Dr. Cara Blake
Board-Certified Small Animal Surgeon
Dr. Cara Bake is a board-certified small animal surgeon, available to serve clinics throughout the South Shore region of the Boston metropolitan area. Her services include a wide variety of advanced veterinary surgeries including TPLO and other orthopedic surgeries as well as soft tissue surgeries.
Dr. Cara Blake earned her DVM degree at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. She completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Angell Animal Medical Center in 2008. She then completed a small animal surgery residency in a joint program with Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and the Angell Animal Medical Center. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2012.
Dr. Blake was certified as a Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT) by the Canine Rehabilitation Institute (CRI) in 2014. She has also completed coursework in veterinary acupuncture and food therapy at the Chi Institute. She previously worked as an Assistant Professor of Small Animal Surgery at both the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine in addition to several veterinary specialty referral practices. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Veterinary Orthopedic Society and is faculty for both AOVET and CRI. Her areas of clinical interest include orthopedic surgery, rehabilitative therapy and sports medicine, osteoarthritis and pain management.
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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.