Dan Smeak

Professor Clinical Sciences

B207 VTH

(970) 297-4085

About Dan

Dr. Smeak graduated in 1979 from Michigan State University; Small Animal Rotating Internship from Colorado State University; Small Animal Surgery Residency from The Ohio State University; Board Certified Small Animal Surgeon in 1986; Retired from Professorship and Chief of Surgery positions at OSU in 2007. Hospital Director, Colorado State University, 2008; Currently Professor and Chief of Surgery, Dental and Oral Surgery Sections. CSU Outstanding Academic Advising Award; Referral Specialist Veterinarian of the Year (awarded 3 years); Norden Distinguished Teaching Award; OSU Dean’s Award for Outstanding Clinical Teaching Award; OSU Merck Award for Teaching Creativity; Fulbright Scholarship Award; William and Eleanor Cave National Award for Outstanding Achievement in Developing Animal Alternatives for Surgery Training; Waltham International Award for Outstanding Continuing Education.


DVM, Michigan State University, 1979BS, Michigan State University, 1976Honorary PhD, University of Helsinki, 2008


Boarded, American College of Veterinary Surgeons, 1986
Small Animal Rotating Internship, Colorado State University 1979-1980
Small Animal Surgical Residency, The Ohio State University 1981-1983


Snowden KA, Smeak DD, Chiang S: Risk factors for dehiscence of stapled functional end-to-end anastomoses in dogs: 53 cases (2001-2012). Vet Surg 45:91-99, 2015.Regier PJ, Smeak DD, McGilvray: Security and biomechanical strength of three end-pass configurations for the terminal end of intradermal closures performed with unidirectional barbed suture. Am J Vet Res 77:1392-1400, 2016Hill LN, Smeak DD, Lord LK: Frequency of use and proficiency in performance of surgical skills expected of entry-level veterinarians by general practitioners. J Am Vet Med Assoc 240:1345-1354, 2012Smeak DD, Hill L, Lord L, Allen L: Title: Frequency of Use and Expected Proficiency of Core Surgical Skills in Entry-Level Veterinary Practice: 2009 ACVS Core Surgical Skills Survey Results, Vet Surg 41: 853-861, 2012.Smeak DD: Management of Complications Associated with Total Ear Canal Ablation and Bulla Osteotomy in Dogs and Cats. Veterinary Clinics of North America. Small Animal Practice. 41:981-994, 2011.Wolfe TM, Bateman SW, Cole LK, Smeak DD. Evaluation of a local anesthetic delivery system for the postoperative analgesic management of canine total ear canal ablation- a randomized, controlled, double-blinded study. Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia 33:328-339, 2006.Waterman TR, Smeak DD, Kowalski J, Hade EM: Comparison of bacterial counts in glove juice of surgeons wearing smooth band rings versus those without rings. Am J Infect Control 34:421-425, 2006.Neat BC, Smeak DD: Reconstructing Weight-Bearing Surfaces: Digital Pad Transposition. Comp Contin Ed Pract Vet, 29:39-47, 2007.Smeak DD: Teaching surgery to the veterinary novice. JVME, 34:620-627, 2007.

Research Specialty

Small Animal Exclusive/Predominant (including pet exotics)Clinical Interests Research InterestsTeaching InterestsProfessional Interests