Mara Hickey has been in the field of emergency and critical care medicine since 1996, first working as a veterinary assistant, and later obtaining certification as a veterinary technician. She graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Wisconsin in 2008 and pursued additional training at a private practice emergency referral hospital as well as at the University of California at Davis. In 2014, she completed a residency in emergency and critical care at a private practice in Los Angeles. She moved to Australia in May 2015 to head the emergency and critical care service. She has published articles on septic peritonitis, renal thromboembolism and cardiac disease, and toxicity associated with a urinary acidifier. Mara's interests include trauma, electrolyte and acid-base disturbances, respiratory emergencies and mechanical ventilation, and septic shock and vasopressor use. She has a goal of conducting clinical studies which will directly help private practitioners provide excellent care for emergency patients.