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Philippa Pavia, VMD, DACVS-SA


Specialist, Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal

On The Job

Dr. Philippa Pavia’s path to becoming a veterinary surgeon was clear from an early age, judging by the elaborate bandages on all of her stuffed animals. Although she spent time working with horses in college, she ultimately found small animal surgery to be the most fulfilling aspect of her veterinary training. She loves the variety of cases she sees in surgery, with cases ranging from a planned, methodical laparoscopic procedure to an emergency fracture repair. She appreciates the opportunity that surgeons have to change a dog or cat’s condition from one of pain to comfort, and from lameness to mobility. Dr. Pavia has performed research on feline liver tumor resection, tumors of the bladder and canine ureteral stents. Her clinical interests include stifle disease, minimally invasive surgery, wound management and surgical oncology. She is also excited to be involved in training the next generation of veterinarians as the intern program coordinator for New York.


Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Residency, Small Animal Surgery, The Animal Medical Center, New York NY
Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, The Animal Medical Center, New York NY
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Pre-Veterinary Post-Baccalaureate, Hunter College, New York NY
Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, Yale University, New Haven CT

Off Duty

Dr. Pavia is a member of the Wildlife Conservation Society and hopes to become more involved in their conservation efforts. In her spare time, she rides and trains horses, plays the violin, and will take any cooking challenge. Dr Pavia’s dog Pierre, a rescue Chiweenie (Chihuahua-Dachshund mix), can often be found sleeping under her desk at BluePearl Downtown.

Select Articles and Publications

Pavia PR, Lamb K, McClaran JK. Outcome following liver lobectomy using thoracoabdominal staplers in cats. Journal of Small Animal Practice 2014; 55:22-27; Abstract presented at ACVS Surgery Summit 2012, Soft Tissue Symposium 2013.

Pavia PR, Havig ME, Donovan TA, Craft, D. Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumour of the urinary bladder in a cat. Journal of Small Animal Practice 2012; 53:245-248.

McClaran JK, Pavia PR, Donovan TA, Fischetti A. Laparoscopic resection of a pancreatic beta cell tumor in a dog. Accepted for publication, Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association.

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