Emergency & Critical Care Department

Brent Megarry, DVM

Emergency Veterinarian

Professional Interests

Dr. Megarry has been with VESCNM since 2003. He particularly enjoys treating trauma cases and emergency surgery.

Education

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Minnesota

Off Duty

Dr. Megarry spends his free time riding his horses, skiing, and traveling.


Clare Hyatt, DVM, MS, DACVECC

Day Time critical care specialist and Co-Medical Director of Emergency and Critical Care Services

Professional Interests
Dr. Hyatt joined VESC February 6, 2017. She was awarded board certification as a Diplomate in emergency/critical care from the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC) in 2016. Over the years she has had a hand in training over 40 interns and residents, as well as numerous technicians over the years. She has received additional training in many aspects of critical care medicine including continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT), mechanical ventilation and cardiac output monitoring. Her interests include emergency ultrasound techniques, sepsis, post-operative care, mechanical ventilation, analgesia and pain management, among others.

Education

  • Residency in Small Animal Emergency/Critical Care, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
  • Rotating Small Animal Internship VCA Veterinary Referral Associates in Gaithersburg, MD
  • Small Animal emergency/critical care internship at Iowa State University in Ames, IA.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University
  • Master of Science Degree, Kansas State University
  • Bachelor of Science, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas

Off Duty

Clare loves the outdoors and spend as much time as possible enjoying the rewards of nature. She has two of the most handsome orange cats, Julius and Sherbert, who help keep her entertained on her days off.


Jenn Lepp, DVM

Emergency Veterinarian

Professional Interests
Dr. Lepp joined VESCNM in 2009. She enjoys the fast pace and unpredictable nature of emergency medicine. Dr. Lepp is very passionate about the care and protection of wildlife and hopes to one day open a wildlife rehabilitation center.

Education

  • Rotating Small Animal Internship, New England Animal Medical Center
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University
  • Wildlife Rehabilitation Internship, Northwoods Wildlife Center
  • Bachelor of Science, Northland College

Off Duty
Jenn loves being outdoors. Hiking, kayaking, snowboarding and sledding are a few of her favorite activities. She enjoys spending time with her husband, niece and sons, as well as her two dogs, Remy and Rogue, and her two cats, Jack and Mau.


Lindsey Nielsen, DVM, DACVECC

Day Time critical care specialist and Co-Medical Director of Emergency and Critical Care Services

Professional Interests

Dr. Nielsen joined VESCNM in 2017. She loves to teach on the floor and work with multiple departments when the cases need it. Dr. Nielsen’s professional interests include sepsis, pancreatitis, respiratory emergencies, acute kidney injury, and cardiac emergencies.

Education

  • Residency at Angell Animal Medical Center completed in July 2013
  • Rotating Small Animal Internship at the Veterinary Referral and Emergency Clinic of Norwalk, CT completed in June 2010
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in 2009
  • Bachelor of Science, SUNY Albany completed in 2005

Off Duty

Lindsey is a lover of science fiction and fantasy. You might catch her at a comic con, reading a book at home, writing for her geek blog, or working on her latest zombie novel on her time off. She also loves running and cooking vegan food.


Rennie Putnam, DVM

Emergency Veterinarian

Professional Interests
Dr. Putnam joined VESCNM in the fall of 2017. His long term goal is to become an ophthalmologist, but in the meantime he’s enjoying the variety of emergencies at VESCNM. He has quickly become the ER team’s “eye guy” on off hours when ocular emergencies might occur.

Education:

  • BS, University of California, Berkeley. DVM, University of California, Davis.
  • Small Animal Internship at Blue Pearl Virginia Beach.
  • Ophthalmology Internship at University of Illinois

Professional interests:Ophthalmology, endocrinology.

Outside interests: Rock climbing, running.


Surgery Deparment

Amanda Tallant, DVM, MVetSc

Practice Limited to Surgery

Professional Interests

Dr. Tallant joined the VESCNM team in 2015. She has a particular interest in soft tissue, minimally invasive surgery & pain management.

Education:

  • Wesleyan College: BA Biology
  • Ross University college of Veterinary Medicine: DVM
  • Rotating Internship: Long Island Veterinary Specialist
  • Surgical Internship: Long Island Veterinary Specialist
  • Clinical Associate: Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
  • Residency: Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

Off Duty:

eating, bargain hunting, traveling


Erin Smith, DVM

Professional Interests:
Dr. Smith joined VESCNM in 2017. She enjoys the intensity and passion found in a small animal emergency room. She also has an interest in African wildlife medicine as she has spent time assisting rehabilitation centers in South Africa.

