Dr. Megan Swaab Fine now a large animal Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Apr 4, 2016, 15:16 PM by Dave Johnson

DSI is proud to announce that Dr. Megan Swaab Fine, our Veterinary Surgeon and Attending Veterinarian, has successfully achieved her board certification and is now a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons with a specialty in large animals (DACVS-LA).  This year, 97 new Diplomates were admitted to the ACVS, making a total worldwide of 1,945. This is a very difficult goal to achieve and I believe that Megan is unique in the world of research surgeons to have this credential after her name.

Megan received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and subsequently completed a one-year internship in medicine and surgery at the Wisconsin Equine Clinic and Hospital.  She was then accepted into a three-year residency program in large animal surgery at the University of Minnesota where, in addition to her surgery training, she earned her Master of Science (MS) degree.  However, that is only the beginning of the requirements in the quest to become a board certified veterinary surgeon.  She was required to submit case reports from her surgical cases for review and approval and publish her research in a peer reviewed veterinary journal before she was eligible to apply for the opportunity to sit for the two-day exam administered by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.  This is widely known in veterinary medicine to be an extremely difficult series of exams to conquer, and ACVS board certification has been attained by about 1.6 percent of the more than 105,000 veterinarians in the United States.

DSI customers can be assured that skilled, proficient surgeons are providing surgery training and preparing their animals for studies.  We are proud to offer a surgical team that includes the expertise of a board-certified surgeon and SRS certified research surgeons.     

Please contact your DSI representative or the Scientific Services team at to learn more about how DSI’s well trained team can streamline the animal preparation for your telemetry research projects.  For more information, check out DSI’s website at

R. Dustan Sarazan, DVM, PhD

Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer

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