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Emergency Veterinary Care

Carolina Veterinary Specialists is as an extension of your family veterinarian, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Late nights, weekends, and holidays – any time that you are unable to reach your vet, we are here to help. We provide care in the emergency, and then communicate with your family veterinarian so they can mange the condition long term.

Our entire staff is committed to emergency medicine.  We have a veterinarian in the hospital 24 hours a day.  We have access to a wide breadth of resources: including in-hospital laboratory testing, a 24 hour Intensive Care Unit with dedicated ICU nursing, and collaboration with our board-certified veterinary specialists.

Enjoy peace of mind for yourself, and outstanding care for your pet, with the most experienced emergency veterinary team in North Carolina.

Veterinarians for Emergency Medicine

Charlotte

DVM

Education:

  • BS – North Carolina State University, 1990
  • DVM – Oklahoma  State University, 1996

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Andrews has been practicing Emergency Medicine since graduating in 1996. She has been an Associate with Carolina Veterinary Specialists since our opening in 1998.

Huntersville

DVM, CVA

Education:

  • BS – Summa Cum Laude, Texas A&M University, 1994
  • DVM – Cum Laude, Texas A&M University, 1998
  • CVA – Mixed Animal Acupuncture, Chi Institute, 2011

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Bass spent two years as a family veterinarian in Concord, North Carolina. She then joined the Emergency Service at Carolina Veterinary Specialists in 2000. She worked for two years at the Township Road location and then became the Director of the Emergency Service at the Huntersville hospital, when it opened in 2002. She has given local continuing education lectures on topics including head trauma, transfusion medicine, and infectious disease. She is also very interested in public health and the One Medicine concept and does specific work regarding rabies exposure and prevention among veterinary staff. Dr. Bass became certified in veterinary acupuncture in 2011 and enjoys bringing western and eastern medicine together to maximize treatment options for her patients.

Dr. Bass currently serves as the Medical Director for Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Huntersville.

Areas of Special Interest:

Emergency Medicine, Toxicology, Public Health and Infectious Disease, Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (Acupuncture)

Huntersville

DVM

Education:

  • BS- Zoology, North Carolina State University, 1993
  • DVM- North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, 2000

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Boger is native to Charlotte, NC and returned to the area after graduating from veterinary school. She has worked in the greater Charlotte area as a small animal general practitioner ever since. She has done relief work for Carolina Veterinary Specialists Emergency in the past. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and mountain trips, Carolina Panther football, and playing with her very active Australian Shepherd.

Areas of Special Interest:

Canine and feline medicine, wound care and management

Winston-Salem

DVM

After completing his PhD in Materials Chemistry at University of Michigan, Dr. Braun went on to complete his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University with clinical training at Texas A&M University in 2005. In 2006, he also completed an internship at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University in small animal medicine and surgery. He has gone on to practice in the area of emergency medicine and joined Carolina Veterinary Specialists in 2015.

Matthews

DVM

Education:

  • BA – George Mason University
  • DVM – Kansas State University

Internship:

  • Friendship Hospital for Animals, Washington, DC.

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Cooper received her BA in Biology from George Mason University in 2006 and went on to receive her DVM from Kansas State University in 2010. She then completed a one-year rotating small animal internship at Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, DC . Following that, Dr. Cooper moved to the Charlotte area and practiced small animal emergency medicine for 3 years before joining the staff at Carolina Veterinary Specialists as an Emergency Doctor.

Areas of Special Interest:

Emergency and Critical Care, Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, Pain Management

Charlotte

DVM

Education:

  • BA – Hollins University, Biology
  • DVM – North Carolina State University

On the Job:

Dr. Erica Feiste became a veterinarian because she enjoys helping pets and the people who love them. Emergency medicine keeps her interested day-to-day because of the variety of cases she sees. Because of the nature of emergencies, she often works with clients and patients she’s never seen before, so she makes it her goal to bond with them as quickly as possible.

Areas of Special Interest:

Anesthesia and analgesia, soft tissue surgery, reproductive emergencies and endocrinopathies.

Charlotte

DVM

Education:

  • BS – University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2003
  • DVM – Mississippi State University, 2008

Internship:

  • Rotating Internship – Carolina Veterinary Specialists, 2008-2009
  • Surgery Internship – Georgia Veterinary Specialists, 2009-2010

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Gallagher completed her rotating internship here at Carolina Veterinary Specialists and then a surgery internship at Georgia Veterinary Specialists. She practiced emergency medicine in Florida before joining our emergency team.

Areas of Special Interest:

Emergency Surgery, Wound Management and Trauma.

Winston-Salem

DVM

Education:

  • DVM – Texas A&M University

Internship:

  • Small Animal Medicine, Surgery, Neurology, and Emergency Medicine Internship

Professional Accomplishments:

After receiving her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University, Dr. Gill relocated to Greensboro from Houston, TX. Since then, she has completed a 1-year rotating internship in small animal medicine, surgery, neurology, and emergency medicine and worked for one year as a general practitioner. Dr. Gill now focuses exclusively on emergency medicine. In addition to her work, she has volunteered for various animal rescue groups and The Conservators’ Center for big cats, and she has taught multiple pet first aid courses. In her spare time, Dr. Gill enjoys hiking and other outdoor activities and spending time with her dog and cat family.

