Instructors

Bernd Driessen
DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVAA, Dipl. ECVPT
Bernd Driessen is Professor of Anesthesiology at the School of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania. He received his DVM degree from Free University of Berlin in 1988 and then went on to complete a doctorate program at the same university in collaboration with Grünenthal Pharmaceuticals in 1991. From 1991 to 1995 he held the position of an Assistant Professor of Pharmacology at the Albert- Ludwig’s University of Freiburg’s Medical School and continued his training in pharmacology and toxicology. In 1998, Bernd completed a residency in anesthesia & critical patient care at the School of Veterinary Medicine at University of California-Davis, where he stayed for another year as a fellow in anesthesia before accepting the position of an Assistant Professorship at the University of Pennsylvania in fall of 1999, where he stayed from then on as a faculty member and held the position of director of the residency training program in anesthesia and section chief. Bernd is diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Pharmacology & Toxicology (ECVPT) and the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia & Analgesia (ACVAA) and a German Veterinary Medical Association-recognized specialist in veterinary pharmacology and toxicology and veterinary anesthesia, intensive care, and pain management. His laboratory and clinical studies over the past 28 years have focused on analgesics, blood substitutes, microcirculation and tissue oxygenation, new techniques of loco-regional analgesia, and gas exchange during anesthesia.
Tasha McNerney
BS, CVT, CVPP, VTS (Anesthesia& Analgesia)
Tasha McNerney attended Michigan State University and obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in 2002 majoring in wildlife biology. In 2003 Tasha moved to the Philadelphia area and began her veterinary technician training at Manor College in Jenkintown, PA. There she obtained Associates of Science in Veterinary Technology. Tasha has worked as a CVT at Rau Animal Hospital in Glenside, PA for 13 years as an O.R. / Anesthesia technician. Her areas of interest include sighthound and brachycephalic anesthesia as well as post-surgical rehabilitation and pain management. In 2015 Tasha became a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner, and together with the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management created the Pet Pain Awareness campaign, which has designated September as the month for animal pain awareness and prevention. Tasha has authored articles for the NAVTA journal, DVM 360, Firstline Magazine, and for ”Fetch” a blog dedicated to pet parents. Tasha is the author of the Surgical Pain Management Chapter in the 2015 textbook: Pain Management for Veterinary Technicians (Editor: Shaffran). Tasha will be sitting for the VTS-AVTAA exam in the fall of 2016. Tasha is also the creator and administrator of the Facebook group Veterinary Anesthesia Nerds, which has over 8,500 members and helps to educate veterinary professionals on various anesthesia and pain management topics. Tasha also has a new web based video series called “Coffee on the Couch” produced in partnership with DVM360 looking at technician utilization and career advancement.
Andrea Caniglia
VMD, Dipl. ACVAA
Andrea Caniglia is a specialist in veterinary anesthesiology. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine and completed a three-year residency in Anesthesia and Analgesia in the small and large animal hospitals at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine. She joined the Center for Animal Referral and Emergency Services (CARES) team in 2011, and became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA) in 2012. Anesthesia is a small specialty and has historically been limited to veterinary teaching hospitals. Andrea became an anesthesiologist with the goal of providing this same high standard of care to patients in the private setting. In addition, Andrea is also available for consultation, training and education for general veterinary practices throughout the region. She says developing the anesthesia specialty at CARES has been a very rewarding experience and she enjoys providing a pain-free and safe anesthetic experience for all types of patients and procedures.
Andrea Looney
DVM, Dipl. ACVAA, CCRP, Dipl. ACVSMR
Andrea Looney is currently staff at IVG hospitals, Ethos Veterinary Health, in Anesthesia, Pain Management and Rehabilitation. Prior to her current position, Andrea has worked in anesthesiology, intensive care, palliative care, rehabilitation at Cornell University Hospital for Animals, and emergency /general medicine at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, and Tufts Veterinary Emergency Treatment and Specialists, as well at Angell Memorial Animal Medical Center in Boston and Western Massachusetts. She received her DVM and residency training at New York State College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University and is boarded in veterinary anesthesiology/analgesia (Dipl. ACVAA) and certified in veterinary acupuncture as well as canine/equine rehabilitation.
Daniel J. Fletcher
PhD, DVM, Dipl. ACVECC
Daniel J. Fletcher has been on the faculty of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine since 2006. After receiving a BS in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University and a PhD in Bioengineering from the University of California Berkeley/San Francisco, he obtained his DVM from the University of California at Davis. He then completed a rotating internship and emergency and critical care residency at the University of Pennsylvania. He received the 2013 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence and is co-chair of the RECOVER Initiative, which published the first evidence-based veterinary CPR guidelines. He has been building simulators for veterinary education since 2009 and opened the Tetlow and Roy Park Innovation Lab, an immersive simulation center at Cornell in the fall of 2015.
