Veterinary Surgical Services is a mobile specialty surgical practice for companion animals. VSS and the referring veterinarian work together to establish a diagnostic, surgical and rehabilitative plan for each patient. Surgical procedures are performed in the hospital of the referring veterinarian, eliminating the need to refer clients and their pets to an outside facility.

How VSS works

Our services. Your hospital. Most surgical procedures and follow-up care will be performed at the primary care veterinarian’s hospital, a location that is convenient and familiar to the client and pet. Our simple and efficient approach makes your next surgery turnkey.

The Process:

  • Primary care veterinarian establishes a diagnosis and coordinates the needed surgical procedure(s) with VSS.
  • VSS brings all necessary surgical instruments and equipment to the referring vet's facility.
  • Primary care veterinarian provides surgical preparation of the patient, anesthesia monitoring and post-op care.
  • VSS provides all surgical reports and post-op instructions.
  • VSS remains available post-op for consultation and rehabilitation.

Patients requiring more advanced diagnostic or therapeutic care will be referred to hospitals where these services are available.

Kathy Collins

ACVS SealDr. Kathy Collins is the proprietor of Veterinary Surgical Services, PLLC. Dr. Collins is a specialist in small animal surgery, achieving Board Certification from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) in 2001. To attain this level of expertise and recognition requires completion of an internship and a 3-year surgical residency, followed by passing a rigorous certification examination administered by ACVS. Dr. Collins has been working in specialty surgical practice since completion of her residency in July 2000.

Education and Experience

Dr. Collins earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island. After completing a rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at Kansas State University, Dr. Collins attended the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine, where she completed her Small Animal Surgery Residency. She spent 10 years in private referral practice. Since 2010, Dr. Collins has been providing mobile surgical services to veterinarians throughout the Rochester and Buffalo area. Dr. Collins work and research have been published in several professional journals and online. In addition, she has been awarded numerous research grants. Dr. Collins has taught and presented nationally and has been honored for her academic and clinical proficiencies.


Dr. Collins is a member of the NYS Veterinary Medical Society, Genesee Valley Veterinary Medical Association, Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association, and the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.