Dr. Elizabeth Anne Swanson – Surgery

About Elizabeth Anne Swanson, DVM, MS Diplomate ACVS-SA


Dr. Elizabeth (Betsy) Swanson is an Associate Professor of Small Animal Surgery at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Her clinical focus is soft tissue surgery with special interests in wound healing, minimally invasive surgery, endourology, wound infection, and chronic biofilm infections. A native of the Chicago area, she attended Iowa State University for both undergraduate and veterinary school. She earned her DVM degree in 2001. After graduation, she completed a rotating internship at the Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover (University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover) in Germany before practicing for 5 years as an associate veterinarian at a small animal hospital in Arlington Heights, IL. In 2007, she returned to specialty practice and completed surgical internships at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston and at the University of Missouri. She completed her residency and master’s degree at Purdue University in 2013 and became ACVS board certified in Small Animal Surgery in February 2014. She has been on the faculty at Mississippi State University since 2013. She is an active member of the ACVS, the Society of Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgery, the Veterinary Endoscopy Society, and the Veterinary Interventional Radiology/Interventional Endoscopy Society.

Dr. Swanson lives in Starkville, MS, with her 3 dogs. She holds a degree in vocal performance and is a classically trained soprano. She is active in the community chorus and sits on the Starkville-MSU Symphony Association Board of Directors. In addition to singing, she enjoys travelling, gardening, spending time with her dogs, and taking any opportunity she gets to spend time with her family – especially her niece and nephew in Chicago.

Presentation Synopsis

1. Abdominal exploratory – what I wish I knew in practice
2. Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus – surgery and critical care management
3. Surgery of the extrahepatic biliary system
4. Surgical management of thoracic trauma
5. Wound management and treatment of wound infections
6. Getting to the bottom of deep and penetrating wounds
7. Getting that big hole closed – tips and tricks for wound closure
8. Closing down the pocket – maximizing the use of drains
9. Tips and tricks for GI surgery - what I wish I knew in practice
10. Tips and tricks for urogenital surgery - what I wish I knew in practice
11. Endourology: New treatments for incontinence and urinary stones