Faculty - Veterinary Technology

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Joseph SavareseJoseph E. Savarese, D.V.M.

Interim Dean of the Undergraduate College & Professor and Chair, Veterinary Technology Department
Dr. Joseph E. Savarese has taught at Medaille since 1986. He earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Parma, Italy, and had previous experience as a secondary school Spanish teacher, school administrator and in adult education. Savarese is licensed to practice veterinary medicine in New York and Florida, and is an active member of several local, state and national veterinary organizations. As a volunteer, Savarese performs surgery and consults for the SPCA of Erie County, serves as an advisor to a Boy Scout Explorer Post in veterinary medicine, and is on the scientific staff of the Erie County Sheriff's Office. He has published and spoken locally and nationwide on the role of the veterinary technician in veterinary practice.


No photoRenee Bugenhagen, D.V.M.

Associate Professor, Veterinary Technology
Dr. Renee Bugenhagen has taught in the Veterinary Technology program since 1994. She is a graduate of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and has twenty-three years of clinical veterinary experience in small animal, exotic and emergency medicine. She currently practices in a small animal clinic in Hamburg, New York, allowing her to keep current with changes in veterinary medicine, and to offer clinical cases to her students. She is currently working towards a master's degree in education (curriculum and instruction), with a lifelong goal of improving the lives of human beings through their association with animals. Her passions include her children and her pets, with a combined total of 22.



Allison DelangAllison DeLang, A.A.S.

Visiting Instructor, Veterinary Technology
Allison Delang is a licensed veterinary technician with extensive experience in laboratories and veterinary clinics. She is a member of NAVTA, the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, and has attended seminars and conferences throughout the country for continuing education. She began teaching at Medaille in 1999 and became a full time clinical instructor in 2007.




Valerie MacerValerie Macer, M.S.

Associate Professor, Veterinary Technology
Valerie J. Macer has taught in the Veterinary Technology department since 1995, after previously working as a veterinary technician at Medaille. She is the only full-time faculty veterinary technician in the Medaille program (the other full-time faculty members are veterinarians). Macer graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. degree in natural resources and worked for several years for a consulting forester in the Southern Tier of New York. She returned to school and earned her A.A.S. in veterinary science technology at the State University of New York at Delhi in 1982, worked in a small animal practice, and taught veterinary technology at an AVMA-accredited school in Pittsburgh.

Macer currently does relief work at a medical research facility, keeping current in the field of laboratory animal science. She is a certified laboratory animal technician (American Association for Laboratory Animal Science) and a licensed New York State veterinary technician. Macer has taught VET 204, Veterinary Clinical Laboratory Techniques since the first class was offered in 1988, and taught VET 126 Animal Parasitology for several years. She substantially revised and now teaches VET 120 Introduction to Laboratory Animal Science and VET 320 Advanced Laboratory Animal Science. Val maintains a collection of reptiles for use in the Veterinary Technology and Biology programs, has presented numerous programs on reptile care and rehabilitation, and is a consultant for the New York State Department of Conservation and the SPCA Serving Erie County. She is a past president and current board member for the Veterinary Technician Continuing Education Program of Western New York, a founding member of the Western New York Herpetological Society and member of many national and state Veterinary Technician and Technician Education organizations. Macer has earned her master’s of education in science education and it is her mission to provide the best possible education that she can to the students in the Medaille Veterinary Technology program, starting them on the path to the lifelong learning experience in caring for animals and the people who love them.


Nancy PughNancy Pugh, D.V.M.

Associate Professor, Veterinary Technology
Dr. Nancy Pugh has been teaching in Medaille's Veterinary Technology program since 2003. After graduating from SUNY ESF with a degree in forest biology, she worked on a dairy farm while attaining her teaching certification. She taught high school science (biology, chemistry and math) at a very small school for four years before applying to veterinary school. She completed her graduate degree at Cornell University, and during that time conducted grant-supported research in Uganda on Trypanosomiasis. After graduating, Dr. Pugh accepted a position at Springville Veterinary Services where she was a large animal vet for 10 years. She co-owns a farm of 80 sheep and three goats, and trains Belgian Tervurens dogs to herd. She decided to return to teaching, mostly due to a torn ACL compliments of a beef cow and then a sheep.


No photoIlze Stankevics, D.V.M.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Veterinary Technology





Stephanie WestermanStephanie West, D.V.M.

Associate Professor
Dr. Stephanie West is the program director for the A.S. veterinary technology degree program. She began teaching veterinary technology in 2000. She created a popular course in feline medicine for the bachelor's degree program, and and has taught a variety of courses including small animal nutrition and disease, diagnostic imaging and pathology. Dr. West earned her D.V.M. from the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. She worked with farm animals for a year after graduating from veterinary college, then moved to Buffalo and has worked at the Summer Street Cat Clinic for over 19 years. She served as president of the Western New York Veterinary Medical Association, and as a board member of the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society and the Buffalo Academy of Veterinary Continuing Education. Dr. West has given guest lectures at the University at Buffalo and for the Erie County Board of Health. Her goal is to empower students to live a life they love in a career they deeply enjoy.


No photoTara Woyton, M.S.

Visiting Instructor, Veterinary Technology
Tara earned her A.S. in Veterinary Technology and her B.S. in Biology from Medaille College. She began her career in veterinary medicine with Springville Veterinary Services as a large animal technician and taught large animal labs at Medaille. She used her large animal experience to obtain a position with the United States Department of Agriculture in the Animal Plant Health Inspection Services, Veterinary Services division. Following along with their mission statement ‘Keeping America’s Livestock Healthy’, Tara has trained in Foreign Animal Disease with the University of Tennessee Knoxville, performed extensive work in zoonotic disease surveillance and specializes in necropsy. Along with her regular duties she served as the Veterinary Service Tribal Liaison, working with federally recognized Tribes in New York State to keep their livestock healthy. Tara also served as the chair of the Civil Rights Committee for her division and in 2009 received the Administrator’s Civil Rights award for her work. In 2010 Tara decided to return to teaching, and obtained her M.S. in Deaf Education from Canisius College. Tara now teaches full time at Medaille, and serves Saint Mary’s School for the Deaf when she can. She is also a huge supporter of Deaf Adult Services in Buffalo.

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