• BA, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC (1993)
  • BSc, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC (2002)
  • DVM, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon, SK (2006)

Specialty Training: 

  • Small Animal Rotating Internship, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon, SK (2007)
  • Small Animal Surgery Internship, Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital, Wheat Ridge, Colorado (2008)
  • Residency in Small Animal Surgery, University of Georgia, Athens

Board Certification:

  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons (2013)


Journal Articles:

  • Sakals, S, Schmiedt CW, Ralinsky MG.  Comparison and description of transdiaphragmatic and abdominal minimally invasive cisterna chyli ablation in dogs.  Veterinary Surgery 2001 October; 40 (7): 795-801
  • Sakals, S, Johnston S.  Arthritis, Septic.   In LP Tilley and FWK Smith Jr. (eds), Blackwell’s Five-Minute Veterinary Consult:  Canine and Feline 5th Ed, 112-113.  new Jersey:  Wiley-Blackwell. Update in 6th Edition in publication.