Geoffrey Truchetti
DMV, M.Sc., DES, Dipl. ACVAA
Geoffrey Truchetti graduated from the National Veterinary School of Alfort (France) in 2009. He then completed a Master degree in veterinary science (2011) and a residency in veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia (2013) at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Montreal University (Canada). He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia since 2014. He is a consultant in veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia since 2014, and a lecturer in veterinary anaesthesia at the University of Queensland in Australia since 2016. Dr Truchetti has a special interest for risk management. He participates and organizes continuing education. His objective is to improve the level of care in all practices.
Giacomo Gianotti
DMV, DVSc, Dipl. ACVAA
Giacomo Gianotti is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesia and Service Head of Anesthesia at the Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He obtained his veterinary degree at the University of Turin (Italy) in 2001. He has worked in private practice from 2001 to 2006. In 2007 he was the anesthesia staff veterinarian at the Ontario Veterinary College of the University of Guelph (Canada). From 2008 to 2011 he completed his Veterinary Anesthesia Residency Program (ACVAA) and his postgraduate degree Doctor of Veterinary Science (DVSc) at the Ontario Veterinary College. From 2011 to present he is member of the Anesthesia Faculty at the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. His areas of academic interest are total intravenous anesthesia (TIVA) and non-invasive cardio-vascular monitoring techniques in the anesthetized patient.
Ludovica Chiavaccini
DMV, MS, Dipl. ACVAA
Ludovica Chiavaccini is Assistant Professor in Clinical Anesthesia at the School of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania. She received her DVM from University of Pisa in 2003 and, after a brief period in general practice, she went on to complete an equine rotating internship at the University of Liege in Belgium. In 2010 she completed a Master of Sciences in Clinical Sciences at Colorado State University, working on the pathophysiology of laminitis in horses. In 2014 Ludovica completed a residency in comparative veterinary anesthesia at Mississippi State University – College of Veterinary Medicine. From 2015 to 2016 she held a position as staff anesthesiologist at the University of California-Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine. She is boarded with the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA), and is currently teaching veterinary anesthesia and clinical pharmacology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests focus on techniques of loco-regional anesthesia & analgesia and the pharmacology of new anesthetic and analgesic drugs.
Luis Campoy
LV, Cert. VA, Dipl. ECVAA, MRCVS
Luis Campoy is a 1995 graduate from Zaragoza University (LV). After a year in small animal private practice, he did his internship in the aforementioned university. He completed a three-year residency in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at University College Dublin UCD, Ireland where he stayed on as a lecturer until 2005. In 2000, he obtained his Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (CertVA). Since 2004 he is also a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia (Dipl. ECVAA). He is currently an Associate Clinical Professor and Section chief at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine where he has been since 2005. He has co-authored numerous peer reviewed publications on this topic as well as some of the leading texts in loco-regional anesthesia.
Robert A.N. Goggs
BVSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVECC
Robert Goggs graduated in veterinary medicine from the University of Liverpool, UK in 2004. He then undertook a rotating internship and a residency in Emergency and Critical Care at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in London, U.K. and became board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2008. After board certification, he worked at the RVC as a clinician in the small animal hospital for 2years and developed research interests in hemostasis, pulmonary thromboembolism and immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA) in dogs. In 2010, Robert moved to the University of Bristol to enroll in a PhD program investigating the roles of small G-proteins in the regulation of platelet shape change and secretion. Between 2011 and 2013, Robert co-chaired an effort to standardize viscoelastic testing in veterinary medicine, resulting in assay guidelines published in the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (JVECC) in 2014. Robert joined the ECC team at Cornell University in October 2013 where he is currently a Lecturer. His clinical research interests include platelet dysfunction, feline and canine thromboembolic disease, and canine IMHA and IMTP. He is Chair of the ACVECC Examination Committee and is Associate Editor (ECC) for the journal Veterinary Medicine and Science.
Sandra Allweiler
DVM, Dipl. ACVAA | Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner | Certified Veterinary Medical Acupuncturist
Sandra Allweiler is a specialist in veterinary anesthesiology. She graduated in 1997 from Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany and received her Dr. med. vet degree from the University of Zürich, Switzerland in 2001. The same year she started a large animal anesthesia internship at New Bolton Center, the Large Animal Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In 2005 Sandra completed a three-year residency in veterinary anesthesia that she had started at Washington State University and then completed at the Royal Veterinary College in London, UK. Sandra worked as a clinical instructor at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Canada before accepting a position of Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University that she held until the end of 2015. In 2014, Sandra became partner of NARKOVET CONSULTING®, LLC and helped designing the veterinary technician certificate course program in small animal anesthesia & perioperative analgesia that was launched for the first time in Germany in 2015 in collaboration with the European School for Advanced Veterinary Studies (ESAVS). Since then she has been participating in the certificate course as a lecturer. She is Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia & Analgesia. Her interests are in pain management (especially geriatric and cancer patients) and wildlife anesthesia. She is certified in medical veterinary acupuncture and canine massage and canine rehabilitation through CRI (Canine rehabilitation institute). She lectures nationally and internationally on pain management, acupuncture and wildlife anesthesia. Sandra is a member of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia & Analgesia, the Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists (AVA), American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians (AAWV) and the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS).
