Dr. Alwood is a proud graduate of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine (Class of 1998). After completing an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, she spent 2 years practicing both general wellness care and emergency medicine in the northeast region. Dr. Alwood completed her residency training in emergency and critical care at the University of Pennsylvania from 2002-2005 and also served as an attending clinician in the intensive care unit at the University upon completion of her residency training. In 2006, she relocated from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh to assist with the expansion of a critical care service in private practice which included the development of a residency training program. She has completed research investigating respiratory complications in post-operative and ICU patients and has also investigated the use of anticoagulant or 'blood thinner' therapies in dogs and cats. Her additional clinical interests include diagnosis and treatment of pneumonia, thromboembolic disease, treatment of shock, and any critical complications of surgical or medical conditions.