Dr. Brigden has worked closely with Dr. Victoria Lukasik, DACVA, a board certified veterinary anesthesiologist, for the past 6 years in Arizona.  She is a great resource for complicated anesthetic cases. Our anesthetic drug protocols are based on her recommendations. She is also available by special arrangement to administer anesthesia in our office for severely compromised patients requiring periodontal, oral surgical or endodontic therapy.

Victoria M. Lukasik,


Dr. Victoria Lukasik received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Washington State University where she was awarded the Outstanding Senior Student in Medicine and Surgery (across all disciplines) and the Dorothy Eggerman Memorial Award. Dr. Lukasik completed her residency in anesthesiology at Cornell University and received her Diplomate status from the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (DACVAA) in 1997. She has received awards from the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia, American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), research awards from the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute. In addition, Dr. Lukasik is involved in research at the Arizona Health Sciences Center at the University of Arizona and has published numerous professional articles and contributed to textbooks on the field of anesthesia. She is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker and has been presented with several professional awards, including one for compassion.