About Dr. Rahilly
Dr. Rahilly grew up in Rochester, New York. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine here in Massachusetts. She completed an internship at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center and a residency in emergency and critical care at the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Rahilly became board certified in by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2007. Here at Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists, Dr. Rahilly works on the front lines, stabilizing and managing critically ill & injured pets. She uses her expertise to assist with the management of all of the cases in the ICU and helped establish the emergency and critical care residency program at CCVS. Her areas of expertise include management of severe infection, fluid therapy in critically ill animals, trauma stabilization, mechanical ventilation and pain management. When she’s not at work, Dr. Rahilly enjoys running, swimming, cooking, and rowing.
• 1994-1998: Boston College, Bachelor of Science- Biology and Philosophy, Chestnut Hill, MA
• 1999-2003: Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
• 2003-2004: University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center Rotating internship in small animal medicine and Surgery St. Paul, MN
• 2004-2007: University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine Residency in small animal emergency and critical care Philadelphia, PA
• 2007: Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
Areas of Expertise
• Fluid therapy in critically ill animals
• Respiratory disease
• Shock and Stabilization
• Mechanical ventilation
• Pain management
Original Peer-reviewed Papers in Refereed Journals
• Rahilly LJ, Keating JH and O’Toole TE. The use of Intravenous Human Immunoglobulin in treatment of Severe Pemphigus Foliaceus in a dog. J Vet Intern Med. 2006; 20: 1483-1486.
• Rahilly LJ, Waddell LS. Placement of an Abdominal Wrap to Control Hemodynamics. NAVC Clinician’s Brief December, 2009.
• Alberto L. Fernandez, DVM; Justine A. Lee, DVM, DACVECC; Louisa Rahilly, DVM, DACVECC; Ahna Brutlag, DVM; Lynn Hovda, DVM, RPh, MS, DACVIM;; Kristin Engebretsen, PharmD, DABAT. The use of intravenous lipid emulsions as an antidote in toxicology: a review. J Vet Emergency and Crit Care. In Press.
• Rahilly LJ, Mandell DC. Carbon Monoxide Toxicity. In Silverstein D and Hopper K Eds. Saunder’s Manual of Critical Care Medicine for Dogs and Cats. St. Louis, MO; Elsevier; 2009: 369-373.
• Rahilly LJ, Mandell DC. Methemoglobinemia. In Silverstein D and Hopper K Eds. Saunder’s Manual of Critical Care Medicine for Dogs and Cats. St. Louis, MO; Elsevier; 2009: 374-377.
• Rahilly LJ. Electrolyte Evaluation. In Burkitt J Ed. Advanced Nursing and Monitoring Techniques for Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care. Ames, IA; Blackwell Publishing. In press.
Awards & Honors
• 2003 Small Animal Proficiency Award sponsored by Legacy Pharmacia, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, North Grafton, MA.
• 2003 American Animal Hospital Association Award: Senior Student Award for Outstanding Achievement, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, North Grafton, MA.
• 2003 Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine Academic Excellence Award, Class 2003, North Grafton, MA.
• 2002/ Inductee of Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society, Tufts University School of
• 2003 Veterinary Medicine, North Grafton, MA.