Small Animal Surgery

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(l-r): Dr. Tina Owen (’92 DVM), surgeon; Dr. Linda Martin, critical care specialist; Annie Chen-Allen, neurologist

The Pituitary Surgery Service at the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital is committed to providing the very best surgical care for your dog or cat.

Our Services

pituitary surgeryWSU is currently the only veterinary hospital in the country performing transsphenoidal hypophysectomy, a surgery used in the treatment of pituitary tumors and other masses near the pituitary gland. The most common pituitary tumor in dogs is a functional pituitary mass that causes Cushing’s disease. For cats, the most common pituitary tumor is a functional mass that causes acromegaly, where the pituitary produces too much growth hormone. Dr. Owen has performed transsphenoidal hypophysectomy surgeries on nearly 60 animals over the last five years. She was the first veterinarian in the United States to perform this surgery, initially at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital under the guidance of Adam Mamelak, MD from Cedars Sinai Medical Center, a renowned neurosurgeon and expert on transsphenoidal hypophysectomy.

Our Surgical Team

Our board certified team, led by pituitary surgical specialist Dr. Tina Owen, includes neurologist Dr. Annie Chen-Allen and critical care specialist Dr. Linda Martin.  The team also includes neurology residents and veterinary technicians specializing in surgery, neurology, anesthesia and critical care. We work collaboratively with board certified veterinarians specializing in internal medicine, radiology, and anesthesia to be able to offer our patients the best treatment options.

Pituitary Service News


  • WSU neurology resident Hilary Wright poses with HoneyBee, a Maine Coon. WSU veterinarians removed a tumor from the pituitary gland at the base of HoneyBee’s brain.
    06.30.2020
    WSU vets put this cat back on track
    A rare brain surgery performed by Washington State University veterinarians is giving one retired Japanese show cat a chance at a longer life, free of diabetes.
    WSU Insider
  • 12.18.2019
    Pioneering Pituitary Surgery
    Annie Chen-Allen, DVM, MS, DACVIM; Linda Martin, DVM, MS, DACVECC; and Tina Owen, DVM, DACVS, have much in common. They are all board certified veterinarians, they are all women, and they are all on staff at Washington State University (WSU) Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
    American Veterinarian
  • Hero's Story
    06.01.2019
    Cushing's Disease: Hero's Story
    Many of you perhaps remember, Hero the Golden, the sweet and sensitive golden retriever that once graced Maryland Dog Magazine's cover as well as the canine ambassador for the local pet charity, Thankful Paws.
    Maryland Dog Magazine
  • Pituitary surgery
    01.15.2019
    Pioneering Pituitary Surgery
    Annie Chen-Allen, DVM, MS, DACVIM; Linda Martin, DVM, MS, DACVECC; and Tina Owen, DVM, DACVS, have much in common. They are all board certified veterinarians, they are all women, and they are all on staff at Washington State University (WSU) Veterinary Teaching Hospital. But what set these 3 women apart from their peers? Pituitary surgeon Dr. Owen, neurologist Dr. Chen-Allen, and criticalist Dr. Martin lead one of the few teams in the country that is removing pituitary tumors surgically from dogs and cats.
    American Veterinarian

You will need a referral from your veterinarian to schedule an initial consultation visit with a member of our team.

Non-emergency appointments may be scheduled by calling 509-335-0711 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

A member of our surgery team is available 24 hours a day to consult with referring veterinarians in emergency situations.  

 

 

To make a gift by mail:
Please make check payable to the WSU Foundation and send to:

Kay Glaser
Washington State University
P.O. Box 647010
Pullman, WA  99164-7010
509-335-4835
kayann@vetmed.wsu.edu

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