Surgery is used to diagnose and treat multiple medical problems including trauma, cancer, congenital malformations, infections and inflammations of the abdomen, chest cavity, and skeleton. Together with our fully staffed 24 hour facility, complete Advanced Imaging Center, including onsite CT and MRI, and physical therapy and rehabilitation services, Dr. Lansdowne is happy to be able to offer you and your pet’s state of the art, compassionate surgical care with excellent post-operative recovery and care.

Specialized surgeries are performed in our state-of-the-art surgical suites. These suites include advanced anesthesia machines with ventilators, multi-parameter monitoring equipment, heated surgical tables, special warming devices, and many other aids to ensure the safety and comfort of our patients undergoing a surgical procedure performed at Pieper Memorial. In addition, our experienced certified technicians, headed by a certified veterinary technician boarded in anesthesiology, Amy Levensaler CVT VTS(AVTA) monitor our surgical patients, further increasing the level of safety for our most critical patients.

Dr. Lansdowne is available to see pets referred by your family veterinarian, review the medical history, perform a complete physical exam, and offer the most appropriate diagnostic and treatment plan for each individual patient. Recommendations may include CT, MRI, or ultrasound for further clarification of disease. Options for treatment may include minimally invasive procedures such as arthroscopy, or advanced surgery for orthopedic problems. Our surgeons support and encourages physical therapy to hasten recovery for most of the orthopedic cases.

Frequently Asked Questions

Jennifer Lansdowne, DVM, MSc, DACVS, DECVS

Dr. Jennifer Lansdowne is originally from Ontario, Canada where she received her DVM concurrent with a Master’s of Science in Minimally Invasive Surgery in 2003 from the University of Guelph. She then completed a Small Animal Rotating Internship at Colorado State University followed by an Orthopedic Fellowship and Surgical Residency at Michigan State University in 2008. Dr. Lansdowne spent two years in Davos, Switzerland working at the AO Foundation Research Institute as a pre-clinical surgeon and then returned to her true passion of small animal surgery joining a private practice in Pittsburgh PA until 2012. Dr. Lansdowne has written over 15 scientific publications and several orthopedic textbook chapters. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the European College of Veterinary Surgeons, is an Associate member of the Veterinary Society of Surgical Oncology (VSSO), an AOVet Active member and a member of the AVMA.

Ariane Jay, DVM, DACVS

Dr. Jay received her veterinary degree from Cornell University in 2010. She then continued her training at Cornell, completing a 1 year rotating internship in medicine and surgery in 2011, followed by a 3 year surgical residency. Dr. Jay was thrilled to join the surgical team at Pieper Memorial in 2014. She has received surgery training in both soft tissue and orthopedic procedures. She is experienced in both the Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy and Tibial Tuberosity Advancement to treat canine cruciate ligament disease, and enjoys minimally invasive surgery including arthroscopy and laparoscopy. Dr. Jay has been involved in many research studies, and her special interests include septic peritonitis and spontaneous non-traumatic hemoabdomen in dogs. Dr. Jay shares her home with her husband, their two dogs Dean and Poe, and their cat Louie. When not at the hospital she enjoys road trips and hiking with her family along the beautiful New England coast.

Heather Mossman, BVSc (dist.), DACVS-SA

Dr. Mossman graduated from Kalamazoo College before attending veterinary school at Massey University in New Zealand, where she graduated at the top of her class. She practiced as a primary care veterinarian in Michigan and in England before returning to the States to pursue further training. Dr. Mossman completed her internship at MSPCA-Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. She then completed her surgical residency at Veterinary Surgical Centers in northern Virginia, where her research included evaluating techniques for tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO).

She brings a compassionate and high standard of care and enjoys the challenge of a diverse soft tissue and orthopedic caseload and keeping up with latest techniques and research. Her special interests include pain management, critical care, advanced soft tissue techniques including skin reconstruction and minimally invasive techniques such as laparoscopy and thoracoscopy.

Dr. Mossman is thrilled to join the Pieper Memorial team. She has moved back from England with her husband and their dog, Quimbo, and cat, Money Penny. She enjoys travel, outdoor activities and entertaining friends and family.

Whitney Phipps, DVM, Practice Limited to Surgery

Dr. Whitney Phipps, DVM, is a veterinary surgeon who graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. She completed her residency at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, and completed a small animal rotating internship at Angell Animal Center and a small animal surgery internship at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists. She lives with her pointer mix, Lucy, and enjoys yoga and jam making in her spare time. Dr. Phipps has special interests in surgical oncology, fracture repair, minimally invasive surgeries, and exotic and “pocket” pets. Her favorite part of being a veterinarian is being able to help families by maximizing their pet’s quality of life.