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.


Rachael E. Carpenter, DVM


Dr. Carpenter graduated from The University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. After that, she completed a one year hospital internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, KY followed by an anesthesia residency at Michigan State University. She has worked as an emergency clinician and anesthesiologist in a variety of academic and private practice settings. Dr. Carpenter has been an anesthesia consultant for the Veterinary Information Network since 2004, and is currently a member of Vets at VIN. Since 2014, she has also worked part-time as a clinical instructor in anesthesiology at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, VA.


Christine Egger, DVM, MVSc, CVMA, CVH, DACVAA


Dr. Egger received her DVM (with distinction) from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990 and worked in small animal clinical practice for 3 years before returning to WCVM to complete a residency and Masters’ program in veterinary anesthesia and analgesia. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia in 1998 and obtained certification in veterinary acupuncture in 2004 and Chinese herbal medicine in 2006.  Following her residency Chris worked as an assistant professor at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine (1996-97), a tenured associate professor at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine (1997-2003), and a tenured professor at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine (2003-2019). Her research interests included development of sustained release opioid formulations, acupuncture analgesia, education theory, and the anesthetic sparing effects of various drugs. Chris served on the ACVAA Examination Committee for many years and served as ACVAA President from 2018-2019.  In 2019 Chris retired from the University of Tennessee and returned to Canada.  She is currently living in Saskatoon with her husband and two lively pups and is working as a clinical anesthesiologist at WCVM where is continues to train veterinary students, interns and residents. Her outside interests include traveling, dog training, crocheting, and reading. 


Brynn Hogan, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia)

Director, AVTAA Representative

Brynn Hogan is a credentialed Veterinary Technician (CVT-WI, RVT-CA) and VTS in Anesthesia & Analgesia.  She started her career working in biomedical research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Research Specialist, where she also earned her AALAS LAT certification. In 2008, she began working at the UW Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital and received her VTS in Anesthesia & Analgesia in 2014.   She is currently the Technician Instructional Design Program Manager for VCA Animal Hospitals in the department of Knowledge & Learning.  Brynn previously served as the President of the Wisconsin Veterinary Technician Association and is currently a Member at Large for the AVTAA.

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.


Lydia Love, DVM, DACVAA

Director, ACVAA Representative

Dr. Love has worked in a variety of professional settings in her 19 years as a veterinarian, from high volume spay/neuter clinics to academic referral centers. Board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia in 2010, she is currently a clinical assistant professor of veterinary anesthesia and analgesia at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Most of her time is spent on the clinic floor, teaching and performing anesthesia on a variety of species. Her research interests focus on patient safety and the response to error. She is also a consultant for the Anesthesia & Analgesia Folder on the Veterinary Information Network, an online veterinary community with more than 60,000 members. Lydia spends her spare time running, reading, and knitting.

Khursheed Mama, DVM, DACVAA


Dr. Mama 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.

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Adrianna Sage, DVM, DACVAA


Dr. Adrianna Sage obtained her DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in 2008. After completing a small animal rotating internship at VCA Southpaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center in Fairfax, VA, she returned to Ontario where she worked as a small animal general practitioner and emergency veterinarian for 7 years. During that time, she developed an interest in anesthesia and pain management and focused on advancing her knowledge and skills in those areas. In 2019 Dr. Sage completed a residency in Anesthesia and Pain Management along with a Master of Science degree at the University of Illinois. She became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia that same year and worked as a locum anesthesiologist prior to joining the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in August 2020. Dr. Sage’s interests include enhancing recovery quality and outcomes, partial and total intravenous anesthesia, thermoregulation, and locoregional anesthetic techniques, as well as the improvement of anesthesia and pain management in general practice. 


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.