Andrea Looney, DVM, DACVA, CCRP

Dr. Andrea Looney

Dr. Andrea Looney earned her degree from the NYS College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University in 1989 and returned there after a short stent in private practice for an instructorship in Community Medicine and Anesthesiology. She finished a residency in Anesthesiology in 1997, and then took a position at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston where she served on staff in general medicine, emergency, and intensive care until becoming Chief Medical Officer and Clinical Assistant Professor at Tufts Veterinary Emergency Treatment and Specialties, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Her training and interest in animal welfare, palliative care, and pain management then led her back to Cornell where she started the Pain Management and Rehabilitation Service, the outpatient palliative care branch of the Department of Clinical Sciences.

It was through her experiences at MSPCA-Angell and Cornell's pain management service that she became committed to finding unique means, including financially feasible, minimally invasive, symptomatic, and non-surgical mechanisms to treat many common small and large animal diseases and problems. Her investment in the outpatient care service, along with her interest in pain as well as practical anesthesia, allowed her to develop and institute the college's first course on “Animal Pain: Recognition, Treatment and Prevention” for year veterinary and graduate students. It was here that she also aligned with Shelter Outreach Services of Central NY (a low cost spay and neuter outreach program) and Maddie’s Shelter Program of Cornell, authoring the Standards of Care Guidelines for Spay and Neuter and Anesthesia and Pain Management of Shelter Patients for the first Shelter Medicine textbook.

Her main interests lie in provision of quality of life care regardless of financial means, recognition and treatment of animal pain and suffering, spay and neuter as well as symptomatic geriatric care to reduce shelter populations, and teaching of practical anesthesia, pain management techniques. Dr. Looney has authored articles and chapters on these subjects, is boarded in Veterinary Anesthesiology and Pain Management, and is certified in Acupuncture/Veterinary Rehabilitation She is currently a staff member at Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital and Intown Veterinary Group of Massachusetts, where she directs the Anesthesia Services. She is thrilled to serve as a part of HSVMA's Leadership Council.