Surgery

Vista’s board certified surgeons have been providing exceptional care in the Sacramento region for many years. We are committed to offering the most current diagnostics and treatments available to meet all a patient’s needs. All of our surgeons have completed a multiyear residency program in small animal surgery followed by a rigorous certification examination.

We offer a wide range of advanced orthopedic procedures to treat many common yet debilitating conditions such as fractures, hip/elbow dysplasia and cruciate ligament disease. Some of the procedures include: tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO), TightRope CCL repair, total joint replacements, arthroscopy and many plating and external fixator options for fractures. In addition, we are involved in the emerging fields of regenerative medicine (stem cells, conditioned plasma, osteochondral allografts (OATS)) and sports medicine.

We also offer many thoracic, abdominal, reconstructive and oncologic surgeries. When possible, these include the use of laparoscopy and thoracoscopy to minimize the morbidity of the procedures. Our fully-equipped surgical suites have state-of-the-art monitoring and anesthetic equipment. All patients are treated with a comprehensive treatment plan including appropriate pain management to ensure each patient’s comfort.

Our surgical department offers morning appointments often with same day surgeries to better suit your schedule. In addition, we maintain a surgeon on-call 24 hours a day for surgical emergencies. We strive to provide the highest quality and compassion of care possible.

Our Team

Dr. Scott Christopher, VMD

Dr. Scott Christopher is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Christopher then completed a Small Animal Rotating Internship at the University of Missouri Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. During this time, he also became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP). Following that internship, he undertook a Fellowship in Canine Sports Medicine and Physical Rehabilitation at Veterinary Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group in Annapolis Junction, Maryland. After completing an orthopedics fellowship at the University of Florida before completing a three-year residency in Small Animal Surgery at Iowa State University.

Dr. Christopher has a special interest in canine orthopedics, rehabilitation, and sports medicine. He has been published on various topics and has spoken at various Continuing Education events. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his kids and biking. He has one Keeshond named Kermit and one kitten named Dash

Dr. Shannon Kerrigan, VMD, DACVS

Dr. Kerrigan is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a small animal medical and surgical internship at the University of Pennsylvania before moving to the west coast to complete a residency in small animal surgery at the University of California at Davis. She is trained in orthopedic, neurologic, soft tissue and minimally invasive procedures. She has a special interest in surgical oncology and wound repair and has conducted research in the field of bone biomechanics.

During her free time, Dr. Kerrigan loves traveling, exploring the west coast and hiking with her husband, Wes. Together they have a few cats and a dog

Dr. Matthew Tendwolde, DVM

Dr. Tenwolde is a graduate of the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. He completed a small animal medical and surgical internship at The Ohio State University before returning to UC Davis to join their emergency department. He then worked for Loomis Basin for two years in emergency and general practice before joining the emergency service here at Vista.

After 8 years in Emergency, Dr. Tenwolde has transitioned into the surgery service as our first surgical intern.

During his free time, Dr. Tenwolde enjoys triathlon, hiking, kayaking and traveling with his amazing wife and three beautiful children.

JT Vida, DVM
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Medical Director

Dr. Vida is a graduate of the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. He completed a small animal medical and surgical internship at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital in San Diego, CA before returning to UC Davis to complete a residency in small animal surgery. He then worked as a clinical instructor in the surgery department at UC Davis before entering private practice in the Sacramento area. Dr. Vida’s special interests cruciate ligament disease (TPLO, CBLO, Arthrex TightRope system), limb deformities, vascular anomalies, oncologic surgery and minimally invasive surgery such as arthroscopy, thoracoscopy and laparoscopy.

During his free time, Dr. Vida enjoys almost all outdoor activities including running, biking, skiing, hiking, kayaking and scuba. He is particularly attached to his 200 gallon reef tank and spends as much time as possible with his wife, kids and pets.