Dr. Kurt Michelotti
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons (Small Animal)
Dr. Kurt Michelotti is a board-certified veterinary surgeon in Central Pennsylvania. He is based in Mechanicsburg and is available to provide mobile veterinary surgery services to general practice and emergency animal hospitals throughout the greater Harrisburg metro area with additional limited availability in and around State College, PA.
Dr. Michelotti was born and raised in State College, Pennsylvania. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree at Penn State University and remains an avid Nittany Lions football fan. He completed veterinary school at Western University of Health Sciences in Los Angeles, California, graduating with honors. He returned to the east coast to complete a small animal rotating internship at Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center and remained in Pittsburgh for another four years, where he completed a surgical internship followed by a surgical residency in small animal surgery. Dr. Michelotti is trained in soft tissue, orthopedic, neurologic, and minimally invasive surgery. He truly enjoys the diversity that small animal surgery has to offer. He lives in Mechanicsburg with his wife, son, and their two dogs- a Pomeranian and a Husky Mix. He is excited to be able to serve pets throughout all of central Pennsylvania as a MOVES surgeon.
Dr. Michelotti joined MOVES in July of 2020, and achieved board certification as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2021.
Achieved board certification through the ACVS
Completed residency program at Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center
Completed internship at Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center
Earned DVM degree from Western University of Health Sciences
Graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Animal Sciences
Michelotti KP, Youk A, Payne JT, Anderson J.
Outcomes of dogs with recurrent idiopathic pericardial effusion treated with a 3-port right-sided thoracoscopic subtotal pericardiectomy.
Vet Surg. 2019 Aug;48(6):1032-1041. doi: 10.1111/vsu.13223. Epub 2019 May 1. PMID: 31042303.
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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.