We offer a wide array of surgical and rehabilitative services.
Established in 1996
We pride ourselves in providing you the most advanced treatment.
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We provide testing and care for all species of animals with skin and ear problems, and work closely with dermatopathologists (pathologists who special in skin disease) to diagnose and treat dermatology diseases in the best way possible.
We are proud to be the leader in the field of diagnostics for small animals in the state of Alaska. We offer general, orthopedic, neurologic, and dermatologic examination; as well as radiography, contrast radiography, myelography, fluoroscopy, laparoscopy, arthroscopy and skin testing to diagnose allergies in small animals.
We offer state-of-the-art surgical treatment for local, small animal patients as well as those referred from veterinarians across the state. All of our surgeons have completed a one-year rotating internship followed by at least three years of specialized training in small animal surgery at an accredited veterinary teaching hospital in addition to veterinary school.
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Our board certified surgeons have over 25 years experience each
Meet the Doctors
DVM, MS, DACVS
Dr. Edwards graduated from the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. He completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in Denver, Colorado prior to returning to Colorado State University for a three-year residency in small animal surgery. Read More
DVM, ACVD, ACVP
Dr. Diane Preziosi graduated from the University of Missouri School of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. She worked in private practice on small animals and exotics for six years before returning to the University of Missouri School of Veterinary Medicine to teach general practice medicine to veterinary students for three years. Read More
DVM, MS, CCRT, DACVS-LA
Dr. Dahlberg is a board-certified veterinary surgeon with over 15 years of veterinary surgery experience. She performs emergency and advanced elective small animal surgery at universities and referral centers in the US.Read More
Dirsko J.F. von Pfeil
DVM, ACVS, ECVS, ACVSMR, ECVSMR
Dr. Dirsko von Pfeil is an internationally recognized quadruple-board certified orthopedic surgeon for small animals who also holds the honor of being an American College of Veterinary Surgery (ACVS) Founding Fellow in minimally invasive surgery.Read More
Dr. Celia Valverde’s passion for healing animals has taken her to every corner of the globe. She earned her DVM degree at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Zootechnics, University of São Paulo, Brazil in 1985.Read More
From humble beginnings as Alaska Veterinary Surgical Services, established in September 1996, we expanded rapidly into the first multi-specialty veterinary referral practice in Alaska. Veterinary Specialists of Alaska was established in 2003 after the completion of our state-of-the-art hospital, the addition of dermatology services by Dr. Diane Preziosi.
Over the past 25 years, Veterinary Specialists of Alaska has remained on the cutting edge of technology in veterinary surgery and dermatology with the singular goal of providing you and your pet access to the very best treatment options available. Veterinary Specialists of Alaska are uniquely familiar with the realities of life for Alaskan pets!
Our patients and their families are often much more active and face a different set of challenges and goals than the average pet from the Lower 48 states! We feel uniquely equipped to make diagnostic and treatment recommendations for you based on our long history in Alaska.
You can count on us to make an accurate diagnosis of your pets’ injury or illness, to inform you of the treatment options available and to recommend the most appropriate treatment plan for you and your furry companion.
Although our name has changed to reflect the broadened scope of services and our techniques and treatments have evolved with advances in technology, our mission and philosophy remain the same. To improve quality of life for you and your pet by providing the best possible treatment!