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Sarah Townsend, BVSc (Hons), MRCVS, DACVS

Assistant Professor of Soft Tissue and Oncologic Surgery


Dr. Sarah Townsend received her veterinary degree with honors from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom in 2014. Following graduation, she completed a one year small animal rotating internship at the University of Guelph in Canada. She then completed an orthopedic research fellowship at the University of Florida. She remained at the University of Florida and completed a residency in small animal surgery in 2019.

Dr. Townsend is a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Through her resident projects, Dr. Townsend developed a particular interest in minimally invasive laparoscopic and thoracoscopic surgery. Her clinical interests also include complex wound management and interventional radiologic techniques, such as percutaneous coil embolization for the treatment of intrahepatic liver shunts.

Outside of work, Dr. Townsend enjoys running, hiking, cycling, skiing, traveling and spending time with friends, family, and her husband.

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Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
BVSc (Hons), MRCVS
2020 Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons- Small Animal