Katrina Averill
CVT, VTS (Anesthesia& Analgesia)
Katrina is a certified veterinary technician that specializes is anesthesia and analgesia. She is a graduate of Manor College with an Associate’s degree in veterinary sciences, and successfully passed the VTNE in 2005. Katrina has worked at the Center for Animal Referral and Emergency Services (CARES) since March 2006, and is the department head of anesthesia training at CARES. She routinely provides lectures to both specialty and general practices on subjects related to anesthesia and pain management. Katrina is a RACE- approved speaker, and has most recently lectured at the CARES Fall Symposium 2015 on Geriatric and Pediatric Anesthetic Protocols. She has been a member of the AVTAA since 2014.
Kristen Cooley
BA, AAS, CVT, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia& Analgesia)
Kristen Cooley is a Veterinary Technician Specialist in anesthesia and analgesia. She is an Instructional Specialist at the University of Wisconsin, School of Veterinary Medicine, where she has spent over a decade studying anesthesia and pain management under some of the most brilliant minds. Kristen is the current President of the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia (AVTAA). She is also a board member of the International Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM) and a member of the steering committee for the newly organized North American Veterinary Anesthesia Society (NAVAS). Kristen is a published editor, author and illustrator of anesthesia-related text books as well as an internationally recognized speaker and award winning instructor. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband and 4 year old twins, a handful of dogs and cats and a 27 year old box turtle.
Stacey Reiling
CVT, VTS (Anesthesia and Analgesia), CVPP
Stacey Reiling graduated from Harcum College in 2000 with an Associate of Science in Veterinary Technology degree. She became a certified veterinary technician in 2000, and worked as a veterinary anesthesia technician at the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Stacey obtained her AVTAA specialty certificate in Anesthesia and Analgesia in 2005. She joined the Center for Animal Referral and Emergency Services (CARES) in 2010, and became a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP) in 2015. Stacey has interest in anesthesia and pain management for both surgical and non-surgical, domestic and non-domestic patients, as well as a special interest in the mechanics of anesthesia machines and monitors. She loves to teach and has provided many RACE approved presentations for veterinary technicians and veterinarians. Stacey is always looking for ways to improve patient care and comfort, and is currently working on evaluating low level laser therapy for pain management.
Stephen Cital
RVT, SRA, RLAT, VTS (Lab Animal)
Stephen originally started college to become a registered human nurse but did not enjoy working with humans as patients. Instead Stephen became an RVT and then obtained certification as a Surgical Research Anesthetist through the Academy of Surgical Research and followed the designation of a Registered Laboratory Animal Technician through the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science soon after. Stephen is Executive Director for the Academy of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians and Nurses (ALAVTN), holding a VTS credential in Research Anesthesia. His regular position is most recently at Silicon Valley Veterinary Specialists, as well as a private contractor for several research organizations. Stephen also holds positions at the Oakland Zoo and the San Francisco Zoo. He occupies his remaining time writing book chapters, book reviews, blogs for VetBloom and lecturing internationally. He enjoys teaching and serves on advisory boards for multiple Vet Tech colleges, is on the Aratana Technician Council of Pain Experts, helps run the Veterinary Anesthesia Nerds and Veterinary Cannabis Academy Facebook and webpages and is on multiple speaker bureaus. Stephen serves as the Past President for the Society of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians, Vice President and current liaison for the California RVT Association and member at large for the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America.
David Brunson
DVM, MS, DACVAA
Dr. Brunson graduated from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine and completed a Master of Science Degree from the University of Minnesota in Veterinary Anesthesiology and Intensive Care. Dr. Brunson was the 29th person to become boarded by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists (ACVAA). He has been on the faculty of Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, College of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Wisconsin, School of Veterinary Medicine. In addition to teaching anesthesiology of domestic animals, Dr. Brunson has a special interest in analgesic and anesthesia management of research animals and free-ranging and captive wildlife. His research background includes studies on inhalant anesthetics and pain relief in parrots and reptiles. Of special note is Dr. Brunson’s research that identified a causal mutation of the genetic disorder, Malignant Hyperthermia, in a family of mixed breed dogs. Dr. Brunson is past president of the ACVAA. Dr. Brunson is currently the owner of Veterinary Anesthesia Consultants, LLC and is a frequent lecturer at the University of Wisconsin, School of Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Anesthesia equipment and drug companies.