Javier Gallegos, DVM, DACVS-SABoard Certified Surgeon

    Dr. Gallegos received his undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University and his DVM degree from UW-Madison. He then completed a rotating small animal internship at the University of Tennessee followed by a surgical residency at Edinger Surgical Options in Madison.


    After completing his rotating internship, Dr Gallegos joined the emergency team at WVRC. Following his passion for surgery, he completed his surgical residency in 2016 and remained at Edinger Surgical Options until returning back to WVRC. Doctor Gallegos is excited to be back at WVRC providing specialty services in surgery.


    On what he enjoys most about working at WVRC…“During the process of applying for medical school, I realized that that path was not for me. A veterinarian friend showed me how my interest in medicine and the sciences could be used to benefit pets and their owners. Once I started volunteering in an emergency veterinary hospital in San Francisco, my eyes were opened to specialty practice, specifically surgery. From that moment on I knew I wanted to be a veterinary surgeon.”


    American Veterinary Medical Association
    Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association
    American College of Veterinary Surgeons

    Professional Interests:

    Dr. Gallegos’ professional interests include fracture repair, thoracic surgery, wound management along with skin/reconstructive surgery, and neurosurgery.

    Research & Publications:

    Gallegos J, Unis M, Agulian L. Postoperative complications following single-session corrective surgery for bilateral medial patellar luxation in dogs weighing less than 15 kg: 60 cases. Vet Surg 2016;45:887-892 

    Gallegos J, Buckner C, Durant A. Necrotizing cellulitis: The importance of early wound debridement. Veterinary Wound Management Society Newsletter, Spring 2009. 

    Gallegos J, Schwarz T, McAnulty JF. Massive midline occipito-temporal resection of the skull for treatment of multilobular osteochondrosarcoma in two dogs. J Am Vet Med Assoc 2008;233:752-757. 

    Gallegos J, Schmiedt CW, McAnulty JF. Cosmetic rostral nasal reconstruction after nasal planum and premaxilla resection: technique and results in two dogs. Vet Surg 2007;36:669-674.

    Wagner C, Clayton MK, Gallegos J, Bass P, Oaks JA. Intraduodenal serotonin elicits non-propagating spike potentials in the small intestine of the rat. Comp Biochem Physiol A Mol Integr Physiol 2003;136:591-603

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