Specialty Advisory Board

The Specialty Advisory Board (SAB) is a mission driven group of medical leaders who are leading the evolution of veterinary medicine.

Evolution is an ideal term to describe our path. After all, it’s ongoing, imperfect, the result of chance and the growth that comes from mistakes. Evolution has no defined endpoint and serves as the result of, or in response to, the pressures of the environment at a given point in time. It feels just right for our intended purpose as veterinarians serving in today’s environment.

The SAB supports our foundational principle of providing world-class medicine and will accomplish this through:

Medical innovation

Cross-functional collaboration

Strengthening relationships with partners in academia and industry

Development of resources for the hospitals

To succeed in this ongoing evolution of specialty medicine, we’ve created seven dedicated committees:

  • Medical Innovation - Chair Dr. Brandi Mattison, DVM, DACVECC
  • Marketing, Recruitment, and Communications - Chair Dr. Michelle Fabiani, DVM, DACVR
  • Clinical Studies - Chair Dr. Brooke Fowler, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)
  • Medical Assurance - Chair Dr. Rebecca Salazar, DVM, DACVAA
  • Training & Education - Chair Carrie Waters, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM), PhD
  • Network Engagement - Chair Dr. Eric Glass, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology)
  • Retention & Wellness - Chair Dr. Emi Knafo, DVM, DACZM

Learn more about the focus of our committees.


We’re committed to ensuring broad participation to achieve diversity in perspective and experiences. We have SAB members from all major Specialty+ER disciplines, including medical professionals from Canada and Australia.  But you don’t have to be a doctor or technician to participate; non-medical staff is encouraged to apply. But you don’t have to be a doctor or technician to participate; non-medical staff is encouraged to apply, but you must currently be an NVA-CF team member

We need you and your expertise to fill our committees. Available roles include:

  • Committee member
    (six per committee)
    • Volunteer position
    • Term: One year with the option to seek a second term.
    • Time Commitment: Two to four hours a month.
  • Cardiology Representative
    • Volunteer position
    • Term: One year with the option to seek a second term.
    • Time Commitment: Four to six hours a month.
  • ABVP Representative

    • Volunteer position
    • Term: One year with the option to seek a second term.
    • Time Commitment: Four to six hours a month.

SAB participation is for NVA C-F team members

For all other inquires, contact us.