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.

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

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