After completing his doctorate at the prestigious UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Filipowicz moved back east for a rotating internship in medicine and surgery at the veterinary school in Virginia. There, Dean completed a three year residency in small animal surgery and received his MS in veterinary sciences. After his studies, he remained as a clinical instructor before returning to the Bay area.
After working for several years at a specialty hospital in the East Bay, Dean was asked to create the surgical branch of Veterinary Specialty Services in Fresno. Building on these experiences, Dr. Filipowicz formed West Coast Veterinary Surgical.
Since then, Dean has become the primary surgeon at several hospitals in the Bay area and is available at many others where shared coverage exists.
Dean is published in several veterinary journals, has co-authored book chapters, and has spoken at a number of conventions and symposiums. His masters research investigated an emerging type of orthopedic fixation which has since become the gold standard in human orthopedics. Dean’s special interests include fracture management, sports medicine, oncologic and reconstructive surgery, and minimally invasive surgery.
When not at work, Dean can be found enjoying all outdoor physical activities that the area has to offer, especially if they involve water or mountains.
What does it mean to be a surgeon / ACVS Diplomate?
The term "ACVS Diplomate" refers to a veterinarian who has been board certified in veterinary surgery. Only veterinarians who have successfully completed the certification requirements of the ACVS are Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and have earned the right to be called specialists in veterinary surgery. Veterinarians wishing to become board certified must complete a three-year residency program, meet specific training and caseload requirements, perform research and have their research published. This process is supervised by current ACVS Diplomates, ensuring consistency in training and adherence to high standards. Once the residency has been completed, the resident must sit for and pass a rigorous examination. Only then does the veterinarian earn the title of ACVS Diplomate. Visit the ACVS website for more information.