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February 12-13, 2024: American College of Veterinary Surgeons Conference

On February 12-13, 2024, the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) conducted its esteemed board certification examination, an essential milestone in veterinary careers, administered online. ACVS, a prestigious entity accredited by the American Board of Veterinary Specialties and recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), is proud to announce its latest cohort of certified diplomates.

Celebrating Veterinary Excellence:

This year, a diverse group of skilled veterinary professionals from various locations across North America and beyond achieved their board certification, demonstrating their commitment to advancing veterinary science. Below is a list of new diplomates who have excelled in their specialties:

Small Animal Surgery Specialists:

Lori Agulian, Waltham, Massachusetts
Javier Avendano, Sugar Land, Texas
Faolain Barrett, Middleton, Wisconsin
Miriam Bates, Queen Creek, Arizona
Alla Bezhentseva, Houston
Morgan Biggo, Los Angeles
Molly Boegeman, Fort Collins, Colorado
Kaleigh Bush, Auburn, Alabama
Brittney Byer, Columbia, Missouri
Kenneth Carroll, Miranda, Australia
Jose Carvajal, Gainesville, Florida
Aidan Chambers, Raleigh, North Carolina
Jessica Corrie, Aurora, Illinois
Brittany Cortina, Copley, Ohio
Devin Cunningham, Monroeville, Pennsylvania
Chiara Curcillo, Philadelphia
Meghan Davolt, Manalapan, New Jersey
Melissa De Lombaert, Athens, Georgia
Rachel Dickson, Valrico, Florida
Lisa DiGiovanni, Manhattan, Kansas
Josephine Dornbusch, Columbia, Missouri
Andrea Erickson, Columbus, Ohio
Christian Folk, Ithaca, New York
Christelle Follette, Los Angeles
Sarah Friday, Philadelphia
Monty Galley, Chicago
Eric Herman, Clermont, Florida
Elizabeth Hiebert, Oak Creek, Wisconsin
Leah Hixon, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Sarah Holman, Vancouver, Washington
Brittany Hyde, Los Angeles
Krysta Janas, Knoxville, Tennessee
Sarah Jones, Byron Center, Michigan
Jennifer Kelsey, Los Angeles
Sarah Klatzkow, Tinton Falls, New Jersey
Jennifer Kuzminsky, Champaign, Illinois
Philippe Larose, Guelph, Ontario
Claire Leriquier, Montréal
Teresa Linder, Los Angeles
Ming Lu, Corvallis, Oregon
Brooke Luce, Plymouth, Michigan
Aleisha Michael, San Diego
Alison Morgera, Tinton Falls, New Jersey
Alyssa Motz, Hudson, Ohio
Ashley Moyer, Costa Mesa, California
Kaitlyn Mullen, Riverview, Florida
Casey Murphy, Tinton Falls, New Jersey
Katherine Neal, Beaufort, South Carolina
Alicia Nye, Denver
Ronald Olsen, Henderson, Nevada
Aki Otomo, Fort Collins, Colorado
Michael Pawenski, Mount Ephraim, New Jersey
Lindsay Peterson, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Joanna Pogue, Cincinnati
Alexandra Reist, Kirkland, Washington
Pedro Rivera, Pittsburgh
Rodrigo Roca, Sun Valley, California
Bettina Salmelin, Moscow, Idaho
Nina Samuel, Davis, California
Diane Scavelli, Colts Neck, New Jersey
Mikayla Schroeder, Franktown, Colorado
Sean Schubmehl, Levittown, Pennsylvania
Jessica Smith, Long Beach, California
Christopher Smola, Philadelphia
Samantha Stine, Denver
Rebecca Stokes, Ames, Iowa
Adam Townsend, Rocky River, Ohio
Stan Veytsman, Lexington, South Carolina
Ashley Villatoro, Vienna, Virginia
Alexandra Walker, New York City
MacKenzie Whyte, Manhattan, Kansas
Gregory Zuendt, Robbinsville, New Jersey

Large Animal Surgery Specialists:

Thomas Bergstrom, Davis, California
Rebecca Bishop, Urbana, Illinois
Natacha Bonomelli, Aldergrove, British Columbia
Alyson Booth, Glen Allen, Virginia
Alycia Crandall, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
Hugh Duddy, Lafayette, Indiana
Andres Giraldo Fajardo, Guelph, Ontario
Stefanie Hansen, West Lafayette, Indiana
Chelsea Klein, Louisville, Kentucky
Ludovic Miagkoff, Le Plessis-Robinson, France
Thomas O’Brien, Avenel, Australia
John Ortega-McCormack, Craddockstown, Ireland
Brenna Pugliese, Raleigh, North Carolina
Heather Roe, Gainesville, Florida
Jennifer Ruff, Raleigh, North Carolina
Allison Salinger, Pilot Point, Texas
Catherine Thurston, Ringoes, New Jersey
Jackie Willette, Ames, Iowa


The American College of Veterinary Surgeons continues to uphold the highest standards of veterinary medicine through rigorous training and certification processes. The success of the new diplomates not only enhances their professional trajectory but also contributes significantly to the veterinary community’s capability to provide specialized care for animals. Congratulations to all the newly board-certified veterinary surgeons, who are now poised to make remarkable contributions to animal health and welfare.

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