Soft Tissue Surgery Service

Welcome to the Soft Tissue Surgery Service at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Our board-certified faculty surgeons lead a team that also includes resident veterinarians, highly-skilled technicians and fourth-year students of the School of Veterinary Medicine. Working together with post-operative support staff and board-certified veterinary anesthetists, this team provides cutting-edge surgical procedures. Utilizing the most current surgical technology, our surgeons are leading the way in new veterinary surgeries, and forging new paths to optimal pet health.

The mission of the Soft Tissue Surgery Service includes:

  • Teach veterinary students and train residents about surgical disease and treatments
  • Provide the best surgical and medical care to animals with surgical conditions using evidenced based medicine
  • Advance surgical practice by doing scientific research and clinical trials in our specialty

Clinical Activities and Procedures

The Soft Tissue Surgery Service offers specialized veterinary procedures: cardiothoracic, gastrointestinal, respiratory, urogenital, reconstructive surgery, and a multitude of interventional radiology techniques.

Advanced diagnostics provided:

  • Computed tomography (CT scan)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Ultrasonography -Nuclear scintigraphy
  • Fluoroscopy

Interventional Radiology:

IR is a specialty in veterinary medicine, being pioneered at UC Davis, that utilizes imaging modalities (eg., fluoroscopy, ultrasound, computed tomography) to perform minimally invasive procedures for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.

View the IR Website

  • Benign Obstructions
  • Malignant Obstructions
  • Non-Oncologic Vascular Procedures
  • Oncologic Vascular Procedures
  • Miscellaneous applications

Surgeries provided:

  • GI (stomach and intestinal) surgery
  • Liver surgery, including conventional and minimally-invasive surgery for congenital portosystemic shunts
  • Urinary tract surgery
  • Endocrine surgery
  • Reproductive surgery
  • Thoracic (chest) surgery
  • Minimally invasive procedures
  • Respiratory (lung) surgery
  • Oncologic (cancer) procedures and reconstructions
  • Transnare Cryoablation
  • Wound repair, grafting, reconstructions


Michelle SteffeyMichele A. Steffey, DVM, DACVS 

Chief of Service



Ingrid BalsaIngrid Balsa, MEd, DVM, DACVS




William CulpWilliam T. N. Culp, VMD, DACVS




Michelle GiuffridaMichelle Giuffrida, VMD, DACVS




Philipp MayhewPhilipp Mayhew, BVMS, DACVS





Andrea CastillaAndrea Castilla, DVM 
Resident II



Megan KorpitaMegan Korpita, DVM
Resident II


Karen ParkKaren Park, DVM
Resident III



Joe RaleighJoe Raleigh, DVM
Resident III



nsamuelNina Samuel, VMD
Resident I



jsmithJessica Smith, DVM
Resident I




Caleb Bennett

Michelle Chavez

Conni Noia

Ellen Peters

Lindsey Tewksbury


Soft Tissue Surgery Service

(530) 752-1393

UC Davis Health Science District
1 Garrod Drive
Davis, California