Areas of Special Interest:

Trauma and Critical Care, Internal Medicine, and Neurology.

Matthews

DVM

Education:

  • BS – University of Maryland, 2005;
  • DVM – Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, 2014

Internship:

  • Carolina Veterinary Specialists- Small Animal Medical and Surgical Rotating Internship, 2014-2015

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Gordon received his DVM from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and then completed an internship at Carolina Veterinary Specialists. He has a history in bio-medical research and has previously worked at the National Institutes of Health and Johns Hopkins. In his free time he enjoys backpacking, the outdoors, and travel.

Areas of Special Interest:

Emergency medicine, surgery

Huntersville

DVM

Education:

  • BS – Clemson University 2003-2007
  • DVM – Texas A&M University 2008-2012

Internship:

  • Carolina Veterinary Specialists, Rotating Internship 2012-2013

Areas of Special Interest:

Soft tissue surgery, critical care, wildlife and exotic medicine

Winston-Salem

DVM

Education:

  • BS – St. Andrews Presbyterian College, 1994
  • MS – Wake Forest University, 1997
  • DVM – North Carolina State University, 2004

Internship:

  • Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship – Carolina Veterinary Specialists, 2005

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Johnson obtained a Masters Degree in Biology from Wake Forest University, and then taught high school science for two years before attending North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. Throughout her veterinary schooling, Dr. Johnson knew she wanted to be an emergency medicine clinician, and won the Excellence in Small Animal Emergency Medicine award as a 4th year veterinary student. Dr. Johnson completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery in 2005, and has enjoyed working as an Emergency Medicine Clinician at Carolina Veterinary Specialists since that time.

Areas of Special Interest:

Gastrointestinal Diseases and Surgery, Snakebites of NC.

Matthews

DVM

Education:

  • BA – Neuroscience, Smith College, 2003
  • DVM – Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, 2011

Internship:

  • Small Animal Medical and Surgical Rotating Internship – Carolina Veterinary Specialists

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Lombardino received her DVM from Cornell University with a special focus in exotic pets. She then completed a small animal medical and surgical rotating internship at Carolina Veterinary Specialists prior to joining our team of emergency doctors. Dr. Lombardino currently serves as Director of Emergency Service for the Matthews Hospital.

Areas of Special Interest:

Critical care, toxicology, pain management, reptiles, fish, and other exotic pets.

Huntersville

DVM

Education:

  • BS: Northern Michigan University, 2000
  • DVM: University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007
  • Internship: Carolina Veterinary Specialists, 2007-2008

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. McClure has worked in the surrounding Charlotte area for 8 years as a general practitioner.

Areas of Special Interest:

Emergency Medicine and Neurology.

Winston-Salem

DVM

Education:

  • BS – North Carolina State University, 2008
  • DVM – North Carolina State University, 2012

Internship:

  • Carolina Veterinary Specialists, 2012-2013

Professional Accomplishments:

Prior to veterinary school Dr. Mulchi was involved in genomic research at NCSU – CVM where she co-authored multiple publications. It was these experiences that lead her to attend veterinary school. During her spare time, Dr. Mulchi taught mentally challenged adults enrolled in the compensatory education program through Wake Technical College. During her clinical rotations, she also received an award for oncology. After veterinary school she completed the rotating medicine and surgical internship at CVS – Greensboro/Winston Salem. Here she received a lot of experience in Emergency Medicine and realized this was her passion. After her internship she practiced at a mixed animal veterinary hospital in rural North Carolina for 1 year. She has now returned to CVS to pursue Emergency Medicine.

Areas of Special Interest:

Emergency Medicine and Critical Care, Emergency Surgery, Oncology, Neurology

Greensboro

DVM

Education:

  • BS – Guilford College, 2004
  • DVM – North Carolina State University, 2009

Internship:

  • Carolina Veterinary Specialists, 2009-2010

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Muse took part in many organizations while attending veterinary school and attained awards in clinical nutrition and anesthesia. He also took part in clinical research involving researching activity level in dogs with asymptomatic heart disease. He completed a post-doctoral internship with Carolina Veterinary Specialist in Greensboro, NC before signing on with the emergency department in Winston-Salem.

Areas of Special Interest:

Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Critical Care.

Winston-Salem

DVM

Education:

  • BS – Newman University, 2002
  • DVM – Kansas State University, 2006

Internship:

  • Small Animal Medicine Internship – Carolina Veterinary Specialists, 2006-2007

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Noeller graduated with honors in Chemistry and Biology and was awarded her Bachelor of Science Degree in 2002. She was accepted into the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University in 2002, where she was awarded with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 2006. She then moved to North Carolina and completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Carolina Veterinary Specialist in 2007. She worked at a local practice as a Small Animal Practitioner from 2007- 2012 before signing as an emergency doctor in Winston-Salem.

