The new board is excited for this year! This year's board represents 5 different veterinary schools in the US. We look forward to continuing the NSVECCS legacy and hope to improve student involvement.
Herdest Bethel-Lebel- Our NSVECCS President
President: Herdest Bethel-Lebel
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.” Lyndon B. Johnson. Hello all fellow SVECCS members. I am your webmaster and I am here to serve you. I am a 3rd year Student at Ross University SVM, on the beautiful island of St.Kitts&Nevis. I have been an active member in our RUSVM chapter since a 1st year student, serving at any capacity. I enjoy Emergency and Critical Care medicine because of the challenge and the instantly fulfilling reward of helping our fur kids and their beloved owners. I've been fortunate enough to work in the ICU for a Specialty hospital and in a after hours emergency center all throughout my undergraduate career. I've learned a lot and I am committed to be a life long learner and a voice for our fur children and their owners.I am happy to be a part of the board and will strive to advance the involvement of like minded students.
Vice President/President Elect - Matt Crawford-Jennings
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Hi everyone! My name is Matt C-J and I am excited to be the VP of NSVECCS! I am also currently the President of the VMCVM Chapter! I'm happily married to my husband, Styles and we enjoy our life together in suburban Southwest Virginia.I really enjoy critical care, anesthesia, and clinical pathology. I plan to be a boarded criticalist and work on small animals and small mammals. One day in the future I would like to own my own Emergency and Specialty referral service. I have 3 cats and 2 bunnies!
Class of 2022
Secretary - Samantha Eisner
Hello, my name is Samantha Eisner and I am NSVECCS' Secretary for 2019-2020! I'm currently a second year at Western University of Health Sciences CVM where I am the President of their SVECCS chapter. Before vet school I completed my Bachelors in Animal Science at the University of California, Davis, and worked as a Veterinary Technician. My interests include Emergency and Critical Care, Internal Medicine, and Holistic methods of care. When not studying or in class I like to watch Netflix, rock climb, go to Disneyland, and hang out with my dog-child, Lexi. I enjoy Emergency and Critical Care because of the fast-pace and how every new case is like solving an exciting puzzle. I'm so excited to serve as your NSVECCS Secretary this year!
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Educational Director- Billie Ciotti
Bio: I thought I was interested in emergency medicine while I worked in clinics back home (Yuma, AZ). Back home (Yuma, AZ), our closest ER clinics were in Phoenix, AZ or San Diego, CA; so we frequently saw emergency cases for stabilization and did the best we could with our “small town” clinic capabilities. When I moved to Chandler, AZ I started working overnights in an emergency and specialty hospital; that is when I knew ER was for me. Much like the face-paced nights I enjoy working, I took a speedy route to veterinary medicine. I’ve known I’ve wanted to be a veterinarian since I was a little girl, it wasn’t until I was given opportunities that I really knew it was for me. I started in shelter medicine when I was 12 years old; quickly found myself working in veterinary clinics and loving what I was doing. What I lacked from not having an undergraduate degree, I made up for in experience. I am now a second year veterinary student at Midwestern University. I’m an active officer in several of my clubs including my SVECCS chapter, passions include emergency and critical care, client education, and teaching. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my boyfriend and our three pets: Seth, Maisie (Pitbull), Kira (Boxer), and Kanoa (Calico). I couldn’t be where I am today without their love and support.
Communications Director- Samantha Tierney
University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
My passion for veterinary medicine has always been in my blood, but the day I started emergency medicine 11 years ago started a whole new kind of passion that I can not fully put into words. I was an ER vet tech for 9 years, transitioned to hospital manager, and then was accepted into the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. I also developed a minor career as a zookeeper for 4 years and plan on applying that knowledge in to the ER setting. I aspire to be able to never turn away an emergency because it is an exotic species, if it is a home dwelling animal in distress, I want to help. I love emergency medicine because of the adrenaline, unpredictability, wide array of complex cases, continuous drive to learn and teach, teamwork, and helping owners when they are most scared and upset. I love being able to say "We can make a plan." or at least explain to them what is happening so they can understand and make sound, informed decisions. Throughout my non-traditional pathway into vet med I married my best friend and we have had 2 amazing, beautiful girls. I am a full-time 3rd year vet student and a full-time mom who loves to go to Disney with them every chance I get. We also have 2 dogs, a cat, and foster kittens through a rescue group. If you have any questions about my path, being a vet student mom, or anything SVECCS related, please do not hesitate to contact me! I am a proud mentor and love to help whenever possible. Thank you to VECCS for this opportunity to serve as the Communications Director for NSVECCS, I am honored!
My name is Erin Sevde and I am your NSVECCS webmaster for the next year. I am currently a third year student at Ross University on the beautiful island of St. Kitts. As well as holding a position with NSVECCS I am our SVECCS chapters fundraising chair and now an ambassador for VECCS! ECC became a passion of mine when I began working as an overnight technician at an amazing hospital in Santa Rosa, CA. VCA PetCare not only sparked my interest in emergency medicine, but the guidance and support I received from everyone at the hospital was instrumental in my journey to get to where I am. I try to promote ECC to everyone at my school, not just our SVECCS members. Even if they have no intention of practicing emergency medicine, there are things we all need to know. At some point in time an emergency will come in. I am extremely passionate about CPR education and the RECOVER guidelines. I have a special interest in cardiology, infectious disease and the management of these cases in the ICU. In my free time I spend it exploring the island with my boyfriend and our dog Beau. We also have a cat name Branflakes and my bulldog is being fostered by an amazing family until i come back from the island.
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