Lisa Olsen, DVM, DACVECC

Critical Care, Emergency Medicine

Lisa Olsen grew up in California, and discovered her passion for animals at an early age, raising puppies to be used by the vision impaired through Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc.  She pursued pre-veterinary education at the University of California at Davis.  She then attended Kansas State University where she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.  Dr. Olsen completed a small animal rotating internship at Iowa State University, after which she transitioned to private practice to complete a specialized Emergency and Critical Care internship.  She remained in private practice for a 3-year residency in Emergency and Critical Care, where she developed a special interest in trauma resuscitation, shock and sepsis management, and advanced life-support therapies such as dialysis and ventilation.  Lisa returned to academic medicine, taking a position in the ICU at Iowa State University upon completion of her residency, where she enjoyed teaching and guiding the veterinary students and interns.  She became board certified through the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC) in 2014.

Dr. Olsen has spoken locally, regionally, and nationally throughout her residency and her time at Iowa State, and played a pivotal role in the development of specialized training programs in her area of expertise for both students and post-graduate interns.  She strives to make emergency and critical care medicine approachable, for pet owners, primary veterinarians, and her colleagues.

Dr. Olsen strongly values the human-animal bond, and the impact of critical illness on the client and the family.  Using her passion for education, she makes a genuine effort to involve the owners in decision making processes throughout the diagnosis and treatment of her patients.  She strives to build strong relationships, where the client can feel confident in their pet’s care, and comfortable asking questions or raising concerns so they may understand the medical recommendations made for their pet.  She is eager to share her approach to medicine with the South Carolina veterinary and pet owning community.

Dr. Olsen is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC), European College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ECVECC), South Carolina Association of Veterinarians (SCAV) and the Trident Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA).

When not working, Dr. Olsen is an avid bicyclist, a culinary enthusiast, and thoroughly enjoys the cinema.  She and her husband share their home with their two dogs, a Cocker Spaniel named “Emma” and a Golden Retriever named “Roubaix”, and one cat, a Maine Coon mix named “Memphis”. 

Dr. Olsen is dedicated to helping CVRC develop an approachable, collaborative, and more available critical care service to the veterinary community in Charleston and beyond.

Education / Experience: 

2016-presentCritical Care Specialist - Charleston Veterinary Referral Center
2014Diplomate - American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
2013-2015Critical Care Specialist - Iowa State University Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center, Ames, IA
2013-2015Critical Care Specialist - Iowa Veterinary Specialists, Des Moines, IA
2010-2013Residency - Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care, Eastern Iowa Veterinary Specialty Center, Cedar Rapids, IA
2009-2010Internship - Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care, Eastern Iowa Veterinary Specialty Center, Cedar Rapids, IA
2008-2009Adjunct Instructor - Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ames, IA
2008-2009Internship - Rotating Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ames, IA
2008Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Manhattan, KS
2004Bachelor of Science - Animal Science, University of California at Davis, CA

Publications

Kotas S, Gerber LE, Schermerhorn T, Moore L: Changes in serum glucose, sodium, and tonicity in cats treated for diabetic ketosis. Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care 2008; 18 (5): 488-495.

Olsen L, Streeter E, DeCook R: Characteristics and Management of Gunshot Injuries in Dogs and Cats, and Utility of Animal Trauma Triage Scores in Predicting Outcome: 37 cases (2003-2008). Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 2014; 245 (8): 923-929.

Slovak, Jennifer; Wang, Chong; Morrison, Jo Ann; Deitz, Krysta; LeVine, Dana; Otoni, Cris; King, Robert; Olsen, Lisa; Hanson, Kayla; Lundberg, Alycen; Jergens, Albert. Endoscopic Assessment of the Duodenum in Dogs with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.  Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine 2014; 28: 1442-1446.

Austin K Viall, DVM, MS; Amanda L McNamee; Lisa E Olsen, DVM; Krysta Deitz, DVM, MS; Shannon J Hostetter, DVM, PhD.  The prognostic significance of dyslipidemias in hospitalized, critically ill dogs.  Submitted to BMC Veterinary Research, December 2015.