Areas of Special Interest:

Emergency Medicine and Critical Care, Wound Care, and Pain Management.

Matthews

DVM

Education:

  • BS – Mississippi State University, 2007
  • DVM – Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, 2011

Internship:

  • Carolina Veterinary Specialists- Small Animal Medical and Surgical Rotating Internship, 2011-2012

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Rupinski received her DVM from Auburn University and then completed an internship here at Carolina Veterinary Specialists. She then practiced general and emergency medicine for several years in Arizona before returning to CVS to join our emergency team. In her free time, Dr. Rupinski enjoys spending time with her multiple three-legged pets.

Areas of Special Interest:

Emergency medicine, exotics, pain management

Matthews

DVM, BS

Education:

  • BS – University of Tennessee, Knoxville,  1997
  • DVM – University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, Knoxville, 2001

Internship:

  • Small Animal Medicine and Surgery – Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. 2001-2002

Professional Accomplishments:

After completing his internship, Dr. Scott and his family moved to Charlotte. Since that time he has worked in the emergency and critical care field as an ER doctor and in the development of several ICUs. His outside activities and interests include running, music, sports (international soccer, football) and enjoying life with his family and close friends. He and his wife have 4 children and share their home with 3 dogs, a cat, fish, and a tortoise.

Areas of Special Interest:

Diseases of the thorax, pain management, radiology and emergency surgery.

Huntersville

DVM

Education:

  • BS – Biology, University of North Carolina-Wilmington, 2007
  • DVM – Purdue University, School of Veterinary Medicine, 2011

Internship:

  • Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship – Carolina Veterinary Specialists

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Siltamaki received her DVM from Purdue University, before returning to the south to complete a small animal medical and surgical internship with Carolina Veterinary Specialists. She then worked as a general practitioner here in Charlotte prior to returning to CVS to join our team of emergency doctors. In her free time Dr. Siltamaki enjoys traveling, kayaking and running. She shares her home with a rescued cat named Eloise.

Areas of Special Interest:

Wound Management, Soft Tissue Surgery, Neurologic Disease

Greensboro

DVM

Education:

  • BS- North Carolina A&T State University, 2011
  • DVM- North Carolina State University, 2015

Internship:

  • Miami Veterinary Specialists, 2015-2016

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Thompson entered veterinary school as a Laboratory Animal Scholar. Soon after she began her course work, she realized that emergency medicine was her passion. She has participated in many research studies involving equine and canine reproduction. Dr. Thompson has been inducted into many scholarly societies, has received numerous awards and has participated in many organizations. When she is not in the clinic, she enjoys collaborating with other veterinarians to increase the diversity and morale in veterinary medicine.

Areas of Special Interest:

Radiology, Teaching, and Emergency and Critical Care

Huntersville

DVM

Education:

  • BA – Wake Forest University, 1995
  • DVM – University of Georgia, 2000

Internship:

  • University of Saskatchewan

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Thompson has spent his entire career in emergency medicine. After completing his internship, Dr. Thompson was employed as an emergency veterinarian at veterinary referral hospitals in Brooklyn, NY and NJ for several years. He and his wife moved to Charlotte, and Dr. Thompson joined CVS in the fall of 2006.

Areas of Special Interest:

Hematology, Respiratory Medicine, Cardiology, Infectious Diseases.

Charlotte

DVM

Education:

  • BS – The Ohio State University, 1998
  • DVM – The Ohio State University, 2003

Internship:

  • Small Animal Rotating Internship – Michigan Veterinary Specialists, 2003-2004

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Venzke received both her BS and DVM degrees from The Ohio State University. She then completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at Michigan Veterinary Specialists. She spent a year and a half as an emergency veterinarian in Raleigh, NC, before coming to CVS in 2006. She has a particular interest in emergency and critical care and is an associate doctor with Animal Emergency & Trauma Center.

Dr. Venzke is an avid Buckeye fan ! In her spare time, she enjoys her chickens (including Rooster Reznor), goats (Minnie and Pearl), attending rock concerts and enjoying her family with husband Tommy and two boys Zeplin and Nugent.

Areas of Special Interest:

Ophthalmology emergencies, Caring for the critical post-op patient, Thoracic/respiratory emergencies.

Greensboro

DVM

Education:

  • BS – Texas State University, 2004
  • MS – Texas State University, 2008
  • DVM – Texas A&M University, 2013

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Washington grew up in Austin, Texas. She attended Texas State University and earned a degree in Animal Science with a minor in photography. She later earned a Master’s degree in Wildlife Ecology and developed a fondness for turtles. Dr. Washington received her DVM from Texas A&M University and began her career at an emergency/referral hospital in the Dallas area. In her free time, Dr. Washington enjoys traveling, watching movies, making jewelry and spending time with her husband Bartley and their pets.

Areas of Special Interest:

Emergency/Critical Care and Internal Medicine