Small Animal Surgery

Absolutely love and am grateful for the whole orthopedic staff who have treated and loved George like their own through two unfortunate leg breaks. I am grateful for their patience and compassion when addressing my fears, worries and concerns!


Our Service

In conjunction with outstanding diagnostic, imaging, pain management, and rehabilitation services, the small animal surgery service offers state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment for orthopedic and soft tissue conditions.

Orthopedic Surgery

This area focuses on surgical and medical treatments for orthopedic and neurological diseases.

Orthopedic conditions and services:

  • Angular limb deformities
  • Arthroscopic joint exploration
  • Canine hip dysplasia
  • Cranial cruciate ligament disease
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Diseases of the elbow and shoulder
  • Fracture repair
  • Patella luxation (dislocated knee)

Special capabilities:

  • C-arm radiology during surgery
  • Fluoroscopy-guided fracture repair
  • Locking plate fracture fixation
  • PennHIP radiographic screening for risk of developing degenerative joint disease in dogs as young as 16 weeks

Learn more about orthopedic surgery. Read our FAQ page.

Soft Tissue/ Oncologic Surgery

This service area provides surgical expertise for animals with surgical diseases of the soft tissues of the body and also works extensively with many small animals presenting to our cancer care clinic.

Common soft tissue surgeries and special capabilities include:

  • Head and neck surgery, such as total ear canal ablation, brachycephalic airway surgery including the LATE (Laser-Assisted TurbinEctomy) procedure, salivary gland surgery, and thyroid surgery
  • Thoracic tissue and organ surgery, including surgery of the heart, lungs, and chest wall as well as the trachea, esophagus, and thoracic duct. Common procedures include treatment of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) and lung lobectomy
  • Abdominal tissue and organ surgery, from hernia repair to advanced urinary tract surgery, including urinary microsurgery. Common procedures include those related to the liver, gallbladder and biliary tree, stomach, small and large intestines, pancreas, spleen, adrenal glands, kidneys, ureters, and urinary bladder
  • Laparoscopic assisted procedures, including laparoscopic spay, cryptorchidectomy, prophylactic gastropexy, and laparoscopic liver and other tissue biopsy
  • Skin and reconstructive surgery for wounds and mass removal, as well as limb, digit, and tail amputation

Learn more about soft tissue surgery. Read our FAQ page. 

Small Animal Surgery Doctors

Caroline Garzotto – VMD, DACVS, CCRT


Hadley Gleason – VMD, MS, DACVS-SA

Clinical Assistant Professor, Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Clara Moran – DVM, MS, DACVS-SA


Heidi Phillips – VMD, DACVS-SA

Associate Professor

Affiliate, Institute for Genomic Biology

Sophia Topulos – DVM

Clinical Assistant Professor

House Officers

Monica Chen – DVM

Veterinary Resident

Laura Marti – DVM, MA

Specialty Intern

Rachel Rivenburg – DVM

Veterinary Resident

Rachel Taber – DVM

Specialty Intern


Taylor Brown – CVT

Janell Burke – CVT

Rachel Dorney – CVT

Kellie Gard – CVT

Jazzmyn Hicks – CVT

Dana Robeck – CVT

Amber Schnepp – CVT

Zoey Smith – CVT

Jordan Walston – CVT

Amanda Widick – CVT