Board Certified Surgeon
13 years of specialty surgery experience.
AVS is proud to have our Board Certified Surgeon, Dr. Sharon Shields, as part of our team. Dr. Shields has over 10 years of specialty surgical experience and is well accomplished in orthopedic, general, soft tissue and neurologic surgical procedures. She is also qualified to perform minimally invasive procedures such as laparoscopy, thoracosopy and arthroscopy.
Dr. Shields is a UCSB graduate with a degree in Biologic Sciences. She received her veterinary degree from University of California, College of Veterinary Medicine, Davis, California in 1997 where she graduated with academic honors (Phi Zeta). She completed her one-year internship and three year residency in Small Animal Surgery at California Animal Hospital in Los Angeles, California and became Board Certified in Surgery in 2002.
A natural leader in her field.
Dr. Shields worked as a staff surgeon at the Animal Surgical and Emergency Center in Los Angeles between 2001 and 2008, where she gained significant experience in all areas of surgery due to the tremendous caseload. In addition to being a staff surgeon, Dr. Shields ran the surgical residency program, training surgical residents and veterinary interns. She has spent the last four years at the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson where she gained more experience, not only in advanced orthopedic procedures but desert life as well.
When she isn’t busy taking care of her surgical patients she enjoys her busy household, which includes an active toddler, three dogs and two cats. Whenever possible Dr. Shields and her husband like spending time in the outdoors hiking, running and teaching their son about nature.