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Maria Fahie, DVM, MS, DACVS

Professor, Small Animal Surgery

College of Veterinary Medicine

E-Mail: mfahie@westernu.edu


Join year: 2002


•MS, Small animal reconstructive surgery, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, 1996
•Certificate of Residency, VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, 1996.
•Certificate of Internship, VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, 1993.
•DVM, Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island, 1992.
•BSc, major Biology, minor Psychology, Dalhousie University, 1986.

Education Experience

Interventional Radiology CE


Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Professional Experience

•Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons, 1998

Military Experience

Work Site

Yorba Regional Animal Hospital

Academic Interests

Clinical skills training

Self-assessment processes

Teaching Experience

• Professor (Small Animal Surgery) , College of Veterinary Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, September 2002 present


CVM 7035 Surgery/Anesthesia (3rd year)

CVM 7520 Core Surgery (4th year)


Knowledge and experience are the keys to career success. Knowledge is initiated during academic training and must be continued throughout your career. Experience is gained with time, practice and an enriched environment. It is the responsibility of a teacher to transfer knowledge and experience to students clearly and without intimidation.

Research Interest

Clinical research relating to veterinary surgery

Currently studying tube knot (in vitro biomechanical study), retrospective follow up on TTA and teaching student to perform OE using Dowling Spay Retractor

Research Grant


Pfizer Distinguished Teacher Award, May 2011


ACVS (American College of Veterinary Surgeons)

SVSTS (Society of Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgery)

SCVMA (Southern California Veterinary Medical Association)

CVMA (California Veterinary Medical Association)

AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association)


WU Reverence for Life committee


Fahie M, et al. A randomized, controlled trial of the efficacy of autologous platelet therapy for osteoarthritis in dogs. JAVMA 2013, 243; 1291-1297


Dr. Fahie was born and raised in eastern Canada.  She graduated from Atlantic Veterinary College in 1992.  She completed her advanced training in small animal surgery at VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. She has a broad base of veterinary surgical experience including soft tissue, oncologic, neurologic, reconstructive and orthopedic procedures. Maria lives in Orange with her husband Dan, daughters Mackenzie and Miranda, "tripod" terrier, Mikey, rescued terrier "Cindy Lou", desert tortoise "Bob" and horses Poco & Levi. They enjoy outdoor activities including cycling, motorcycling and horseback riding.