About Us

surgeons at workOur Practice

The Animal Surgical Center of Michigan was founded by Dr. Daniel Degner whose vision was to create a marriage between compassionate care and advanced veterinary medicine. First and importantly, we listen to our pet owners, to ensure a clear understanding of the pet's and owner's needs. Second, we provide a diagnosis of the pet's condition and then present the best surgical options for the afflicted pet. Third, our goal is to make sure that the pet's pain is minimized and quality of life is maximized with only necessary treatments. Sometimes, we will recommend against surgery and chose medical therapy only. Our recommendations for your pet is based on evidence-based research studies and our objective clinical experience. Our promise is to deliver an exceptional experience for your pet that we call the "Animal Surgical Center Experience".

 

Our Facility

Our state-of-the-art hospital was newly built in 2015 for the comfort of our patients and their families.

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Our values

Compassion, respect for others, integrity, innovation, quality work

 

Our Doctors

Dr. Degner

Dr. DegnerDr. Daniel Degner earned a degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. He then practiced veterinary medicine for two years in a small animal practice in Edmonton, Alberta. Thereafter, he completed a small animal internship in medicine and surgery at Colorado State University and a surgical residency at Michigan State University. In 1997, following rigorous examination, he graduated from the American college of Veterinary Surgeons as a diplomate. This college validates the surgeon's competency in the art and science of soft tissue and orthopedic veterinary surgery. Dr. Degner has more than 23 years of experience performing surgery; 16.5 of these enjoyable years were dedicated to the state-of-the-art hospitals of Michigan Veterinary Specialists. Experience is the foundation that not only improves the accuracy of diagnosis of your companion’s condition, but also has been proven to reduce complications and improve the success rate of surgical procedures. As a surgeon, Dr. Degner commonly performs orthopedic surgeries such as the tibial plateau leveling osteotomy surgery for dogs that have ruptured their cranial cruciate ligaments. In addition to many other orthopedic procedures, he performs minimally invasive surgery called arthroscopy (to treat joint conditions), laparoscopy (to treat abdominal conditions), and thorocoscopy (to treat chest conditions). He is skilled in microvascular surgery, which is used for bone reconstruction following removal of bone tumors. In addition, he uses vascular surgical techniques to repair large complex wounds with free flaps and to perform kidney transplantation in cats. Dr. Degner continues to be very active in the training of veterinarians the art and science of surgery at local, state, and national continuing education meetings. His family of pets include Duncan - a rescued Toy Poodle, Pasha - a rescued standard poodle, three rescued cats (Citronella, Pumpkin and Scooby) and many tropical fish. He is married to Dr. Lisa Degner and they have 2 children. Click here to view Dr. Degner's Resume (Curriculum Vitae)

 

Dr. Charles E. DeCamp

Dr. DeCamp photoDr. DeCamp, a native of Flint, is professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Michigan State University and has joined Animal Surgical Center of MIchigan. Early in Dr. DeCamp's post-secondary education, he studied English literature and received his first degree therein. During this time of study, he also completed pre-veterinary courses and subsequently earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree at Michigan State University. Following he completed an internship, during which he became passionate for veterinary surgery. During his residency he trained under the tutelage of Drs. Flo and Braden. Although during this time Dr. Brinker, another grandfather of veterinary orthopedic surgery, was for the most part retired, Dr. DeCamp's surgical training was also influenced significantly by him. After completing his residency, Dr. DeCamp was board-certified in veterinary surgeon by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and has been employed by Michigan State University as professor for 29 years. He continues to serve Michigan State University, at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Dr. DeCamp has authored oodles of peer-reviewed research publications, book chapters and is the editor and author of one of the main orthopedic textbooks used by students, interns, residents and orthopedic surgeons: "Orthopedic Handbook for Small Animal Surgery". At Animal Surgical Center of Michigan, Dr. DeCamp's expertise in joint surgery, fracture repair, angular limb deformity correction, arthroscopy, and total hip replacement are commonly used. Dr. DeCamp is married to Heidi DeCamp and they are proud of their newest addition to the family, a grand daughter. They have a small farm including horses, cows, chickens, dogs and cats.

 

Dr. Richard Walshaw

Dr. Richard WalshawDr. Walshaw originated from England and earned a degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine. In 1976, he completed a surgical residency at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and in 1980 was board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. From 1976 until 2002, he served as Professor of Small Animal Surgery at Michigan State University . He moved to Prince Edward Island, Canada and was on staff as Professor of Companion Animal Surgery at the Atlantic Veterinary College (University of Prince Edward Island). He later joined the Animal Cancer Imaging Center in Michigan. Dr. Walshaw is a founding fellow in the surgical oncology, a subspecialty recognized by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. In addition to surgical oncology, Dr. Walshaw is proficient in the area of adjunctive chemotherapy, which is used to treat cancer following tumor removal. Other special interests include, reconstructive surgery, head and neck surgery, and surgery of the abdominal organs. He has many publications in the area of veterinary medicine in textbooks and veterinary journals. He continues to lecture to veterinarians and instruct laboratories on the subject of soft tissue surgery. As a final note, he is on the Board of Reagents in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

