Dr. Jennifer Au is co-founder and the Chief of Surgery and Physical Rehabilitation at New River Veterinary Specialists. A 1995 graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Au graduated in the top of her class. Following an internship in medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, she pursued emergency medicine in New York followed by Virginia for several years. Knowing she wanted to pursue specialization within the veterinary field, Dr. Au completed a Surgical Internship at the Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Norwalk, CT in 2003 followed by a 3-year Small Animal Surgical Residency at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine completed in 2006. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons – Small Animal since 2007. During her residency, she developed a strong interest in orthopedic surgery and passion for arthroscopy and physical rehabilitation.
After her residency, Dr. Au took a position as an assistant professor on the orthopedic faculty at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. During this time, she became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT) and took over supervision of the Advanced Rehabilitation Center at MSU. By 2008, she took an assistant professor position on the orthopedic faculty at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine along with supervising the physical rehabilitation department. During her time in academia, she helped develop and advance the clinical arthroscopy program along with training surgical residents in arthroscopy. She enjoyed teaching students in their 4th year clinical rotations along with classroom and lab education. Training interns and surgical residents, while watching them develop and master new skills, was also a point of pride. In 2013, she left academia to take a position as head surgeon and director of physical rehabilitation at a specialty referral practice in Charleston, SC. During this time, while developing and growing the surgery and physical rehabilitation departments, Dr. Au became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2014, already a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. In 2019, she moved to Virginia to help grow and develop a full-service specialty referral practice in Fredericksburg, VA. She is excited to return to the South Carolina, again teaming with Dr. Kristin Welch, to help lead New River Veterinary Specialists to become a regional center of excellence for Beaufort and Jasper Counties.
Dr. Au really enjoys helping her patients regain mobility, comfort, and improve quality of life through surgery and physical rehabilitation. She thoroughly enjoys joint arthroscopy, fracture management, and minimally invasive surgery along with challenging and interesting soft tissue and neurosurgical cases. She strongly believes that surgery and physical rehabilitation work together to provide the best outcome for her patients. In addition, she feels there are times surgery is the appropriate course of action and times when a less invasive, more conservative, approach is indicated and her recommendations are tailored to the individual patient’s needs.
Dr. Au has published multiple articles in peer-reviewed veterinary journals along with various abstracts and posters presented at scientific meetings. She has lectured, taught, and conducted hands-on labs regionally, nationally, and internationally. She has been an assistant professor at MSU and OSU along with an adjunct on-line professor with Massey University School of Veterinary Science in New Zealand. She currently serves on the editorial review board for two prominent peer-reviewed veterinary journals and teaches arthroscopy nationally with Arthex.
Outside of work, she enjoys reading, indoor plants, gardening, Corvettes, spending time outdoors and with her pets.
Dr. Wong is a California native who completed undergraduate training at UCLA and attended veterinary school at Western University College of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduation, he was awarded the Novartis Surgical Excellence Award and the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Certificate of Clinical excellence. After graduating from veterinary school in 2010, he pursued a competitive internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. His success in this internship led to his selection for a Small Animal Surgery Residency at a busy private practice, Animal Specialty Group, in Los, Angeles, CA (2011-2014). After finishing his residency, Dr. Wong became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.
Following completion of his surgical residency, Dr. Wong relocated to Massachusetts to build the surgery department at Wachusett Animal Hospital in Westminster, MA. He worked diligently for 3 years to increase the level of medicine and surgery to a higher standard, as he was the sole specialist at the hospital. Next, Dr. Wong decided to relocate to warmer weather and moved to Knoxville, TN. He joined Animal Emergency and Specialty Center, a busy practice with multiple specialists and two locations. He worked at both the Knoxville and Chattanooga locations, developing the surgical department and building caseload.
Dr. Wong is excited to be joining the team at New River Veterinary Specialists. His professional interests lie in orthopedics, oncologic surgery, and neurosurgery. He has lectured to the local veterinary communities and for veterinary students. Dr. Wong excels with routine surgical cases, but loves seeing unusual cases and collaborating with other specialists. Just as not every pet is the same, not every surgery is the same, and successful outcomes rely on cooperation of the owners, referring veterinarians, and specialists.
When not at work, Dr. Wong enjoys kayaking, paddle boarding, and hiking. He loves spending time with his spouse, 3 cats, and crazy dog.