Dr. Au received her B.S. degree in Biology (with an emphasis in microbiology) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in 1991, and her doctorate from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 1995. Dr. Au then completed a one-year rotating medicine and surgery internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York. Subsequently, she worked in small animal private practices in New York and Virginia, primarily in emergency medicine, but also relief work, exotic medicine and surgery, and companion animal surgery. In 2003, she performed a one-year surgical internship at the Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Norwalk, CT.
Dr. Au next entered a three-year small animal surgical residency at Texas A&M. In her third year of residency, she received the 26th annual Johnson Scholarship Award by the Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation in recognition of exceptional merit and outstanding achievement in postdoctoral studies of veterinary surgery. During residency, Dr. Au developed a keen interest in arthroscopy and minimally invasive fracture repair. Additionally, she was introduced to the benefits of physical rehabilitation for veterinary patients.
In 2006, Dr. Au joined the faculty at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Small Animal Surgery (Orthopedics). At MSU, she had the opportunity to work and train with one of the top surgeons in the field of minimally invasive fracture repair. She continued to pursue canine arthroscopy, with clients traveling from several states away to obtain this minimally invasive treatment option for their pets.
Dr. Au became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgery (ACVS) in 2007 and the next year moved to Columbus, OH, as an Assistant Professor of Small Animal Surgery (Orthopedics) and Director of the Veterinary Rehabilitation Service at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center (OSU). In 2010, while at OSU, she became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT). Dr. Au was one of the surgeons responsible for developing a large arthroscopy caseload at OSU, attracting clients and pets from surrounding states and Canada. In 2014, Dr. Au became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR).
Dr. Au has lectured nationally and internationally on orthopedic surgery, arthroscopy, minimally invasive fracture repair and physical rehabilitation, along with teaching hands-on “wet labs” to train veterinarians and veterinary technicians. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Trident Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA). Dr. Au brings to Virginia Veterinary Centers her great interest and experience in routine and minimally invasive orthopedic surgery, arthroscopic surgery, all aspects of soft tissue surgery, as well as physical rehabilitation.
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