Emergency and Critical Care
Annie Chih, DVM, DACVECCDr. Chih is a Board Certified Emergency and Critical Care Specialist at the Animal Medical Center of Seattle.
Born and raised in Queens, New York, Dr. Chih’s first job was as a kennel/veterinary assistant. She received her DVM from the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. During veterinary school, she saw the diversity of emergency/critical cases as personal challenges with her ultimate inspiration coming from her mother who taught her to have a strong work ethic and to have compassion for all beings.
Following graduation, Dr. Chih completed a small animal medicine and surgery rotating internship at Michigan Veterinary Specialists in 2012. She then completed an emergency/critical care specialty internship and a residency in emergency/critical care, both at Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists in Glendale, Wisconsin. Dr. Chih obtained board certification in emergency and critical care thereafter. 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 and her spouse are excited to be in the Pacific Northwest as they love hiking and being outdoors. When not hiking, they enjoy attending film, music, and food festivals and spending time with their tabby cat, Adonis, and beagle mix, Bella. Since their adoption, Adonis and Bella have taught them “to be the type of person my dog (or cat) thinks I am” and to “wag more and bark less.”
Shane Turner, DVM
Assistant Medical DirectorDr. 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.
Adam J. Reiss, DVM, DACVECC
Medical DirectorDr. 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.
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.
Kevin Attermeier, DVMDr. 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, DVMDr. 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.
Rachael Snyder, DVMDr. Rachael Snyder completed her undergraduate work at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA (go Geoducks!). She obtained her DVM in 2013 from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, she worked as a general practitioner on the Olympic Peninsula and Seattle. Dr. Snyder joined the Animal Medical Center of Seattle’s ER/ICU team in 2018. Dr. Snyder has a special interest in feline medicine, wound management, and critical care and teaches a quarterly pet first aid class at Shoreline Community College.
Although she is originally from Maryland, she now lives in Shoreline with her husband, Aaron, her dog and three cats. In her free time, she plays guitar and sings in a bluegrass band and is a board member of a national women’s bluegrass association. She also sews, gardens, hikes, and travels as much as possible.
Brittany Johnson, DVMDr. Johnson graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2016 and completed her clinical training at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Following graduation she practiced in New York shortly before moving back home to the Pacific Northwest. After returning to Seattle, she spent two years working in private practice before pursuing her dreams of working in emergency medicine. She started at AMCS in the summer of 2018.
Dr. Johnson has special interests in feline medicine, neurology, and cardiology.
In her spare time Dr. Johnson enjoys international travel, backpacking, reading and motorcycle riding. She lives with her husband Simon, their two Persian cats, and a leopard gecko.
Nicole White, DVMDr. Nicole White graduated from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, where she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine as well as her Bachelor of Animal Science. After earning her DVM in 2018, Dr. White pursued a one-year small animal medicine and surgery internship at Seattle Veterinary Specialists in Kirkland to gain additional training in emergency medicine and critical care.
Dr. White also has a broad range of experience working with exotic animal species. Between her undergraduate and graduate studies, she worked at a private zoo in Queensland, Australia, where she spent a year interacting with many native Australian species and primarily working in the reptile department. She has also spent time in Bangladesh, working with a local conservation group, radio tracking Burmese pythons and performing endangered species survey work.
While working with exotic animal species has broadened her general knowledge and passion for all types of veterinary medicine, Dr. White has special interests in sepsis, polytrauma, immune-mediated diseases and the comprehensive management of critically-ill patients.
Dr. White is a Pacific Northwest native and currently lives in Seattle with her partner Noah and their two shelter rescues, a 4-year-old cat named Ryder and their 1-year-old Pitbull puppy, Penelope. In her spare time, Dr. White enjoys hiking, kayaking, international travel, and cooking.
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
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