New Bolton Center Kennett Square, PA
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Ryan Hospital Philadelphia, PA


The Department of Surgery at Penn Vet is committed to the future and, as such, our surgeons, nurses and staff work in tandem to provide the best possible care and treatment for you and your pets.

Explore the Surgery Service

Our Care Team

Our surgery team comprises board-certified expert faculty/clinicians, residents, nurses and technicians, and students. 

Kimberly Agnello, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVSMR
Associate Professor, Orthopedic Surgery

Lillian Aronson, VMD, DACVS
Professor, Surgery
Director, Renal Transplantation Program

Marie Burneko, VMD, DACVS
Assistant Professor, Companion Animal Surgery

Dana Clarke, VMD, DACVECC
Associate Professor, Interventional Radiology & Critical Care

Erin Gibson, DVM, DACVS
Assistant Professor of Minimally Invasive Surgery

David Holt, BVSc, DACVS
Professor, Soft Tissue Surgery

Jennifer Huck, DVM, DACVS
Associate Professor, Clinical Small Animal Surgery

Anna Massie, DVM, DACVS-SA
Assistant Professor, Orthopedic Surgery

Jason Syrcle, DVM, DACVS
Section Chief, Surgery
Associate Professor, Clinical Orthopedic Surgery

Susan Volk, VMD, PhD, DACVS
Corinne R. and Henry Bower Professor of Surgery, Soft Tissue Surgery

Molly Flaherty, DVM, CCRP, CVA, CVSMT, CVPP
Clinical Instructor, Physical Rehabilitation Therapyy

  • Residents and Interns

    Alison Billas, VMD
    Resident, Surgery

    Samuel Burkhardt, DVM
    Resident, Surgery

    Camille Duvieusart, BVMS
    Resident, Surgery

    Isabella Hildebrandt, DVM
    Resident, Surgery

    XiaoXiao Lederer, DVM
    Resident, Surgery

    Alysha McGrath, DVM
    Resident, Surgery

    Maya Sekhar, VMD
    Resident, Surgery

    All Residents and Interns


  • Veterinary Nursing Staff 

    Michelle Capps, BA, CVT VTS (Surgery) - Surgery Supervisor

    Rachel Balabuszko, CVT - Soft Tissue Surgery Coordinator

    Marta Bates, CVT - Assistant Surgery Supervisor

    Scott Baxt, CVT - Nurse Assistant for Surgery and Radiology

    Jess Bosco, CVT - Soft-tissue Surgery Coordinator

    Katie Brewer - Surgery Veterinary Nurse

    Peg DeLisle, CVT Lisa Forde, CVT

    Rebekah Fries, RVT - Orthopedic Surgery Coordinator

    Patricia Knapp, CVT - Surgical Oncology Coordinator

    Steve Sloan, CVT - Orthopedic Surgery Coordinator  

    Nicole Smith - Surgery Veterinary Nurse

    Karen Steffa-McQuillan - Surgery Veterinary Nurse

    Briana Waters - Central Sterilizing Manager

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What to Expect at Your Appointment

We understand that a pet’s diagnosis that includes a surgical procedure can be stressful.  We are here to help explain your pet’s particular case and what would be involved in an optimal treatment approach. That way, you can make the best decisions for your pet and your family.

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Getting Prepared for Your Visit

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