Dave Fowler

Dave Fowler
Dave Fowler
Dr. Dave Fowler was born and raised in Casper, Wyoming. Veterinary medicine was his passion from a very young age, and he realized his dream of becoming a veterinarian at Colorado State University. After receiving his DVM degree Dave travelled north to Saskatoon where he completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery followed by a small animal surgical residency. Dave successfully passed board examinations as a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1987. He served on the small animal surgical faculty at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon from 1984 through 2002 where he also served as Head of the Department of Anesthesiology, Radiology and Surgery from 1997 through 2000. During his tenure in Saskatoon Dave trained many of the veterinarians now practicing in Western Canada.

Dave left university life in 2002 to enter private practice helping to build a specialty and referral practice first in Calgary and now with VCA Canada Guardian Veterinary Centre in Edmonton.

Dave enjoys mountain biking, diving and adventure racing. He and his wife Pam are pretty much bossed around by their two rescue dogs, Bob and Margaret.


What does it mean to be a Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon?

A small animal veterinary surgeon is a specialist in veterinary surgery who, after graduation from veterinary school, has completed advanced training in order to become board certified. This training in surgery consists of at least a 1-year internship and a 3-year residency program that meets the exacting standards set by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS). The ACVS has set criteria for specific training and caseload requirements in a variety of surgical procedures. Additionally, residents must participate in research that is published in a scientific journal and must pass a rigorous examination testing their surgical knowledge and clinical competency. Primary care veterinarians have received surgical training in veterinary school sufficient for routine procedures. Board Certified veterinary surgeons have dedicated their careers to training for advanced surgical procedures. Referral to a board-certified surgeon is recommended for advanced procedures or complicated conditions requiring specialized care and equipment.

Board Certified Veterinary Surgeons have been trained to perform advanced surgical procedures:

  • Of the Abdominal organs
  • Of the Gastrointestinal tract
    Head and neck procedures
  • Minimally invasive osteosynthesis for fracture repair
  • Interlocking nail
  • Minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy, arthroscopy, fluoroscopy, and thoracoscopy)
  • Spinal surgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Bone plating
  • Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)
  • External Fixation
  • Angular limb deformity correction
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Urogenital surgery
  • Reconstructive procedures of the skin and wound care.

Their training has prepared them for all phases of the surgical management of our small animal patients.


VCA Canada Guardian Veterinary Centre has four fully-equipped operating rooms that use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment. Advanced diagnostic imaging tests like digital radiography, fluoroscopy, CT or CAT scan and ultrasound help evaluate patients before and after surgery.

What to Expect

Our referral coordinator will contact you to set up an appointment with one of our board certified surgeons. Often, patients are seen at the time of consultation and surgery is planned for the following day. Depending on circumstances, we may be able to perform a consultation and surgery on the same day, or surgery may be briefly delayed to allow for further testing.

Safe anesthesia and appropriate pain management are an important part of every surgical procedure. Our surgical team includes Registered Veterinary Technologists who are trained in specific anesthetic and diagnostic techniques to make every procedure as safe and comfortable as possible.

After any surgical procedure, you will be provided with a detailed set of discharge instructions. Our discharge nurses will review these with you, and we’ll answer any questions you have to help optimize your pet’s recovery. We will also follow up with your veterinarian so that everybody involved in your pet’s care has up-to-date information.

Guardian Veterinary Centre

5620-99 Street

Edmonton, AB T6E 1V2

Main: 780-436-5880

Fax: 780-436-6222

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

Referral Services:

Mon - Fri
8am - 4pm

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