Julie Duval, VMD, DACVS

Julie Duval Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon in Atlanta GA
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Dr. Julie Duval

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Dr. Julie Duval is a board-certified veterinary surgeon in Georgia, specializing in soft tissue surgeries. She is available to serve general practice and emergency animal hospitals in the greater Atlanta metro area.

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    After growing up in Kentucky and Texas, Dr. Duval received a bachelor of science degree from Duke University, then graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and stayed on for a year to complete a rotating internship. She was happy to be able to come back to the south for her surgery residency at the University of Georgia and then accepted a position as a clinical surgery instructor at the University of Pennsylvania, where Dr. Duval was involved with the training of students, interns and residents.

    Following positions in two private referral practice hospitals in Columbia, SC and St. Louis, MO, she and her husband moved to Atlanta in 2000 where they were two of the original specialists at one of the largest veterinary specialty practices in the southeast. Over 18 years of practice in Atlanta, Dr. Duval was able to gradually adjust her caseload to focus on soft tissue surgery. She also was very active in organizing and participating in the continuing education program at that practice. While enjoying all aspects of soft tissue and oncologic surgery, Dr. Duval has special interest in perineal urethrostomy, portosystemic shunts and reconstructive surgery.

    Dr. Julie Duval has been married to internist Derek Duval since 1990, and they have two children who are studying at colleges in Georgia. She loves reading, watching college football and basketball (especially the Duke Blue Devils), hiking, travel and photography. She and her husband have two dogs, sheltie Maisie and schipperke Bellatrix, as well as some pets with no fur.


    • 2019
      Joined MOVES
    • 1995
      Achieved board certification through ACVS
    • 1994
      Completed residency program at University of Georgia
    • 1991
      Completed internship at University of Pennsylvania
    • 1990
      Earned VMD degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
    • 1986
      Graduated from Duke University with a degree in Zoology

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      What is a board-certified veterinary surgeon?

      Like most health care fields, the veterinary profession has become multi-tiered. Veterinarians may now specialize in various disciplines (including surgery), as recognized by the AVMA’s American Board of Veterinary Specialties (ABVS). The American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) is the AVMA-recognized veterinary specialty organization™ for certification of veterinarians in large animal surgery and small animal surgery.

      If your animal develops a problem or injury requiring advanced care and procedures, your primary veterinarian or emergency room veterinarian may refer you to a veterinary surgeon.

      A veterinary surgeon has undergone additional training after veterinary school in order to become a specialist. This training consists of a minimum of a 1-year internship followed by a 3-year residency program that meets guidelines established by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS).

      During the residency there are specific training and caseload requirements that must be met. In addition to these requirements, applicants must perform research that is published in a scientific journal and then pass a rigorous examination.

      Adapated from “What is a Veterinary Surgeon?” on acvs.org.