Veterinary Surgery

About Us

Fully Integrated into Your Primary Care Veterinary Practice. 

Veterinary Orthopedics of California was created to develop a new experience for clients and general care veterinarians through an unprecedented approach to surgical services. Our team is dedicated to providing high level surgical services similar to those in surgical centers while avoiding the high costs and inconvenience.  Mobile surgery is disjointed and clients are commonly confused.  We take the confusion out by bringing a full service surgical team to your general care facility.  Zachery Smith is a board certified small animal surgeon.


Dr. Zachery Smith is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He specializes in complex orthopedic and soft tissue surgery. During Dr. Smith’s training he has been able to work with some of the best orthopedic surgeons in the country. He has also had the privilege of lecturing both domestically and internationally on topics such as elbow replacement biomechanics, novel therapies for canine arthritis including Platelet rich plasma (PRP), stem cell therapy, hyaluronic acid and intraarticular injection treatment. These special interests carry over into his clinical practice with a pursuit for continued advancement in options for both minimally invasive and surgical therapies.

Zachery originated from Northern California and knew from a very young age that he would persue veterinary medicine. He attended California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo where he achieved Summa Cum Laude for his BS in Animal Science. He continued his education at the University of California, Davis where he graduated with Phi Zeta honors and achieved his doctorate in veterinary medicine. After graduating, Zachery completed a small animal internship at Animal Specialty Group (ASG) in Los Angeles before completing his training with a three-year surgical residency with Sage Centers for Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care.  Zachery Smith was the medical director for Veterinary Medical and Surgical Goup-OC for two years and continues to serve the clients of VMSG as a staff surgeon.

Dr. Smith finds great honor in opportunities to advance the veterinary profession and is commonly found lecturing to fellow veterinarians, teaching other professionals or working on the development of novel surgical techniques. When not in clinics, Dr. Smith can generally be found working at the family’s horse ranch or at jumping competitions with his children, wife and 5 horses, 2 dogs, 3 chickens and cat. ​

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