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We are pleased to offer our clients and patients Steven Baker, DVM, MS, DACVS, a Board Certified Small Animal Surgeon. 

Dr. Baker grew up in Dearborn, Michigan, and spent 8 years in East Lansing obtaining his undergraduate degree in zoology followed by a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Michigan State University. He then completed a small animal rotating internship at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, followed by a small animal surgical residency at Kansas State University. Following his residency, he worked as a small animal surgeon in private practice in the northern Chicago suburbs.  He has published articles relating to biliary surgery, drug elution pharmacokinetics, and rehabilitation. His professional interests include soft tissue, oncologic, orthopedic, and neurologic surgery.  He enjoys spending free time with his wife and two sons and staying active and outdoors as much as possible, and of course avidly supporting the Spartans.

Surgical techniques offered by Dr. Baker at VCA Southwest Michigan Animal Emergency and Referral Center:

Soft Tissue:

  • Urinary Surgery - Urethrostomy, Stone removal, kidney and ureter surgery
  • Liver and Gallbladder surgery
  • Intestinal surgery for mass and foreign body
  • Splenectomy
  • Hernia repair- diaphragm, perineal, abdominal
  • Airway Surgery- Laryngeal Paralysis, Brachycephalic airway
  • Chest surgery; lung lobe removal, mass removal, Pericardectomy, PRAA, PDA, chylothorax, pyothorax, trauma
  • Ear surgery- TECA-BO, VBO
  • Reconstructive surgery for large laceration/wound
  • Advanced wound management- in and outpatient

Surgical Oncology:

  • Large mass removal
  • Body wall resection / reconstruction
  • Liver masses
  • Adrenal tumors
  • Urinary tumors - TCC, kidney tumors
  • Intestinal tumors
  • Metastatic lymph node excision
  • Anal sac cancer
  • Organ and bone biopsy


  • Hip dysplasia surgery: Femoral Head and Neck Ostectomy, Triple and Double Pelvic Osteotomy, Juvenile Pubic Symphisiodesis
  • Joint arthrodesis
  • Correction of angular limb deformity
  • Patellar luxation
  • Fracture repair
  • Cruciate Ligament Surgery- TPLO, Lateral Fabellar Suture

Advanced arthritis care - joint injections, platelet-rich plasma

  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Meniscal tear
  • OCD
  • Biceps tendonopathy
  • Fragmented Medial Coronoid excision

Maxillofacial Surgery:

  • Oral tumors - mandibulectomy, maxillectomy
  • Upper and lower jaw fractures
  • Skull Fractures


  • Atlantoaxial subluxation
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease (cervical, thoracolumbar)
  • Spinal tumor biopsy and decompression
  • Wobblers disease surgery
  • Lumbosacral disease
  • Spinal fracture repair
  • Spinal fluid sampling- CSF tap

Additional Services:

  • Diagnostic Radiographs
  • CT Scan - Coming Soon!
  • 24-Hour Critical Care Hospitalization

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