Dr. Brett Wood, DVM, MS, DACVS

I am originally from Rochester, New York. I graduated from St. Lawrence University in 1990, and then earned a Master’s degree from Duke University in Resource Ecology. After 4 years in the US Army stationed at Fort Bragg, NC, I attended North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine graduating in 2000. I completed both a one-year internship and three-year residency in small animal surgery at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004, after which I became a board certified veterinary surgeon after passing the rigorous examination standards of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. I have worked as a staff surgeon at practices in New Hampshire’s seacoast area, the Hudson Valley of New York and most recently in Albuquerque, NM. My wife Kymberly, and daughter, Taylor, are very happy to be back in North Carolina surrounded by friends and family.

As a veterinarian, the quality of life of our patients should be the number one priority. I’m committed to restoring and maintaining function for my patients by working with family veterinarians and owners for the best possible results. My definition of preserving their quality of life is making sure that they are as healthy and functional as possible, given the resources that we have available to us. One important tool for exceptional patient care is considering both the client’s goals and taking the whole patient into consideration, not just the immediate problem. As we all know, there are many treatments that are available for our patients, but I believe an equally important consideration we always have to consider what we “SHOULD” do for our patients and their owners. I provide all aspects of veterinary surgery but I’m particularly interested in the latest surgical techniques and how they can improve patient care. I enjoy staying current in my specialty and always offer our referring veterinarians and patients the most up-to-date, effective treatment available. Communication is another crucial element that allows the client, family veterinarian, surgical and hospital staff involved in the care of the patient to work in harmony. It allows everyone to stay on the same page and ensure the patient’s best care from the initial consult to their full recovery.                                                

EDUCATION                 DOCTOR OF VETERINARY MEDICINE,  May 2000 College of Veterinary Medicine North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia
School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Concentration: Resource Ecology with emphasis on landscape/conservation ecology.
Saint Lawrence University, Canton, New York
Majors: Biology and Chemistry
HONORS/AWARDS      Valedictorian, College of Veterinary Medicine, NCSU, Spring 2000
                                    ACVS Student Surgery Award for Excellence in Small Animal Surgery, Spring 2000
                                    Vetsmart Human-Pet Bond Award, Spring 2000
                                    NCVMA Academic Achievement Award, Spring 2000
                                    Phi Zeta Award, Spring 1999
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Inducted Spring 1999
Phi Zeta Honor Society, Inducted Spring 1999
BOARD                         Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons, 2005
PROFESSIONAL          Staff Surgeon,  Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center of New Mexico
EXPERIENCE                Albuquerque, NM
                                    June 2011- Present
                                    Staff Surgeon,  Veterinary Specialty Center of the Hudson Valley
                                    Wappingers Falls, NY
                                    May 2010 – May 2011
                                    Staff Surgeon, Port City Veterinary Referral Hospital (Intown Veterinary Group),             
                                    Portsmouth, NH
                                    Sept 2008 – May 2010
                                    Staff Surgeon, Dover Veterinary Hospital, Dover, NH
                                    July 2004- September 2008 (Purchased by Intown Veterinary Group – Sept 2008)
                                    Small Animal Surgery Residency, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary
                                    Medicine, Blacksburg, VA
                                    July 2001-July 2004
                                   Small Animal Medicine/Surgery Internship, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Blacksburg VA
                                    June 2000- June 2001
                                    Surgery Externships:
Animal Cancer Center, College of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. May 2003
Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas, Raleigh, NC. Spring 1999,Spring 2001.
RESEARCH                   Co-investigator, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine,
EXPERIENCE                Blacksburg, VA
                                    Assisted with study of the effect of an endoscopic assisted technique for performing
                                    foraminotomies on the L7-S1 intervertebral foramina size in the normal
                                    canine. Academic years 2001-2004.
                                    Co-investigator, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW,
                                    Assisted with a study of calcium physiology and metabolism of periparturient dairy
Cows and the relationship to clinical signs of periparturient paresis. Responsible for daily feeding of cows, collection of samples, treatment of ill cows, and laboratory analysis of samples. Summer 1998.
Co-investigator, College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh NC
Assisted with the Computer Tomography (CT-Scan) anatomical study of the equine head and neck. Summer 1997, and academic year 97-98.
TEACHING                   Teaching assistant, VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Blacksburg, VA
EXPERIENCE               Taught laboratory section of junior surgery and various clinical skills laboratories.
                                    Academic years 2001-2002, 2002-2003, 2003-2004
                                    Tutor, College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
                                    Assisted members of the freshman, sophomore and junior classes. Academic years
                                    1997-1998, 1998-1999, 1999-2000
                                    Teaching Assistant, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Duke University
                                    Taught laboratory section of graduate statistics class for 10-12 students. Fall 1991
MILITARY                     First Lieutenant, Medical Service Corps, United States Army, Environmental Science
EXPERIENCE                Officer. 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC. October 1993 - January 1994.
                                    Captain, Medical Service Corps, United States Army, Environmental Science Officer,
                                    3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC. January 1994 - July 1996.
                                    Major - Honorably discharged from individual ready reserve – Dec 2006
                                    Awards/Decorations: Army Expeditionary Medal, Superior Unit Award, Army
                                    Commendation Medal (x3), National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon,
                                    Parachutist's Badge, German Parachutist’s Badge.

