Derek B. Fox specializes in small animal orthopedic surgery with special interests in limb deformity correction, as well as canine sports medicine. A graduate of Indiana University, he received his veterinary training from Michigan State University. His surgical residency was completed at the University of Missouri, along with a PhD in pathobiology.
Fox is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and a member of both the Veterinary Orthopedic Society and the AO. He lectures nationally and internationally on advanced surgical techniques in the area of canine limb deformity correction. When not working, he enjoys cycling, running and hiking with his border collie, Oliver.
David Hutcheson, DVM, DACVS-SA
Assistant Teaching Professor of Small Animal Surgery
Board-Certified Specialist in Small Animal Surgery
David Hutcheson received his bachelor’s and doctor of veterinary medicine degrees from the University of Georgia. Prior to joining the University of Missouri, he completed a small animal rotating internship at Mississippi State University.
Jill K. Luther is a graduate of Southwest Missouri State University who received her DVM from the University of Missouri. She completed a rotating small animal internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York and returned to MU as the Robert B. Gordon Research Fellow at the Comparative Orthopaedic Laboratory for one year. She completed her surgical residency and MS in veterinary clinical sciences at the University of Missouri in 2010. From there she performed orthopedic, soft-tissue and neurosurgery in private practice in St. Louis for four years, before returning to MU to specialize in soft-tissue surgery.
Luther’s primary clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery and oncologic surgery. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.
F.A. (Tony) Mann, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVECC
Professor of Small Animal Surgery and Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care
Board-Certified Specialist in Veterinary Surgery
Board-Certified Specialist in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
F.A. (Tony) Mann specializes in soft-tissue surgery. He received his veterinary training from The Ohio State University. He completed his surgical residency and master’s degree at Texas A&M University and then served as an assistant professor in small animal surgery at Auburn University. He joined the University of Missouri in 1988. Mann is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.
Owen Skinner, BVSc, DECVS, DACVS-SA, MRCVS
Assistant Professor of Small Animal Surgical Oncology
Board-Certified Specialist in Veterinary Surgery
Owen Skinner specializes in surgical oncology, with a particular interest in lymph node staging and management. He graduated from the University of Bristol and completed internships at Northwest Surgeons in Cheshire, England, and the University of Florida. He returned to Bristol for his surgical residency. Following completion of his residency, he completed a further 2 years fellowship training in surgical oncology at the University of Florida.
Owen is a diplomate of the European and American Colleges of Veterinary Surgeons and a member of the Veterinary Society of Surgical Oncology.
James L. Tomlinson specializes in small animal orthopedic surgery with special interests in minimally invasive fracture repair and limb deformities. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with bachelor of science and doctor of veterinary medicine degrees. Tomlinson completed a small animal internship at the University of Georgia and a surgery residency and master of science degree at the University of Saskatchewan.
He has developed and regularly conducts advanced surgical courses for minimally invasive fracture repair and correction of limb deformities. Tomlinson is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and a member of the AO and Veterinary Orthopedic societies.
Bryan T. Torres specializes in small animal orthopedic surgery with a special interest in gait analysis, osteoarthritis and canine sports medicine. He received his undergraduate training at Clemson University and his DVM from the University of Georgia. He then stayed at UGA for an internship in small animal medicine and surgery. Following his internship, he worked as a small animal practitioner in the Atlanta area for several years before returning to UGA to complete a postdoctoral research fellowship, a surgical residency and a PhD in physiology.
He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons as well as a member of several organizations including the Orthopaedic Research Society, the Osteoarthritis Research Society International and the Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine Association.
Kim Aeschlimann received her DVM at Texas A&M University in 2013. Prior to joining the University of Missouri, she completed a one-year rotating internship at the Veterinary Specialty Center in Seattle and a one-year surgical internship at Central Texas Veterinary Specialists in Austin. In 2016, she accepted a surgery research and teaching position at the University of Missouri. She began her surgical residency program and masters studies at the University of Missouri in 2017. Her clinical interests include surgical oncology and orthopedics. When not in the clinic or studying, she enjoys cycling and watercolor painting.
Brenna Barger graduated from the University of Kansas with a BA in microbiology. She completed veterinary college at the University of Missouri, followed by a one-year rotating internship at the University of Wisconsin. She is currently involved in research projects with the Motion Analysis Laboratory. Outside of work she enjoys hiking with her two dogs, cycling and knitting.
Lauren Reeves, DVM
Lauren Reeves attended Ohio Wesleyan University where she received a bachelor’s degree in zoology. She received her DVM from The Ohio State University in 2012. After graduation from veterinary school, she completed a small animal rotating internship and a small animal surgery and emergency medicine specialty internship at The Ohio State University. In 2016, she began her small animal surgery residency at the University of Missouri. Outside of the clinic she enjoys hiking, kayaking, and yoga.
Alyssa Doner is a technician for general surgery. After attending the University of Iowa and Kirkwood Community College, she came to the University of Missouri in 2009. She initially worked as an ICU and critical care technician before moving to surgery in 2013.
Priscilla Foster attended the University of Missouri before earning an associate degree in veterinary technology from Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods in Kansas City, Missouri. She has supervised the operating room in Small Animal Surgery since 1985. She is involved in research and the student didactic lab. In her spare time, she is an active member of the National Pony Express Association.
Adrienne Siddens earned an associate degree in veterinary technology from Hickey College in St. Louis in 2010. After graduation she joined the University of Missouri as an orthopedic surgery veterinary technician. She received her certification in canine rehabilitation from the University of Tennessee in 2012.