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SURGERY

Our Services

Our fully-equipped surgical suites have state-of-the-art monitoring and anesthetic equipment. Our experienced staff will monitor your pet constantly while they are under and recovering from anesthesia.
Your dog or cat will be greeted by a compassionate surgery team from the moment of check-in to the time of discharge. When your dog or cat had recovered from surgery, our staff will provide detailed instructions on post-surgical care at home. We pride ourselves on compassion and communication with you and your family veterinarian.

Service Highlights

VSS provides comprehensive surgical services for dogs and cats. The following are some of the surgical procedures we perform:

  • Abdominal
  • Arthroscopy
  • Bone and Joint
  • Canine Cruciate Ligament Repair
  • Cardiovascular
  • Fracture Repair
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Laparoscopy
  • Oncologic (Cancer)
  • Thoracic
  • Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Urologic
  • Wound Vac Therapy

MEET OUR DOCTORS

BOARD CERTIFICATION

American College of Veterinary Surgeons

ADVANCED DEGREE

Master of Science: University of Missouri

VETERINARY COLLEGE

University of Florida

RESIDENCY

University of Missouri

Professional Experience

Before joining VSS, Dr. Anderson was in referral practice in Bridgeton, Missouri and was on faculty at the University of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine.

Mark A. Anderson

DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS

A Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Dr. Anderson has extensive experience in general soft tissue, oncologic and orthopedic surgery, including total hip replacement, with a special interest in minimally invasive surgical techniques such as laparoscopy and arthroscopy.

Dr. Anderson received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. After concluding an internship at Hollywood Animal Hospital in Hollywood, FL, Dr. Anderson completed his residency at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, concurrently earning a Master of Science degree. He was a member of the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and gained extensive surgical experience at a referral practice in Bridgeton, MO, before joining VSS in partnership with Dr. Mary Jean Gorse.

Dr. Anderson’s passion is surgery and feels very fortunate that his passion has provided him with the opportunity to meet some amazing pet owners (including needy clients) as well as work alongside “great individuals” for the past 21 years. In his free time, he enjoys baseball, running and crossfit training. Dr. Anderson has been married to the love of his life for 25 years who is a primary care veterinarian. They have three children Hayden, Hamilton and KatieMarie, three dogs, two cats and numerous fish.

BOARD CERTIFICATION

American College of Veterinary Surgeons

ADVANCED DEGREE

Master of Science: University of Georgia

VETERINARY COLLEGE

Virginia-Maryland Regional

INTERNSHIP

Oklahoma State University

RESIDENCY

University of Georgia

Professional Experience

Before founding Veterinary Speciality Services in 1994, Dr. Gorse was in surgical referral practices in Dearboarn Heights, Michigan and in Bridgeton, Missouri.

Mary Jean Gorse

DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS

Dr. Mary Jean Gorse knew at a very early age that she wanted to be a veterinarian; however, she never dreamed that she would build one of the largest veterinary referral and emergency centers in the Midwest. Dr. Gorse opened Veterinary Specialty Services in June of 1994 and was joined two years later by Dr. Mark Anderson who shared her vision of a multi-specialty referral only practice where the specialists would work in collaboration with and support of primary care veterinarians throughout Missouri and surrounding states to diagnose and treat complex, challenging, and often life-threatening pet health problems. Once that mission was accomplished with specialty care provided in Cardiology, Emergency & Critical Care, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Oncology, Radiology and Surgery, Drs. Gorse and Anderson augmented these services by adding an after-hours emergency center.

A Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Dr. Gorse’s specialty services include thoracic, aural, gastrointestinal and orthopedic surgeries as well as total hip replacements and minimally invasive surgeries, such as laparoscopy, thoracoscopy and arthroscopy. Her special interests include thoracic surgery, surgical oncology, wound management and reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Gorse received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. After concluding an internship at Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Gorse completed her residency at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, concurrently earning a Master of Science degree. Before founding VSS, Dr. Gorse gained extensive surgical experience at referral practices in Dearborn Heights, MI and in Bridgeton, MO.

When Dr. Gorse is not in surgery, receiving patients or managing the business of a veterinary hospital, she is an avid equestrian competing in Dressage. Dr. Gorse is married to Dr. Eric Miller, DVM, DACZM, who recently retired from his position as Senior Vice President – Director of Zoological Operations and assumed a part-time consulting role as Executive Director of the WildCare Institute with the Saint Louis Zoo. Together, Drs. Gorse and Miller have acted as incredibly knowledgeable and passionate tour guides on African safaris. Things are just a bit tamer at home with two beautiful Australian Shepherds, Lydia and Hank.

VETERINARY COLLEGE

University of Missouri

INTERNSHIP: SMALL ANIMAL MEDICINE AND SURGERY

Mississippi State University

INTERNSHIP: SURGERY

Veterinary Specialty Services in Manchester, Missouri

RESIDENCY

Veterinary Specialty Services in Manchester, Missouri

W. Wesley Kimberlin

DVM, DIPLOMATE ACVS

A Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Dr. Kimberlin has extensive training and experience in advanced orthopedic, soft tissue and neurological surgeries. He enjoys all aspects of surgery, but has a strong passion for minimally invasive procedures and special interest in oncologic and reconstructive surgery, fracture and joint repair, angular limb deformities, and abdominal procedures including but not limited to biopsies, mass removals and gallbladder removals.

