Our surgery service is happy to provide advanced soft tissue, abdominal, thoracic and orthopedic surgeries.
Our objective is to be an integral part of a team of highly proficient clinicians providing 24 hour extended care for the veterinary patients in Wichita and surrounding areas. Our team has a special interest in addressing mobility and the canine locomotor system. Fracture management and orthopedic disease are a large surgical focus. Our philosophy is grounded in pain management and improving the quality of life for each patient by considering the whole patient including the myofacial system, orthopedic system, pet's lifestyle, occupation and personality in addition to traditional veterinary medicine, then integrating the modalities of traditional medicine and pharmacology, acupuncture, massage, laser, rehabilitation, and surgery-both soft tissue and orthopedic, as indicated with a caring touch, to aid each individual patient along the journey of achieving the best level of comfort possible.
Our goals are to practice in a setting where we enjoy going to work, helping patients, interacting with staff and clients in a capacity that allows a comfortable balance of professional, personal and family time.
Surgery List Includes but is not limited to:
Brachycephalic Syndrome- nasal wedge resection, soft palate resection, excision of everted laryngeal ventricles
TECA-Total Ear Canal Ablation
FHO-Femoral Head and Neck Ostectomy
Femoral Fracture-any location
Soft tissue Mass-Large/complicated excision
GI FB no R&A-Gastrointestinal foreign body removal
GI R&A-Gastrointestinal foreign body removal with resection and anastamosis
TTA-Tibial Tuberosity Advancement
Tib/Fib FX-any location, Plate rod fixation, external fixator, Minimally Invasive Plating Osteosynthesis
RU fx-Radius/Ulna Fracture
Pelvic Fx simple and complicated
Diaphragmatic hernia with and without thoracotomy
Humerus T-Y Condylar fractures
Humerus diaphyseal fracture
MPL-Medial Patellar Luxation
Extracapsular Cranial Cruciate Repair
Deranged Stifle-Repair of all stifle ligaments
Thoracic wall defect/Flail Chest
Holly Smith, DVM, cVMA, CVPP, CCRT
Surgery & Rehabilitation
Dr. Holly Smith, DVM is a native of the Oklahoma City area and graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1995. Since graduation she has practiced in both mixed and small animal practice in the Hutchinson and McPherson areas before joining VESHW. For Dr. Smith, joining the team at VESHW meant fulfilling the dream of working with a team of extremely talented veterinarians and staff whose entire goal is to provide the best medicine possible to each and every little (or big) furry patient.
Dr. Smith’s current areas of focus include veterinary pain management and mobility issues, scientific integrative medicine and surgery which facilitate her professional interests in improving the quality of life for each patient by considering the whole patient including the pet’s myofascial and orthopedic systems, lifestyle, occupation, role in the family and its personality. She integrates traditional veterinary medicine, pharmacology, acupuncture, massage, laser, rehabilitation, and surgery, as indicated with a caring touch, to aid each individual patient along the journey of achieving the best outcome possible.
Dr. Smith is constantly pursing advanced education. The practice act of the state of Kansas requires 20 hours per year CE to maintain veterinary license to practice. Dr. Smith averages 85 hours of Continued Education courses per year, 90% of which is targeted at pain management and orthopedic surgery.
She is a member of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management and is a DOC instructor at the Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians course. She and her husband enjoy chasing their three children around the state at their activities and athletic events, keeping their cows happy, and sometimes she even has time to ride her horses.
Specialty Training or Certifications:
Companion Regenerative University Platelet-Rich Plasma and Stem Cell Therapeutic Technologies. Annapolis Junction, Maryland, Presented by Sherman Canapp, Jr, DVM, MS, CCRT, DACVS, DAVSMR, January 2019; Surgical Observation and Mentorship with Eileen Snakard, DVM, DACVS-SA, Veterinary Referral Associates, Gaithersburg MD clinical surgical practice, January 2019. AO North America Advanced Techniques in Small Animal Fracture Management April 22, 2018; Complete Course in External Skeletal Fixation Hybrid ESF Oct 30, 2017; CCRT- Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist May 14, 2017; CVPP-Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner Oct 21, 2016; Oncurra Partners Basic Abdominal Ultrasound Credentialing Procedure July 22 2016;
Myopain Seminars Canine Trigger Point Therapy Program: CTPT-1 Introduction to Canine Myofacial Trigger points Sept. 6 2014; Medical Massage for Animals: Canine Course Oct 26, 2013; Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians April 28, 2013. VetMed Team course Advanced Concepts in Pain Management: Companion Animals April 27, 2012; AO Masters Course on Advanced Osteotomy-small animal Oct 1, 2011; AO Principles Course on the Principles of Small Animal Fracture Management Sept 26 2010; Individual Mentorship with Robert Martin, DVM, DACVS intermittent visits and 40 hr internship 2007-2009; Complete Course in External Skeletal Fixation (linear) Sept 21, 2008; Advanced Stifle Repair Using the TTA Technique August 29 2009; Small Animal Ultrasound Diagnostics Basic Abdominal, Universal Seminars Inc. Dec 16, 2007.
