Community Surgery Service

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Welcome to the Community Surgery Service at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. The service is distinct from our specialty surgery services in the VMTH (Soft Tissue and Orthopedic Surgery), and serves as an opportunity for the School of Veterinary Medicine’s fourth-year students to gain a greater degree of hands-on surgical experience during their clinical rotations in the VMTH. There are two branches to the Community Surgery Service – Gourley Community Surgery and CCAH Community Surgery. The Gourley branch of the service performs more complex surgical procedures such as limb amputations, urinary bladder stone removals, eye removals, etc., and requires a two-night stay at the hospital. The CCAH branch of the service performs daily (Monday-Thursday) spay and neuter surgeries, as well as some simple procedures such as small mass removals, after which patients are generally discharged the same day as surgery. All procedures performed by the Community Surgery Service are closely supervised by UC Davis faculty veterinarians. No experiments are ever conducted on VMTH patients, and no procedures are ever performed without owner consent.

For further information, please contact the Community Surgery Service at:

Raquel Coleman, RVT – Community Surgery Service coordinator

530-752-8057 (fax)

The Community Surgery Service coordinator makes every effort to respond to messages within 24-72 hours, excluding weekends. 

If your pet is currently a patient of the Community Surgery Service and you need to reach someone immediately, please contact the VMTH (530-752-1393) for assistance.