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John C. Chandler, DVM, MS, Diplomate, ACVS, joined WestVet Boise in 2005 after completing his three-year surgical residency at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. In 2006, he received his certification as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS). 

Dr. Chandler’s path to specialty training began at a young age growing up and working as a veterinary assistant in New Mexico. During his time at Colorado State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree, Dr. Chandler worked as a small animal surgery technician at the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital. During this time, his passion for veterinary surgery grew. 

Dr. Chandler earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University in 2000. Following earning his veterinary degree, he completed a one-year rotating medical and surgical internship at Washington State University in Pullman, WA, and a one-year surgical internship at Gulf Coast Veterinary Surgery in Houston, TX. Dr. Chandler also earned a Master of Science degree in science in 2005 from Colorado State University. 

This long path to board-certification provided many unique opportunities. In addition to the typically broad training in general, neurologic, and orthopedic surgery, Dr. Chandler had the honor of training in surgical oncology at the Colorado State University Animal Cancer Center—one of the foremost veterinary cancer centers in the world. While in Houston, he developed his arthroscopic skills while training with veterinary arthroscopic innovators and co-authors of the first and only dedicated small animal arthroscopy textbook.  


Dr. Chandler earned the Outstanding Small Animal Resident Award while at CSU. He has authored several peer-reviewed publications on topics including postoperative anti-arrhythmic therapy, feline orthopedics, gastrointestinal conditions, orthopedic fixation, tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO), and stifle arthroscopy. 

Dr. Chandler is a member of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society (VOS), where he has presented his research. He served as the former Director and Assistant Director of the VOS Education Foundation and is currently the VOS Treasurer. He also serves on the American College of Veterinary Surgeons Residency Program Compliance Committee which monitors and certifies residency training programs for ACVS board-certification. The ACVS requires that residency training programs meet ACVS standards and requirements to train residents. Dr. Chandler is the WestVet Site Program director for the Washington State University/WestVet Collaborative Residency Training Program. Through this program,  WestVet surgeons have aided in the training of almost 20 boarded or soon-to-be boarded surgeons residing throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. Dr. Chandler is also the Internship Director at WestVet. Veterinary internship programs provide new graduates with an additional year of training under the mentorship and direction of a large group of specialists after earning a veterinary degree. The WestVet internship was started over a decade ago, and over 60 veterinarians have gone through the training program; many of whom have then gone on to specialty residencies varying from surgery to internal medicine to radiology to anesthesia. Other interns have gone into general practice after completing their internship and care for your pets in the Treasure Valley at a variety of veterinary hospitals. 

In addition to attending several veterinary surgery conferences each year, Dr. Chandler has presented countless hours of continuing education lectures at conferences in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. 


First Author:

Chandler JC. Surgery STAT: Tie over bandage: A solution for wounds in difficult locationsDVM Newsmagazine, June 2009.

Chandler JC, Monnet E, Staatz A.  Comparison of the hemodynamic effects of lidocaine and procainamide for the treatment of postoperative ventricular arrhythmias in dogs.  J Am Anim Hosp Assoc, 42 (4), 262-268, 2006.

Chandler JC, Kudnig ST, Monnet E. Fecal Diversion by Jejunostomy for Rectal Tear Repair in a Dog. J Am Vet Med Assoc, 226 (5), 2005.

Chandler JC, Beale BS. Feline Orthopedics. Clin Tech Small Anim Prac, 17 (4), 190-203, 2002.

Chandler JC, MacPhail CM. Congenital Urethrorectal Fistulas. Compend Contin Educ Pract Vet, 23(11), 995-1002, 2001.


Barnhart MD, Rides CF, Kennedy SC, Aiken SW, Walls CM, Horstman CL, Mason D, Chandler JC, Brourman JD, Murphy SM, Pike F, Naber SJ.Fracture Repair Using a Polyaxial Locking Plate System (PAX). Vet Surg, 42, 60-66, 2013.

Monibi FA, Murphy SM, Chandler JC, Brourman JD. Fractures of the Radius and Ulna in the Dog: 73 Cases (2003-2010). 2011 American College of Veterinary Surgeons Veterinary Symposium, November 2011.

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