Chris Gauthier, DVM, MS, MSM, DACVS-SA


Dr. Gauthier grew up in south Florida.  He attended the University of Florida and earned a B.S. in Zoology and a M.S. in Business Management.  He graduated cum laude with his veterinary degree from the University of Florida in 2010. He then went on to complete an internship at Tufts University, a surgical internship at the VCA Animal Specialty Center of South Carolina, and an M.S. degree and residency in small animal surgery at Colorado State University. He became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2016.  Prior to joining CVRC in 2018, he worked as a staff surgeon at Veterinary Referral Associates in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Dr. Gauthier's special interests include minimally invasive surgery, orthopedics, wound management, and surgical oncology. Outside of the hospital, he enjoys spending time with his wife Zahra, daughter Margot, dog Madeline, and cat Milton. He enjoys traveling, cooking, beer brewing, and SCUBA diving.

Education / Experience: 

2018-presentSurgeon - Charleston Veterinary Referral Center
2016Diplomate - American College of Veterinary Surgeons – Small Animal
2015-2018Surgeon - Veterinary Referral Associates, Gaithersburg, MD
2015Master of Science - Clinical Sciences, Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Fort Collins, CO
2012-2015Residency - Small Animal Surgery, Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Fort Collins, CO
2011-2012Internship - Surgery, VCA Animal Specialty Center of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
2010-2011Internship - Rotating Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, North Grafton, MA
2010Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Gainesville, FL
2006Master of Science - Management, Warrington College of Business, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
2005Bachelor of Science - Zoology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL


Gauthier CM., McGilvray K., Myrick S., Duerr F., and Palmer R. Evaluation of the accuracy of a commonly used dynamometric wire tensioner. Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol. 2015;28:104-108.

Gauthier CM. and Monnet E. In vitro evaluation of anatomic landmarks for the placement of suture to achieve effective arytenoid cartilage abduction by means of unilateral cricoarytenoid lateralization in dogs. Am J Vet Res. 2014;75:602-606.

Gauthier CM., Kowaleski M., Gerard P., and Rovesti G.L. Comparison of the axial stiffness of carbon composite and aluminum alloy circular external skeletal fixator rings. Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol. 2013;26:172-176.

Pozzi A., Hudson C., Gauthier CM., and Lewis D. A retrospective comparison of minimally invasive plate osteosynthesis and open reduction and internal fixation for radius-ulna fractures in dogs. Vet Surg. 2013;42:19-27.

Gauthier CM., Pozzi A., Conrad B., and Lewis D. In vitro evaluation of mechanical properties of plated radial fractures in large and small breed dogs. Am J Vet Res. 2011;72:1112-17.