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North American Veterinary Anesthesia Society
Board of Directors

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Kate Bailey, DVM, DACVAA

Director, ACVAA Representative

Kate Bailey is an anesthesiologist who became board certified in 2013. She completed a small animal rotating internship in private practice and her residency training at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine where she then stayed on as faculty until 2021. During her time as faculty, she pursued advanced training in veterinary medical education and received a post graduate certificate from the Royal Veterinary College in 2019. She has recently transitioned to a company called United Veterinary Care as the Vice President of Education and Quality. In her new role, she continues to provide veterinary medical education, and supports others who provide that education. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband, daughter, dog, cat, and fish. She enjoys knitting, reading, camping and hiking in her spare time. 

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

President Elect

Dr. Annatasha Bartel is a Board Certified Specialist in Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia, having completed her residency in 2015 at Cornell University. She has worked in a variety of practice settings, including small animal general practice, emergency medicine, academic referral practice, and her current position at a private small animal referral practice in Toronto. Her clinical interests include local & regional anesthesia, anesthesia of the critical patient, and the gastrointestinal effects of anesthesia. Growing areas of interest include Just Culture approaches in veterinary medicine and removing inherent bias to clinical practice. Aside from the NAVAS Board of Directors, Annatasha also serves on the ACVAA Exam Committee and is a Councillor for the College of Veterinarians of Ontario. During her sparse free time, Dr. Bartel enjoys adventuring abroad, baking, and SCUBA diving.

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Rachael E. Carpenter, DVM

Treasurer

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.

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Laura Champagne, BA, BS, CVT

Secretary

Laura Champagne is a credentialed veterinary technician (CVT-MA) at BluePearl Specialty & Emergency Hospital in Waltham, MA. She is the lead nurse in the Anesthesia & Surgery department, working alongside her anesthesiologist to deliver excellent care to patients, as well as provide training and support to fellow technicians for development of their anesthesia skill set. She graduated from Mount Ida College with a Bachelor of Science degree in veterinary technology in 2016. In addition to continuously learning about her discipline and her field, she spends her spare time investing in ways to bring veterinary medicine to high school-aged students. As a program chair for Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical High School in Lexington, MA, she helped create their Animal Science program that began in 2021. She is also the coordinator and part-time instructor for the Boston Leadership Institute Veterinary Medicine and Pet Medicine summer program tracks.

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

President

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. 

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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.

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Adrianna Sage, DVM, DACVAA

Director-at-Large

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. 

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Andrew Schultz

Director-at-Large

Andrew Schultz, Jr. is currently the Director of Business Development & Clinical Services for Midmark Animal Health and Project Director for Midmark Academy.  Midmark Academy delivers in-clinic dentistry and anesthesia training to more than 500 veterinary practices each year and its RACE approved courses amount to more than 100 hours of CE.  He currently also serves on the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry as a member of the Outreach Committee.  
 
He started his work at Midmark as Director of Monitoring & Critical Care following the 2008 acquisition of Sharn Veterinary, maker of the Cardell® Vital Signs Monitor.  He was President and CEO of Sharn Veterinary, which was recognized nationally as one of Inc. Magazine’s 500 Fastest Growing privately held companies, and was finalist for Small Business of the Year.  He holds a Masters degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing & Entrepreneurship, and began his career as a CPA with Arthur Andersen & Co.  
 
He lives in Tampa, FL with his wife of 20 years, Irma, three children, Sofia, Drew and Nicholas, two dogs, Nola and Atlas, and a new kitty named Luna.  He enjoys cooking, boating, and vacationing in Hilton Head Island, SC.

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Amanda M. Shelby, BS, RVT, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia)

Director, AVTAA Representative

My passion for anesthesia began at the University of Florida in 2006 following completion of my Bachelors of Science at Murray State University in Animal Health Technology/Pre-Vet. I acquired my veterinary technician specialty certification in anesthesia and analgesia in 2010. From there, I continued to develop as a Clinical Associate in Anesthesia at Louisiana State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Additionally, I served as an adjunctive professor at Baton Rouge Community College instructing Anesthesia for Veterinary Technicians. Returning to the home state of Indiana, I joined Jurox Animal Health, recently acquired by Zoetis, where I serve as the Think Anesthesia Content Coordinator. Additionally, I maintain my clinical competencies as a relief anesthesia technician at IndyVet Emergency and Specialty Hospital (NVA), Indianapolis, IN. My greatest accomplishments are my children, a supportive husband and publications including Small Animal Anesthesia Techniques (Wiley & Blackwell, 2014, 2022). My passions are personal and professional development and improving the anesthetic experience for the patient and technician through continued education. I have specific interest in pain management, anesthesia for critical patients, emergency and interventional cardiology procedures as well as changing the culture of the veterinary profession towards a sustainable career for all!

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Joy Tseng, DVM, DACVAA

Director, ACVAA Representative

Dr. Joy Tseng became a Board Certified Specialists in Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia after completing a residency program at Cornell University in 2018. After residency, Dr. Tseng worked as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesia and Analgesia at Iowa State University. She enjoyed teaching veterinary students and residents during this time.

 

Since 2020, Dr. Tseng has been applying her knowledge and skills in private practice in the Northeast. Her special interests in veterinary anesthesia include acute pain management, locoregional anesthesia, and delivering anesthesia education to various audience. Dr. Tseng previously served on American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia Committees and is currently the Co-Chair of the NAVAS Education Committee. 

Dr. Tseng grew up in tropical Taiwan but now enjoys the seasonal climate in the northeast US. In her free time, she can be spotted hiking the trails with her hound, drawing commissioned pet portraits, playing the piano, and listening to podcasts on building team culture.

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