Dr. Kimberlin received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Missouri Baptist University where he graduated cum laude. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. As a veterinary student, Dr. Kimberlin received multiple awards for surgical aptitude and potential, diagnostic skills, and preoperative care of animals and he actively participated in research projects focusing on osteoarthritis and meniscal injury. Dr. Kimberlin completed a small animal rotating internship at Mississippi State University before completing a small animal surgery internship and his small animal surgery residency here at VSS. As a surgical resident, Dr. Kimberlin was engaged in research projects focusing on the effects of gas sterilization of ameroid constrictors for the treatment of extrahepatic portosystemic shunts, and he presented multiple surgical topics both locally and nationally.

Dr. Kimberlin is particularly interested in the human animal bond and desires to excel in compassionate care of his patients and their owners. When he is away from work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Rachel, and their two children, Josey and Elliott. He leads a community group at his church, plays softball and, when time allows, a round of golf. At home they have two dogs (Daisy and Dash) and three cats (Dani, Maggie, and Frannie).

BOARD CERTIFICATION

American College of Veterinary Surgeons

VETERINARY COLLEGE

University of Florida

INTERNSHIP: SMALL ANIMAL MEDICINE AND SURGERY

Long Island Veterinary Specialists

INTERNSHIP: SURGERY

Veterinary Specialists of South Florida

RESIDENCY

Affiliated Veterinary Specialists in Orlando, Florida

Davida Rausch

DVM, Diplomate ACVS

A Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Dr. Rausch has experience in both orthopedic and soft tissue surgery with special interest in oncologic surgery and wound management.

Dr. Rausch received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Long Island Veterinary Specialists and a surgical internship at Veterinary Specialists of South Florida. Dr. Rausch then complete her residency at Affiliated Specialists in Maitland, Florida.

Originally from Florida, Dr. Rausch now calls Saint Louis home and most enjoys spending her time away from work with her husband, children, two dogs and three cats.

Matthew M. Mahn

DVM, DIPLOMATE ACVS

Dr. Matthew Mahn is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. His training and experiences focuses on advanced soft tissue, orthopedic and neurological surgeries.

In 2000 he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. In 2004, he received his DVM from the University of Missouri-College of Veterinary Medicine. During the following year, he completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at the Hollywood Animal Hospital in Hollywood, Florida. Dr. Mahn then completed a one-year small animal surgery internship at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, Texas in 2006. That same year he was selected for a small animal surgery residency in Boston, Massachusetts. During the next three years, he completed his training through a joint residency at the New England Animal Medical Center and the Angell Animal Medical Center.
He passed his surgery board certification examination in 2010.

Dr. Mahn moved back to his hometown of St. Louis in 2009. Since that time he has enjoyed providing specialized surgery to his community. As a doctor he prides himself on unprecedented client and patient care. His special interests include oncologic and reconstructive surgery, upper airway corrections, laparoscopic and abdominal procedures, and orthopedic surgery including fracture and joint repair.

VETERINARY COLLEGE

University of Missouri

RESIDENCY

Veterinary Specialty Services in Manchester, Missouri

Professional Experience

Before joining VSS, Dr. Coletti spent ten years in private practice in the St. Louis area, with an emphasis in emergency medicine.

Thomas Coletti

DVM, Practice Limited to Surgery

Dr. Coletti joined VSS on January 15, 2009 after being selected for a small animal surgery residency. While he enjoys all aspects of surgery, particularly hard tissue surgeries (fracture repairs with both internal and external fixation, TPLO, and correction of medial patella luxation) and soft tissue surgeries. Dr Coletti special interests include lung surgery, liver, gastrointestinal and urologic surgeries, wound therapy and healing, and has used the honey from his own bees to heal some severe wounds.

Dr. Coletti received his DVM from the University Of Missouri College Of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating, he began his career as a veterinarian gaining valuable experience working in private practice for 4 years and emergency medicine for 8 years, where he developed a love for, and a calling to, surgery. Dr. Coletti completed his surgical residency here at VSS. Dr. Coletti’s research focus was on Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy, a surgery to stabilize a knee after a cranial cruciate ligament rupture (anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear in a person). This is the most common cause of lameness in the rear limb of dogs. His research entitled “Complications associated with tibial plateau leveling osteotomy: A retrospective of 1519 procedures”.

Dr. Coletti has been active in organized veterinary medicine since graduation. He is currently a member of the Greater St. Louis Veterinary Medical Association and The American Veterinary Medical Association. He is the St. Louis delegate to the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, representing the interests of veterinarians from the local communities to the state organization.

Dr. Coletti enjoys spending time with his wife, Marcy, also a veterinarian, and their 3 children. His family lives on a small suburban farm with their dogs, cats, horses, chickens, dairy goats and bees. In his “spare” time, Dr. Coletti has run multiple marathons and is a member of a crazy group known as Marathon Maniacs. He has also competed in the MR340, a 340 mile paddle boat race on the Missouri River from Kansas City to St. Charles, completing this race 3 times: two tandem journeys in a canoe and one solo journey in a kayak.

APPOINTMENTS & OFFICE HOURS


APPOINTMENTS

Patient visits are by appointment only or can be seen in association with an emergency or critical care appointment.

For an appointment: (636) 227-9400.
After hours/weekend emergencies: (636) 227-6100.

REFERRAL PRACTICE Hours

Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Emergency Hours

Weekdays, Weekends, & Holidays: 24 Hours