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The Residency Programs at OSVS

In addition to our internship, OSVS is a training center for residents in both Emergency/Critical Care and Surgery. Our residents have already completed a high quality internship, and have been accepted into our highly competitive programs. The residencies consist of three years of high volume patient management, rigorous didactic training, teaching responsibilities, and publication of a research paper. At the end of the three years, the residents sit for a multi-day examination with a national specialty organization to achieve board-certification.

Veterinarians choosing to pursue specialty certification have not only completed four years of undergraduate college and four years of veterinary school, but an additional four years of advanced training during which they work many, many hours for compensation levels significantly below what they could earn if they went immediately into practice. Why do they do it? Because they have a true passion for veterinary medicine and what specialty medicine can offer to pets. You will recognize this from the moment you meet them.

Residents

MARISSA TURNER

DVM

Dr. Turner is originally from Rhode Island. She received her Associates and Bachelors in Animal Science at Becker College in Worcester, Massachusetts. She then traveled to St. George’s University in Grenada, West Indies where she completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2021.

Dr. Turner started her small animal emergency and critical care residency at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists in 2022. She is interested in management of emergency medicine and critical care cases with a specific interest in toxins and trauma cases.

Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her dog, Oscar (pictured) who was adopted from the island she went to vet school at. She enjoys hiking, playing volleyball and baking.

LINDSEY LAVIN

DVM

Dr. Lavin completed her veterinary degree at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. She then continued her training with a small animal rotating internship at VCA Southshore in Weymouth, Massachusetts, a specialty surgical internship at Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine in Glendale, Arizona, and a specialty surgical internship at New England Animal Medical Center in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

Dr. Lavin started her small animal surgical residency at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists in 2021. She enjoys soft tissue and orthopedic surgery but is particularly interested in emergency abdominal/thoracic procedures, wound management, and reconstructive surgery.

Outside of work, Dr. Lavin enjoys spending time with her husband and their two cats. She enjoys listening to audiobooks, hiking, singing, and dancing.

ANGELA SU

DVM

Dr. Su is originally from southern California, where she received her Bachelor of Science in biology from University of California Riverside. She completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2021. Dr. Su started her small animal rotating internship here at Ocean State Veterinary Specialist and stayed to continue her residency in small animal emergency and critical care.

In her free time, Dr. Su enjoys spending time with her three ferrets (Felix, Zoe and Figaro), playing video games, attending concerts and listening to audiobooks.

MARK VARDANEGA

BVSc

Dr. Vardanega is originally from Brisbane Australia where he completed his veterinary degree at the University of Queensland in 2017, graduating with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science with Honors. He subsequently completed a rotating internship and a small animal surgery internship at Pet Emergency and Queensland Veterinary Specialists before continuing his veterinary career as a small animal emergency veterinarian at the Animal Referral Hospital. In 2022 he moved across the Pacific Ocean to complete an advanced emergency and surgery internship here at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists.

Dr. Vardanega started his small animal surgical residency at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists in 2023. He enjoys all aspects of small animal surgery but particularly enjoys orthopedic and emergency surgery and traumatology.

When Dr. Vardanega isn’t working he enjoys unwinding by reading, cooking, playing video games, and sinking a few pints at the local pub.

Interns

ALEXIS DAVIDSON

DVM

Dr. Davidson is originally from Illinois. She received her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with a minor in Conservation and Ecology and then received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois. She has a background in wildlife medicine and research and a career interest in zoo medicine.

In her free time, Dr. Davidson enjoys hiking, baking, and exploring Rhode Island. She has two cats (Klondike and Pepper), two snakes (Sapphire and Pyropee), and a tortoise (Luna), all of whom also enjoy time in the sun.

EMMA HOFFMAN

DVM

Dr. Hoffmann graduated from Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2023. She has an interest in small animal medicine, surgery and emergency medicine.

When she’s not at the hospital, Dr. Hoffmann enjoys hiking and going on adventures with her two mixed breed dogs Tatertot and Cheddar (pictured). Dr. Hoffmann also has the fluffiest gray cat that you could ever see and she would love to share photos of any of her kiddos if you ask!

AUSTIN YUNGMEYER

DVM

Dr. Yungmeyer is originally from northern California, growing up in the county of Santa Cruz. He received his Bachelor of Science in Animal Science at the University of California, Davis. He would then remain at UC Davis to continue his education where he completed his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2023. His career interests in the veterinary field include both small animal surgery (orthopedics and soft tissue), as well as emergency medicine.

In his free time outside of the hospital, his hobbies include playing volleyball (indoor, grass, and beach), painting (particularly watercolors), and spending quality time with his friends doing any sort of fun activity. His dream dog is one that resembles a wolf, but a fun-fact is that one of his favorite animals in the world is an axolotl!