We bid a fond farewell to Dr. W. Michael Karlin, DVM, DACVS. Dr. Karlin joined us in June, 2013 to complete credentials for become dual certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. The American Veterinary Medical Association, the agency that oversees all specialty colleges, does not require additional training to practice as a surgery specialist in a species other than the emphasis of their residency training. To Dr. Karlin’s credit, he approached Dr. Bennett, with whom he worked at the University of Illinois and Dr. Bennett and LVS were able to put together a program allowing him to meet the requirements to sit the certifying examination in small animal surgery of ACVS.

Dr. Karlin has now met those requirements and is expecting to take the examination in February, 2015 which is the next time the exam is offered. Dr. Karlin has accepted a position as staff surgeon in New Hampshire starting in June and will soon be leaving us. We are very excited to have been able to put together this first ever training program for a surgeon who trained with an emphasis in large animal surgery to complete the credentials for the small animal exam. This year has been a rigorous program for Dr. Karlin and he has worked hard to complete it.

Dr. Karlin has been an asset to Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists and we will miss him and his surgical skills and abilities. He is also getting married in June and we wish him the best in his new life.

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