Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery - Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in College Station, Texas Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery - Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital

Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery

For small animal appointments call (979) 845-2351 Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Emergencies accepted 24 hours a day
Soft Tissue Surgery

Our Service

Our Soft Tissue Surgery (STS) Service treats a myriad of surgical diseases of the major body systems. Led by clinical surgery faculty,  and supported by residents in surgical training, rotating interns, dedicated fourth year students, and veterinary technicians, the Soft Tissue Surgery Service strives to give veterinary patients state-of-the-art care working closely with many of the other departments at the Hospital. We perform many surgeries in conjunction with the faculty in the Oncology and Internal Medicine, working together to provide the finest care for your pet.

Minimally invasive surgery in particular is becoming an important part of soft tissue surgery, allowing us to perform many of our abdominal and thoracic surgeries through small incisions, just like in human surgery. Our team is always available for consultations for our referring veterinarians and is committed to providing your pet with the best quality of life.

You will need a referral from your veterinarian in order to schedule a consultation with a member of our team. Please call (979) 845-2351 to make an appointment.

Our Team

Our clinical faculty members are leaders in the field of veterinary surgery, and are committed to excellence in clinical service, client service, and scientific research. In addition to caring for patients, they provide clinical and classroom instruction to veterinary students, interns, and residents preparing for careers in private practice or at other academic institutions. In addition, our faculty members contribute to improving the practice of surgery through consultations and continuing education seminars for practicing veterinarians and the authorship of scientific manuscripts and surgical texts.

Jacqueline R. Davidson


Clinical Professor

Dr. Davidson received her DVM from the University of Minnesota in 1986 and completed a small animal internship at Rowley Memorial Animal Hospital in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1987. She finished her residency and a Master's degree in veterinary surgery at Purdue University in 1990, followed by 1 year as a clinical instructor. She was in a private specialty practice for 3 years, on the faculty at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine for 15 years, and joined the faculty of Texas A&M as a clinical professor in 2009. Dr. Davidson became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (DACVS) in 1995. She received certification from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 2002 (CVA) and completed a certification program in Veterinary Spinal Manipulation at The Healing Oasis in 2003 (CVSMT). She became certified in canine rehabilitation by the University of Tennessee/Northeast Seminars in 2003 (CCRP), and in equine rehabilitation in 2007 (CERP). Dr. Davidson also received certification in canine rehabilitation by the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in 2008 (CCRT). In that same year, she completed a credentialing course that enables her to perform stem cell therapy using Vet-Stem. In 2009, Dr. Davidson completed the Equine Rehabilitation Therapist Program at the Animal Rehab Institute. She completed the Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians program, sponsored by Colorado State University and the CVMA in 2011. That same year, Dr. Davidson also completed the requirements by the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management to become a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP). In 2012, Dr. Davidson achieved Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (DACVSMR). She has lectured locally, nationally, and internationally on small animal rehabilitation. Her special interests include physical rehabilitation, pain management, soft tissue surgery, and orthopedic surgery.

Lisa Howe

Lisa Howe, DVM, PhD, DACVS


Dr. Lisa Howe received her DVM from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. She completed her residency in small animal surgery at Texas A&M in 1991 and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1994. Dr. Howe also has a PhD in veterinary physiology and pharmacology that she obtained at Texas A&M University in 1993. Her special interests include upper respiratory disease, soft tissue surgery, and prepubertal gonadectomy.

Laura E. Peycke

Laura E. Peycke, DVM, MS, DACVS, CCRP

Clinical Associate Professor

Dr. Peycke received her DVM from Louisiana State University (LSU) in 1998. She completed a small animal surgery residency and MS at LSU in 2002. Dr. Peycke has been a faculty surgeon at Texas A&M since 2004. She became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) in 2012. Although Dr. Peycke's career path has taken her to other states, she is a Texan, and considers Tyler to be her home. Prior to her veterinary career, Dr. Peycke was a national team cyclist. Her experience as a professional athlete has given her a unique perspective and interest in canine athletes.

Kelley Thieman Mankin

Kelley Thieman Mankin, DVM, DACVS

Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Kelley Thieman Mankin received her DVM from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. She completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Tennessee in 2007 and a residency in small animal surgery at the University of Florida in 2011.

Kayla Corriveau

Kayla Corriveau, DVM

Veterinary Resident Instructor

Dr. Corriveau completed her DVM at Western University of Health Sciences in 2011.  Prior to beginning her residency at Texas A&M, she completed two years of private practice internship followed by a surgery specialty internship at the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  Her clinical interests include minimally invasive soft tissue surgery, joint replacement, and emergency neurosurgery.  She is originally from southern California and has two cats, Chloe and Zeus.

Brittany Dan, DVM

Brittany Dan, DVM

Veterinary Resident Instructor

Dr. Dan completed her DVM at Ohio State University, followed by a rotating internship at the University of Florida.  She is from Twinsburg, Ohio, and misses her family and the dog parks.  She loves to explore Texas by road biking, traveling, camping, and running with her husband and dogs.  She has a yellow Labrador, Layla, and a pointer mix named Vivian, along with two cats named Matt and Jeff.  She loves cooking, reading, and rooting for the Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Indians!  Her favorite place to visit is Door County, WI, and would like to one day travel to Australia and Guam.

Melissa MacIver

Melissa MacIver, DVM

Veterinary Resident Instructor

Dr. MacIver completed her DVM at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario, Canada in 2013. She then completed a rotating internship at a private practice north of Toronto from 2013-2014 fuelling her interest in small animal surgery. This was followed by a surgical internship at the University of Florida from 2014-2015. She is currently completing her surgical residency at Texas A&M with a concurrent MS degree with a focus in stem cell therapy. Prior to her veterinary career, Dr. MacIver represented Canada competing in synchronized skating. Her athleticism has driven her interest in laparoscopic surgery, joint replacement and fracture repair. When not at work, Dr. MacIver enjoys wakeboarding, snowboarding, running and playing hockey. She has a Labrador Retriever named Bauer and a cat named Moxy.

Dana Whitaker

Dana Whitaker, LVT

Veterinary Technician

Ms. Whitaker graduated from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in December 2005 with an Associates of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology.  She has worked for Texas A&M Small Animal Hospital for 10 years in two different positions.  She is also a member of the Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team and a member of the Veterinary Wound Management Society.  Her interests are veterinary disaster response and preparedness, working with urban search and rescue dogs, surgical assistance, and wound management and bandaging.  Dana has lectured other veterinary technicians on wound care, bandaging, and disaster preparedness and response.  Outside of work, Ms. Whitaker can be found spending time with friends, family, and pets or reading a good book.

Mallory Worley

Mallory Worley

Veterinary Technician

Mallory graduated from Texas A&M University in May 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences.  She has worked for the Texas A&M Small Animal Hospital since September 2010, starting in Anesthesia, before transferring to soft tissue in in April 2014.  Her interests include wound care, pain management, and instructing 4th year veterinary students.  Outside of work, Mallory enjoys reading, spending time with family, and playing with her dog, Ellie.