Education:

  • Rotating Small Animal Internship, Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Services Rochester, NY
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University
  • Bachelor of Science, University of New Mexico

Off Duty:
Erin’s large zoo at home keeps her busy on her days off. She has 2 horses, 5 dogs, and a ball python. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends.


John Snyder, DVM

Emergency Veterinarian


Julie A. Stephens, DVM

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal Internal Medicine)

Professional Interests

Dr. Stephens joined VESCNM in 2016. While Dr. Stephens enjoys all aspects of Internal Medicine, her primary clinical interests include gastroenterology, infectious disease, endocrinology, and transfusion medicine. She performs endoscopy of the gastrointestinal, respiratory, and urinary tracts, as well as ultrasounds and ultrasound-guided procedures.

Education

  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal Internal Medicine), 2002
  • Residency, Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital
  • Rotating Internship, Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Veterinary Referral Associates, Gaithersberg, Maryland
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University
  • Bachelor of Science, Cornell University
  • After working as a staff internist in two veterinary specialty hospitals on Long Island, Dr. Stephens established the Internal Medicine Department at the Katonah-Bedford Veterinary Center in Westchester, New York where she served as the head of the department from 2003-2012. Dr. Stephens also served on the medical advisory board for the BrightHeart Veterinary Network in 2010 and 2011. In 2012, Dr. Stephens left Westchester, NY to join a newly formed specialty hospital in Newtown, Connecticut and established a successful Internal Medicine practice before relocating to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2016.


Kendra Freeman, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS-LA

Surgical Fellow

Professional Interests

Dr. Freeman joined VESCNM in 2015 and enjoys the fast-pace of emergency medicine with a special interest in emergency surgery.

Education

  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Large Animal
  • Residency, Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center
  • Masters Degree, Virginia Tech
  • Surgical Internship, University of Pennsylvania, New Bolton Center
  • Internship, Manor Equine Hospital
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University
  • Bachelor of Science, New Mexico State University
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota Bachelor of Science, University of Minnesota

Off Duty

When not working, Kendra enjoys baking, riding horses and exploring the outdoors.


Patrick Sanchez, DVM

Emergency Veterinarian

Professional Interests:
Dr. Sanchez joined VESCNM in the summer of 2017 after working in mixed animal practice. Despite never having worked emergency much before, he’s fallen right in to place at VESCNM and is an excellent member of the team.


Peter Schwarz, DVM

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Dr. Peter Schwarz earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Missouri Veterinary School in 1979. After graduation, he completed a small animal internship followed by a surgical residency at the Animal Medicine Center (AMC) in New York City.

Outside of veterinary medicine Dr. Schwarz’s interests include hiking, camping, flying fishing and downhill skiing. Dr. Schwarz has three pets – a yellow Lab named Jake, a Springer Spaniel named Gus and a cat named Motor.Following his advanced surgical training at AMC, Dr. Schwarz joined the surgery faculty at Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. In 1985, he became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr. Schwarz was promoted to an Associate Professor of Surgery at CSU and received tenure in 1990. He has published numerous articles, proceedings, abstracts and book chapters and has lectured extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. In 1998, Dr. Schwarz moved to Albuquerque and established the referral-only surgery practice, Veterinary Surgical Specialists of New Mexico, P.C.


Sarah Lopez, DVM

Professional Interests
Dr. Sarah Lopez joined VESCNM in 2017. She chose to purse emergency medicine as a challenge to broaden her knowledge in the small animal medicine filed. Dr. Lopez was raised on a cattle ranch in the East Mountains where she developed a passion for cattle and horses, which later expanded to all creatures great and small. She knew by the age of 6 that she would grow up to be a veterinarian. To this day she enjoys going back to the ranch to help her dad with the cattle reproduction and general large animal medicine.

Education

  • NMSU (2011), Bachelor’s degree in Animal and Range Sciences with a minor in chemistry
  • WSU (2015), Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • Deer Park Veterinary Clinic, Bovine Embryo Transfer Internship

Off Duty:
When Dr. Lopez is not in the office she enjoys being at the ranch with her dog Zia and riding horses. She also enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, hunting and most outdoor sports. When not outside you can usually find her playing competitive volleyball on any indoor court.

Being a part of the VESC family as been a great experience so far! The faculty and staff have been great mentors and we all a great team spirit. The clients have been friendly and welcoming and I love the anticipation of never knowing what kind of challenge is going to walk through the door. I like to think that the clinic as a whole can problem solve and accomplish anything together. GO COUGS!
-Dr. Sarah Lopez