Dr. Stephen Birchard went to veterinary school at the University Of Missouri College Of Veterinary Medicine (Class of 1976). He then was an associate veterinarian in a small animal practice in New Jersey for 2 years. Dr. Birchard completed a small animal surgical residency program and Masters Degree at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1981, and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1984. Before joining the faculty at Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1983, Dr. Birchard spent 2 years as an Associate Staff Surgeon at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Birchard was Head of Small Animal Surgery at Ohio State from 1988 to 1994. While at Ohio State, he received the Norden Distinguished Teacher Award (1985), the Omega Tau Sigma Fraternity National Gamma Award for distinguished service to the veterinary profession (1994), the John Lyman Jr. Award for Clinical Teaching Excellence (2006), and the Excellence in Teaching Award (2008). Dr. Birchard left Ohio State in July, 2010 and is now doing part time consulting in private practice and continuing education for practicing veterinarians. Dr. Birchards clinical specialty is small animal soft tissue surgery. His research interests are in oncologic surgery, general thoracic surgery, portosystemic shunts, and chylothorax. Dr. Birchard has written numerous articles for refereed journals and book chapters. He is the chief editor of the Saunders Manual of Small Animal Practice, co-edited by Dr. Robert Sherding. He is also the author of Veterinary Key Points, an educational blog for small animal veterinarians, technicians, and students. You can follow his blog by clicking on the icon under his picture.