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Daniel Nucci

DVM, MS, DACVS-SA
Daniel Nucci
Veterinary Specialist
Surgery
Daniel Nucci

At a Glance

Board Certified:

Surgery

Dr. Daniel Nucci is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (DACVS-SA). He attended the University of California, San Diego for his undergraduate studies, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Animal Physiology and Neuroscience. He went on to achieve his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) at the University of California, Davis, graduating in 2012. Following veterinary school, he completed a one year Small Animal medicine and surgery rotating internship at VCA Loomis Basin Veterinary Clinic. Wanting to further explore surgery, Dr. Nucci moved to Ottawa, Canada where he completed a second year-long internship focusing on small animal surgery at Alta Vista Animal Hospital. Following this internship, he completed a three-year residency in Small Animal Surgery at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. During that time he also received a Master’s degree in Veterinary Clinical Science.

Dr. Nucci has a special interest in canine orthopedic surgery and minimally invasive surgery including arthroscopy, laparoscopy, thoracoscopy, and techniques that utilize interventional radiology. He has presented nationally on several different topics and was awarded by the ACVS for the best national presentation for his work on minimally invasive thoracic surgery. In his free time, he enjoys living an active lifestyle that includes hiking, camping, snowboarding, and spending time with his wife, son, two dogs, and a one-eyed cat.
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Surgery

We believe that our patients deserve the best care we can deliver. This is why our highly trained and technically-advanced surgeons collaborate as a team with other CVS specialists to determine the most efficient and minimally invasive surgery option for each patient.

Our surgical services include comprehensive abilities to treat all soft tissue, orthopedic and neurologic conditions. Our team also performs specialized advanced diagnostic procedures such as myelography, CT, and MRI. While we provide all the traditional surgical services, we place a significant emphasis on cancer surgery. Our dedicated and compassionate cancer surgeons use the very latest surgical techniques and have pioneered the development of new approaches to benefit pets and their families.

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.

Our Surgery Team

Staff Veterinarian
Veterinary Technician
Veterinary Assistant
Veterinary Assistant
Veterinary Technician
Veterinary Technician
Veterinary Technician
Veterinary Assistant
VCA California Veterinary Specialists - Ontario

2409 S. Vineyard Ave. Suite O

Ontario, CA 91761

Main: 909-947-3600

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    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

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Specialty services available by appointment

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