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Surgery & Orthopedics

  • Dr. Wayne Whitney

    Dr. Wayne Whitney

    Dr. Wayne Whitney received his D.V.M. from Louisiana State University in 1982.  After one year of general practice in Houston, he completed a one-year internship and a three-year surgical residency at The Animal Medical Center in New York.  He became Board Certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1989.  Dr. Whitney was with Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists when its doors opened that same year. Dr. Whitney’s career has been primarily devoted to the development & advancement of canine arthroscopy, with continued special emphasis on improving techniques for the cranial cruciate injuries. Dr Whitney is a co-author of the industry-defining textbook, Small Animal Arthroscopy. Dr. Whitney has a heavy caseload in canine sports medicine including field trial and agility dogs. Dr. Whitney was featured in Nat Geo WILD's Animal ER in Fall 2016.

  • Dr. Brian Beale

    Dr. Brian Beale

    Dr. Brian Beale received his D.V.M. from The University of Florida in 1985.  He completed an internship at Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, D.C. and a surgical residency at The University of Florida.  He became Board Certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1991.  Dr. Beale was an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine prior to joining Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in 1992.  Dr. Beale is an adjunct assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, and is a co-author of the industry-defining textbook, Small Animal Arthroscopy. Dr. Beale was featured in Nat Geo WILD's Animal ER in Fall 2016. Listen to Dr. Beale as he hosts Your Pet's Health on KTRH (AM 740) on Sunday nights at 8 p.m.!    

  • Dr. Heidi Hottinger

    Dr. Heidi Hottinger

    Dr. Hottinger received her DVM degree from The Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1990.  Following veterinary school, she pursued an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. She then completed a residency in small animal surgery at Michigan State University and became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1996.  Following her residency, Dr. Hottinger returned to the Animal Medical Center in New York City to join the clinical faculty and staff in soft tissue surgery. She moved to Houston in 1996 to practice soft tissue and oncologic surgery at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists, where she is currently one of the Medical Directors.  Dr. Hottinger was instrumental in developing the highly regarded surgical internship training program at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists, and continues to serve as a Program Director and mentor for the internship. In addition to teaching our surgical interns, Dr. Hottinger participates in the teaching and training of veterinarians and veterinary students that visit our hospital.  She also lectures on both the national and international stage, and was awarded the Small Animal Instructor of the Year by the WVC in 2013.  She has authored and co-authored numerous scientific papers in the veterinary literature to help advance the field of veterinary medicine. In her free time, Dr. Hottinger enjoys spending time with her husband, Mike and their two whippets, Luna and Reed.  She also enjoys gardening, jumping horses and cycling.    Dr. Hottinger was featured in Nat Geo WILD's Animal ER in Fall 2016.

  • Dr. Caleb Hudson

    Dr. Caleb Hudson

    Dr. Caleb Hudson received his D.V.M. from the University of Missouri in 2007. He completed a rotating internship at the University of Florida in 2008, and remained at the University of Florida for a surgical residency, which he completed in 2012. Dr. Hudson achieved ACVS board-certification in 2013, and continued at the University of Florida as a clinical lecturer until moving to Texas to join the surgical team at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Hudson is a native of Louisiana, and specializes in soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, with a particular interest in minimally-invasive procedures. Dr. Hudson was featured in Nat Geo WILD's Animal ER in Fall of 2016.

  • Dr. Brittany Neal

    Dr. Brittany Neal

    Dr. Brittany Neal received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences from Cornell University and her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania. She then went on to complete a one year rotating internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital and a one year surgical  internship at Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center. After her surgical internship, she completed a  small animal surgical residency at the Animal  Specialty Center in Yonkers, NY and stayed on for a year of clinical practice. Dr. Neal became board certified in 2016. Dr. Neal performs both soft tissue and orthopedic surgery at GCVS. Dr. Neal was featured in Nat Geo WILD's Animal ER in Fall of 2016.

  • Dr. Grayson Cole

    Dr. Grayson Cole

    Dr. Grayson Cole received her B.S. in Microbiology and Cell Science from the University of Florida in 2006, then her DVM also from UF in 2010.  She then completed a small animal rotating internship at the Ohio State University followed by a surgical internship at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists.  Dr. Cole then went on to complete a surgical residency at the University of Tennessee where she also became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner in 2015.  She was then in clinical practice at a specialty hospital in San Antonio and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2016.  Dr. Cole performs orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and has special interests in physical rehabilitation and minimally invasive procedures.