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Chad M. Devitt, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS
Chad M. Devitt is one of the VRCC’s board-certified veterinary surgeons. Dr. Devitt attended Iowa State University for his undergraduate and Veterinary Training and graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with honors in 1992. After graduation, he was an intern at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Chad graduated from his internship in 1993 and received the President’s award for Intern of the Year. From New York City, he traveled to Fort Collins, Colorado, beginning a three-year small animal surgical residency at Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. During his residency at CSU, he developed many of his professional interests including reconstructive surgery, minimally invasive surgery and surgical oncology. He also completed a Masters Degree in Veterinary Clinical Sciences (Surgery). Following, his surgical residency, Dr. Devitt became a Surgical Oncology Fellow at the Animal Tumor Center at Colorado State University in 1996. During his fellowship, he received additional training and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in small animal patients. Performing surgeries such as limb salvage in dogs with osteosarcoma, radical maxillofacial surgery, and brain tumor resections.
In February of 1997 Dr. Devitt passed the American College of Veterinary Surgeons board exam and became a board certified Surgeon. He moved to St. Petersburg, Florida following his fellowship to join the Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialist in 1997. During a summer trip back to Colorado in 1999, he visited VRCC’s new facility and soon after, he joined the VRCC Surgery team. When away from the hospital, Dr. Devitt enjoys mountain biking, windsurfing, fly-fishing, and back-country skiing.
Brian Van Vechten, DVM, Practice Limited to Surgery
Brian Van Vechten, DVM is a surgeon and, has a broad background and interest in soft tissue surgery, orthopedic surgery, oncologic surgery, and reconstructive surgery. He is a member of the Veterinary Society of Surgical Oncology (VSSO.org). Dr. Van Vechten was raised in east San Diego County. An early interest in animal care led to involvement in 4-H and FFA where he showed dogs, cattle, and sheep. After graduating Granite Hills High School in 1974, Dr. Van Vechten attended the University of California at Davis majoring in Zoology. He was accepted into U. C. Davis Veterinary School and attained a doctor of veterinary medicine degree in 1982. Following graduation from veterinary school Dr. Van Vechten owned and operated Valhalla Veterinary Clinic in El Cajon, California. In 1989 after 7 years in general practice Dr. Van Vechten sold Valhalla Veterinary Clinic to further a longtime interest in veterinary surgery. He was accepted into a small animal surgery residency program at the University of California at Davis where he obtained training in soft tissue surgery, orthopedic surgery, and microvascular surgery. Study projects included growth plate deformities and the resulting alignment problems and evaluation of porto-systemic shunts. Dr. Van Vechten completed his residency in 1992 and was voted resident teacher of the year by the graduating class. He then did extensive traveling and lecturing in Europe, Africa, and Asia. In 1994 Dr. Van Vechten moved to Fort Collins, Colorado to pursue a fellowship in surgical oncology at Colorado State University Comparative Oncology Unit. This training included surgeries in limb sparings, soft tissue resections, and surgical options for vertebral tumors. Dr. Van Vechten moved to Denver following the completion of his fellowship in 1995 and joined VRCC Surgery in June of that year.
Outside of work, Dr. Van Vechten and his wife Liz enjoy spending time with their three children: Alexandria, Jacob, and Nicholas. Their German shepherd Rhea and golden cross Rocky are integral parts of the home. Two grey tabby brothers Bingo and Bobo are additional members of the house. Dr. Van Vechten and his wife Liz are actively involved with “Be the Change Volunteers”, an organization that builds and maintains schools in underdeveloped countries. Dr. Van Vechten is an avid golfer and frequently combines golf with his passion for travel. The proximity of the Colorado mountains allows the family opportunity for weekend trips of hiking and skiing. Dr. Van Vechten is proud to be part of VRCC and feels blessed to be able to work with such a dedicated and talented staff.