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Surgery

The Carolina Veterinary Surgical Team offers comprehensive surgical options for the treatment of a wide range of soft tissue and orthopedic disorders, excluding those involving the eye and central nervous system. Common examples of procedures performed are:

  • Tibial plateau leveling for cruciate ligament rupture
  • Total hip replacement
  • Complex fracture repair
  • Soft tissue surgery for cancer
  • Surgery for intestinal, heart & urinary system disorders

The veterinary surgeons will evaluate your pet’s condition, often using radiographic techniques, prior to explaining your treatment options.

Surgical Veterinarians

Charlotte

DVM, Diplomate ACVS

Education:

  • BS – Tarleton State University, 1997
  • DVM – Texas A&M University, 2001
  • Fellowship – University of Tennessee, 2005

Internship:

  • Kansas State University, 2002

Residency:

  • North Carolina State University, 2005-2008

Board Certification:

  • American College of Veterinary Surgeons, 2009

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Arnold published several articles during his orthopedics fellowship at the University of Tennessee. He co-authored book chapters in Veterinary Clinics of North America on kinematics, kinetics and physical rehabilitation and was awarded the “best laboratory research publication of the year” through the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2009 for his resident research on the mechanical testing of surgical biomaterials. Following completion of his residency in 2008 he returned to Texas and worked with the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center. In 2011, he and his wife moved back to her hometown of Charlotte and joined Carolina Veterinary Specialists as one of our staff surgeons. He and his wife have twin girls. Dr. Arnold has given lectures at both local continuing education meetings and national symposiums

Areas of Special Interest:

Cranial cruciate ligament injuries, fracture management, gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, cardiothoracic, oncologic and reconstructive surgeries, wound management

Winston-Salem

Medical Director, DVM, Diplomate ACVS

Education:

  • BS – University of Missouri, 2003
  • DVM – University of Missouri, 2007

Internship:

  • University of Tennessee, 2007-2008

Residency:

  • University of Georgia, 2008-2011

Board Certification:

  • American College of Veterinary Surgeons, 2012

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Cogar graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Missouri at Columbia for both his undergraduate and veterinary tenures, garnering many awards and scholarships along the way. During his surgery residency, he helped teach surgery courses to 3rd year veterinary students, and he helped to train 4th year students, interns, and residents on the clinic floor. Dr. Cogar published several orthopedic articles during the residency and presented at prestigious symposium (Veterinary Orthopedic Society, American College of Veterinary Surgeon Symposium). Dr. Cogar joined Carolina Veterinary Specialists, Winston-Salem in September 2011. His personal interests include sports, duck decoy carving, and fitness.

Areas of Special Interest:

Diseases of the Shoulder, Orthopedics.

Matthews

DVM, Diplomate ACVS

Education:

  • BA – University of California, Santa Cruz, 1990
  • DVM – University of California, Davis, 1995

Residency:

  • Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, 1996-1999

Board Certification:

  • American College of Veterinary Surgeons, 2001

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Gallivan received his residency training in surgery at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. Dr. Gallivan’s scholastic acknowledgements include Top Student in Small Animal Surgery and membership in Phi Zeta Honor Society. Prior to joining Carolina Veterinary Specialists in 2008, Dr. Gallivan was the chief surgeon at Orchard Park Veterinary Medical Center in Buffalo, NY for nine years. Dr. Gallivan is also certified to perform Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) surgery and Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) surgery.

Areas of Special Interest:

Advance Fracture Fixation, Cruciate Ligament Injuries (TPLO and TTA), Head and Neck, Hepatobiliary Surgery (Liver and Gall Bladder), Pain Management.

Greensboro

DVM, Diplomate ACVS

Education:

  • BS – Auburn University, 1998
  • DVM – Auburn University, 2001

Internship:

  • University of Illinois, 2001-2002
  • Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center, 2002-2003

Residency:

  • Iowa State University, 2003-2006

Board Certification:

  • American College of Veterinary Surgeons, 2007

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Hoch began clinical referral practice in 2006 in Virginia. She joined the Carolina Veterinary Specialists team in 2007. Dr. Hoch has received teaching awards and scholastic acknowledgements, including membership in Phi Zeta Honor Society. Dr. Hoch has published research articles and a book chapter. She has served as a laboratory teaching assistant for the BioMedtrix Canine Total Elbow Replacement Certification Course and the IMEX Complete Course in External Skeletal Fixation. Dr. Hoch is also certified to perform the Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) surgery.

