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 Brandi Mattison, DVM, DACVECC
  • Marketing, Recruitment, and Communications - Chair Michelle Fabiani, DVM, DACVR
  • Clinical Studies - Chair Brooke Fowler, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)
  • Medical Assurance - OPEN
  • Training & Education - Chair Carrie Waters, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM), PhD
  • Network Engagement - OPEN
  • Retention & Wellness - OPEN

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.  You don’t have to be a doctor or technician to participate; non-medical staff are encouraged to apply, but you must be an NVA-CF team member.

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

  • Surgery Representative
    • Volunteer position
    • Term: One year with the option to seek a second term.
    • Time Commitment: Four to six hours a month
  • Technician Representative
    • Volunteer position
    • Term: One year with the option to seek a second term.
    • Time Commitment: Four to six hours a month.
  • Resident Representative
    • Volunteer position
    • Term: One year with the option to seek a second term.
    • Time Commitment: Four to six hours a month.
  • Zoological Medicine Representative
    • Volunteer position
    • Term: One year with the option to seek a second term.
    • Time Commitment: Four to six hours a month
  • Clinical Nutrition Representative
    • Volunteer position
    • Term: One year with the option to seek a second term.
    • Time Commitment: Four to six hours a month
  • Dermatology Representative
    • Volunteer position
    • Term: One year with the option to seek a second term.
    • Time Commitment: Four to six hours a month
  • Anesthesia Representative
    • Volunteer position
    • Term: One year with the option to seek a second term.
    • Time Commitment: Four to six hours a month
  • Internal Medicine Representative
    • Volunteer position
    • Term: One year with the option to seek a second term.
    • Time Commitment: Four to six hours a month
  • Diagnostic Imaging Representative
    • Volunteer position
    • Term: One year with the option to seek a second term.
    • Time Commitment: Four to six hours a month
  • Emergency & Critical Care Representative
    • Volunteer position
    • Term: One year with the option to seek a second term.
    • Time Commitment: Four to six hours a month
  • Medical Oncology Representative
    • Volunteer position
    • Term: One year with the option to seek a second term.
    • Time Commitment: Four to six hours a month
  • Retention & Wellness Committee Chair
    • Stipend position
    • Term: two years
    • Time Commitment: six to eight hours a month
  • Medical Assurance Committee Chair
    • Stipend position
    • Term: two years
    • Time Commitment: six to eight hours a month
  • Network Engagement Committee Chair
    • Stipend position
    • Term: two years
    • Time Commitment: six to eight hours a month

SAB participation is for NVA C-F team members

For all other inquires, contact us.