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. Jacqueline Davidson received her DVM from the University of Minnesota. She completed a small animal internship at Rowley Memorial Animal Hospital, before completing her residency and a Master's degree in veterinary surgery at Purdue University. Dr. Davidson is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. She received certification from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and completed a certification program in Veterinary Spinal Manipulation at The Healing Oasis. Dr. Davidson is certified in canine rehabilitation by the University of Tennessee/Northeast Seminars as well as equine rehabilitation. Dr. Davidson has received certification in canine rehabilitation by the Canine Rehabilitation Institute and has completed a credentialing course that enables her to perform stem cell therapy using Vet-Stem. She completed the Equine Rehabilitation Therapist Program at the Animal Rehab Institute and the Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians program, sponsored by Colorado State University and the CVMA. Dr. Davidson also completed the requirements by the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management to become a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner. Dr. Davidson achieved Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and 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. She completed her residency in small animal surgery at Texas A&M University and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr. Howe also has a PhD in veterinary physiology and pharmacology that she obtained from Texas A&M University. 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. Laura Peycke received her DVM and MS from Louisiana State University, where she also completed a small animal surgery residency. She is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner. Her special interests include soft tissue surgery and gastrodilatative volvulus.

Kelley Thieman Mankin

Kelley Thieman Mankin, DVM, DACVS

Clinical Assistant Professor

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


Kayla Corriveau

Kayla Corriveau, DVM

Veterinary Resident Instructor

Dr. Kayla Corriveau completed her DVM at Western University. Prior to beginning her residency at Texas A&M University, she completed two years of private practice internship followed by a surgery specialty internship at the University of Pennsylvania. Her clinical interests include minimally invasive soft tissue surgery, joint replacement, and emergency neurosurgery.

Brittany Dan, DVM

Brittany Dan, DVM

Veterinary Resident Instructor

Dr. Brittany Dan received her DVM from The Ohio State University. She completed a rotating internship at the University of Florida. Her special interests include surgical oncology, and fracture repair.

Melissa MacIver

Melissa MacIver, DVM

Veterinary Resident Instructor

Dr. Melissa MacIver completed her DVM at the Ontario Veterinary College. She then completed a rotating internship at a private practice north of Toronto followed by a surgical internship at the University of Florida. She is currently completing her surgical residency at Texas A&M with a concurrent MS degree with a focus in stem cell therapy.

Dana Whitaker

Dana Whitaker, LVT

Veterinary Technician

Ms. Whitaker graduated from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology with an Associates of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. She is 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.

Mallory Worley

Mallory Worley

Veterinary Technician

Mallory graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. She has worked as veterinary technician in Anesthesia before transferring to soft tissue. Her interests include wound care, pain management, and instructing 4th year veterinary students.