Meet Our Team of Specialists and Emergency Vets

Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists is proud to introduce its growing team of emergency and critical care vets and specialists in many fields of veterinary medicine.


Dr Ira ZaslowI. M. Zaslow, DVM, Charter Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care; Director and Chief of Staff, Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists.  Dr. Zaslow graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario Canada. His major interests include orthopedics, trauma, critical care and emergency medicine. He was the first veterinarian accepted into The Human Society of Critical Care Medicine and is a founding father of Veterinary Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Zaslow published the first book on veterinary trauma and critical care, has lectured extensively over the years and has published prolifically. Dr. Zaslow was also a lecturer for Pfizer Pharmaceutical in their Animal Health Division as well as a lecturer and consultant to other companies in the veterinary industry.


Dr Allison CannonAllison B. Cannon, DVM, MS, Diplomate, American College of Internal Medicine, (small animal internal medicine).   Dr. Cannon received her veterinary medical degree from the University of Florida, College of Veterinary medicine in 2003.  She completed a one year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, and her internal medicine residency program at the University of California at Davis.  Dr. Cannon chairs the Department of Internal Medicine at Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists.  As a vet and specialist, she displays a wide interest in all aspects of her specialty and plans to participate in clinical research as well as LVS’ Internship program.




Dr Lynel TocciLynel J. Tocci, DVM, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, MT (ASCP) SBB, Dr. Tocci received her BS at Northeastern University (1988) and DVM from Tufts University (2004).  She completed a Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship in 2005 at Angell Animal Medical Center and a Critical Care Residency, also at Angell Animal Medical Center in 2008.  Dr. Tocci spent 10 years with Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA in their Blood Bank and Transfusion Service and served as their Clinical Laboratory Supervisor from 1993 to 1998; she is a Certified Specialist in Blood Bank and Medical Technology.  Dr. Tocci has lectured extensively.  She joins Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists after years in private specialty practice, most recently as the Department Head Emergency Critical Care at Veterinary Emergency Specialty Center of New England in Waltham, MA.


Dr Jennifer BibevskiJennifer Deck Bibevski, DVM, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Dr. Bibevski earned her DVM degree at The Ohio State University in June, 2006 and after completing her three year residency program in surgery,  she worked at Blue Pearl Veterinary Hospitals/Michigan Veterinary Specialists  Ann Arbor, MI.  She assumed the position of Chief of Surgery at LVS in August, 2015 and is proficient in orthopedic, soft tissue and neuro surgery.  She has authored many publications and abstracts and enjoys mentoring the intern class at LVS.  Jennifer loves her time training and trail riding her horse with her husband on weekends. She is a Classical Pianist  and a member of the Porsche Club of North America.




Stacy R. Watterson, DVM, Diplomate American College of Veterinary
Emergency and Critical Care,  Dr. Watterson joined the LVS  staff in 2017 on a part time basis.  She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Texas A & M  and went on to do a residency at Veterinary Specialists of South Florida.  In 2005  Dr. Watterson  became boarded in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine.   She enjoys scuba diving in her free time . 



Clifford “Kip” Berry, DVM, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Radiology, “Kip” did his residency in radiology at the University of California School of Veterinary Medicine and was boarded in 1990.  Dr. Berry holds the title of Professor of Radiology at the University of Florida and Assistant Professor at North Carolina State and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Berry lends his expertise to all the imaging interpretations whether it’s our digital radiography, MRI or CT films and all our patients’ ultrasound studies.

Elizabeth Watson, DVM, Diplomate,  American College of Veterinary Radiology,  Dr. Watson received her DVM from the University of Florida in 1988 and completed her four year residency in Radiology at the University of Georgia in 1994.  In that same year she became a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Radiology and received her MS degree in Anatomy and Radiology.  She is the owner of Veterinary Imaging , a radiology referral service.  This service provides 24 hour coverage for LVS.

James Neil Ross, JR., DVM, M.Sc., PhD, Charter Diplomate American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Charter Diplomate American College of Cardiology, Charter Diplomate American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.  Dr. Ross is an icon in the Veterinary profession and  helped establish the Veterinary College at Tufts University.  He served as the acting  hospital director  at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Tufts for many years.  He earned his veterinary degree from The Ohio State University.  Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists is honored to have Dr. Ross on board  as a monthly guest lecturer for the interns and residents.


Kristina Wynn Calicchio, DVM, residency trained in Surgery, Emergency Clinician. Dr. Calicchio earned her Bachelor of Arts (Biology) from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her DVM degree from the University of California at Davis in 2003. Following graduation, she did a one year rotating small animal internship followed by a three year surgical residency both at the California Veterinary Specialty Hospital in Irvine, California from 2003 through 2007.  Kristina completed her final year of surgical residency at LVS in June, 2015

Jenessa Grau, DVM  Dr. Grau  graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine  in May, 2015 and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of South Dakota.  After spending one year at LVS as a rotating intern, she has joined the staff  as an Emergency Clinician.

Ashley Noel Schenk, DVM  Dr. Schenk received her B.S. from the University of Miami, graduating with a double major in Biology and Marine and Atmospheric Science.  She went on to the University of Tennessee ,  where she completed her Masters Degree and her DVM.  One of her passions is volunteering  and has spent time in Nicaragua,  in Knoxville, TN with Pets of Homeless Owners and with Miami Dade Animal Services.




Dr Ashley VillatoroAshley Villatoro , DVM   Dr. Villatoro is a graduate of Ross University in St. Kitts and completed her clinical year at Texas A&M in January 2016.  She received her BA from Hood College  with a major in Biochemistry.  Her goal is to be board certified in small animal surgery.




Katherine Zamudio, DVM   Dr. Zamudio is a graduate of Florida International University and earned her DVM From Ross University in 2017. She did her Veterinary  clinical education at University of Florida and also completed  an externship at LVS in 2016 under Dr. Lynel Tocci. 

We have the best DVMs in Florida. Check back as we expand our family of specialists and emergency vets!