Dr. Trina Bailey

About Dr. Trina Bailey

Dr. Bailey grew up on the west coast of Newfoundland in Cormack. She completed a Bachelor of Science at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS before completing her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree at the Atlantic Veterinary College in 2000. She worked for a short time in St. John’s at a private practice before returning to the AVC as a clinical instructor and research assistant, followed by a small animal rotating internship in 2002.

Following her internship, Dr. Bailey and her family moved to Baton Rouge Louisiana to complete a surgical residency and Master of Science degree in which were completed in 2006. Dr. Bailey became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2007 and worked as a professor at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island and traveled to Newfoundland 3-4 times a year to provide surgical services from 2006 until 2014. In 2014 she moved back to St. John’s to provide full time referral surgical services for the animal in her home province.

She is currently completing the Canine Certified Rehabilitation Practitioner program through the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee. She feels very strongly that total recovery from an injury or surgery requires continued care past the operating room and hospital stay. With this is mind, VSCNL is working towards a full service Rehabilitation Centre and program to help provide complete care for all of your pets.

When not at the VSCNL she enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and menagerie of pets.

What is a Veterinary Surgeon?

Like most health care fields, the veterinary profession has become multi-tiered. Veterinarians may now specialize in various disciplines including:

  • Surgery
  • internal medicine
  • radiology
  • anesthesiology
  • ophthalmology
  • dermatology
  • cardiology
  • oncology

Specialties are recognized by the American Board of Veterinary Specialities. Learn more about specialty veterinary medicine at VetSpecialists.com.

If your pet develops a problem or injury requiring advanced care and procedures, your primary veterinarian or emergency room veterinarian may refer you to a veterinary surgeon.

Advanced Training

A veterinary surgeon has undergone additional training after veterinary school in order to become a specialist. This training consists of a minimum of a 1-year internship followed by a 3-year residency program that meets guidelines established by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) in addition to the 4-5 years of training to become a veterinarian.

During the residency there are specific training and caseload requirements that must be met. In addition to these requirements, applicants must perform research that is published in a scientific journal and then pass a rigorous examination.

Specialists are called a “Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons” or a “board-certified surgeon.”

Your Animal's Healthcare Team

All veterinarians may perform surgery as part of their veterinary practice. However, difficult cases may be best managed by a specialist. Board-certified surgeons work closely with the owner and the primary veterinarian before and after surgery in a team approach to ensure continuity of care for your animal.

Most ACVS Diplomates work at large hospital or referral centers; therefore, in addition to having advanced surgical training, they also have access to state-of-the-art facilities, equipment and support staff that may not be available to your primary veterinarian.

Following surgery and any postoperative follow-up care, the primary veterinarian resumes ongoing care of the animal.

Veterinary surgeons are dedicated to providing the very best in surgical care. They also act as a resource for your primary veterinarian by providing consultations on difficult or unusual cases. With their advanced training, these specialists offer expertise that ensures the best possible outcome for the animal and animal owner.

Why Seek a Veterinary Surgeon?

Your pets deserve the very best care possible. Just as humans are treated by specialists for a variety of medical reasons, animals should be treated by veterinary specialists when advanced care is warranted. Surgery often warrants that care. ACVS Board-Certified Veterinary Surgeons can provide that care.

There are a variety of reasons to seek a veterinary surgeon:

Expertise and specialized training

  • Primary veterinarians focus on the day-to-day needs of your animal.  Veterinary surgeons spend years training specifically in surgical procedures.
  • Specialists are more likely to see complicated cases.
  • Specialists can provide you with options and help you determine the best treatment for your animal.

Enhanced care. Surgeons are more likely to have access to:

  • Specialty equipment
  • Other veterinary specialists (your surgical team may include board-certified radiologists and anesthesiologists)
  • Technicians who understand the needs of animals undergoing surgery
  • 24-hour monitoring of your pet


Isolation, Characterization, and In Vitro Proliferation of Canine Bone Marrow, Adipose Tissue, Muscle, and Periosteum-derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells 

Kisiel AH, McDuffee L, Masoud E, Bailey T, Esparzade-Nino B, Nino-Fong R

Incidence of claw regrowth with three methods of onchyectomy

Clark KJ, Rist P, Bailey T

Use of Y-shaped TPLO plates for the satbilization of supracotyloid ilial fractures in four dogs and one cat

Chou PY, Runyon C, Bailey T, Beraud R

Clinical management of gall bladder mucoceles by cholecystectomy: 61 cases

Malek S, Sincair E, Hosgood G, Moens NMM, Bailey T, Boston S

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