Surgery

Janet Welch, DVM, DACVS

Janet Welch, DVM, DACVS

In Dr. Welch’s 20-year career as a surgical specialist, she has practiced at academic and private practice specialty hospitals in Alabama, Georgia, and Massachusetts. She received her bachelor’s degree and DVM from Cornell University and completed a small animal rotating internship at Darien Animal Hospital in Connecticut. Dr. Welch’s surgical residency training was performed at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. Upon its completion, she joined the faculty of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine whereas Associate Professor of Surgery she trained residents, interns, and veterinary students for 13 years. Most recently, she completed training in veterinary acupuncture by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) Dr. Welch is experienced in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery. She has published articles in the areas of bone healing, stifle (knee) disease and pain management. She has co-authored a textbook entitled “Small Animal Distal Limb Injuries”, published in 2015. As her career in surgery evolved, she became interested in the science of acupuncture and the ability to use it to help patients with soft tissue and orthopedic conditions that may not respond fully to standard treatments.

Dr. Welch’s specialty services include:

  • Orthopedic Surgical Procedures
  • Soft Tissue Surgical Procedures
  • Acupuncture
Rachel Currao, DVM

Rachel Currao, DVM

Practice Limited to Surgery

Dr. Rachael Currao attended Trinity College in Hartford, CT, where she completed her Bachelors of Biology in 2003. She then went on to attend Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in North Grafton, MA, where she received her Doctoral Veterinary Medicine degree in 2007. In July 2007, she began a one-year Small Animal rotating internship at The Animal Medical Center, New York, NY. After spending one year as a surgical intern at the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center in Dallas, TX, Dr. Currao returned to The Animal Medical Center in Manhattan in 2009 to complete a three-year Small Animal Surgical Residency. She is the recipient of several awards and honors including Student Achievement Award for Outstanding Clinical Proficiency, Intern of the Year, and Veterinarian of the Year. Her primary surgical interests are wound management, urinary tract surgery, brachycephalic airway repair, polytrauma, emergency surgeries, and fracture repair. Her research and publications involve vascular thrombi, radical maxillectomies, hydraulic urethral occluders, laparoscopy vs. laparotomy biopsies, and abdominal septic effusion.
Jeffrey Berzon, DVM, DACVS

Jeffrey Berzon, DVM, DACVS

*Dr. Berzon has been a valued member of the Vet Specs team for over 30 years, and while he has decided to retire, we are excited to share that he will continue to work with us on a per diem basis. We cannot thank him enough for all the exceptional care and compassion he has brought to our clients, their pets, and the entire hospital.

Dr. Berzon received his veterinary degree from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He completed an internship at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital MSPCA and did his surgical residency at the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell, where he also served as an assistant professor of surgery. He is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and has authored several surgical articles in numerous veterinary journals and textbooks. Dr. Berzon’s specialty services include

Dr. Berzon’s specialty services include:

  • Thoracic surgeries, including patent ductus arteriosus, lung lobectomy, and exploratory thoracotomies, and biopsy procedures
  • Aural surgeries, including ventral bulla osteotomy, and total ear canal ablation (TECA)
  • Soft tissue surgeries, including soft tissue cancers, skin grafts, urogenital surgeries, advanced wound care and brachycephalic surgery
  • Gastrointestinal surgeries, including GDV, intestinal resection, portosystemic shunts, liver lobectomy, and splenectomy C-sections, vulvoplasties, perineal hernia repairs, perineal urethrostomy, etc.
  • Orthopedic surgeries, including cruciate ligament repairs (TPLO, TTA, extracapsular repairs), correction of luxating patellas, fracture repairs and limb salvage/amputations
  • Total Hip Replacement

Internal Medicine

Liz Goldman, DVM, DACVIM

Liz Goldman, DVM, DACVIM

Dr. Goldman brings 20 years of diverse experience as a practicing veterinarian, having worked as a general practitioner, emergency clinician, and specialist. She graduated with high honors from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She participated in a small animal rotating internship at Oradell Animal Hospital in NJ, as well as residencies in both Clinical Pathology at North Carolina State and Small Animal Internal Medicine at Iowa State University. At the completion of her residencies, Dr. Goldman joined a 24-hour emergency, referral and critical care hospital in Chicago as an internist, and was voted one of Chicago’s Top Veterinarians. She is a published author, has extensive teaching experience, and is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Dr. Goldman is most passionate about enhancing the acute care needs of critically ill patients. With her advanced training in pathology and small animal internal medicine, she is able to provide diagnostic services in addition to high-level interpretation of laboratory data. She joined Veterinary Specialists in 2013.

