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Dr. David F. Merkley
Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon

Dr. David Merkley was born in Minnesota and grew up in South Dakota in a family of large animal veterinarians. He attended the University of South Dakota (USD) and earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in mathematics. He attended Iowa State University (ISU) for his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree. His surgical training was obtained at Michigan State University (MSU) where he completed a Master of Science (MS) degree in veterinary surgery and his residency in small animal veterinary surgery (orthopedic and soft tissue surgery).  He obtained diplomate certification by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) in 1977. He has spent over 35 years in veterinary surgical education (teaching, research and clinical surgery). During this time he provided surgical services to the clients of the referral teaching hospitals at both MSU and ISU. In 2004 he began surgical consulting with private practice veterinary colleagues in eastern Nebraska, southeastern South Dakota, southwestern Minnesota and western Iowa. In 2006, Dr. Merkley established Veterinary Surgical Specialists of Nebraska PC (VSSON) to formalize his business relationships with veterinary colleagues. He currently provides small animal surgical services in both orthopedic and soft tissue surgery. He brings a high level of clinical surgical expertise developed in his many years of university teaching, research and clinical surgery.

Soft Tissue Surgery

  • Cardiopulmonary System (Thoracic Surgery)
  • Endocrine System
  • Hepatobiliary System
  • Hemolymphatic System
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Gastrointestinal System
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Genitourinary System
  • Hernia Surgery
  • Integumentary System
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Orthopedic Surgery

  • Arthrodesis
  • Joint Surgery
  • Oral Fractures
  • Long Bone Fractures
  • Pelvic Fractures
  • Angular Limb Deformities
  • TPO
  • TPLO
  • TTA
  • MPL
  • Tendon Surgery

Special Feline Surgical Procedures

Perineal Urethrostomy • Perineal Urethrostomy Stricture Revision • Prepubic Urethrostomy • Colectomy (megacolon) • Ureterotomy (ureteral stones) • Fibrosarcoma Resection (vaccine) • Thyroidectomy (bilateral) • Nasopharyngeal Polyps (VBO – Ventral Bulla Osteotomy)

Many other procedures available

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