Dr. McNicholas (Tom), DVM, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons, established First Coast Veterinary Specialists in February of 2017. FCVS is a referral specialty center with board certified specialists in surgery and anesthesiology working in partnership with primary care veterinarians to provide advanced care from the most experienced specialists in the First Coast.
Dr. McNicholas is an academically trained surgeon with more than 18 years in an exclusive surgical setting. Board certified in veterinary surgery since 2003, Dr. McNicholas has performed countless soft tissue and oncologic procedures and in excess of 3000 TPLOs, 3000 cruciate extracapsular stabilizations, 2000 Medial Patella Luxation (MPL) stabilizations and 1000 neurosurgical procedures. He also has a special interest in utilizing non-surgical and physical therapy protocols as a complement to or as an alternative to surgery.
Dr. McNicholas is the former owner of Affiliated Veterinary Specialists (AVS) and Animal ER (now Affiliated Veterinary Emergency Center – AVEC) in Jacksonville, where he practiced for more than 10 years. Following AVS, he established a successful consulting veterinary surgery practice, pursued advanced studies in canine physical therapy and rehabilitation, and was privileged to be a staff surgeon at Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center (DVSC), one of the oldest and largest veterinary surgical centers in the country. Dr. McNicholas is excited to return to the Fi
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