Elysia C. Schaefer, DVM, MS, DACVS

Dr. Elysia Schaefer is our ACVS board certified surgeon.  She started full-time at UEA in April 2015 and has helped get the surgery suite up and running.  Dr. Schaefer has always held an interest in the equine field, from riding when she was younger to working on the racetrack during summers in college.  Before entering veterinary school, Dr. Schaefer received her Bachelors of Science in Agriculture and Animal Sciences.  She then continued her studies with four years of veterinary school at the University of Illinois’ College of Veterinary Medicine.  During her final year of veterinary school, Dr. Schaefer served as the president of the national Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA).  Following graduation, Dr. Schaefer entered a one year large animal internship rotating between the medical, surgical and ambulatory services at the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine.  Dr. Schaefer then went on to complete a three year intensive equine surgical residency at the University of Illinois.  During her residency, her caseload focused not only on soft tissue and orthopedic surgical cases, but also on numerous lameness workups, both simple and complicated.  These complex cases often required extensive diagnostic evaluation including nuclear scintigraphy (bone scan), computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for a definitive diagnosis, all of which Dr. Schaefer is familiar with.  In addition to completing her residency in July 2009, Dr. Schaefer also completed her Masters in Veterinary Science with research in osteoarthritis.  She has several publications in peer-reviewed journals and has spoken at several national and international veterinary meetings.  After completing her residency, Dr. Schaefer sat for and passed the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) board exam in February 2010.  Before coming to UEA, Dr. Schaefer held a locum position as an equine surgeon at the University of Pretoria’s Veterinary School in South Africa.  There she was in charge of the surgical caseload and teaching the final year students in the clinic setting.  While it was an exciting adventure, she is happy to be back in the States and reunited with her two dogs, Bailey and Maddie.  Dr. Schaefer’s specialty is colic surgery, although she is quite familiar with orthopedic and other soft tissue procedures.  We are happy to add her to the family at UEA.