St. Matthew's University - Vet Med SAVMA

Meet the SAAVMA Faculty Advisors

Dr. Eric Dunayer, V.M.D., M.S., D.A.B.T., D.A.B.V.T.

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Assistant Professor of Clinical Sciences
Associate Professor of Clinical Sciences

V.M.D., School of Veterinary Medicine University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
M.S., Environmental Health and Sciences Drexel University, Philadelphia

Dr. Dunayer has served as a Senior Toxicologist at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center in Urbana, IL since 2002 and has been a visiting lecturer at St. Matthews during the past three years. He has served as an expert on toxicoses for various groups and is considered to be the primary expert on xylitol poisoning of animals. He teaches both toxicology and clinical pathology.

Dr. Samantha Shields, D.V.M.

D.V.M., St. George's University, Grenada

Dr. Shields graduated from St. George’s University and completed her clinical year at University of Florida in 2004. Prior to joining the faculty in May 2007, she worked for Hill’s Pet Nutrition. Previously, she had worked within the terrestrial and education department at Boatswains Beach, in Grand Cayman and for a small animal practice in Canada. She has a strong interest and experience in small animal nutrition and marine mammal medicine. She co-coordinates the MARVET (marine veterinary medicine) Cayman program and the SMOLE (St. Matthew’s Orientation and Leadership Experience) program at SMU.