Kari Swanson, DVM, MS, DACVS (SA)

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Dr. Kari Swanson

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Dr. Kari Swanson is a board-certified surgeon in southwest Ohio. She is available to provide mobile veterinary surgery services to general practice and emergency animal hospitals throughout the greater Dayton metro area.


Dr. Swanson was born and raised in south central Illinois and earned her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Champaign, IL. After graduation, she completed a rotating small animal internship at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO followed by a small animal surgery internship at Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center, in Dallas, TX. She then returned to her alma mater, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where she completed her small animal surgical residency and earned a Masters of Science degree in Veterinary Clinical Medicine. Upon completion of her residency in 2018, she moved to Ohio and worked as a surgeon in a large referral hospital in Cincinnati. Dr. Swanson is passionate about all aspects of veterinary surgery, but maintains a special interest in orthopedic surgery, neurological surgery, and rehabilitation therapy.

Dr. Swanson lives in Cincinnati with her husband and two sons. They have two dogs, a cat, and a chinchilla. She enjoys cooking, baking, crocheting, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.


  • 2022
    Joined MOVES®
  • 2020
    Achieved board certification through the ACVS
  • 2018
    Completed Surgical Residency and earned a Master of Science degree at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • 2014
    Completed Internship at University of Missouri in Columbia, MO
  • 2013
    Earned DVM from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Veterinary Medicine
  • 2009
    Graduated from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science degree

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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.