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Fiona Little

VMD, DACVS, CCRT
Veterinary Specialist
Surgery

At a Glance

Board Certified:

Surgery

Dr. Little received a Bachelor of Arts from University of Pennsylvania in 1990 and returned to University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School to graduate Summa cum Laude with Veterinary Medical Degree in 1996. She completed a one year rotating internship at Rowley Memorial Animal Hospital in Springfield Massachusetts in 1997. After one year of general practice in Virginia, she matched for a surgery residency at Iowa State University in 1998. Upon completion of the three year surgery residency, she moved to Southern California for her first surgery position and achieved surgery board certification in 2002.

She has practiced in Southern California and Phoenix, Arizona, and ultimately settled in South Pasadena at CM Surgical Specialty group in 2008. She has been a co-owner of CM Surgical Specialty Group until selling the practice to VCA in 2018. She continues to practice orthopedic and select soft tissue surgeries at VCA TLC Pasadena Veterinary Specialty and Emergency. Dr. Little has been published in the Five-Minute Veterinary Consultation textbook.

Dr. Little also has a strong interest in physical rehabilitation therapy for animals and has achieved certification as a canine rehabilitation therapist through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. Dr. Little divides her time between surgery and rehabilitation therapy.

In her down time, Dr. Little spends time with her family and ever changing number of cats and enjoying all the activities of Southern California.


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Surgery

The goal of our surgeons, registered veterinary technicians and our highly skilled support staff is to provide comfort and pain free personalized treatment with unparalleled care for each and every one of our patients. In addition, the surgery service is supported by our emergency/critical care, internal medicine, radiology, neurology and rehabilitation departments, ensuring the most comprehensive care available anywhere for your pet.

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).
  • Stem cell therapy(such as osteoarthritis and other orthopedic problems).

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.

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VCA TLC Pasadena Veterinary Specialty and Emergency

1412 Huntington Drive

South Pasadena, CA 91030

Main: 626-403-6824

Fax: 626-403-6814

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Tue: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Wed-Sun: Closed

Other Hospital Hours:

Surgery: Monday & Tuesdays, 7:00 am - 4:00 pm

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