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We understand that the decision to pursue surgery can be overwhelming for both you and your companion. The staff of Maryland Veterinary Surgical Services strives to provide a clean, quiet and welcoming environment so that you and your companion feel safe and relaxed.

Our Team

  • Dr. Honor Ame Walesby

    BS, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVS-SA
    Surgeon and Owner

    Dr. Walesby graduated from the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993 and began working as a mixed animal practitioner for Community Animal Hospital in Easton, MD

  • Rita Valente

    Receptionist

    Rita has served as the receptionist for MVSS since 2001. She has followed many patients from adolescents to old-age. She has amazing recall and frequently recognizes patients and their guardians before they identify themselves.

  • Michelle Huntington

    RVT (2010), RN (2016), BSN (2016)
    Surgical Nurse and Practice Manager

    Michelle started with MVSS in 2010. She was instrumental in helping Dr. Walesby purchase, organize and run MVSS from day one.

  • Aleksandr Ray

    Surgical Scrub Nurse

    Aleks came to MVSS as a part-time surgical nurse in 2014. Alek has demonstrated an aptitude for veterinary surgery and quickly became the lead full-time surgical scrub nurse in 2015.

  • KC Ronkette

    Surgical Nurse

    KC came to MVSS in 2017 from Small Miracles Cat and Dog Rescue. KC has been providing nursing care for animals in the veterinary field since 2004.

  • Ilene Windman, RVT (2004)

    Surgical Nurse

    Ilene joined the MVSS family in 2018 with 21 years experience in the veterinary field. Ilene has worked in many areas of veterinary care, but her love for anesthesia and complex soft tissue surgery guided her to MVSS.

  • Lara Forster

    Veterinary Assistant

    Lara's drive to become a surgical nurse brought her to MVSS from general practice veterinary medicine. Providing excellent patient centered care and assisting in the operating room are talents that make Lara a great asset to our team.

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Why Choose Us

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Orthopedic Solutions

  • Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)
  • Lateral Stabilization Suture (LSS)
  • Medial Patellar Luxation (MPL)
  • Lateral Patellar Luxation (LPL)
  • Fractures of the Radius and Ulna
  • Fractures of the Metacarpal (front foot) and Metatarsal (hind foot)
  • Fractures of the Femur
  • Fractures of the Tibia
  • Femoral Head and Neck Osteotomy (FHO)
  • Open Hip Reduction using Toggle
  • OCD of the Shoulder
  • OCD of the Hock
  • Fragmented Coronoid Process of the Elbow (FCP)
  • Un-united Anconeal Process of the Elbow (UAP)
  • Pancarpal Arthrodesis
  • Partial Carpal Arthrodesis
  • Pantarsal Arthrodesis
  • Limb-Sparing for Osteosarcoma
  • Amputation of the Front Limb
  • Amputation of the Hind Limb
  • Hemi-Pelvectomy
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Soft Tissue Solutions

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  • Total Ear Canal Ablation (TECA) for Cats and Dogs
  • Bulla Osteotomy for Cats and some Dog Breeds
  • Tumors of the Face and Mouth Requiring Removal and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Salivary Mucocele with or without Ranula
  • Tumors of the Neck – Thyroid, Parathyroid, Salivary Glands and Surrounding Soft Tissues
  • Tie Back Procedure for Laryngeal Paralysis
  • Stenotic Nares
  • Palate Trim for Elongated Soft Palate
  • Tumors of the Torso and Extremitties
  • Reconstructive Surgery with Skin Grafting and Skin Flaps
  • Tumors of the Spleen and Liver
  • Body wall Reconstruction for Tumors, Hernias and Trauma
  • Mastectomy for Breast Cancer
  • Removal of Gall Bladder for Obstruction, Gall Stones, Tumors and Mucocele
  • Removal of Kidney for Tumors, Obstruction or Trauma
  • Tumors of the Urinary Bladder, Prepuce, Penis, Scrotum and Vulva
  • Perineal Urethrostomy in Cats and some Dogs
  • Megacolon in Cats
  • Screw Tail
  • Recessed Vulva
  • Anal Gland Removal for Chronic Inflammation and Tumors
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Client Testimonials

We can talk about our surgical services, how we treat our patients and pet parents, or how our patients have recovered and so on, but we’d rather let our previous clients do the talking...

  • "Dr. Walesby is currently helping us through a rough time with our 17 mon old Dalmation mix. He is having his leg amputated this Tuesday, and Dr. Walesby has been with us the whole time. She had a room full of patients but took the time with us in front of the X-ray light explaining Calvin's problem. She called us personally at 9 PM with the results of the biopsy. She thoroughly explained Calvin's upcoming amputation, explaining all aspects of the surgery and the aftercare. It's a really awful time for us, but Dr. Walesby is so personable and upbeat, it makes it so much better. It's very obvious that she cares very deeply for her patients and their families."

    PN. - Ellicott City, MD

  • "I just wanted to compliment Dr. Walesby and her staff on the wonderful care Gizzy, my Jack Russell Terrier received during his surgery and stay at MVSS. He had to have a mandibulectomy and at first I was against the idea not knowing what to expect by Dr. Walesby was confident and assured me that Gizzy would be fine. For anyone who is faced with the decision to have surgery or not, I would highly recommend to contact MVSS and meet with Dr. Walesby. Gizzy is happy now and I feel he has gained a tremendous quality of life back thanks to Dr. Walesby and her staff. Our last visit was bitter sweet because even though I hope Gizzy does not have to go back, I really treasure the relationship that we established while he was there."

    Shirley D., Hampstead, MD

  • "A neighbor recommended Dr. Walesby to us after our lab mix tore her knee. She and her staff did a great job. They were professional, caring, and were accessible after-hours to help us with some post-op questions. 3 weeks after the surgery, when my dog tore her OTHER knee, we didn’t hesitate to return to MVSS and they fit us in last-minute. One other note: we shopped around before the first surgery, and MVSS was between $500 and $1500 cheaper than everyone else we looked at. With two operations in 3 weeks, that became really important!"

    Matt G., Columbia, MD

  • "Our mini schnauzer had chronic ear infections and we had to have her ear canal removed. Dr. Walesby was absolutely wonderful. She met with me and explained in detail the surgical process and what to expect after the surgery. She was so compassionate and warm. Her love of animals was very apparent! She personally followed-up with phone calls to check on our doggie to make sure everything was healing correctly. It was a pleasure to deal with her. I would recommend this practice to anyone with a pet in need of surgery. The cost was very reasonable when compared to other practices."

    Xina K., Ellicott City, MD

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