Two people met and had an idea.

Rebecca Terra

BS, LVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia)


Tracey Mahoney

LVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia)


Rebecca received her Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology from Mercy University in 2017. As she grew in her career, she developed a passion for anesthesia, practicing the best possible medicine for her patients and proudly advocating for those without a voice. Exposure to various anesthetic events and Rebecca’s love of education inspired her to become a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Anesthesia & Analgesia (2023). Rebecca is currently the Surgery Service Supervisor and Trainer at Cornell University Veterinary Specialists and an adjunct professor in the Veterinary Technology program at Mercy University.

When it comes to education, Rebecca is mindful of the fact that everybody learns differently, and she is always ready to explain challenging concepts in a variety of ways. She wants fellow veterinary professionals to know that there is no such thing as a dumb question; asking questions shows your commitment to your patient and improving your foundational knowledge. Some of Rebecca’s favorite anesthetic procedures include phacoemulsification, thoracotomy, adrenalectomy, and liver lobectomy.

In her free time, Rebecca enjoys gardening, reading, playing video games, and visiting new eateries with her husband, Chris.

The perfect end to the day includes snuggling with her medically mischievous cats, Mexico and Diesel.

Tracey began her career in Veterinary Medicine in 2006 at a small general practice in South Hadley, MA. In 2008, she transitioned into Emergency and Specialty Medicine, working at a busy multi-specialty hospital in Springfield, MA, where she fell in love with emergency and critical care. She obtained her license as a veterinary technician in 2012 and began working in anesthesia that same year. It was then that she realized there was so much more to anesthesia than monitoring spays and neuters. While working in the emergency department on overnights, she was the anesthetist for emergency cases–be it a GDV, hemoabdomen, dystocia, etc. However, her dedication to practicing anesthesia at an advanced level didn’t fully bloom until she began working at Cornell University Veterinary Specialists in 2013. After getting married and becoming a mom, she realized that, though she loved the chaos of emergency and critical care, running anesthesia allowed her to focus solely on one patient at a time. 

Tracey then began her journey towards obtaining her Veterinary Technician Specialty (VTS) in Anesthesia & Analgesia, which she achieved in 2021. That same year, she received the Louise O’Dwyer Aspiration Award, which is awarded each year to an AVTAA or AVECCTN examinee who commits to a career dedicated to helping others and advancing the veterinary industry as a whole.

During her commutes, Tracey would listen to podcasts about anesthesia, mainly on the human side, to help her study for her AVTAA examination. Fast-forward to 2023, and she decided to start a podcast with a primary focus on veterinary anesthesia concepts and promoting kindness within the veterinary industry; thus, The CARES VetMed Podcast was born (CARES stands for Comprehensive Anesthesia Review and Education Series for Veterinary Medicine).

Tracey would describe her personality as a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle, not to be mistaken for a Goldendoodle, as they are simply mutts.

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