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Mandy Rollins

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Veterinary Specialist
Availability: Monday - Thursday
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At a Glance

Practicing Since:


Board Certified:

Small Animal Surgery

Specialties Include:

Soft tissue surgery 
Orthopedic Surgery
Oncologic surgery
Trauma surgery
Wound management

My Pets:

Chief & Vinny - Dogs
Crouton - Cat
Dr. Rollins was raised in Los Angeles, California. She always had a love for animals from a very young age, and always dreamed of being a veterinarian. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, with a major in psychology and a minor in art history. Dr. Rollins then attended veterinary school in Ireland, receiving her veterinary degree (MVB) from the University College Dublin School of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. After that, she completed a one-year rotating internship at the Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, followed by a one-year surgical internship at VCA Animal Specialty & Emergency Center in Los Angeles. She then completed a three-year residency in Small Animal Surgery at The Animal Medical Center in New York City. She joined the surgery team at Alameda East following completion of her residency in 2019, and received her board certification in small animal surgery (Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Small Animal) in 2020. Dr. Rollins especially enjoys emergency surgery, orthopedics, and surgical oncology. 

Dr. Rollins loves living in Colorado and spending as much time as possible outdoors in all seasons, hiking, camping, fly fishing, and snowboarding. She loves spending time with family and friends, as well as her dogs, Chief and Vinny.
Papers Authored
Evaluation of Fluoroscopic-Guided Closed Reduction Versus Open Reduction of Sacroiliac Fracture-Luxations Stabilized With a Lag Screw
Abstract: The aim of this study was to compare radiographic outcomes of open reduction versus fluoroscopic-guided closed reduction (FGCR) of sacroiliac fracture-luxations stabilized with a lag screw, as well as peri- and postoperative complications.
Authored: Rollins A, Balfour RJ, Szabo D, Chesvick CM
Published: Veterinary Comparative Orthopedics and Traumatology, Vol 32:6, 467-474, 2019
Case Study: Cranial Abdominal and Sternal Draining Tracts in a 7-Year-Old Neutered Male Bull Terrier
Authored: Rollins A
Published: Pulse (Official Publication of the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association), January 2016
Equine Model for Soft Tissue Regeneration
Abstract: We showed that we can effectively employ an equine model over six months to simultaneously evaluate many different implants, reducing the number of animals needed. Furthermore, we were able to tailor matrix degradation by varying the initial format of the implanted silk.
Authored: Bellas E, Rollins A, Moreau JE, Quinn KP, Fourligas N, Georgakoudi I, Mazan M, Thane KE, Hoffman AM, Kaplan DL, Kirker-Head CA
Published: Pulse Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part B: Applied Biomaterials, Vol 103:16,
Impact of PleuralPort Placement on Long Term Outcome and Survival Time in Dogs and Cats with Chylothorax
Received Second Place for Resident Research Competition for presentation of abstract at 2019 SVSTS Conference with final manuscript pending submission to journal for publication
Authored: Rollins A, Kennedy K, Cromwell B, Schwartz P,  Donovan T
Pending Publication
Analysis of Risk Factors Associated with Common Complications following Mandibulectomy and Maxillectomy in Dogs: 2007-2018
Submission to Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Authored: Cray M, Selmic LE, Kindra C, Abrams B, DVM; Ashton Story 2 , DVM; Kaitlan Hovis 4 , DVM; Brandan Wustefeld-Janssens 4 , BVSc (Hons), DECVS; Karen Park Grimes JA, Oblak M, Chen C, Casale S, Rollins A, Kennedy K, Wilson J, Culp WTN, Wavreille VA
Pending Publication
Incidence of Malignancy and Outcomes for Dogs Undergoing Liver Lobectomy for Incidentally Detected Non-Ruptured Masses versus Ruptured Masses Leading to Acute Hemoperitoneum
Data collection and drafting manuscript for retrospective study
Authored: Rollins A, Cromwell B, Smola C
Pending Publication
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What Is A Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon?

