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PVSEC Anesthesiologist Dr. Dianna Ovbey Receives Langley Prize

March 17, 2015

Anesthesiologist Dr. Dianna Ovbey travelled to Spain to be presented with the Langley Prize on
March 13, 2015 for her paper on aspiration pneumonia related to antesthesia.  Congratulations, Dr. Ovbey!

Dr. Todd Erfourth (PVSEC Oncology) Contributes Article to Pittsburgh PetConnections

December 15, 2014

Dr. Todd Erfourth of the PVSEC Oncology service recently contributed an article to the Pittsburgh Pet Connections magazine on osteosarcoma.  Click here to read "Bone Cancer in Our Pets: Recognizing When Lameness Goes Beyond an Injury"

Dr. Pardo is honored at the Humane Society's Best Friends Ball this weekend

October 13, 2014

Amy and Dr. Anthony Pardo Dr. Anthony Pardo, founding partner of PVSEC's Surgery Department and Western PA Humane Society board 
member was honored at this weekend's Best Friends Ball.

Beverly Seruset, LVT—PVSEC Surgery Clinical Supervisor receives PVMA Veterinary Assistant of the Year award

August 28, 2014

The Veterinary Assistant of the Year Award was created this year to honor a veterinary assistant for outstanding achievement.  The inaugural recipient of this award is Beverly Seruset in appreciation for her years of dedication to the profession of veterinary technology and for being instrumental in practice growth, recruitment and training of new employees, and mentoring.

2014 PVMA Veterinary Assistant of the Year -- Beverly Seruset, LVT


Beverly started her veterinary career 35 years ago in a small general practice facility in Pittsburgh, PA.  She was hired in 1979 as a kennel assistant at Swart Veterinary Associates, which later became Fox Chapel  Animal Hospital.  After only a few weeks on the job, she was assigned to the post-op treatment ward.  In 1984, Bev was promoted to the position of “OR Technician” and was responsible for coordinating surgical procedures, anesthesia, inventory and sterilization.

In 1994, Bev made the move to Pittsburgh Veterinary Surgery.  At that time the practice consisted of one surgeon, two technicians and one receptionist.  Since that time (nearly 20 years) Beverly has been an O.R. technician and clinical supervisor and has led the technical support staff and the surgery/neurology departments at Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center, a multi-specialty and emergency referral center.  Bev is currently responsible for managing over 45 technicians, assistants, instrument technicians, and kennel assistants.  She helps to support a team of seven surgeons, two neurologists, one anesthesiologist, and two surgical residents.  Her other duties include but are not limited to, purchasing equipment, managing inventory, employee schedules/reviews, mentoring new hires and technician extern students and continued training of current employees.

Beverly took and passed the VTNE examination in December 2011 and is a Licensed Veterinary Technician in the state of Delaware.  She has also had the privilege and opportunity to work with a variety of “patients” from the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aviary.  Bev organized three outstanding and successful golf fundraisers (2009-2001) for the Animal Care and Assistance Fund (ACAF) a benevolent extension to PVSEC.  With the help of vendors, veterinarians, co-workers, family and friends, she raise over $42,000 which provided a major contribution to ACAF’s mission to open the first Blood Bank for animals in Western Pennsylvania, “Pets Giving Pets the Gift of Life”.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, photography, gardening, golfing, fishing and the outdoors.


Dr. John Payne Interviewed for KDKA News Segment on Pet Insurance

July 15, 2014

Dr. John Payne, of the PVSEC Surgery service was interviewed for the KDKA News segment on Pet Insurance Tuesday, July 14, 2014.
Check out the video here.

PVSEC Hospital Administrator and Founding Partner Interviewed by Pittsburgh Business Times

January 23, 2014

PVSEC hospital administrator, Ken Spokane, and founding partner and surgeon Dr. John Payne, were recently interviewed by Pittsburgh Business Times regarding the hospital's expansion at its 807 Camp Horne Road multispecialty and emergency center.


View the article here:



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