From torn ligaments and broken bones to growths and spinal trauma, there are many ways that a your pet may benefit from the skills of a boarded veterinary surgeon.  As an extension of your pet's medical team, surgeons provide advanced skills and resources that help to get animals feeling better. 

Board-certified surgeons must complete at least four years of intensive post-graduate training focused primarily on surgery. After this training, the surgeon must pass a rigorous exam developed by the American College of Veterinary Surgery (ACVS).  This concentrated training allows the surgeon to master the advanced techniques required to perform complex procedures.

The Surgery Department at AVS aims to provide compassionate care through the use of strong communication (with you and your family veterinarian), advanced diagnostics, modern technology, and skills provided by the entire team.

Our state-of-the-art surgery center includes two fully equipped surgical suites, digital radiology, a CT scanner, and fluoroscopy. Your pet’s surgical care is delivered and enhanced by an exceptional team of caring and experienced licensed veterinary technicians, as well as the most advanced surgical and anesthetic monitoring equipment available. The surgery service collaborates closely with other AVS departments, and with your referring veterinarian.

meet our surgeon: Dr. kayla born, dvm, dacvs-sa


DVM; Diplomate, American College of  Veterinary Surgery - Small Animal (Board Certified in Small Animal Surgery)

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine: The Ohio State University 

The Animal Medical Center in New York
Chesapeake Veterinary Specialists

Chesapeake Veterinary Specialists


Dr. Kayla S. Born received her bachelor’s in Animal Science, Summa Cum Laude from The Ohio State University where she continued her post graduate studies and obtained her
doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.  

After completing a one year internship at the Animal Medical Center in NY, she entered general practice in the Cleveland, Ohio area prior advancing her education through a surgical internship and residency completed with Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists in Annapolis and Towson, Maryland.  Dr. Born then spent almost six years in a referral practice in Hickory, North Carolina before moving to the Atlanta area.  She has experience with soft tissue, orthopedic, minimally invasive and neurologic surgery.   Dr. Born is a published author and has lectured on a local level.  

In her free time, Dr. Born enjoys horseback riding, reading, gardening, and kayak fishing with her husband. Her family includes her husband, daughter, a horse, two cats, and her dog.