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Josh Smith, Veterinary Specialist, Head of Emergency & Critical Care


BSc (Hons) in Organometallic Chemistry, University of Prince Edward Island 2006
DVM, Atlantic Veterinary College 2011


Small animal rotating internship, Georgia Veterinary Specialists, Atlanta GA, 2011-2012
Emergency and Critical Care internship, Cornell University, Ithaca NY, 2012-2013

Small animal Emergency and Critical Care residency, Cornell University, Ithaca NY, 2013-2016

Academic interests:
Point of care ultrasound 
Lung ultrasound (Instructor at Cornell University's Cardiopulmonary bootcamp)
Echocardiogram guided life support (Instructor at Cornell University's Cardiopulmonary bootcamp)
Ultrasound in diagnosis of intracranial hypertension
Fluid resuscitation physiology
Strong ion acid base
Acute kidney injury management

Recent publications:
Smith, J., Goggs, R. (2018) Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury. In Textbook of Small Animal Emergency Medicine (pp. 1019-1029)

Transpalpebral ultrasonographic measurement of the optic nerve sheath diameter in healthy dogs. Smith JJ, Fletcher DJ, Cooley SD, Thompson MS. J Vet Emerg Crit Care. 2018 Jan;28(1):31-38

Growing up in rural New Brunswick Canada on a small hobby farm, Dr. Smith always knew that he would care for animals. He was drawn to emergency and critical care medicine due to the complexity of critically ill animals and the need for rapid decision making and diagnoses. Dr. Smith's time is dedicated to caring for critically ill animals in the intensive care unit, stabilization of shocked patients presenting through the emergency department, and advanced imaging at VCA VES/VSC.

In his free time Josh enjoys staying in shape by lifting heavy weights and practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu/submission grappling.  Growing up in the Canadian wilderness he developed an enjoyment of the outdoors. hiking and hunting.  With the love and patience of his two young Labradors, Ethel and Jedediah, he has developed a passion to train and hunt for upland birds. He and his family also share their home with three Persian cats: Tau, Chainsaw and Machete. 

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