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Veterinary Surgery at VSES

The surgery team at VSES offers the training, equipment, and expertise to treat even the most complex surgical conditions. Our surgeons embrace the most current knowledge and advanced techniques to provide your pets with the finest surgical experience in the region. Our team of board-certified veterinary surgeons provides complete patient care, from pre-op to discharge. Our continuity of care is second to none.

When to Contact a Veterinary Surgeon

Your primary veterinarian may recommend a consultation with a surgeon if your pet is in need of a surgical procedure. Our surgeons are trained in advanced surgical techniques and have the ability to treat the most complicated surgical cases.

A board-certified surgical specialist completes several years of additional training, including a one-year internship and three years of a residency at an accredited institution. Diplomate status is obtained by successfully passing rigorous specialty boards following residency. For more information, visit the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Veterinary Surgery Services for Your Pets

We provide diagnosis and treatment of a variety of surgical conditions in companion animals, including:

  • Orthopedic surgery
    Fracture repair, cranial cruciate stabilization, and arthroscopy
  • Soft tissue surgery
    Abdominal and thoracic procedures, wound repair, amputation, oncologic surgery
  • Surgical oncology
    Tumor biopsy, cancer staging, tumor removal
  • Neurosurgery
    Spinal decompression, spinal stabilization and fracture repair
  • Laparoscopy
    Minimally invasive spay, gastropexy, biopsies, and other diagnostic procedures
  • Minimally invasive surgery
    Technique employing smaller incisions that reduce the risk of pain and infection and enhance recovery
  • Emergency surgery
    Addressing injuries due to trauma and acute surgical emergencies

In addition, we offer the most advanced digital imaging (CT and MRI) and anesthesia monitoring for comprehensive, high-quality care.

The moment your pets enter our hospital for surgery, they receive 24-hour personalized care from pre-op to discharge. This includes individualized anesthesia protocols, post-operative pain management, and administration of special diets, as well as monitoring and care by technicians and doctors around the clock.

Meet Our Surgery Team

Daniel E. Hoffmann

Daniel E. Hoffmann

DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS (Small Animal)

Originally from Latrobe, Pennsylvania, Dr. Daniel E. Hoffmann joined Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Services’ surgery team in March 2013. Before that, he worked as a Small Animal Surgeon at the Akron Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Ohio.

Dr. Hoffmann attended the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2004. He has completed a surgical residency at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and internships at the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center and the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Hoffmann has published multiple articles, including one accepted for publication in the Journal of Veterinary and Comparative Orthopedics and Traumatology in October 2015. His professional interests include pain management, tibial tuberosity advancement, total joint arthroplasty, reconstructive and oncologic surgery, wound healing and management, and neurosurgery.

He shares his home with his wife, their three children, a Yorkie Bichon named Andy, and a Persian named Plato. During his free time, Dr. Hoffmann enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, birding, traveling, fishing, and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Lindsay St. Germaine

Lindsay St. Germaine

DVM, Diplomate ACVS (Small Animal)

Dr. Lindsay St. Germaine is a native of Milford, Michigan, and joined VSES as a staff surgeon in October 2014.

She earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2009, graduating from Michigan State University with high honors. Following veterinary school, she completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. St. Germaine then moved to Rochester, where she accomplished a three-year residency in small animal surgery and successfully obtained board certification.

Following residency, Dr. St. Germaine went on to practice in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, before returning to VSES in 2014. Her professional interests include oncologic surgery, trauma patients, and critical care medicine. She has published on multiple topics, including surgical site infection and permanent tracheostomy in dogs. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor hobbies, including boating, skiing, running, and hiking.

Jed Sung

Jed Sung

DVM, Diplomate ACVS (Small Animal)

Dr. Jed Sung was born and raised in Queens, NY. He attended Hunter College High School in the upper East side of Manhattan for high school. He graduated cum laude from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University in 2011 and from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University in 2015. He completed a one-year rotating internship program at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls, NJ, in 2016. Afterward, he pursued my career in surgery with a one-year surgical internship program, followed by a three-year surgical residency program at Long Island Veterinary Specialists in Plainview, NY.

Dr. Sung has been published on topics about cranial cruciate disease, bone cancer, and gastrointestinal surgery. His professional interests include orthopedic, soft tissue, neurologic, and minimally invasive surgery. 

Dr. Sung’s personal interests include learning about other scientific fields such as aeronautics and astronomy.  He is currently working on getting a private pilot license. Otherwise, he can be found on the tennis courts or rooting for the New York Islanders.

Katelyn MacGillivray, VMD

Katelyn MacGillivray, VMD

Surgical Resident

Dr. MacGillivray is originally from the Jersey Shore. She attended the College of New Jersey and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in biology before graduating from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. MacGillivray has completed a small animal rotating internship at Animal Medical Center in New York City and a surgical internship at Veterinary Specialty Hospital in San Diego.

She has a Newfoundland named Abigail and two cats named Millie and Milo. Outside of work, Dr. MacGillivray enjoys rock climbing, hiking with her dog, and cooking.

Alla Bezhenteseva, DVM

Alla Bezhenteseva, DVM

Surgical Resident

Dr. Bezhentseva was originally born in Russia, and moved to the United States in 1994. She grew up in Brooklyn, New York and Brunswick, New Jersey.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rutgers University, New Brunswick with a double major in psychology and animal science, and a double minor in political science and economics. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine Degree from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts where she was awarded the ACVS Foundation Student Surgery Award for Excellence in Small Animal Surgery. Her professional interests include minimally invasive procedures, fracture repair, thoracic surgery, management of polytrauma cases, and cranial cruciate ligament disease. She is AIS PennHIP Certified.

Dr. Bezhenteseva has a Siberian Husky named Cobalt and enjoys indoor rock climbing, hiking, running, succulent gardening, and Russian literature in her spare time.

Alyssa Motz, DVM

Alyssa Motz, DVM

Surgical Resident

Dr. Alyssa Motz is originally from Macedonia, Ohio. She graduated from The Ohio State University in 2010, majoring in Zoology and Anthropology and minoring in Forensic Science. She continued her education at The Ohio State University, where she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Motz completed a small animal rotating internship at Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital before completing a small animal surgical internship.

She enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and pets when she’s not working. She also enjoys reading and Ohio State football!

Ashley Power, DVM

Ashley Power, DVM

Surgical Resident

Dr. Power is a New England native and completed bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biochemistry/molecular biology at Boston University. She attended veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania and boomeranged back to Boston to complete a rotating internship at MSPCA-Angell. She remained on staff as an emergency clinician prior to completing a critical care specialty internship at Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital and a surgery specialty internship at VCA South Shore Animal Hospital. She is thrilled to join the team as a surgical resident at VSES and enjoys all aspects of surgery, with a particular fondness for orthopedics. 
 
When not working, Dr. Power enjoys ice hockey and a slew of outdoor activities, including hiking, camping, boating, snowboarding, and taking her cat Fred out on his leash.