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UTCVM Large Animal Surgery Staff



James T. Blackford

   James T. Blackford, DVM, MS, DACVS

    Professor & Section Chief Equine Surgery

  • Tel: (865) 974-5701
  • Fax: (865) 974-5773
  • For more information, see Dr. Blackford's Faculty Page





Steve Adair III

   Steve Adair III, MS, DVM, DACVS

    Associate Professor Equine Surgery

  • Tel: (865) 974-5701
  • Fax: (865) 974-5773
  • For more information, see Dr. Adairs's Faculty Page





James Schumacher

   James Schumacher DVM

    Professor Equine Surgery

  • Tel: (865) 974-5701
  • Fax: (865) 974-5773
  • For more information, see Dr. Schumachers's Faculty Page





   Leslie Montgomery, DVM

Leslie Montgomery Dr. Montgomery graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine with distinction in 2007. After graduation, she completed a year-long internship in private practice at Wilhite and Frees Equine Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. This internship provided a well-rounded education in equine veterinary medicine and surgery. The following year, Dr. Montgomery completed a surgical internship at Manor Equine Hospital outside of Baltimore, Maryland. This practice specialized in elective surgeries of Standardbred and Thoroughbred racehorses. After two internships, Dr. Montgomery began, in July of 2009, the first year of a three-year, large animal surgery residency at the University of Tennessee. Her areas of interest are equine sports medicine and surgery and general orthopedic and soft tissue surgery. Dr. Montgomery is originally from Colorado and enjoys snow skiing, playing soccer, and other outdoor recreations, such as camping and hiking.




   Ferenc Tóth, DVM, PhD

Ferenc Tóth Dr. Tóth graduated from the Szent Istvan University of Budapest, Hungary in 2001. After graduation he worked in a private equine practice in Navasota, TX as an intern. After completing his first internship, he was awarded a second internship at the University of Tennessee, which enabled him to start a surgical residency at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. The opportunity to perform graduate studies and a surgical residency together, however, brought Dr. Tóth back to the Universtiy of Tennesse in January 2006. Dr. Tóth earned his PhD degree three years later in the fields of insulin resistance, endotoxemia, and laminitis. While finishing his PhD, Dr. Tóth started his large animal surgery residency in 2008. In his free time, Dr Tóth enjoys off-road motorcycling, various sports and the great outdoors, mostly hunting.

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