 

Dr. Cody Doyle

Dr. DoyleDr. Cody Doyle, a native of Flint, Michigan, graduated with high honors with a doctorate of veterinary medicine in May of 2013 from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.  His clinical year of the DVM program was completed at Louisiana State University.  He earned a bachelors degree in molecular biology and biotechnology from the University of Michigan in 2009.  Before attending veterinary school he worked as a veterinary assistant for 7 years in his hometown of Linden, Michigan.  For years, his primary interest has been veterinary surgery.  He is currently a surgical intern at the Animal Surgical Center in Burton, Michigan and will start a surgical residency at the Animal Surgical Center of MI on July 1, 2014.  He currently resides in Swartz Creek, Michigan with his girlfriend Dr. Kimberly Doucet, who is also a small animal veterinarian in the area.  Their dog, Reggie, loves flyball.  

 

Dr. Laura Canever

Dr. Canever, originally from Fenton, MI joins our practice to complete a rotating internship in surgery and medicine. She earned a Bachelors degree in Science. She then completed her veterinary training at Michigan State University and subsequently earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.

 

Dr. Christine Serafin

Dr. Christine VenemaDr. Serafin earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Michigan State University. Subsequently she completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Purdue University and then a residency in small animal internal medicine at Michigan State University. As an internist, she diagnoses and treats acute and chronic disease of the internal organs. The diagnosis may involve radiographs, CT scan, endoscopy, ultrasound, blood testing and biopsy of tissues. Dr. Serafin partners with primary care veterinarians to manage chronic disease of pets. Her special interest in internal medicine is respiratory disease. She is a proud owner of her beautiful Collie.

 

Dr. Lisa Degner

Dr. Lisa Degner graduated from Michigan State University in 1994 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. She is the practice manager at our hospital. She plays many roles that make our practice run smoothly. She is mother of two children, Autumn and Ethan, and wife of Dr. Dan Degner. They have many pets, most of which are rescues.

 

 

 

 

Our Technical Staff

 

Kathleen Crow

Kathleen is a great asset to our surgical team. Prior to her career in veterinary medicine, she served as a police officer in Flint for 16 years. She thoroughly enjoys her new career and does a great job. She graduated with a degree in veterinary technology program at Baker College in 2013 and passed the National Veterinary Technician Board Examination. She has a Pitbull.

 

Judy Walzak

Judy is a licensed veterinary technician with 30 years of experience. She commonly discharges patients from our hospital. Her love for pets and their owners is certainly a great asset to our practice. While not working at our surgical center, she rehabilitates an assortment of indigent wildlife such as birds, squirrels, raccoons and opossums. She is a volunteer at the Detroit Zoo. She and her husband have a Golden retriever and two small mixed breed dogs that keep her quite busy. Every other weekend you will find Judy doing competitive fly ball with her dogs.

 

Jami Hunt

Jami, is a delightful veterinary tech assistant and loves both animals and people. She has years of experience in a general practice. She is a huge asset to our surgical practice to make the day run efficiently. Her excellent computer knowledge has excelled her skills in operating the CT scanner. She assists the technicians during anesthesia and in the operating room. From time to time, she serves as a receptionist, a skill that she brought over from her former job in a veterinary hospital. Jami and her husband have a young son and two dogs.

 

Nicole Rowe

Nicole, an assistant, is a brilliant, budding individual whose goal is to become a veterinarian. She is enrolled in the pre-veterinary science program at University of Michigan (Flint). Her primary role is cleaning and sterilization of surgical instrumentation.

 

Kate Bartlett

Kate is a graduate from Michigan State University's Veterinary Technician Program and well seasoned to deal with the challenges of complicated cases. She serves as a veterinary anesthetist and surgical technician in our surgical center. Her family includes Hector, a Bichon mixed breed dog, two children and her Husband, Dan.

Nicole Orians

Nicole graduated from Baker College of Clinton Township, MI in June 2016. She started her career here at ASC on 2016. She is from Carey, OH, and currently lives near Flint with her Chihuahua, Harper, and her Guinea Pig, Pip. Her horse Mandy is kept on her parents' farm.

Sarah Jaworski

 

 

Client Services Team

David Albrant

David joined the Animal Surgical Center family in 2014 and has been working in the veterinary field since 2004.  Formerly, he was a client representative in a veterinary clinic for 10 years. He currently works in client services and is training for added technical/surgical assistant duties.  He was born and raised in Michigan.  When not working he enjoys walking, biking, and sharing his life with his dog (Bug the pug) and 3 rescue cats (Tater, Parker, Lottie).  

 

Amanda Miller

Amanda, a bubbly, fun-loving individual, is a client services representative. She serves as a receptionist, phone operator and medical records director. Her dog, "Queenie", is shy, but loves people once she warms up to them.

 

Karen Stanley

Karen, is a well seasoned client servies member who has worked in veterinary hospitals for years. She formerly worked with Dr. Degner for years at Michigan Veterinary Specialists. During her free time, she is frequently at agility trials with her dogs.