Cassie Prpich, BVSc, MANZCVS, DACVS-SA, Fellow of Surgical Oncology, was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. She attended the University of Melbourne, where she completed her bachelor’s degree in veterinary science, graduating on the Dean’s Honors list in 2008.
After completing a 12-month internship in small animal surgery and oncology at Southpaws Specialty Surgery for Animals in Moorabbin, Australia, Dr. Prpich started her second internship in a busy referral hospital in Melbourne. It was there that she received additional training in emergency, critical care, and internal medicine.
Dr. Prpich then returned to Southpaws, where she completed her three-year small animal surgical residency in July 2014. She also sat examinations for and achieved membership to the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists Internal Medicine Chapter in 2012. She is one of only three Australian surgeons to have achieved this, which demonstrates her dedication to providing the very best care to all of her patients. Dr. Prpich then became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in February 2015 after passing the examination on her first attempt.
Having been trained by an excellent surgical oncologist during her residency, Dr. Prpich gained a true passion for surgical oncology. She applied for and was accepted into the prestigious one-year surgical oncology fellowship at Colorado State University, which she completed in June 2015.
Dr. Prpich has given many continuing education lectures to referring veterinarians and has published and co-authored numerous journal articles. She is the author of the “Orbit, eye and eyelids” chapter in the upcoming second edition of the textbook, Veterinary Surgical Oncology. Although she has extensive experience and expertise in surgical oncology, she also enjoys neurosurgery, soft tissue surgery, and cardiothoracic surgery. She also has a strong interest in minimally invasive surgery, specifically arthroscopy (evaluating and treating joint disease with cameras and instruments inserted through small incisions), laparoscopy, and thoracoscopy. She thoroughly enjoys educating her clients about different disease processes so that they can fully understand all of the different treatment options available for their loved one.
When Dr. Prpich is not at work, she enjoys spending time in the great outdoors that Colorado has to offer with her husband, Ben, and their two dogs, Moose and River. They are avid snowboarders and enjoy camping, hiking, fly-fishing, and cycling.