Tommy Walker, DVM, DACVS

A world-renowned innovator and educator, Dr. Walker is the founder of Southern California Veterinary Specialty Hospital. Or as one colleague calls him, “the godfather.”

Inspired by the knowledge, dedication and compassion evident in the veterinarians who came to his family’s farms, Dr. Walker attended Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, where he graduated #1 in his class. He completed his internship at Auburn University, followed by two residencies: one in Neurology at Auburn, and another in Surgery at the University of Tennessee. He has been board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons since 1982.

During the 1970s, Dr. Walker was involved in the creation of neurosurgical techniques that are still applied largely unchanged today. He also worked with Dr. Barclay Slocum in the late 1980s and early 1990s to develop the TPLO procedure for cruciate repair that is currently used.

Dr. Walker has been an especially active educator throughout his career. In addition to lecturing at numerous American and European universities, he also frequently speaks at local, national and international meetings, and has formally addressed the World Congress of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery. He served as head of the Examination Committee for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, and was chairman and educator at the Forum for Orthopedic and Neurology sections of the College of Surgeons for 10 years.

In addition to his lectures, Dr. Walker has authored dozens of articles and textbook chapters on veterinary orthopedics and neurology. His many contributions to education regarding the latest veterinary diagnostics and surgical techniques have garnered teaching awards and accolades at every level, including an invitation from Cambridge University in England for a teaching sabbatical in 1987-1988.

Dr. Walker is especially proud of his role in developing SCVSH, its unparalleled ethical standards, its constantly updated technologies and its professional, dedicated and caring staff. In his words, “You can find other specialty hospitals, but you can’t replace the quality care and dedication we supply.”


Dr. Walker is a man of many interests. While in college he was active in the Latin Club and participated on the Debate Team and in the slide rule championships. Today, he enjoys history, spirit distillation (aka moonshine), veterinary antiques, and restoring Model A Ford trucks.