The orthopedic surgeons at Texas A&M are fully committed to
our mission:To develop and advance new treatments that improve
the quality of life of companion animals with orthopedic disease
while providing state of the art surgical care.
Our Orthopedic Surgery Service at the Veterinary Medical
Teaching Hospital provides state-of-the-art care for companion
animals treating injuries to bones, joints, and their supporting
structures. Each year, we see over 1,200 patients with orthopedic
conditions, approximately half of which are new patients. Our
Service is led by outstanding clinical surgery faculty, residents
in surgical training, and veterinary technicians and we work side
by side with the Rehabilitation Service to ensure that our patients
recover from surgery as completely and rapidly as possible. We are
dedicated to providing the best medicine and surgical expertise for
your pet to ensure they have the best quality of life.
Referral appointments can be made with the Orthopedic Surgery
Service by contacting the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
Monday through Friday at 979-845-2351
The Orthopedic Surgery Service is committed to promoting and
establishing clinical trials that will better determine surgery
options for orthopedic conditions in companion animals. Please see
our Clinical Trials page for a list of current trials in orthopedic
Our faculty members are leaders in the field of veterinary
orthopedics, 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 orthopedic surgery through consultations
and continuing education seminars for practicing veterinarians and
the authorship of scientific manuscripts and surgical texts.
Don A. Hulse, DVM, DACVS
Dr. Don Hulse received his DVM from Texas A&M University
College of Veterinary Medicine in 1970. He is a Diplomate of the
American College of Veterinary Surgeons. His special interests
include comparative orthopedics, biodegradable implants, and
biomechanics of fracture fixation.
Sharon C. Kerwin , DVM, MS, DACVS
Dr. Sharon Kerwin received her DVM from the Texas A&M
College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed an internship in
small animal medicine and surgery, followed by a small animal
surgery residency and Master of Science degree at Louisiana State
University, and is a Diplomate of the American College of
Veterinary Surgeons. Her special interests include orthopedic and
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. Her special interests include soft
tissue surgery and gastrodilatative volvulus. 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.
W. Brian Saunders, DVM, PhD, DACVS
Dr. Saunders obtained his DVM from Texas A&M University
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences in 2001.
He completed an internship in small animal surgery at the
University of Tennessee in 2002. He subsequently received a PhD in
2005 from Texas A&M University Health Science Center and
completed a small animal surgical residency at the Texas A&M
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences in 2009.
Dr. Saunders is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary
Surgeons. His clinical interests include total joint replacement,
arthroscopy, minimally invasive fracture repair, and correction of
angular limb deformities. His research interests include isolation
and characterization of canine stem cells, tissue engineering, and
the role of growth factors and MMPs in cell invasion and
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
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, 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.
Wendy graduated from Texas A&M University in 1997 with a
Bachelor of Science in Zoology. She has worked for Texas
A&M Small Animal Hospital for 15 years in three different
positions. She has worked with Small Animal Orthopedics for
12 years. Her interests are surgical assistance, bandaging,
diagnosis of orthopedic conditions, and canine behavior.
Wendy has lectured at national meetings on bandaging techniques,
and she enjoys teaching bandaging and orthopedic exam skills to
veterinary students, technicians, and other Hospital staff.
Outside of work, she enjoys taking walks with her 3 four legged
children and husband, Scott.
Marina graduated from Texas A&M University in May 2014 with
a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science. As an undergraduate,
she worked as a Student Technician in the General Surgery
Deparatment for one year before becoming an Orthopedics Technician.
Her interests include bandaging, wound care, and surgical
assistance. Outside of work, Marina enjoys spending time with
family, friends, and her two dogs Daisy and Zip.
Sarah graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of
Science in Animal Science in May, 2014. She worked as a
Student Technician for three and a half years during her
undergraduate studies before becoming the Orthopedics Research
Technician. Her interests include research, bandaging,
surgical assistance, and anesthesia. Outside of work, Sarah
enjoys spending time with her family and her Border Collie,