Areas of Special Interest:

Fracture Repair, Wound Healing, Tumor Removal and Reconstructive Surgery.

Greensboro

DVM, MSc, Diplomate ACVS

Education:

  • BSc – University of Guelph, 1983
  • DVM – University of Guelph, 1990

Internship:

  • University of Prince Edward Island, 1992
  • MSc – University of Saskatchewan, 1996

Residency:

  • University of Saskatchewan, 1993-1996

Board Certification:

  • American College of Veterinary Surgeons, 1998

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Lew was an associate veterinarian at a general small animal practice in Ontario, Canada before completing an internship and residency. She has published several articles and book chapters and taught at the University of Saskatchewan prior to joining a private referral practice in Chicago, and subsequently, the Carolina Veterinary Specialists in 2000.

Areas of Special Interest:

Thoracic, Hepatobiliary, Reconstructive, General Soft Tissue and Orthopedic Surgery.

Charlotte

DVM, Diplomate ACVS

Education:

  • BA – University of Colorado, Boulder, 1992
  • MS – University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1995
  • DVM – University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1997

Residency:

  • Cornell University, 1998-2001

Board Certification:

  • American College of Veterinary Surgeons, 2003

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Mertens taught and did research at Texas A&M University following his residency. During his tenure at Texas A&M, Dr. Mertens received the prestigious national Phi Zeta award for most outstanding manuscript in the basic science category in 2003. Dr. Mertens has numerous publications including articles and book chapters and has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally. In 2005, Dr. Mertens left academia to join the team at Carolina Veterinary Specialists.

Areas of Special Interest:

Minimally Invasive Surgery including Arthroscopy, Laparoscopy and Thoracoscopy, Surgical Oncology and Advanced Orthopedic Surgery such as joint replacement and limb-sparing procedures.

Matthews

DVM, MS, DACVS

Education:

  • MS – Anatomy & Neurobiology, Colorado State University, 2001
  • DVM – Colorado State University, 2005
  • MS – Clinical Science, Colorado State University, 2010

Residency:

  • Colorado State University, 2007-2010

Board Certification:

  • American College of Veterinary Surgeons, 2012

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Nanfelt graduated with honors from Colorado State University in both her Masters of Science in Anatomy and Neurobiology and DVM degrees. During her residency, Dr. Nanfelt authored two grants for her research related to portosystemic shunts, receiving funding through the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2007 (Surgeon-in-Training Grant) and the Center for Companion Animal Studies and Professional Veterinary Medical Grant Program at Colorado State University in 2008.

Areas of Special Interest:

Reconstructive and Cardiothoracic Surgery, Portovascular Anomalies, Medical and Surgical Veterinary Oncology, Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques.

Huntersville

DVM, MA, DACVS

Education:

  • BS – Union College, 1998
  • MA – Stony Brook University, 1999
  • DVM – Cornell University, 2005

Internship:

  • Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital, 2005-2006

Residency:

  • University of Pennsylvania, 2006-2009

Board Certification:

  • American College of Veterinary Surgeons, 2010

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Schillinger is originally from the upstate New York area and completed her veterinary degree at Cornell University in 2005. After her internship in Denver, CO, she returned to the east coast to complete her residency at the University of Pennsylvania in 2009. For the last four years, she has practiced as a board-certified surgeon at Central Texas Veterinary Specialty Hospital in Austin, TX. Dr. Schillinger has published several articles and presented research in minimally invasive and soft tissue surgery. In her free time, she enjoys competing in triathlons, spending time outdoors, and photography.

Areas of Special Interest:

Minimally invasive surgical techniques, soft tissue wound repair and reconstructive surgery and fracture repair