New York Instructors

Lauren Jones LVT

The compassionate care of animals has long been a great part of my life having shared my life with dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, a rabbit and horses. Education and teaching have been a large part of my life, as well. I have several degrees including a BA in Biology, a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine and a BS in Veterinary Technology. I have been a practicing podiatrist for nearly 30 years, and spent 15 of those years as a Clinical Professor of Podiatric Orthopedics. During this time, my desire to work with animals in the field of veterinary medicine led me to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician and I worked as aneeded equine vet tech part time for 8 years. I volunteer at animal sanctuaries and am a Redrover Responders Volunteer. Because of my love for animals, I have chosen a vegan lifestyle and volunteer my time teaching Humane Education. I enjoy nature photography, hiking and trail riding with my Quarter Horse Boss.

Patricia Rusilas LVT

Pat is an LVT living in Saratoga County, New York.  She is a graduate of SUNY Delhi and has been a tech for more than 30 years. Her career started in biomedical research in New York City and  a few years later, in 1988, she moved into clinical practice and never looked back.  Pat moved to  upstate New York in 1990 and worked predominantly in small animal medicine. She has also worked in veterinary emergency medicine and veterinary oncology.  Currently she has found her place in a nearby holistic veterinary practice and is certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in Basic and Advanced Life Support for dogs and cats. Pat has a special interest in geriatric medicine and veterinary hospice.  She is all about helping people help their pets.

Adam Pernice, BS, EMT-P, CIC

Adam is a New York State Paramedic working in NYC and the Hudson Valley.  He has been providing emergency care since 1983.  In addition, he also teaches emergency medical courses at the City University of New York.  He received his Bachelor's degree in 2015 and is a New York State Department of Health-Bureau of Emergency Medical Services Certified Instructor Coordinator.  During his childhood his family always has dogs and cats.  At one point, he had to raise five kittens from birth, bathing and feeding them via a bottle.  Now, he has two rescue dogs, Ginger (boxer/pit-bull) and Cooper (Treeing Coon Hound).  He tried to foster them, but he grew attached to them and they are now part of the family.

Sula Gay MRCVS

Sula is a veterinary surgeon from the United Kingdom. She graduated from Bristol University in 2003 and has worked in small animal practice since. She has over twelve years experience, working in emergency hospitals, private clinics, charity and volunteer organizations. During her diverse career she has seen and dealt with a vast range of clinical presentations and emergencies. As well as being a vet, she is also an experienced teacher. Whilst in general practice, she was responsible for overseeing and teaching veterinary students during their EMS (Extra-Mural Studies), an essential element of undergraduate veterinary education in the UK. Apart from her love of animals and dedication to their welfare, her other passions include trail running (she’s never happier than when running up a  mountain) and travelling (especially by bike!)

Dorothy Perez

I am a wife and mother of 3 beautiful children and 10 four legged kids: 6 dogs & 4 cats, all which were rescues. Since childhood I’ve always loved animals. I have a full time job, and have volunteered and worked with local rescues in my community for more than 7 years. I’ve also successfully placed hundreds of animals into loving homes.I like many, long for the day to say goodbye to the 9-5 job and do what I love to do best; work with animals. Today more and more households have 1 or more pets. They are our family! Yet, many are not prepared nor do they know what to do in an emergency situation. I am dedicated to educating our community and providing each pet household with the skills and techniques of Pet CPR and Emergency service skills.  Our four legged friends depend on us. Pet CPR and emergency techniques can be the difference between life or death for your furried friend. And I am excited to be a part of such an amazing team dedicated to preparing families for these unexpected situations.

Gregory Eddy

Greg Eddy is a current resident of Ballston Spa, NY and was born is Saratoga Springs just  few miles from his current home.  Greg has been in emergency services for 18 years as an Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic, Firefighter, Hazmat Specialist and works as the Fire Marshal at a local Navy training base where he lives.  He is a member of the Saratoga County Hazmat Response Team, a volunteer at Rock City Falls Fire Department in Milton, NY and is the owner and operator of Saratoga Emergency Management Services, LLC.  With his sidekick Molly, his dalmatian, Greg has been instructing CPR and emergency management and services training courses for over 14 years and is our most recent Pet CPR and first Aid instructor in Saratoga County NY.