Soft Tissue Surgery

Our Services

The Soft Tissue Surgery Service at the Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center provides general surgical care for companion animals. The unit offers specialized surgical management of skin and organ diseases (orthopedic and neurological diseases are managed by other services), In addition, specialists primarily manage and supervise elective surgical procedures performed by senior students, interns, and residents.

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Service Highlights

  • Board-certified specialists in soft tissue surgery
  • Special urological surgery
  • Oncologic (cancer) surgery
  • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Thorascopic surgery
  • Laser surgery
  • Cardiothoracic surgery
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Endocrine surgery
  • Ear, nose, and throat surgery

Clinical Trials

The Soft Tissue Surgery Service is often recruiting patients for a number of studies for which your pet may be eligible. If you have any questions regarding your pet's eligibility, please contact the Blue Buffalo Clinical Trials Office (

For a listing of current trials please click here.

Appointments & Office Hours

  • Office hours: 8am – 5pm Monday - Friday
  • Patient visits by appointment only.
  • For an appointment: (614) 292-3551
  • After hour emergencies: (614) 292-3551

What to Expect   (Download pdf)

One of our senior veterinary students will take a complete patient history, and give your pet an initial thorough physical examination under the supervision of a board certified surgeon and resident. You will be asked to return to the lobby during the physical examination and while your pet’s management plan is being discussed with the student. Please understand that this is a teaching hospital and it takes generally 30 minutes to thoroughly discuss your pets surgical care. Once this plan is designed, the surgical specialist or resident will speak with you about the diagnostic plan, and surgical treatment options. Please allow 1-2 hours for the intial examination if your pet is a new patient to our hospital.

Special Equipment & Technology

  • CO2 laser
  • Laparoscopic and thorascopic equipment
  • Intraoperative imaging studies
  • Operating microscope
  • CT scan
  • High resolution ultrasound
  • Rhinoscopy, urethroscopy


  • Brittney Carson, DVM, MS, Assistant Professor-Clinical
  • Janis Lapsley, DVM, DACVS-SA,  Assistant Professor
  • Mary A. McLoughlin, DVM, MS, DACVS, Associate Professor, Small Animal Surgery Section Head
  • Tatiana Motta, DVM, MS, Assistant Professor - Clinical
  • Hunter Piegols, DVM, Assistant Professor
  • Allyson Sterman, DVM, DACVS-SA, Assistant Professor


Soft Tissue Surgery Technicians

  • Mary Ross, RVT, Supervisor
  • Kristie Brush, RVT
  • Michelle Gilliam, RVT
  • Linnie Klee-Jenkins, RVT
  • Kim McKenzie, RVT

Veterinary Assistants

  • Kelsi Endsley