In order to earn the right to be called a specialist in veterinary surgery, one must become board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS). All ACVS Diplomates have received a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from a school accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, completed a one year multi discipline internship and a three year surgical residency program under the supervision of other ACVS Diplomates. During their extended education, applicants must become proficient in medicine, anesthesiology, radiology, pathology, anatomy, physiology, as well as surgery. They are also required to perform and publish original research for the aid and benefit of veterinary surgery. Qualified applicants must submit extensive credentials to the ACVS documenting their training, clinical competency and scientific contributions. If their credentials are accepted, candidates then qualify for the board certification examination which is a comprehensive, two day exam with case based/oral, written and practical portions. Upon successful completion of the final examination, the applicant may then be called a board certified veterinary surgeon and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Click here to visit the ACVS website for more information.
Below are some informative documents detailing some of the surgeries that the VESC can perform. Click on any of them to read about the procedure.
Cranial Cruciate Ligament Repair
Intervertebral Disc Disease
Total Ear Canal Ablation
Dr. Kristy Broaddus
Kristy Broaddus is a native of Michigan; she completed her premedical training at Georgetown University in Washington DC in 1997. Kristy continued on to earn her veterinary degree from Michigan State University in 2001. She then headed south for a small animal surgery and medicine rotating internship at Auburn University (War Eagle!). It was at Auburn that Kristy completed a three year residency in Small Animal Surgery. After passing boards in 2006, she spent three years as faculty at Oklahoma State University, teaching and practicing surgery. Most recently Kristy has returned to Richmond with her husband Charlie, who is also a veterinarian and a Mechanicsville native. Kristy enjoys orthopedic and soft tissue surgery. During her spare time, Kristy loves to spend time with her husband and two children. The Broaddus family also includes a coonhound, toy poodle and tabby cat.
Dr. Andrew Mercurio
Dr. Andrew Mercurio will be joining the VESC surgical team in August 2014.
Originally from the small town of Cumberland, RI, Dr. Mercurio graduated as class salutatorian in 2003 from Assumption College in Worcester, MA with a B.A. in Biology and advanced studies in philosophy. He received a DVM degree from Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. He then headed south, where he completed a Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Rotating Internship at the University of Georgia in 2008. It was in Athens, GA that Dr. Mercurio met his wife, who is also a veterinarian. In 2011, Dr. Mercurio completed a combined Master of Science and Small Animal Surgery Residency at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. He earned his board certification in small animal surgery in 2012. Dr. Mercurio enjoys all aspects of soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, with special interests in surgical diseases of the upper airway, fracture repair, and advanced oncologic surgery. In his free time, Dr. Mercurio enjoys camping, skiing, going to the beach, playing guitar, drawing and painting. He comes to Richmond VA along with his wife, son, and two rescued dogs and cats.