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

Equine Soft Tissue Surgery

For large animal appointments call (979) 845-3541 Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Emergencies accepted 24 hours a day
Equine Soft Tissue Surgery

Our Service

Our Soft Tissue Surgical Service specializes in surgical procedures of the respiratory tract, urinaryl tract, gastrointestinal tract and skin, in both equine and farm animal patients.  Staffed with senior clinical faculty, residents in surgical training, rotating interns and veterinary technicians, the Soft Tissue Surgery Service strives to provide our patients state-of-the-art care working closely with many of the other departments at the Hospital.  The size of our clinical faculty allows us a unique opportunity to collaborate with other clinical services, such as Radiography, Dermatology, Neurology, and Cardiology, providing every patient a tremendous resource of specialists-all under one roof.  We appreciate the special relationship between a horse and their owner and we are committed to providing the best possible care for our patients and prompt communication with owner/care takers and primary care veterinarians.

Although our service commonly consults with veterinarians and many of our cases are referred, no referral is needed for an appointment. To schedule an appointment with our service, please call (979) 845-3541.

Our Team

Our faculty members are leaders in the field of veterinary surgery, and are committed to excellence in clinical service and scientific research. 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.


Carolyn Arnold

Carolyn Arnold, DVM, DACVS

Assistant Professor

Carolyn is a native of Southeastern Michigan and a life-long horse enthusiast.  She attended Michigan State College of Veterinary Medicine and graduate in 1998.  She completed an internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky followed by a surgical residency at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center.  Following a year long Lectureship at Texas A&M, she became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2003.  She served as an assistant professor of Equine Surgery at Kansas State from 2003-2005.  Carolyn came back to Texas in 2006 as an assistant professor.  Her clinical focus is Soft Tissue Surgery with an emphasis on urogenital surgery.

Joanne Hardy

Joanne Hardy, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVS, DACVECC

Clinical Associate Professor

Dr. Hardy received her DVM and her MS from the University of Montreal in 1982 and 1986.  She received her PhD from Ohio State University in 1996.  Her clinical areas of interest include equine emergency and critical care, gastrointestinal disorders, equine guttural pouch mycosis, and ophthalmic surgery.  In her spare time, Dr. Hardy enjoys sheepdog training and herding.  She often misses the culture and language of her hometown in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  She has nine dogs, Annie, Fly, Fred, Jessie, Jinx, Josh, Spin, Taff, and Jake.

Canaan Whitfield

Canaan Whitfield, DVM

Assistant Professor

Dr. Whitfield received his B.S. from Clemson University in 2002 and completed his D.V.M. at the University of Georgia in 2006.

Kati Glass

Kati Glass, DVM, DACVS-LA

Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Glass received her DVM from Texas A&M University. She completed her residency in large animal surgery at Texas A&M in 2016. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Her special interests include equine sports medicine, advanced diagnostic imaging, and orthopedics.

Dustin Major

Dustin Major, DVM

Veterinary Resident Instructor

Dr. Major received a Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies for Business in Spanish from Wofford College, and completed his veterinary school prerequisites at the College of Charleston.  He received his DVM in 2013 from the University of Georgia, where he also completed an internship before beginning his surgical residency at Texas A&M.  Dr. Major is from Ridge Spring, South Carolina.  He enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and camping with his mixed dog, Lucia.  He would love to visit the beautiful mountains of China one day.  He is a huge University of Georgia fan, and is happy to still be representing a school in the SEC!

Karen Beste

Karen Beste, DVM

Veterinary Resident Instructor

Dr. Beste received her B.S. from Texas A&M University in 2008 and her D.V.M. from Texas A&M University in 2013.

Jay Jaxheimer

Veterinary Technician