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Valery Scharf, DVM, MS, DACVS

Assistant Professor of Soft Tissue and Oncologic Surgery


Dr. Scharf earned a Bachelor of Science in Earth Systems from Stanford University and her DVM degree from Texas A&M University prior to completing a rotating internship at The Ohio State University. She completed a surgical residency and earned her MS focusing on translational oncology at the University of Florida. Her research interests include minimally invasive surgery, spontaneous pneumothorax, surgical oncology and endocrine neoplasia, and the role of companion animals as models of environmental exposure. She also has a strong interest in teaching and developing new strategies for surgical education.

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Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons, 2015
Small Animal Surgery Residency, University of Florida, 2010-2014
Small Animal Rotating Internship, The Ohio State University, 2009-2010
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, 2009
Bachelor of Science, Stanford University, 2005
Spontaneous Animal Disease Models
Development of novel minimally invasive surgical modalities.
Role of companion animals as models of environmental exposure and disease.
Thyroid neoplasia and dysfunction.
Etiology and treatment of spontaneous pneumothorax.
Surgical education.
  • Effects of aurothiomalate treatment on canine osteosarcoma in a murine xenograft model.Scharf VF, Farese JP, Siemann DW, Abbott JR, Kiupel M, Salute ME, Milner RJ. | Anticancer Drugs. 2014 Mar; 25(3):332-9.
  • Effect of bevacizumab on angiogenesis and growth on canine osteosarcoma cells xenografted in athymic mice.Scharf VF, Farese JP, Coomer AR, Milner RJ, Taylor DP, Salute ME, Chang MN, Neal D, Siemann DW. | Am J Vet Res. 2013 May; 74(5):771-8.
  • Comparison of laparoscopic and open cystopexy in an ex vivo canine model.Alvarez WA, Scharf VF, Case JB. | Vet Surg. 2014 Sept 30 [Epub ahead of print].
  • A retrospective evaluation of the efficacy of isolating bacteria from synovial fluid in dogs with suspected septic arthritis.Scharf VF, Lewis ST, Wellehan JF, Wamsley HL, Richardson RL, Sundstrom DA, Lewis DD. | Australian Veterinary Journal, Accepted for publication Nov 2014.
  • Comparison of 16S PCR and bacterial culture in the diagnosis of septic arthritis in dogs.Scharf VF, Lewis DD, Wellehan JF, Wamsley HL, Richardson RL. | Australian Veterinary Journal, Accepted for publication Nov 2014.