Faculty / Staff


Photo: Dr. Matthew Prator, DVM

Dr. Matthew Prator, DVM - Chief of Service

Photo: Lauren La Rue, DVM

Lauren La Rue, DVM

Dr. Lauren La Rue earned her veterinary degree from UC Davis in 1986. Her lengthy extensive career in private practice has given her extensive surgical experience, as well as great depth in emergency, exotic animal, small animal and even large animal medicine. Dr. La Rue’s teaching emphasis is to empower DVM students to tackle challenges, and to provide students the skills necessary to succeed in private practice.

Photo: Elizabeth Montgomery, DVM

Elizabeth Montgomery, DVM

Dr. Elizabeth Montgomery earned her DVM from UC Davis in 2002. She then worked in private practice for six years, most recently with Loomis Basin Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Montgomery has been with Community Surgery since 2008.

Photo: Jennifer Surmick, DVM

Jennifer Surmick, DVM

Dr. Jennifer Surmick earned her veterinary degree from The Ohio State University in 2001.  She then completed a one-year rotating small animal internship in Chicago before completing a year of emergency veterinary care, also in Chicago. Dr. Surmick has been at UC Davis since 2013. 


Raquel Coleman, RVT – Service Coordinator

Stacie Bruce, RVT

Jennifer Lundgren, RVT

Jessica Villanueva, RVT

Alexa Leinweber, RVT