship in Guelph. This along with her experiences during her senior year in veterinary school confirmed a passion of anesthesia. She pursued an anesthesia and critical care residency at the University of California-Davis and following its completion in 1993, chose to stay and work at UC Davis for 3 years before moving to Colorado State University where she has been a faculty member since 1996. She enjoys managing a diverse variety of species while also teaching PVM and graduate students and has pursued research interests directed at improving patient care and safety. She feels fortunate that as part of her job she has had the opportunity to advance anesthesia and pain management through continuing education for veterinarians in many different venues both nationally and internationally.

Jody Nugent-Deal, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia)

Director, AVTAA Representative

Jody Nugent-Deal is a Registered Veterinary Technician and Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Anesthesia/Analgesia and Clinical Practice – Exotic Companion Animal. Jody has worked for the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital since 1999, working in the Companion Exotics Department for 10 years and currently the Small Animal Anesthesia Department where she is the supervisor.


Ms. Nugent-Deal is a founding member of the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice and is the executive secretary for the group as well as the appeals committee chair. Jody is an active member with the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia having served on the nominations, credentials and appeals committees. Jody is currently a Member At Large for the AVTAA and appeals committee chair. She also serves on the board for the California RVT Association (CaRVTA) and the North American Veterinary Anesthesia Society (NAVAS).

Jody was previously an adjunct professor for the Yuba Community College Veterinary Technician Program and is an adjunct professor for the Penn Foster Veterinary Technician Program where she teaches anesthesia and exotic animal medicine.

Ms. Nugent-Deal has lectured throughout North America since 2000 on anesthesia and various exotic animal topics. Jody has published numerous articles and book chapters for both canine/feline and exotic animal medicine and anesthesia topics. Jody is an instructor for both VSPN and VetMedTeam and she has a special interest in anesthesia, analgesia, pain management and critical care in exotics and dogs and cats.

In Jody’s spare time, she loves to read, visit the ocean, run, road and mountain bike.


William Tranquilli, DMV

Director, ACVAA Representative

William J. Tranquilli, DVM, MS, DACVA, is a professor of veterinary clinical medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, co-author of Pain Management for the Small Animal Practitioner and co-editor of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia: The Fifth Edition of Lumb and Jones 5th Edition.


Director, ACVAA Representative

Dr. Ann Weil is a Clinical Professor of Veterinary Anesthesiology at Purdue University, where she has been a faculty member since 2001. She is a 1988 graduate of The Ohio State University (DVM and worked in private practice for 4 years before taking a position at Washington State University in anesthesia from 1992-2001. She recently finished a term on the Board of Directors of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia, serving as Chair for the last two years. She loves teaching students about anesthesia and looks forward to many more years in this great profession.

Ashley Wiese, DVM, MS, DACVAA


Dr. Ashley Wiese is the Regional Medical Director at MedVet Cincinnati, MedVet Dayton, and MedVet Lexington, as well as a board-certified Veterinary Anesthesiologist. She attended The Ohio State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree, a Master of Science degree, and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Following her graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Wiese completed a yearlong internship in small animal medicine and surgery at MedVet Columbus and her anesthesia residency at the University of California, Davis, Veterinary Medical Teaching
Hospital. She also completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Anesthesia Research Laboratory with the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of California, San Diego. She is an active advocate of continued education for veterinary professionals and has lectured locally and nationally on various small animal anesthesia and analgesia topics including anesthesia, anesthetic monitoring, mechanical ventilation and pain management. She has co-hosted national conferences including the Veterinary Pain Short Course and the Veterinary Midwest Anesthesia and Analgesia


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