Dr. Daniel Degner earned a degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. He then practiced veterinary medicine for two years in a small animal practice in Edmonton, Alberta. Thereafter, he completed a small animal internship in medicine and surgery at Colorado State University and a surgical residency at Michigan State University. In 1997, following rigorous examination, he graduated from the American college of Veterinary Surgeons as a diplomate. This college validates the surgeon’s competency in the art and science of soft tissue and orthopedic veterinary surgery. Dr. Degner has more than 23 years of experience performing surgery; 16.5 of these enjoyable years were dedicated to the state-of-the-art hospitals of Michigan Veterinary Specialists. Experience is the foundation that not only improves the accuracy of diagnosis of your companion’s condition, but also has been proven to reduce complications and improve the success rate of surgical procedures. As a surgeon, Dr. Degner commonly performs orthopedic surgeries such as the tibial plateau leveling osteotomy surgery for dogs that have ruptured their cranial cruciate ligaments. In addition to many other orthopedic procedures, he performs minimally invasive surgery called arthroscopy (to treat joint conditions), laparoscopy (to treat abdominal conditions), and thorocoscopy (to treat chest conditions). He is skilled in microvascular surgery, which is used for bone reconstruction following removal of bone tumors. In addition, he uses vascular surgical techniques to repair large complex wounds with free flaps and to perform kidney transplantation in cats. Dr. Degner continues to be very active in the training of veterinarians the art and science of surgery at local, state, and national continuing education meetings. His family of pets include Duncan – a rescued Toy Poodle, Pasha – a rescued standard poodle, three rescued cats (Citronella, Pumpkin and Scooby) and many tropical fish. He is married to Dr. Lisa Degner and they have 2 children.