Dr. Goldman’s specialty services include:

  • Gastroenterology
  • Endoscopy
  • Abdominal Ultrasound
  • Cytology
  • Chemotherapy
  • Hematology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Endocrinology
  • Hepatic Diseases
Kenneth Knaack, DVM, DACVIM

Kenneth Knaack, DVM, DACVIM

Dr. Knaack graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, where he also completed his residency in internal medicine. Before moving to Connecticut, Dr. Knaack was medical director at Southshore Veterinary Hospital in South Weymouth, Massachusetts. As a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, he is one of only a few practicing boarded internists in Connecticut. He is also certified in veterinary acupuncture.

Dr. Knaack’s specialty services include:

  • Gastroenterology
  • Endoscopy (rigid and flexible)
  • Abdominal Ultrasound
  • Cardiac Ultrasound
  • Chemotherapy
  • Respiratory Diseases
  • Endocrinology
  • Neurologic Diseases
  • Acupuncture
Kelly Chevett, DVM

Kelly Chevett, DVM

Dr. Chevett has been lucky enough to combine her love for internal medicine, and passion for theriogenology since graduating from veterinary school. She feels that the special bond between animals and their humans is one to be cherished. For this reason, she enjoys trying to help manage the patients with chronic diseases. At the same time, she has fostered a passion for reproductive and neonatal medicine.

Dr. Chevett was born and raised in Connecticut. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut in 2009 prior to traveling to Canada for her graduate education. In 2015, Dr. Chevett graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, before moving back to her home state. Dr. Chevett completed multiple summer research projects at Tufts University centered around reproductive medicine, and presented her findings at national conferences. She completed a small animal rotating internship and internal medicine specialty internship at Pieper Memorial Veterinary Center prior to joining Veterinary Specialists of CT. In her free time, Dr. Chevett enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, friends, and pets.

Anesthesiology

Lisa Bourazak, DVM, MPT

Lisa Bourazak, DVM, MPT

Dr. Bourazak received her veterinary degree from the University of Illinois and went on to complete a one-year rotating medicine and surgery internship at the University of Georgia. She then completed a residency in anesthesia at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in 2016. She has presented research at conferences, taught students and technicians in the area of anesthesia, and assisted local zoos. Prior to receiving her veterinary degree, Dr. Bourazak received a Masters of Physical Therapy degree from Northwestern University and practiced physical therapy for 15 years. Her special interests include critical care anesthesia, loco-regional anesthesia, acute and chronic pain management, and zoo animal anesthesia. Dr. Bourazak’s specialty services include experience in the following areas:

Dr. Bourazak’s specialty services include experience in the following areas:

  • Critical care anesthesia
  • Acute and chronic pain management
  • Loco-regional anesthesia
  • Anesthesia for all disciplines
  • Emergency
  • Internal medicine
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedic and soft tissue surgery
  • Neurology
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Geriatric Medicine

Neurology

Laura Krzykowski, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

Laura Krzykowski, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

Dr. Krzykowski received her veterinary degree from Michigan State University in 2013, graduating with honors. She then completed a rotating internship at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Tampa, Florida. This was followed by a three-year residency in neurology and neurosurgery at the University of Pennsylvania which she completed in 2017. She is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

Dr. Krzykowski has experience in medical and surgical neurology, with a special interest in epilepsy, vascular disease (stroke), inflammatory brain disease, and brain and spinal surgery. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, swimming, and skiing.