About Us

Where the surgeon comes to you!


North Tampa Veterinary Specialists provides specialized orthopedic, soft tissue, neurologic and emergency surgical services to small animal veterinary practitioners.  This service allows veterinarians the ability to offer advanced surgical services in the comfort of their own hospital while maintaining direct contact with clients and primary care for patients. 

Mobile surgical services are available five days a week (Monday through Friday).  Emergency surgical services are available.  

North Tampa Veterinary Specialists will supply all specialized surgical equipment as well as monitoring equipment for the procedure.  All surgical procedures are performed by Dr. Colby G. Burns, a board-certified surgeon. 

Meet the Surgeon

Board-Certified Veterinary Surgeon

Dr. Colby G. Burns graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and a minor in Chemistry and is a 2006 graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She then completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at Tufts Cummings College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Burns completed her small animal surgery residency at The Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, where she also received a Master’s of Science Degree. Dr. Colby Burns became a board-certified surgeon and Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2012 and a board-certified Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2013.

Small animal veterinary surgeons who have become board certified by the ACVS have been exposed to and trained in a wide variety of surgical procedures, as well as specialty training in anesthesia, diagnostic imaging, internal medicine/critical care, and clinical and anatomic pathology. Board-certified veterinary surgeons are trained to perform advanced surgical procedures of the abdominal organs and gastrointestinal tract, head and neck procedures, minimally invasive surgery (arthroscopy, laparoscopy, and thoracoscopy), spinal surgery, orthopedics, thoracic surgery, urogenital surgery, and reconstructive procedures of the skin. Their training has prepared them for all phases of the surgical management of our small animal patients.