ACVS Foundation
Honored Mentor

R. Avery Bennett


Avery has been the most influential mentor to me throughout my training and post-residency career. Not only has he given me the skills and knowledge to become the surgeon I am today, his relentless pursuit of perfection has held me to a higher ethical and clinical standard. I am grateful for everything that Avery has done for myself and the profession.

- Nathaniel Lam, DVM, DACVS (Small Animal)

Teaching is in my blood. Becoming a teacher of zoo & wildlife medicine and surgery has allowed me to enjoy my two professional passions, teaching and veterinary medicine. When I have no one to teach, I am just doing another surgery. Sharing what I have learned during my career is extremely important to me. It gives me so much joy to see those who I have helped train succeed.

- R. Avery Bennett, DVM, MS, DACVS


  • Brief Media,
  • Brett Darrow,
  • Kathleen M. Ham, DVM, MS, DACVS (Small Animal)
  • William M. Karlin, DVM, DACVS (Large Animal), DACVS (Small Animal)
  • Nathaniel Lam, DVM, DACVS (Small Animal)
  • Abigail A. Lockwood, DVM, DACVS (Small Animal)
  • Philippa Rebecca Pavia, VMD, DACVS (Small Animal)
  • Chantal Ragetly, DVM, DACVS (Small Animal)
  • Guillaume R. Ragetly, DVM, PhD, DACVS (Small Animal)
  • Matthew E. Raske, DVM, DACVS (Small Animal)

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