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Nicole Buote

Department of Clinical Sciences
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Associate Professor, Section of Small Animal Surgery

Companion Animal Hospital Soft Tissue Surgery Service

Cornell Feline Health Center

Cornell Clinical Trials

Department of Clinical Sciences
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
930 Campus Road
Ithaca, NY 14853

Telephone: 607-253-3533

Clinical/Research Interest

  • Minimally invasive surgery including laparoscopy, thoracoscopy, and exploring the possibility of robotics in veterinary medicine. Dr. Buote also performs many interventional radiology procedures which allow for decreased pain and hospitalization times for pets.
  • Other surgical interests include wound management, trauma, and hepatobiliary surgery in cats.
  • Gender based research studying differences in career path, promotion, mentorship, etc. in veterinary surgery.

Education and Training

  • 2006 - 2009: The Animal Medical Center, New York, NY
    Residency in Surgery
  • 2006:  Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center, Dallas, TX
    Surgical Internship
  • 2004 - 2005:  Angell Animal Medical Center, Boston, MA
    Rotating Internship
  • 2000 - 2004: Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, North Grafton, MA
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • 1997 - 2000 Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA
    Bachelor of Science, Biotechnology





Awards and Honors

  • Society of Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgery 6th Annual Meeting- Best Resident Presentation Award for presentation entitled “Impacted Meckel’s Diverticulum in a dog.”- 2007
  • Journal of American Animal Hospital Association Award for Outstanding Medical and Surgical Performance- 2004
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering honors society WPI- inducted in 1999

Professional/Academic Affiliations

  • Founder and President of Association of Women Veterinary Surgeons
  • Veterinary Society of Surgical Oncologists
  • Veterinary Interventional Radiology and Interventional Endoscopy Society
  • Veterinary Endoscopy Society
  • Society of Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgery
  • American College of Veterinary Surgery- board certified in 2010
  • American Veterinary Medicine Association
  • Chosen to lead only private practice Veterinary Assessment Laparoscopic Skills (VALS) testing site by Washington State University
  • 2010-2020: VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital, Los Angeles, CA- Staff surgeon from 2010-2014; Chief of Surgery 2014-2020
  • 2009-2010: California Animal Hospital Specialty Group, Los Angeles, CA- Head of Surgery