Our Director of Emergency and Critical Care

Dr Alicia Faggella DVM DACVECC

Specialist Veterinarian critical care

Qualifications and Experience

Alicia earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University. After an internship in Boston, Massachusetts she completed her residency in Comparative Anesthesiology+Critical Care at the University of Minnesota. Consequently, Alicia developed a passion for emergency and critical care. 

Alicia went on to develop the Intensive Care Unit at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston. Where in addition to being the Director of ICU – she was also their anaesthetist.  Her skills in anaesthesia made her the perfect choice for the Boston Zoo. As a result, she assisted with surgery on gorillas, polar bears and other large species of zoo animals.

Building Emergency Centres 

Alicia’s extensive experience and understanding of emergency and critical care has benefited several Veterinary hospitals. In the past, she set-up and coordinated the Murdoch Pet Emergency Centre and integrated it with the rest of Murdoch’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Before returning to the USA where she was the Critical Care Director of DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital in Portland, Oregon. While at DoveLewis she helped oversee the building of a new hospital and the reorganization of the Emergency and Critical Care services they provide.

Alicia eventually returned to Australia and settled in Perth. After which, Alicia joined the team at Vet24, Balcatta to develop their ICU. She remains at Vet24 as the criticalist and Hospital Director.

Continued Education and Teaching

Alicia has always been a strong advocate for continued education. Her continuing contributions to the clinical teaching of interns, residents, technicians and nurses have been of very high standard. In addition, she was the clinical director of nursing at Angell and DoveLewis (DL) and the Co-director of the intern and residency training program at DL. She has been a mentor for technicians at DL. While there, assisting students in studying for their specialty certification in emergency and critical care.

Alicia set-up the first community veterinary Blood Bank for Angell Memorial Animal Hospital. She was also the Veterinary adviser for the Blood Bank at Angell and DL.

Alicia is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care and a Registered Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care. Her clinical interests include anaesthesia and pain management, sepsis, transfusion medicine, trauma and nutrition.  She is widely published and has spoken nationally and internationally to veterinarians, nurses, veterinary students, and the public.

Contact Alicia at Vet24

Alicia can be contacted by email at alicia@vet24.com.au. If referring veterinary clinic staff need to speak to Alicia urgently regarding advice on an emergency case then please contact…

Vet24 Balcatta on 9345 4644.

 

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