A board certified veterinary surgeon is a licensed veterinarian who has obtained intensive, additional surgical training. A veterinary surgeon can offer special assistance in the following kinds of cases:

  • Traumatic injury and emergencies (such as fractures, skin wounds and lacerations, correction of gastric dilatation-volvulus, and exploratory (abdominal/thoracic) surgery
  • Orthopedic surgeries (such as total hip replacements (THRs), cruciate ligament surgeries (TPLOs), and arthroscopy for joint exploration).
  • Soft tissue surgeries (such as tumor/cancer removal and correction of congenital defects).
  • Neurological surgeries (such as herniated discs and spinal injuries).

While your general practitioner veterinarian can diagnose and treat many health problems, certain diseases and conditions require the care of a doctor who has had specialized, intensive surgical training in order to provide the very best outcome for your pet. Your veterinary surgeon will work closely with your general practitioner veterinarian, as well as'"depending on your pet's condition'"other board certified specialists in internal medicine, veterinary oncology, veterinary neurology, and veterinary radiology.

Why Does My Pet Need A Veterinary Surgeon?

Just as your own primary care physician may feel the need to refer you to the care of a specialist from time to time, your general practitioner veterinarian may feel your pet needs the additional expertise of a board certified surgeon for certain surgeries. In fact, many general practitioner veterinarians refer all but the most routine of surgeries to specialists'"orthopedic and neurology cases, reconstructive surgeries, tumor removals, etc.

Board certified veterinary surgeons also are often affiliated with referral hospitals where they may have access to specialized diagnostic or surgical equipment, the latest and safest anesthesia monitoring equipment, physical therapy or rehabilitation capabilities, and other critical care services that a general practitioner may not have access to. All of these specialized services may be necessary for the optimal care and recovery of your pet.

You can be assured that a veterinarian who knows when to refer you and your pet to a veterinary surgeon is one that is caring and committed to ensuring that your pet receives the highest standard of care for his or her problem.

What Kinds of Problems Require the Expertise of a Veterinary Surgeon?

Board certified veterinary surgeons can repair complex fractures, perform total hip replacements, and use advanced techniques to repair torn ligaments (ruptured cruciate ligaments) within the knee. They can also remove cancerous growths, manage extensive or non-healing wounds, and perform reconstructive surgery, such as grafting skin over large injuries. Veterinary surgeons can perform intricate surgeries in the chest or abdomen, such as kidney transplants in cats or repairing heart defects in dogs. Spinal injuries and herniated discs are problems that are also commonly referred to board certified surgeons. Veterinary surgery is also expanding into minimally invasive surgery, such as arthroscopy, thorascopy, and laparoscopy.

Will My Regular Veterinarian Still Be Involved?

In many if not most surgical cases, your regular veterinarian will still supervise your pet's veterinary care, especially if your pet is continuing to cope with a disease or chronic condition. It depends on your pet's particular disease and health problem, however. Typically, though, your general practitioner veterinarian will oversee many aspects of your pet's pre-op and post-op care, just as in human medicine. Recovery periods are often prolonged in many surgical cases, particularly in orthopedic surgery, and it is very important to follow your veterinary team's recommendations concerning at-home recovery guidelines for your pet, follow up care and appointments, as well as any rehabilitation that has been prescribed.

Did You Know?

Just as in humans, a pet's recovery from veterinary surgery can go more smoothly or even result in a better outcome with the addition of rehabilitation options. Many veterinary referral hospitals offer rehabilitation services, such as water therapy, physical therapy, and massage therapy, as an adjunct to surgical care.

Just as in people, laser surgery is becoming a much more common surgical technique in veterinary medicine, bringing with it the same advantages of reduced blood loss and shorter recovery times.

If you think that your pet may be a candidate for veterinary surgery, talk to your general practitioner veterinarian, or find a board certified veterinary surgeon near you today.

Our Surgery Team

VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital

9770 East Alameda Ave

Denver, CO 80247

Main: 720-975-2804

Fax: 303-344-8150

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

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