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 Criticalist Profile : Dr.Melissa Bucknoff DVM,   DACVECC 

Melissa, Bucknoff, DVM, DACVECC
Ross University SVECCS Faculty Advisor
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences and Clinical Pharmacology
Dr. Melissa Bucknoff is a 2010 graduate of RUSVM. She spent her clinical year at North Carolina State University from 2009-2010. She went on to complete a small animal rotation internship fol- lowed by an emergency & critical care residency at Tufts University from 2010- 2014. She has been part of the RUSVM faculty since 2016 and is the course co- ordinator for Clinical Pharmacology and the Vet Prep Medical Mathematics & Intro to Pharmacology courses. Her clini- cal and research interests include coag- ulation disorders and hemostatic theraputics 

What made you pursue work in emergency/critical care?      
This seems to have come from some unseen compelling force that caused me to always gravitate toward urgent and unstable cases. I was fortunate to have worked as an ER/ICU vet tech during undergrad and throughout vet school where I learned that I seem to be cut out for this type of work. I also had some really excellent mentors who guided me through pivotal steps in my career, and they also happened to be Criticalists. I love the puzzle of a new case and seeing the resiliency in our patients when we give them time and stabilization and a good plan. I value supporting other clinicians and working with other specialty services in a collaborate way to optimize pa- tient outcomes.

Why did you want to be a professor?
Okay so this question is maybe the hardest one to answer. It’s more about the vibrancy and energy that comes from working with people who love learning. I love sharing the knowledge of medicine with friends and col- leagues, and especially up and coming clinicians. In order for our profession to thrive we must constantly look toward the next generations and support their progress in all ways.

What is emerging topic is most interesting to you in veterinary medicine right now?
Oh there are so many interesting topics. I think that is why I am drawn to ECC, it’s a specialty with a very wide scope. My main areas of interest are identifying and managing coagulation disorders as well as early identifica- tion of multiple organ dysfunction.
If I could pick a subspecialty, I think it would be in veterinary leadership and communication. These are such key aspects of our job as caregivers. Bridg- ing communication across specialties and with general practitioners is the key to creating a cohesive patient care experience for animals and the owners who love them.

What advice would you have for yourself as a veterinary student?
Enjoy being a student now! This is a profession of life-long learning and in- novation that certainly does not end just because you are out of the class- room. Learning how to be a life-long learner is a life skill of sorts, and the best time to take advantage of being a student is when you are surrounded by people who are there to support you and answer your questions. After graduation, you have to take initiative to stay involved with current medi- cine practices, attend meaningful CE, and collaborate with colleagues and specialists. Oh, and don’t forget to have fun!!