Our Staff

Dr. Callum Hay, BVMS, DACVS

Dr. Hay received his veterinary degree, with honors from the University of Glasgow, School of Veterinary Medicine, in 1991. He pursued 3 years of post-graduate study and training at the University of Georgia in large and small animal medicine, surgery and anesthesia. He completed his surgery residency in 1997 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He passed the American College of Veterinary Surgeons certifying exam in 1998. Dr. Hay's passion is to find the most consistent ways to attain best practices with surgery in dogs and cats.  With nearly 30 years of experience he has performed numerous orthopedic, neurological, and soft tissue surgeries. His primary focus is the knee, hip and fracture repair. He has published research on the biological response of the canine knee to ligament damage in the American Journal of Veterinary Research. He has published a wide range of articles in the veterinary literature including several book chapters on arthritis. Dr.Hay established Veterinary Surgical Services in 1999 to provide dog and cat owners access to high quality surgical care in the greater Tampa Bay area.  He has made it a primary focus of the practice to establish a record of success within the veterinary community. He has given back to the community though charitable work.

Dr. Leslie Thomas, DVM, DACVS-SA

Dr. Thomas received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Stetson University in 2000, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She received her DVM degree from the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine in Gainesville in 2005. Dr. Thomas pursued post-graduate training and study in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care with an internship at the prestigious Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, MA in 2006. Following her year in Boston, she completed a surgical internship with Veterinary Surgical Services in 2007. Dr. Thomas completed her small animal surgery residency at Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists in Annapolis and Towson, MD in 2011. There she was mentored by nine ACVS (American College of  Veterinary Surgeons) Diplomate Surgeons and acquired invaluable and varied perspectives on surgical techniques and outcomes. Dr. Thomas performed experimental research on an absorbable, surgically implantable antibiotic delivery system to treat resistant local infections.  She has publications in the Veterinary Surgery journal and The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.  Dr. Thomas has also helped to teach other veterinarians surgical techniques at the CVC convention in Baltimore, MD and has given a presentation at the Veterinary Orthopedic Society conference.  Dr. Thomas received her ACVS Board certification in 2012. She is proficient with a wide variety of soft tissue, neurological, and orthopedic procedures. She has a special interest in oncologic (cancer) and reconstructive surgery, Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomies (TPLOs), intervertebral disc disease, and abdominal surgery.

Dr. Pamela K. Smith, M.S.P.H., D.V.M.: Administrator

Dr. Smith received her D.V.M. from the University of Georgia in 1992.  Prior to veterinary school she worked in human epidemiology and clinical microbiology and parasitology in Columbia, South Carolina. During veterinary school, Dr. Smith also worked in the pharmacology department at the University of Georgia. The impetus for Dr. Smith to become a veterinarian was her personal experience caring for her Old English Sheepdog, Nova, during Nova’s chemotherapy for lymphosarcoma.

Drs. Smith and Hay established Veterinary Surgical Services as a mobile practice in 2000. Together, they have seen the practice grow from a mobile practice, to a small practice in a strip mall, to the current facility on Paula Drive. Dr. Smith plays a large role behind the scenes of the practice to ensure that the daily operations of the business run smoothly. Dr. Smith is here to help our clients with any concerns they may have.

Support Staff

The practice could not perform the high level of work it does without the help of the team members.  All have important skills that collectively provide the safest and very best possible care for pets undergoing surgery. Many staff have worked at VSS for over 10 years and some have worked for over 20. We value expertise in our staff and can assure you that our team members are highly proficient at what they do.

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