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While a general practice veterinarian is able to skillfully perform surgeries, a board-certified surgeon has the benefit of extensive training, experience, and application of novel equipment, research, and techniques.

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Meet our Director of Surgery

A New York City native, Dr. Philippa Pavia earned her undergraduate degree at Yale University and attended the University of Pennsylvania for veterinary school. She was happy to come back home to NYC to obtain advanced training, completing a rotating internship followed by a 3-year surgical residency at the Animal Medical Center. She was subsequently board-certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2015.

Before joining Bond Vet, Dr. Pavia accrued years of experience in both clinical and leadership roles — as a specialist surgeon in Manhattan and a Medical Director of a specialty and emergency hospital. Dr. Pavia’s focus is advancing medical quality (with an emphasis on surgical training and outcomes), and she is passionate about making veterinary medicine a sustainable long-term career for vets, nurses, and all members of the hospital team.

Surgeries We Offer

What is a board-certified veterinary surgeon?

Much like in human medicine, specialists are clinicians who have undergone additional training after veterinary school. This training consists of a minimum of a 1-year internship followed by a 3-year residency program that meets guidelines established by their national governing body (for surgery, this is the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, or ACVS).

During the residency there are specific training and caseload requirements that must be met. In addition to these requirements, applicants must perform research that is published in a scientific journal and then pass a rigorous test known as the “Board Exam” to be deemed a “Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.” Dr. Pavia is one such board-certified surgeon.

When should my pet see a specialist surgeon?

Board-certified surgeons are trained to perform more complex procedures and partner with highly skilled anesthesia nurses, enabling them to care for pets who may have higher risks with surgery and anesthesia.

Specialists act as a resource for your primary veterinarian by providing consultations on difficult or unusual cases. You can also benefit from the close professional network of other specialists with whom they can consult about complex cases.

Keep in mind that specialists work as a part of your pet’s care team alongside their general practice or primary care veterinarian. Here are the most frequently asked questions from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Why is the specialist more expensive?

All of our doctors work with trained anesthesia nurses and experienced assistants. In addition to a highly trained board-certified surgeon, the Specialty Surgery team is composed of nurses and assistants with particular training and skill sets honed over years in a specialty environment, caring for pets with higher anesthetic risk and performing procedures that are less common and more technically demanding.

Our Specialty Surgery service also has access to state-of-the art surgical and anesthetic equipment that is not commonly available in a general practice setting.

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