Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon


Many pet owners are unaware of specialization in veterinary medicine although they are quite familiar with it in human medicine. A specialist in veterinary medicine is quite similar to the human counterpart, both having gone through additional years of study and training to dedicate themselves to their chosen area. As the human physician will refer patients to a surgeon for complicated procedures, veterinary practitioners often refer surgical cases to a veterinary surgeon.

Dr. Nancy Hampel has been a Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon since 1991.  Only veterinarians who have successfully completed the certification requirements of the ACVS are Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and have earned the right to be called specialists in veterinary surgery.  Veterinarians wishing to become board certified must complete a three-year residency program, meet specific training and caseload requirements, perform research and have their research published. This process is supervised by current ACVS Diplomates, ensuring consistency in training and adherence to high standards. Once the residency has been completed, the resident must sit for and pass a rigorous examination. Only then does the veterinarian earn the title of ACVS Diplomate.

Our veterinary surgical teams are dedicated to providing accurate diagnosis and customized treatment plan and technically advanced surgical procedures at a competitive price. Your pets comfort is of utmost importance including analgesics. comfortable surroundings, and gentle pre and post operative care.

Orthopedic Surgical Specialist

Our Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon, Dr. Nancy Hampel, is a leading specialist in orthopedic surgery. The requirements to become a specialist are rigorous including completing a one year internship, 3 year surgical residency, publishing original articles and passing a verbal, written and practical examination. Dr. Hampel completed these requirements, passed the exam and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1991. She has specialty training from experts in veterinary surgery from around the country.  Many people call themselves surgeons but only Diplomats of the ACVS are truly surgical specialists.

Veterinary Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic surgery involves bones, joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Fractured bones and torn ligaments are some of the most common injuries seen by the veterinary surgeon. In many cases, there are multiple injuries to the pet often as the result of trauma. Advanced techniques including the use of steel plates and screws or elaborate bone pin and clamp systems are required to adequately stabilize these injuries so that the pet can heal normally.

Fracture repair

Patella Luxation

Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture


                Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA)

Osteoarthritis Treatment Options

Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Therapy

Physical Rehabilitation

Congenital Orthopedic Conditions