Technician Supervisor, Surgical Nurse
Shannon is a Wichita native, who always knew she would have a career with animals. She began working at the Veterinary Detachment - Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, in 1990. She spent four years there before moving to Virginia Beach, when her father transferred to a new duty station. She moved back home to Wichita in 1997 and worked at Cottonwood Animal Hospital until joining the VESHW team in 2000.
Shannon has four years of experience with the VESHW’s surgery services. Her primary role is to scrub in to surgery and assist with the surgical procedures. As a surgical scrub assistant, she is responsible for providing tissue retractions, instrument handling, and keeping the instruments in a neat order. She also performs the roll of anesthetist - making sure your animal is asleep, and that all vitals are maintained throughout the procedure. Constantly monitoring patients under anesthesia allows her to recognize problems at the earliest stages and respond before complications can evolve. Her level of experience allows her to scrub in to any surgery and be an effective assistant. She has a natural sense for working with animals and communicating with pet owners.
Shannon has also gone through the Rehabilitation program at the University of Tennessee and provides assistance in our Rehabilitation Services.
In her spare time, Shannon likes to train her two Pembroke Welsh Corgis and Golden Retriever. Her ability to train dogs (and cats) is second to none. She says, “I love my job and can’t imagine doing anything else. I am incredibly lucky to work with a talented team and a phenomenal doctor.”
Cheryl Thornton, RVT
Cheryl is a Wichita native, who has lived in Rose Hill for most of her life. She first earned a bachelors degree in Art from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri. Her first career was a paste up artist for a print shop.
Later, in 1996, she graduated with an Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology from Cedar Valley College in Lancaster, Texas. She started her animal career at a clinic during her internship at Love Field Animal Hospital in Dallas, Texas. After she graduated, she moved back to Rose Hill, KS. Since graduation she has worked at Webb Village Animal Clinic, Rose Hill Veterinary Clinic, Solomon Veterinary Clinic and Indian Hills Animal Clinic. She also worked at Kansas Humane Society’s clinic for five years before she hired on at VESHW in 2006.
Cheryl spent the first six years of her career at VESHW in surgery services. She then spent three years in emergency services, before rejoining the surgery team in 2015. Her primary role with the surgery team is monitoring patients under anesthesia, which is vital, as anesthesia and surgery can cause rapid changes in vital functions. She ensures that the patient is well and prospering during the procedure.
She occasionally scrubs in to assist the surgeon. She also maintains the surgery instruments, equipment, and surgical inventory.
In her spare time, Cheryl likes to spend time with her best friend. She likes arts and crafts, spending time with her pets, and travel. She has one dog, a Collie, named Sophie, and five cats, Emma, Hailey, Malachi, Savanna and Cheyenne.
If she were not a veterinary technician she would be doing something with art and/or photography; possibly a surgical scrub tech for humans.
Amanda Kellog, RVT
Amanda is from Winfield, KS. She received her Associate's Degree in Veterinary Technology from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in 2008. She began her animal career at Countryside Pet Clinic for one year. She spent the next seven years at Kutter Pet Care, followed by three years at Chisholm Trail Animal Hospital. She joined VESHW surgery team 2018 because she has a passion for anesthesia and analgesia. Her primary role is pre-anesthetic preparation, evaluating patients, giving fluids, administering anesthesia, managing ventilation, maintaining sedation, monitoring emergence from anesthesia, and post-anesthesia care.
In her spare time, Amanda likes to crochet, garden, work on various home improvement projects, and spend time with her family. He has three dogs, Bingo, General Patton, and Arson, two cats, Aerabella, Lord Thunderfoot, four chickens, and numerous fish. Amanda can’t see herself in a non animal field, but she is intrigued by cosmetology.
Kelsey Donnelly, RVT
Kelsey joins us as a registered veterinary technician and will be assisting Dr. Smith in post-surgical rehabilitation.
Kelsey attended Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA), receiving an Associate of Applied Sciences, Veterinary Technician, in 2010. She then interned at a large specialty/referral hospital in Las Vegas, NV. She continued as a registered veterinary technician at a general practice in Lincoln NE, the ICU at KSU Veterinary Heath Center, a large general practice in Lake Forest, CA, and a large specialty/emergency hospital in Mission, KS.
Kelsey was initially interested in pursuing a career in emergency medicine, however, she has found that her true passion lies in rehabilitation therapy. Having had back surgery, followed by physical therapy herself, she realized how much a patient’s life can be impacted and improved through various therapeutics, even without surgery. This new ambition led her to enroll in the Certified Canine Rehabilitation Professional (CCRP) program at the University of Tennessee and is set to gain certification next July. She then hopes to obtain certification in massage therapy to further improve the quality of care provided by the rehabilitation therapy and the services she will be providing.