Small Animal Surgery - Soft Tissue

The soft tissue section in the Small Animal Surgery section offers “state of the art” care for animals undergoing surgery at the Purdue Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Following a referral from your veterinarian, you may schedule an appointment for your animal by calling our reception staff at 765-494-1107 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Service hours

The soft tissue surgery section performs elective surgery on Mondays, receives cases Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and performs surgery daily.

In case of after-hours emergencies, please call the closest veterinary emergency center or call our emergency service at 765-496-7911.

Our Staff

Soft Tissue Surgeons

Small Animal Surgery Residents

  • Dr. Tennille Auguste
  • Dr. Anastasia Olsen
  • Dr. Liliana Mutascio
  • Dr. Marine Traverson


  • Eric Zamora, RVT, Technician Supervisor
  • Kara Ballas, RVT
  • Tayler House, RVT
  • Wendy Hernandez, RVT
  • LeAnna Sanders, RVT
  • Laura Scott, RVT
  • Cassandra Simmons, RVT
  • Heather White, RVT

Common Conditions Treated & Procedures Offered

Our soft tissue surgeons perform abdominal surgery to obtain tissue for biopsy and treat condition of the abdominal organs such as the stomach, liver, intestine, pancreas, bladder, and kidneys. We routinely perform surgery on the skin, head and neck, upper airway, heart, and lungs.

Advanced dentistry and oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures are performed by Dr. Gary Lantz, who is board certified in both small animal surgery and veterinary dentistry.

Elective surgery, such as routine ovariohysterectomy and castration procedures are performed by senior veterinary medical students under faculty supervision.

Many of the above surgeries can be performed with minimally invasive surgery.

Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, 625 Harrison Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-7607

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