William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital

Surgery

Surgery - Soft Tissue

Surgery - Orthopedics

Surgery - Soft Tissue - Faculty / Residents /Staff

Dr. William T. N. Culp, VMD, DACVS
Dr. William Culp graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. After graduation from veterinary School, he remained at the University of Pennsylvania to complete a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery followed by a surgical residency. Dr. Culp is board-certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, and he performed fellowships in Surgical Oncology at the Colorado State University Animal Cancer Center, and Interventional Radiology/Interventional Endoscopy at the Animal Cancer Center in New York City. Dr. Culp was recently selected as a Founding Fellow of Surgical Oncology by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Dr. Culp is currently a member of the soft tissue surgery service at the University of California - Davis. He is interested in many areas of soft tissue surgery, but his major focuses are surgical oncology and interventional radiology. Surgical oncology focuses on utilizing advanced surgical techniques to treat cancer in veterinary patients. Interventional radiology is a rapidly developing field in veterinary medicine that utilizes diagnostic imaging (mostly fluoroscopy) to treat disease processes in veterinary patients in a minimally invasive manner. Interventional radiology allows for treatment options in cases that previously may have been considered untreatable. These two specialties will allow for advanced, minimally invasive treatments to be pursued for veterinary cancer and non-cancer patients. Diseases of particular interest to Dr. Culp include malignant obstructions (cancer resulting in blockage of the urethra, ureter, trachea, esophagus, and colon), non-resectable tumors (tumors that cannot be removed with traditional surgical techniques), tumors that can be treated with direct delivery of chemotherapy to their blood vessels, vascular abnormalities (portosystemic shunts, arteriovenous malformations) and other conditions causing blockage of the ureter.

Dr. Geraldine Briony Hunt, BVSc, MVetClinStud, PhD, FACVSc
Dr. Geraldine Hunt graduated from the Veterinary Faculty at the University of Sydney in 1983. After graduating from veterinary school she worked in small animal practice before completing a PhD in cardiovascular surgery. Following completion her doctorate, she established the Veterinary Cardiovascular unit at the University of Sidney. She has extensive experience as an academic surgeon at the University of Sydney as Head of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, and Director of the Small Animal Teaching Hospital.

Dr. Hunt is the Chief of Surgery and a member of the soft tissue surgery service at the University of California - Davis. Her areas of expertise include all aspects of soft tissue surgery, with a particular interest in vascular and reconstructive surgery, and minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Hunt has numerous research publications, and contributed to text book chapters in the field of small animal surgery. She is well known for delivery of Continuing Education to veterinarians world-wide.

Dr. Kelli Mayhew, VMD, DACVS
Dr. Kelli Mayhew is a 2004 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, where she also completed an internship and her residency in small animal surgery. She joined the small animal surgery team in 2009 after being in private practice as a surgeon in Washington state.

Dr. Mayhew provides services in all areas of surgery, including soft-tissue surgery, orthopedic procedures and on-call support for the Community Surgery service and training program. Clinical interests include minimally invasive surgical procedures, fracture repair and surgical treatment of joint disorders.

Dr. Philipp Mayhew, BVM&S, DACVS
Dr. Philipp Mayhew is a 1996 graduate of the University of Edinburgh. He completed his small animal surgery residency at the University of Pennsylvania in 2004, where he also completed an orthopedic research fellowship. Before joining the UC Davis faculty in 2010, Dr. Mayhew served as assistant professor of small animal surgery at the University of Pennsylvania and worked in private practice in Washington state.

Dr. Mayhew performs all types of surgery while offering particular expertise in minimally-invasive techniques such as laparoscopy and thoracoscopy. He has published more than two dozen research papers to assess new techniques for disease treatment and advanced surgical procedures.

Dr. Michele A. Steffey, DVM, Diplomate ACVS
Dr. Michele Steffey graduated from the University of California Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. After graduation from veterinary school, she completed a small animal general internship at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine and then completed her residency in small animal surgery at Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine. Following the completion of her residency, Dr. Steffey joined the full-time faculty at Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine until 2007, and remains an adjunct assistant professor at Cornell.

Dr. Steffey is an Assistant Professor and member of the soft tissue surgery service at the University of California – Davis. Her areas of interest include oncology, minimally invasive surgery, interventional radiology and microsurgery. Dr. Steffey is a founding veterinarian of the nonprofit Tails of Hope foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to aiding in the fight against cancer in veterinary patients. She is active in a number of clinical and translational research projects and has authored a number of scientific publications and chapters in various veterinary textbooks.

RESIDENTS

Dr. Ingrid Balsa
Dr. Ingrid Balsa received her bachelor's degree and master's degree from the University of Arizona. She was a public school teacher for several years prior to becoming a veterinarian. She graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and after obtaining her DVM she completed a small animal medicine and surgery rotating internship at North Carolina State University.

Dr. Matthew O'Donnell, DVM
Dr. Matt O'Donnell earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. He then completed a small animal rotating internship in Surgery and Internal Medicine at the Oregon State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Dr. O'Donnell's clinical interests include soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, wound reconstruction and management, and minimally invasive procedures.

Dr. Kathryn Pitt
Dr. Kathryn Pitt received her Bachelor´s of Science in Biology and Spanish from Denison University in Granville, OH. She then went on to complete her DVM and Masters Degree at Michigan State University. She completed a small animal rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Steph Shaver
Dr. Steph Shaver is a Colorado native and a graduate of Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. After obtaining her DVM, she spent a year at the University of Georgia completing an internship in small animal medicine and surgery.

Dr. Andrea Smith
Dr. Andrea Smith received her DVM from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. She then completed a Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Rotating Internship at Purdue University and a surgical internship at the Dallas Veterinary Surgery Center.

Dr. Jessie Sutton, DVM
Dr. Jessie Sutton received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of California Davis. She then went on to complete a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Pennsylvania before returning to UC Davis.

STAFF

Theresa Varland, Surgery Schedule Coordinator
Gigi Remark, RVT Soft Tissue Specialty Technician
Michele Callahan, RVT, Soft tissue Specialty Technician
Linda Tripp, RVT, Surgery Specialty Supervisor