Soft Tissue Surgery Service
About the Service
The mission of the Soft Tissue Surgery Service is to provide expert-level care to our patients. Our veterinarians have many years of experience with a variety of surgical conditions. The Soft Tissue Surgery Service sees appointments twice weekly and has opportunities for early morning admissions, after consultation with one of the surgeons. The service is also responsible for the surgical needs of the Emergency and Critical Care Service, Internal Medicine Service, and other services in need of consultation.
What We Do
Our primary focus is on general soft tissue surgery of a variety of body systems including the abdominal and thoracic cavities, urinary system, skin/ears and reconstructive surgery, among others. We also offer elective surgical services including spay and neuter. Senior veterinary students, surgical residents and faculty surgeons participate in providing care.
Surgical procedures are performed in one of our state-of-the-art operating rooms. These areas are well staffed by operating room, anesthesia and general surgery staff personnel. We are available to the other hospital services to assist with the care of their patients, and most emergency surgical cases are handled by our service or one of our surgeons.
We offer a high level of compassionate care and use specific pain medications and analgesics to be sure our patients are comfortable before, during, and after surgery.
Who We Are
Kaleigh Bush, DVM
Dr. Bush received her DVM from Auburn University in 2018. She completed a small animal rotating internship at the University of Tennessee in 2019. She then completed a small animal surgery specialty internship at Auburn University.
Cameron Himel, DVM
Dr. Himel received his DVM from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. He completed a rotating internship at MedVet Medical & Cancer Centers for Pets in Louisiana, and a surgical internship at South Paws Veterinary Surgical Specialists in Mandeville, LA.
Corinne Buirkle, VMD
Dr. Buirkle received her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. She then completed a small animal rotating internship at The Animal Medical Center in New York City and a small animal surgery specialty internship at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine.
Jessica Ball, DVM
Dr. Ball received her DVM from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2019. She completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Louisville, KY prior to returning to Auburn University for a small animal surgical internship.