Michaela Gruenheid, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA

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Dr. Michaela Gruenheid

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Dr. Michaela Gruenheid is a board-certified surgeon in southeastern Pennsylvania. She is available to provide mobile veterinary surgery services to general practice and emergency animal hospitals throughout the greater Philadelphia metro area.


Dr. Michaela Gruenheid was born and raised in Germany. She began her veterinary medicine education in Budapest, Hungary and in 2009, completed her veterinary medicine degree in Munich, Germany. During her last year of veterinary school, she participated in several externships in the United Sates. It was during this time that she decided that she eventually wanted to return to the States because she appreciated the training that the students, interns, and residents received.

While working at two referral practices in Germany for almost 5 years, Michaela completed the ECFVG® certification (Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates) to get licensed in the United States. After receiving the ECFVG® certification in 2014, Dr. Gruenheid was accepted into a surgical fellowship program at Michigan State University. Later that year, she was offered a surgical internship at Washington State University. In 2015, Michaela moved to Ohio where she completed her residency and masters program at The Ohio State University. She then moved to Pennsylvania in 2018, where she worked as an orthopedic and soft tissue surgeon at a large referral hospital outside Philadelphia.

Dr. Gruenheid authored a paper that discusses the anesthetic risks in brachycephalic dogs, and her special interests include fracture management, orthopedic surgeries, airway surgery and thoracic surgery.

Michaela and her husband were married in 2013, while still living in Germany. Together they have two Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Pepper and Sky. Dr. Gruenheid joined MOVES® in the spring of 2021, the same week that she achieved board certification through the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.


  • 2021
    Joined MOVES®
  • 2021
    Achieved board certification through the ACVS
  • 2018
    Earned MS in Comparative Veterinary Science from The Ohio State University
  • 2018
    Completed residency program at The Ohio State University
  • 2015
    Completed surgical internship at Washington State University
  • 2009
    Earned Med Vet/DVM degree from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Munich, Germany)

Gruenheid, Michaela.
Risk and incidence of peri-anesthetic complications in brachycephalic dogs
JAVMA 08/2018
[Advisor: Dr. Turi K. Aarnes]

Gruenheid, Michaela.
Effects of topical Manuka honey dressing on wound healing in non-infected wounds of 10 dogs
Under Review for Submission
[Advisor: Dr. Bryden J. Stanley]

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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.