VIN Consultants and Editors

Specialty: Emergency Medicine

Associate Editor

Tony Johnson

Tony Johnson

Board Certification

  • American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC) Emergency Medicine, 2003


  • Residency in Emergency Medicine, DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital, 2003
  • Internship in Small Animal Medicine, Loomis Basin Veterinary Clinic, 1998
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, 1996
  • Bachelor of Science, Univ of Wash, 1989

Current Professional Activities

  • VIN Minister of happiness and consultant liaison

Past Professional Activities

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Head of emergency services, VCA Indiana Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Center, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Criticalist and Head of Emergency Service - VCA Veterinary Referral Associates - Gaithersburg, MD
  • Criticalist at Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove, Illinois.

Marital Status

  • Married to the kind, smart, sparkly and wonderful Dr. Gretchen Johnson (formerly Statz), also a criticalist


  • Gloria, born August 2012
  • Grayson, born December 2011 (on Tony's birthday!)
  • Connor, born in July 2004.


  • 3 chickens
  • Crispy—former burn victim DSH, now a total knucklehead. Needed a z-plasty on his face because he looked like he'd had one too many facelifts.
  • Cupid—former through-and-through arrow victim DSH, now happy to be living indoors, thank you.
  • Rocco the dunderheaded 3-legged dog


  • Camping
  • Cooking
  • Woodworking
  • Reading
  • Soapmaking
  • Being a dad to my kids

Favorite Quotes

  • "Live to the point of tears" —Camus
  • "Chance favors the prepared mind"
  • "Post hoc ergo propter hoc"
  • "Non illegitimi carborundum"
  • "I was told I could play my music at a reasonable volume"

What I Like Most About VIN

All the donuts I can eat AND a chance to learn and a chance to teach all wrapped up in one. Like veterinary sushi.

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Call Paul D. Pion, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology) at 530-757-6881 or email .