INTERNATIONAL          Australia- Research assistant, University of Sydney. Summer 1998.
EXPERIENCE                Benin, West Africa. Deployed with 3rd SFG(A) personnel to train Beninese military  
                                    personnel on preventive medicine, zoonotic disease and implementation of public
                                    health measures in small communities. 
                                    Assisted with the commando course taught to Beninese Special Forces. Summer '95
Haiti - Deployed with 3rd SFG(A) for Operation Uphold Democracy. Responsible for
                                    preventive medicine program for the Joint Special Operations Task Force (~3,000 men). 
                                    Assisted local authorities with the implementation of public health programs in various 
 townships around the country. September 1994 - February 1995.
Brazil -Traveled to allmajor ecotones in the country while assisting several ecological
studies, to include: World Wildlife Fund's Minimum Critical Size ofEcosystem Project
and the National Geographic Reforestation Project. Summer 1989.
Lanz Ol, Wood BC.  Surgery of the ear and pinna.  Vet Clinics of North America:  Small Animal Practice. 2004:34(2):567-599.
Manning TO, Wood BC. Tumors of adenexal origin. In Campbell KL ed. Small Animal Dermatology Secrets. Philadelphia: Hanley and Belfus, 2004:402-411.
Manning TO, Wood BC. Non-neoplastic tumors. In Campbell KL ed. Small Animal Dermatology Secrets. Philadelphia: Hanley and Belfus, 2004:385-392.
Wood BC, Manning TO. Miscellaneous cutaneous neoplasms. In Campbell KL ed. Small Animal Dermatology Secrets. Philadelphia: Hanley and Belfus, 2004:453-458. 
Inzana KD, Wood BC. Lumbosacral Stenosis and Cauda Equina Syndrome. In Tilley LP, Smith FW (eds). The 5-Minute Veterinary Consult: Canine and Feline (3rd ed). Philadelphia:Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2004:770-771.
Wood BC. Management of a rostral mandibular fracture including lateral luxation of a mandibular canine tooth in a dog. J Ven.Dent. 2003:20(2); 91-117.
Wood BC, Grant DC, McKlveen TL. What’s your diagnosis: Feline osteochondroma. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2002:221(7);939-940.
Smallwood JE, Wood BC, Taylor WE, Tate LP. Anatomic reference for computed tomography of the head of the foal. Vet Radiol Ultrasound 2002:43(2); 99-117.
Wood BC, Rossmeisl JH, Rohleder J. What’s you diagnosis:Ectopic ureters. J Am Med Assoc. 2001: 219(3): 305-306.
Hunt EL, Wood BC. Blood and blood products. In: Roussel A, Constable P (eds) Symposium on fluid and electrolyte therapy. Vet Clinics of North America: Food Animal Practice 1999:15(3):641-662.
ABSTRACTS                Wood BC, Lanz OI, Shires PK, Jones JC. Effect of endoscopic-assisted lumbosacral
                                    foraminotomy in the dog. 15th Annual Research Symposium Proceedings. VMRCVM.
                                    2003; 18
                                    Mudarri TC, Leo DJ, Shires PK, Wood BC. Developing a polymeric sensor to
                                    monitor factors that affect bone healing. 15th Annual Research Symposium Proceedings.
                                    VMRCVM. 2003; 21
                                    Wood BC, Hyde ML, van Ekris IA, Fraser DR. Dietary calcium absorption profile
                                    in the dairy cow. Proc Nutr Soc Aust 1998;22:59
Hyde ML, van Ekris IA, Wood BC, Fraser DR. Urinary pH fluctuations in dairy cows.   Proc Nutr Soc Aust 1998;22:65.
THESES                       Wood, BC. The effect of endoscopic assisted lumbosacral foraminotomy in the dog, Master’s Thesis, VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech, 101 pp, 2004.
                                    Wood, BC. An Analysis of Fragmentation and Disturbance Problems Facing the
                                    Adirondack Park Reserve System in Northern New York State, Master's Thesis,
                                    School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Duke University, 215 pp, 1992.
STATE LICENSURE      New Hampshire (# 1662), May 2004 – December 2010
                                    New York (#011462 ), May 2010 – December 2011
                                    New Mexico (# 2676 ), June 2011 – June 2012
North Carolina (#4788) June 2000 – January 2005, June 2012-Present
PROFESSIONAL         American Veterinary Medical Association
ASSOCIATIONS          American College of Veterinary Surgeons
                                   SocietyforVeterinary Soft Tissue Surgery
                                   North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association
                                   Veterinary Arthrology Advancement Association