Melissa Andruzzi, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

ACCESS – Los Angeles

Dr. Melissa Andruzzi was born and raised in Chicago. She earned her bachelor’s degree with Honors in Biology and then went on to complete her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Illinois. During her veterinary studies, her yellow Labrador named Haven was diagnosed with a brain tumor and suffered from seizures. Haven was enrolled in a clinical trial at the U of I hospital and was the first dog to receive a chemotherapy drug that is now being used in people with brain tumors. Inspired by Haven and driven to help families going through similar experiences, she found herself drawn to the field of Neurology.

Following graduation as a veterinarian, Dr. Andruzzi moved to Texas and completed a Small Animal Medicine and Surgery rotating internship at Texas A&M University. She ultimately stayed at A&M for the next several years to complete her Neurology and Neurosurgery residency. She successfully gained Diplomate status within the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology) after passing her board exams following residency.

Although she enjoys all aspects of neurology, Dr. Andruzzi’s primary interest lies in neurosurgery, and she is proficient in a wide variety of spinal procedures. She attends annual advanced neurosurgical conferences to keep abreast of the newest surgical techniques available to her veterinary patients.

Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Andruzzi loves swimming outdoors, hiking and visiting National Parks, and hanging out with her tri-pawed cat named Biscuit who she adopted in Texas.


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