About Andrea

Andrea graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Specialized Honours Zoology from the University of Guelph, (1994). Andrea completed the Veterinary Technician Diploma at the Ridgetown College Campus, University of Guelph (1998). Most recently, Andrea graduated with a Master’s degree in Veterinary Clinical Studies, with a focus on hospital associated infections in the ICU.

Andrea has been an RVT in an ICU environment for over 20 years, and now supervises the ICU and Anesthesia teams.  She became a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care (VTS(ECC))  in 2003, becoming a member of the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians and Nurses (AVECCTN). Andrea has been a very active member of AVECCTN, having been the Examination Chair, Executive Secretary, and President of the Board of Directors.  Currently, Andrea serves as the Executive Secretary of AVECCTN.

Andrea is an experienced veterinary educator and lecturer, and regularly speaks at  national and international veterinary conferences.  A short list of conferences includes:

  • International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Symposium (IVECCS).
  • British Small Animal Veterinary Association Congress (BSAVA)
  • Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians Annual Conference
  • American Animal Hospital Association’s Annual Conference
  • Western Veterinary Conference ** Voted 2014 Technician Educator of the Year!
  • North American Veterinary Conference
  • Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia’s Annual Conference

In addition to conference engagements, Andrea has developed live and online courses for Quality CE, and the Veterinary Support Personnel Network (VSPN.org) on Advanced Critical Care Nursing. Andrea’s areas of specialization include: Respiratory Nursing, Renal Nursing and Hospital-Associated Infections.

Recent Publications:

  • 2021: McCurnin’s Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses, 10th Edition. Co-Editors, JM Bassert, AD Beal and OM Samples
  • 2020: Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care for Technicians, 4th Edition.  Co-editors, Andrea M. Battaglia and Andrea M. Steele
  • 2019: Contributor: Veterinary Technician’s Manual for Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care, Editor Christopher Norkus
  • 2019: Contributor: Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Manual, Editor Karol Mathews
  • 2018: Contributor: Small Animal Textbook of Emergency Medicine, Kenneth J. Drobatz (Editor), Kate Hopper (Editor), Elizabeth A. Rozanski (Editor), Deborah C. Silverstein (Editor)

Other Related Activities

  • Program Committee Co-Chair for the International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Symposium
  • Sits on the Academic Advisory Committee for the Veterinary Technology Program of Ridgetown College
  • Peer-Reviewer for the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association (JAAHA)
  • RECOVER Certified CPR Trainer


Andrea is a member of the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians, the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, and the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians.


2015 Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians Specialty Technician of the Year

2014 Western Veterinary Conference Technician Educator of the Year

2013 Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians Outstanding Contributions Award

2 Responses to “About”

  1. Andie Furda Sousa November 17, 2016 at 10:17 am #

    Good morning Ms. Steele,

    Hopefully this is the appropriate method of contacting you to inquire about organizing a visit/speaking engagement for regional veterinary technicians as part of our hospital’s on-going continuing education lecture series and a educational meeting/lecture opportunity for our hospital’s ECC vet techs.

    We are looking at late April/early May 2017.

    Should you be interested/available for such a visit to Albany, NY, please contact me!

    Best regards,

  2. Ellen Forsythe December 12, 2016 at 5:44 pm #

    Andrea: I am the Director of Education/Meetings at the Texas Veterinary Medical Association and we are looking for a speaker to speak our on technician program on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M. I am more than happy to provide additional details if you are interested. Please contact me at your earliest possible convenience.

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