ACVS Founding Fellow, Surgical Oncology
Dr. Ryan Cavanaugh was raised in Baltimore, MD but traveled out West to attend Northern Arizona University where he majored in Zoology and Chemistry. After graduation, Dr. Cavanaugh worked as an equine anesthetist at a referral hospital in the heart of Arizona horse country.
Dr. Cavanaugh attended veterinary school at Colorado State University and upon graduation, was selected for an internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Upon completion of his internship, Dr. Cavanaugh was recognized among 30 other attending veterinarians by receiving the prestigious “Intern of the Year” award.
After his internship, Dr. Cavanaugh remained at the Animal Medical Center to complete a 3-year residency in small animal surgery. Research during his residency concentrated on the use of sophisticated feeding tube technology that is utilized to provide nutrition to both critically ill humans and animals.
Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Cavanaugh pursued advanced surgical training by accepting a 1-year post doctoral fellowship in surgical oncology at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine. With this training, Dr. Cavanaugh is now one of 35 specialist surgeons in the world with this type of advanced veterinary education and has been recognized by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons as a Founding Fellow in Surgical Oncology. In addition to general soft-tissue, orthopedic and neurologic procedures, his training allows for the aggressive surgical management of all types of cancer.
Over the past 5 years, Dr. Cavanaugh has worked as one of four surgeons at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital, a large multispecialty hospital in Denver, CO. Aside from his clinical duties, he was responsible for running a surgical internship-training program to help young veterinarians transition into specialty medicine. Additionally, Dr. Cavanaugh along side SVS’s cardiologist, Dr. Scruggs, helped develop an interventional radiology service at the hospital, which allowed for the management of many previously untreatable conditions using minimally invasive technologies. Although he will miss the beautiful mountains of CO, he is very excited to join the team at SVS and take care of animals in Florida’s Southwestern Gulf Coast.
Outside of the hospital, Dr. Cavanaugh can be found out and about on the beaches and water surrounding Ft. Myers. He also enjoys spending time at home with his family, as well as his four dogs (Dublin, Goat, Romeo & Tie) and two cats (Nora & Sugar).