Elisa Mazzaferro


Elisa Mazzaferro, MS, DVM, PhD, DACVECC

Staff Criticalist, Cornell University Veterinary Specialists
Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor of Emergency-Critical Care, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Mazzaferro is a past-president of the Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society (VECCS) and past-president of the American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care (ACVECC). She is the recipient of the 2018 VECCS Zaslow Distinguished Service Award.

Specialty Certification

American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Dr. Mazzaferro is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, completing an internship at the Veterinary Institute of Trauma in Wisconsin. She completed a residency in Emergency-Critical Care at Colorado State University, where she also earned her PhD. She was board certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care in 2002. Dr. Mazzaferro was the Director of Emergency Services at a multispecialty practice in Colorado for 10 years before joining CUVS in 2012.

Dr. Mazzaferro is internationally renowned and a leader in her field. She is President of the American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care. She is also a prolific publisher, having authored four manuals as well as numerous chapters and manuscripts on a range of topics relating to Emergency and Critical Care Medicine. She lectures extensively nationally and internationally, having given presentations in more than 21 US states and 9 countries.

Internationally, Dr. Mazzaferro is recognized for her accomplishments as a lecturer and author. At CUVS, she is known for her upbeat, warm personality and unwavering positivity. She simultaneously conveys her tremendous experience and expertise with warmth and compassion – a combination that is reassuring and invaluable in the emergency setting.

Professional Interests
  • Trauma
  • Toxicities
  • Colloid and crystalloid fluid therapy
  • Advanced pain management

Specialty Services

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CUVS is certified by the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS) as the highest level facility in veterinary trauma, emergency and critical care. We have 3 board-certified critical care specialists and 24/7 state-of-the-art Emergency and ICU care.

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