Michaela Gruenheid, DVM, MS

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Dr. Michaela Gruenheid

Limited to the Practice of Surgery

Dr. Michaela Gruenheid is a residency-trained veterinarian 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.

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    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, Summer and Sky. Dr. Gruenheid joined MOVES® in the spring of 2021.


    • 2021
      Joined MOVES®
    • 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 does Limited to the Practice of Surgery mean?

      A veterinarian who has completed residency training, but is not board certified may indicate that his or her practice is “Limited to the Practice of Surgery,” and no connection to the ACVS is implied or intended.

      A “Practice Limited” veterinarian has undergone extensive additional training after veterinary school, consisting of a minimum of a 1-year internship followed by a 3-year residency program. During the residency there are specific training and caseload requirements that must be met and anyone who wishes to pursue board certification after residency must also perform research that is published in a scientific journal.

      Veterinarians who perform surgery under the “Practice Limited” designation may or may not choose to complete the board certification process. Any “Practice Limited” veterinarians employed by MOVES have a demonstrated track record of successful outcomes and the unreserved recommendation of their peers and mentors.

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