Orthopedic Surgery

  • Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)
  • Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA)
  • Extracapsilor stabilization “tight rope” technique
  • Patella Luxation – correction
  • Triple Pelvic Osteotomy (TPO)
  • Elbow Dysplasia – diagnosis and treatment
  • Fracture Fixation – Bone plate, Interlocking Nail, ESF
  • Total Hip Replacement – BioMedtrix
  • Arthrodesis
  • Arthroscopy
  • Total Elbow Replacement – “Tate” BioMedtrix
  • Stem cell therapy

Soft Tissue Surgery

  • Portosystemic Shunt Surgery
  • Abdominal surgery
  • Thoracic/Respiratory surgery
  • Cardiac Surgery: PDA, PRAA
  • Reconstructive Skin Surgery
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Endocrine Surgery
  • Urogenital Surgery
  • Thoracoscopy/ Laparoscopy

Oncologic Surgery

  • Complicated Mass Excision
  • Rib sectio
  • Biopsies
  • Amputation

Neurologic Surgery

  • IVDD – cervical, T/L
  • Wobbler
  • Atlantoaxial instability
  • Cauda equina
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Myelogram
  • CT Scan
  • CSF tap
  • Peter Schwarz, DVM

    Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
    Dr. Peter Schwarz earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Missouri Veterinary School in 1979. After graduation, he completed a small animal internship followed by a surgical residency at the Animal Medicine Center (AMC) in New York City.

    Outside of veterinary medicine Dr. Schwarz’s interests include hiking, camping, flying fishing and downhill skiing. Dr. Schwarz has three pets – a yellow Lab named Jake, a Springer Spaniel named Gus and a cat named Motor.Following his advanced surgical training at AMC, Dr. Schwarz joined the surgery faculty at Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. In 1985, he became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr. Schwarz was promoted to an Associate Professor of Surgery at CSU and received tenure in 1990. He has published numerous articles, proceedings, abstracts and book chapters and has lectured extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. In 1998, Dr. Schwarz moved to Albuquerque and established the referral-only surgery practice, Veterinary Surgical Specialists of New Mexico, P.C.

  • Amanda Tallant, DVM, MVetSc

    Practice Limited to Surgery

    Professional Interests

    Dr. Tallant joined the VESCNM team in 2015. She has a particular interest in soft tissue, minimally invasive surgery & pain management.


    Wesleyan College: BA Biology
    Ross University college of Veterinary Medicine: DVM
    Rotating Internship: Long Island Veterinary Specialist
    Surgical Internship: Long Island Veterinary Specialist
    Clinical Associate: Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
    Residency: Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

    Off Duty:

    eating, bargain hunting, traveling

  • Kendra Freeman, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS-LA

    Surgical Fellow

    Professional Interests

    Dr. Freeman joined VESCNM in 2015 and enjoys the fast-pace of emergency medicine with a special interest in emergency surgery.


    • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Large Animal
    • Residency, Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center
    • Masters Degree, Virginia Tech
    • Surgical Internship, University of Pennsylvania, New Bolton Center
    • Internship, Manor Equine Hospital
    • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University
    • Bachelor of Science, New Mexico State University

    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota Bachelor of Science, University of Minnesota

    Off Duty

    When not working, Kendra enjoys baking, riding horses and exploring the outdoors.