Veterinary Surgery

The Animal Medical Center of Seattle’s veterinary surgical service covers soft tissue and orthopedic surgery. We utilize advanced, cutting-edge, and minimally invasive options, with a wide array of procedures from oncologic to orthopedic surgery. Our surgeons are trained in advanced surgical techniques and can treat some of the most complicated surgical cases.

Alicia Howser, BVMS, MRCVS, DACVS

Alicia Howser, BVMS, MRCVS, DACVS

Dr. Alicia Howser grew up in the Mojave Desert in Southern California. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Sciences with a minor in Business Administration at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

After finishing her undergraduate degree, she became a licensed veterinary technician working in a bustling general practice and emergency hospital on the Central Coast. However, it was always the plan to become a veterinarian and after a couple of years away from school, she pursued this dream by attending veterinary school at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Dr. Howser finished her veterinary degree in 2014 and did a rotating internship in Indianapolis, where her love for surgery blossomed. Since then, she has done various specialized surgical internships and completed her three-year surgery residency at Summit Veterinary Referral Center in Tacoma. In 2021, she became a board-certified veterinary surgeon.

Throughout her training, Dr. Howser has come to enjoy all types of surgical cases, both orthopedic and soft tissue, but some of her favorite areas include cardiothoracic surgery, oncologic surgery, and TPLOs. She is actively developing her minimally invasive arthroscopic skills as well.

Living in Tacoma led to a love for the Pacific Northwest and the desire to settle here. In her free time, Dr. Howser enjoys spending time with her partner and their two dogs, a feisty French Bulldog named Pinot, and the sweetest three-legged Coonhound mix named Daisey.

She enjoys traveling, camping, hiking, and skiing. The recent pandemic reignited her interest in golf and she can be found out on the golf course about once a week if the weather is fair.

Dr. Howser is happy to promote the health and well-being of the PNW pets and she looks forward to continuing an adventurous PNW lifestyle.


Soft Tissue Surgery

Head and Neck

Salivary mucoele, total ear canal ablation and lateral bulla osteotomy, ventral bulla osteotomy


Gastrointestinal: foreign body retrieval, intestinal resection and anastomosis, full-thickness intestinal biopsies, mass removal, pyloroplasty, subtotal colectomy in cats

Hepatobiliary: cholecystectomy, biliary diversion, liver biopsy or mass removal

Urinary: cystotomy, partial cystectomy, urinary bladder repair, nephrectomy, SUB (subcutaneous ureteral bypass)

Hernia repair: diaphragmatic, peritoneopericardial hiatal, inguinal, traumatic abdominal



Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS): stenotic nares, elongated soft palpate, everted laryngeal saccule

Laryngeal paralysis: arytenoid lateralization

Laryngeal collapse


Lung lobectomy or partial lobectomy, pericardectomy, mediastinal mass removal


Digit or limb amputation, mastectomy, mass excision and reconstruction, skin flap, rotational flap, bone or lymph node biopsy


Lower urinary tract: perineal urethrostomy in cats, scrotal urethrostomy in dogs, urethral trauma management, urethral prolapse, vaginal prolapse

Perineal: anal sacculectomy, perineal hernia repair, rectal mass excision, rectal pull through, vulvoplasty

Wound management

Orthopedic Surgery

Stifle: Cranial cruciate ligament injury treatment with TPLO (tibial plateau leveling osteotomy) or lateral fabellotibial suture repair, patellar luxation correction

Hip: Femoral head & neck ostectomy, coxofemoral luxation repair

Shoulder: Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD) removal

Elbow: Fragmented Medial Coronoid Process (FMCP or FCP) or Ununited Anconeal Process (UAP) excision

Fracture or luxation repair

Joint fusion (arthrodesis)

Ligament and tendon repair

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17518 15th Ave NE
Shoreline, WA 98155
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Call: 206-204-3366
Fax: 206-204-3858
Email: [email protected]