ACVS Veterinary Surgery Specialists

Veterinary Surgeons • Orthopedic Surgery Soft-tissue Surgery

Rely on the skills of the veterinary specialists at Blackford Veterinary Surgery Referral for reliable orthopedic and soft-tissue surgery. Our veterinarians are board-certified ACVS surgeons who provide the general practitioner with surgical solutions that require specialized equipment and expertise. We use the most innovative techniques, state-of-the-art equipment, and the latest pharmaceuticals available to diagnose and treat your animal’s specific condition.

ACVS Veterinary Surgeons

After graduating from veterinary school, ACVS Veterinary Surgeons must complete a one-year internship before being accepted into a 3-year residency program. This residency program requires specific training and surgical instruction under the supervision of ACVS Veterinary Surgeons. Once the candidate has completed this training and published an article in a scientific journal, he or she must submit a credentials application. If the credentials are accepted, the candidate must pass the rigorous ACVS certifying examination that tests all aspects of small animal surgery.

Dr. LeeAnn Blackford

Dr. LeeAnn Blackford of Blackford Veterinary Surgery Referral in Knoxville, TNDr. LeeAnn Blackford graduated from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1981. After 4 years in general practice, Dr. Blackford completed a 3-year residency program in small animal surgery at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She achieved board certification by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1997. Dr. Blackford has been performing referral surgery in the Knoxville area since 1986, where her specialty is in orthopedic surgery.

Dr. Rebecca Hodshon

Dr. Rebecca Hodshon of Blackford Veterinary Surgery Referral in Knoxville, TNDr. Rebecca Hodshon, DVM, DACVS-SA received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Tennessee in 2008 and completed her Small Animal Medicine and Surgery internship at Affiliated Veterinary Specialists in Maitland, Florida in 2009. She then came back to the University of Tennessee to complete her Small Animal Surgery Residency. Rebecca became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in Small Animal Surgery in 2013. During her time at the University of Tennessee she received numerous awards including, but not limited to, the CEMPH Research Symposium Resident Award of Excellence (2012), the Pfizer Animal Health Veterinary Specialty Team Award For Excellence in Internal Medicine (2008), as well as the Brandy Memorial Award (2013).

Dr. Hodshon is well versed in all types of orthopedic and soft tissue surgery. Her special interests include oncologic surgery, reconstructive surgery, and ACL repair.

Dr. Callie Blackford Winders

Dr. D.J. Krahwinkel of Blackford Veterinary Surgery Referral in Knoxville, TNDr. Callie Blackford DVM, DACVS-SA was the valedictorian of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2016 and went on to complete her Small Animal Medicine and Surgery internship at the University of Georgia in 2017. She completed her Small Animal Surgery Residency at the University of Minnesota in 2020. During her residency Dr. Blackford won numerous awards including the First Place Outstanding Surgical Resident Award from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons two years in a row, the Best Bloomberg Presentation from the Veterinary Orthopedic Society, and the Veterinary Arthrology Advancement Association resident research award. Her research has included a new approach for hip surgery as well as inventing a new device to help with surgery for medial patellar luxation. Her surgical interests are orthopedics and minimally invasive surgery including arthroscopic and laparoscopic surgery.


Internal Medicine and Oncology

Dr. Becke BogueDr. Becke Bogue of Blackford Veterinary Surgery Referral in Knoxville, TN

Dr. Becke Bogue graduated from VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech in 1996. Dr. Bogue pursued additional post-doctoral training at The Animal Medical Center in New York City where she completed both her internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, and a two-year residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine. She moved to Knoxville, TN in 2000 where she has since built her referral practice limited to internal medicine and medical oncology. Dr. Bogue’s services include: Abdominal and thoracic ultrasound, Advanced diagnostic and imaging procedures, Internal Medicine Assessment and Consultation, Chemotherapy/Medical Oncology, Class IV therapeutic laser, Balloon dilatation, and more.

Our caring and compassionate surgeons have been performing advanced surgeries for more than 35 years, and our veterinarians combine for over 100 years experience treating beloved pets, and we look forward to serving you.

Please obtain a referral from your primary care veterinarian to make an appointment with our veterinary specialists. For questions regarding surgery, please contact us!