About Our Doctors

Dr. 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 25 years of experience performing surgery. 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. Click here to view Dr. Degner's Resume (Curriculum Viate)

 

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. Thereafter he completed an internship, during which he became passionate for veterinary surgery. During his surgical 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 surgery 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 resident at the Animal Surgical Center of Michigan.  He currently resides in Swartz Creek, Michigan with his wife Dr. Kimberly Doucet, who is also a small animal veterinarian in the area.  Their dog, Reggie, loves flyball.  

 

Dr. Alyssa Weeden

Dr WeedenDr. Weeden, originally from Rochester, MI joins our practice to complete a rotating internship in surgery and medicine. She earned a Bachelors degree in Science at Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois. She then completed her veterinary training at the University of Illinois and subsequently earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Dr. Weeden has joined us for a one year internship and plans to a residency in surgery. She and her husband, Nathan, own two beautiful Viszlas.

 

Dr. Christine Venema

Dr. Christine VenemaDr. Venema 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. Venema 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 a beautiful Collie.

 

Dr. Lisa Degner

Dr. Lisa DegnerDr. 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.