Surgery

A Full Range of Veterinary Surgical Services

For more than 30 years, our team of seasoned veterinary surgical specialists has been known for providing the most progressive treatments and techniques. This means we are able to evaluate, recommend, and perform the most appropriate procedure for your pet’s particular condition and your family’s situation.

We provide a full spectrum of services including:

  • Orthopedic
  • Cardio/Thoracic
  • Emergency
  • Minimally Invasive (Arthroscopy, Laparoscopy)
  • Neurologic
  • Oncologic
  • Reconstructive
  • Soft Tissue
  • Stem Cell Therapy
  • On-Site CT Imaging

Pain management, comfort, and safety remain our number one priority. From the moment your pet is admitted to our hospital, through surgery, recovery, discharge, and at home care, we work to ensure a personalized and seamless process.

As one of the Bay Area’s leading surgical practices, we understand that having your pet undergo surgery can be stressful. Rest assured that our team is here for you every step of the way.

Randall Fitch, DVM, Diplomate ACVS

Dr. Randall Fitch received his DVM degree from University of Wisconsin in 1990. After graduation, Dr. Fitch completed a rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at Washington State University, followed by a three year small animal surgery residency at Auburn University. He was retained as a research fellow for Scott-Ritchey Research Center before becoming an Assistant Professor of Small Animal Orthopedics at Louisiana State University, where he served for four years. Dr. Fitch went on to accept a faculty position at Colorado State University before entering private practice in 2003. During his academic tenure, he received multiple teaching and research awards in small animal orthopedic surgery. Dr. Fitch is the current President of the American Canine Sports Medicine Association and is recognized as a leader in advancing the understanding and treatment of orthopedic and sports medicine conditions. The author of numerous scientific articles, Dr. Fitch continues to lecture nationally and internationally on topics related to
sports medicine, the canine stifle (knee), juvenile bone and joint diseases, arthroscopic diagnosis and treatment, muscle and tendon injury, shoulder instability, hip dysplasia, pelvic injury, angular limb deformities, intervertebral disk disease, and fracture fixation.

Areas of Specialty: Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Emergency Surgery

S. Gary Brown, DVM, Diplomate ACVS

Dr. Brown obtained his DVM from The Ohio State University in 1965 and became a Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon in 1971. Following his residency at the prestigious Animal Medical Center (AMC) in New York, he served as AMC's service head of orthopedics from 1968 to 1972. In 1972, Dr. Brown came to the Bay Area as a founding member of the Berkeley Veterinary Medical Group with Drs. Stephen Ettinger, Ray Roberts, and James W. Ticer. He opened the Veterinary Orthopedic & Surgery Service in September 1975 in San Jose and now practices in Fremont.

Dr. Brown is a clinical professor for the College of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences. He mentors the students' surgical rotations and spends time every day reviewing surgical texts and procedures with these upcoming veterinarians.

Dr. Brown is an avid Irish Setter fan. He has written a variety of veterinary related articles for the Irish Setter Club of America (ISCA). He has also proudly served as a sweepstakes judge in a variety of dog shows for Irish Setters, Gordon Setters, Greyhounds, and Golden Retrievers. He has contributed to primary research to unravel DNA markers for Canine Epilepsy and Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy (HOD).

Dr. Brown enjoys gardening, attending dog shows, and Irish Setters. He is a very active grandparent.

Sherry L. Appel, JD, DVM, DVSc, Diplomate ACVS

Dr. Appel received her Juris Doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley, her veterinary degree from the University of California at Davis, interned at the University of Missouri, and completed her residency and DVSc degree at the University of Guelph. She is a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Dr. Appel strives to customize surgical options and treatment for each unique patient and client. She keeps her patients uppermost in her mind. She has been known to carry around a nervous patient so they don't have to stay in a cage.

Dr. Appel is also a certified canine rehabilitation therapist. She uses these techniques to improve post-operative function and comfort, and return her patients to anticipated levels of activity.