Emergency and Critical Care
Adam J. Reiss, DVM, DACVECC
Dr. Adam Reiss is a Board Certified Emergency and Critical Care Specialist and the Medical Director at Animal Medical Center of Seattle. His team of doctors and nurses are on duty during those times when your family veterinarian may not be available – nights, weekends and major holidays. AMCS is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The staff works closely with your family veterinarian, sharing information as a team of professionals caring for your pet. Together, they develop a comprehensive treatment plan for your pet that assures the best continuity of care and success.
Dr. Reiss was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City. He graduated from New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell in 1993. Following graduation he completed a small-animal Internship at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital and Residency in emergency and critical care at Denver Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Reiss obtained board certification in emergency and critical care in October 2002.
Dr Reiss has been involved in the growth and development of four large 24-hour emergency and referral centers in Denver, Seattle, Medford and Portland. He has published a paper on traumatic cardiac injuries, as well as book chapters on subjects such as dystocia and pneumonia.
Dr. Reiss has special interests in trauma, transfusion medicine, critical care nutrition, pulmonary diseases and oncology. He has a broad based skill set and can perform echocardiographs, abdominal ultrasound, diagnostic and emergency endoscopic procedures, as well as emergency surgery.
Annie Chih, DVM (Practice Limited to Critical Care)
Dr. Chih is a native of Queens, New York. Her ultimate inspiration came from her mother who taught her to have a strong work ethic and to have compassion for all beings.
Her first job was at a small animal clinic working as a kennel/veterinary assistant. Following this role, she went on to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and then graduated from the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011.
During her clinical years, she found that her skills and personality were well suited to emergency situations, and saw the diversity of cases as personal challenges, encouraging her to increase her knowledge and abilities.
Following graduation, Dr. Chih completed a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Michigan Veterinary Specialists in 2012. She continued to pursue her passion with the completion of a one-year specialty internship, and a three-year residency in emergency and critical care, both at Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists in Glendale, WI.
Dr. Chih’s specialty interests include fluid therapy, transfusion medicine, polytrauma, critical care nutrition, multimodal analgesia, ultrasonography, and the value of the human-animal bond.
Dr. Chih is excited to move to the Pacific Northwest as she loves hiking and the beaches. She hopes to start a garden so that she can grow her own food. In her spare time, she enjoys attending film, music and food festivals. Her favorite films are documentaries and independent films. She also loves taking pictures and spending time with her lovable tabby cat, Adonis, and her beagle mix, Bella. Since their adoption, Adonis and Bella have taught Dr. Chih “to be the person my dog (or cat) thinks I am” and to “wag more and bark less.”
Our Staff Veterinarians are committed to the study of emergency medicine and keep current on the latest emerging treatments within this specialty. They enjoy the intellectual challenge of managing diverse and complex medical conditions in a constantly changing, fast-paced environment. These compassionate and skilled doctors are able to provide top quality care at a moment’s notice—regardless of the emergency.
Shane Turner, DVM
Dr. Shane Turner graduated from Colorado State University in 2004. After graduation he moved to Washington State and began working for a private day practice. After several years of day practice he followed his interests into emergency medicine. He joined the Animal Medical Center of Seattle in 2012. Dr. Turner has special interests in soft tissue surgery, pain management and anesthesia, endocrine diseases and hematologic diseases. He has completed extensive training in surgery and pain management. Dr. Turner is a native of Utah but has lived in Washington for 9 years. He has a wife and three children and enjoys spending time with them as well as traveling, camping, running, biking and skiing. He also volunteers for the Doney Clinic, a service that provides care for pets of homeless and people in need in Seattle.
Kevin Attermeier, DVM
Dr. Kevin Attermeier received his Bachelors in Animal Science and his veterinary degree from the University of Illinois. During his studies, he worked for almost six years as a client service representative at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital. He enjoyed the one-on-one experiences with clients and gained a strong sense of client expectations.
After receiving his DVM in 2012, he completed a one-year internship in emergency and critical care medicine at the Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center in Levittown, Pennsylvania. Subsequently, he worked as a general practitioner at Ardmore Animal Hospital in Pennsylvania for two years before joining the team at Animal Medical Center of Seattle. He has a special interest in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and pharmacologic management of critically ill patients.
Dr. Attermeier and his wife recently moved to Seattle and are excited to enjoy everything the Pacific Northwest has to offer. In his spare time, he can be found traditional rock climbing, experimenting with photography, backpacking and daydreaming about Patagonia and climbing in the Andes Mountains.
Dr. Attermeier has made guest appearances on the KIRO radio show, Raining Cats and Dogs to answer listener questions regarding pet health.
Jennifer Kissinger, DVM
Dr. Jennifer Kissinger graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. She practiced emergency veterinary medicine for several years in the Seattle area before moving to Lenox, Massachusetts where she owned a feline veterinary hospital for six years. She missed the beautiful Pacific Northwest though and moved back to practice here ever since. Dr. Kissinger now has over 20 years of experience as a practicing veterinarian, 10 of which are exclusively in emergency medicine and surgery.
Dr. Kissinger has special interests in emergency care and surgery, feline medicine and geriatric care. She is passionate about providing top quality emergency veterinary care in an informative and compassionate environment.
Dr. Kissinger has a cat named Coconut and a small dog named CC. Outside of work, she is a true soccer mom, shuttling her young son to his competitive soccer and basketball games much of the time. They also enjoy camping, hiking, gardening and occasional road trips.
Dordor Vang, DVM, MPH
Dr. Dordor Vang received her Bachelors in Animal Science and her Veterinary degree from Washington State University. During her studies, she worked a variety of work-study jobs ranging from scooping cow manure to being a technician for the stable isotope core facility.
After receiving her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2014, she worked as an overnight emergency veterinarian in Washington State. She took a hiatus from veterinary emergency in 2016 to complete her studies in public health at the World Organization for Animal Health in Paris, France, before joining the team at Animal Medical Center of Seattle. She has a special interest in infectious disease, emergency surgery, soft tissue surgery, polytrauma and is especially interested in client communication and education.
Dr. Vang has a love of trains and is planning the next cross-country train trip with her partner Killi. She speaks four languages: Cantonese, Mandarin, French and English and hopes to learn a fifth language this year. In her free time, she likes to disappear to go backpacking for days on end, experimenting with cooking and (attempting) foraging for mushrooms.
Veterinary Technicians (Nurses)
Our Veterinary Technicians play a vital role in the care of your pet while they are hospitalized. Licensed Veterinary Technicians have completed training and education to prepare them to take and pass a National Board Exam. As in a human hospital, these skilled professionals interface closely with patients and doctors, ensuring that each patient receives expert attention around the clock. They are dedicated to patient care and comfort and spend a good deal of time working one on one with their patients.
Types of Cases
• Heart Failure
• Pericardial Effusion
• Foreign Body Removal
Liver and Gallbladder Emergencies
• Liver Failure
• Fatty Liver Disease
• Gallbladder Mucocele
• Head Trauma
• Kidney Failure
• Urethral Obstruction