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Veterinary Surgeons are experts in all types of surgical intervention in pets including trauma surgery, orthopedic surgery, and soft tissue surgery. The surgical department at Hope receives cases from each department for collaborative care as well as direct referrals for surgical consultations. Surgery is available by appointment Monday – Friday and on-call for emergencies.

Department Contact Information

Phone: 301-637-2975
Fax: 301-637-2985


  • Soft Tissue Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Emergency/Trauma Surgery
  • Oncologic Surgery
  • Fracture Repair
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery including Foreign Body and GDV
  • Standard and TTA Cruciate Repair
  • Dedicated Anesthesia Technicians
  • In-Hospital MRI

Surgery Veterinarians

  • Priti Karnik, DVM, Dipl. ACVS

    Dr. Priti Karnik graduated Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) in 2001. She completed her clinical year at Cornell University, later pursing an internship and then residency in small animal surgery at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2006, she became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

    Dr. Karnik was the Director of Surgical Services at Atlantic Coast Veterinary Specialists in New York from 2005 – 2007 and later moved to San Diego, California where she was a surgeon at an emergency and referral practice for four years. Dr. Karnik then returned to the east coast, although in a more tropical environment by returning to her Alma Mata as an Assistant Professor of Small Animal Surgery. She has lectured to students, taught surgical laboratories and was the referral surgeon for the Ross University Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Karnik’s close ties to the DC region and desire to be a part of a quality specialty practice have brought her to the Hope Center. Her surgical interest are extremely varied but her main goal is to provide the best care for her patients and owners.

    Dr. Karnik’s four legged family consists of two rescued canines- a German Shepherd/Great Dane mix (Kai) and an island hound mix (King). In her free time, Dr. Karnik enjoys volunteering- she has delivered meals and worked with Kai as a therapy dog and loves being outdoors and hiking.

    She has authored several scientific articles and has lectured at numerous continuing education events.

  • Owen Fink, DVM, Dipl. ACVS

    Dr. Owen Fink is a Washington, D.C. area native, having grown up in Chevy Chase and attended B-CC high school. He studied physics at Brown University before pursuing veterinary medicine. His veterinary training led him to the University of Georgia for vet school and then to the University of Pennsylvania for internship and surgical residency. He also spent four years practicing as an emergency veterinarian at a specialty practice outside of Philadelphia.

    Dr. Fink is interested in a broad range of surgical diseases, with a particular interest in minimally invasive surgery and orthopedics. Dr. Fink enjoys many hobbies, including figure drawing, old time music and general all-around tinkering. He and his wife spend most of their time trying to keep up with their toddler and their Boston Terrier.

Hospital Location: 1 Taft Ct
Rockville, MD 20850
Contact Numbers: Tel (301) 637-3228
Fax (301) 795-0145

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