Melissa Smith,

Role: Senior Veterinarian
Specialist in Anesthesia and Analgesia
Service Head of Anesthesia and Pain Management
Department: Anesthesia & Pain Management
Dr. Melissa Smith of the Animal Medical Center of New York City

Dr. Melissa Smith is a board-certified diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia. She completed her bachelor of science at Duke University with a major in chemistry, following which she earned her doctor of veterinary medicine from Cornell University, and went on to Boston University School of Medicine where she obtained a PhD in pharmacology. Her clinical training includes a rotating internship at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, followed by a residency in anesthesia and analgesia at the University of Georgia.

Board Certifications:


  • BS in Chemistry (Biochemistry concentration) – Duke University, Durham, NC, 2006
  • DVM – Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2010
  • PhD in Biomolecular Pharmacology – Boston University, Boston, MA, 2014

Postgraduate Research and Hospital Training:

  • Internship in Small Animal Medicine & Surgery – Angell Animal Medical Center, Boston, MA, 2015
  • Residency in Veterinary Anesthesia & Analgesia – University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 2018

Recent Publications:

Smith M, Barletta M, Diehl KA, Hofmeister EH, Franklin SP. Effect of propofol and ketamine-diazepam on intraocular pressure in healthy premedicated dogs. Vet Anaesth Analg. 2018 Oct 11. pii: S1467-2987(18)30263-0.

Smith MD, Barletta M, Young CN, Hofmeister EH. Retrospective study of intra-anesthetic predictors of prolonged hospitalization, increased cost of care and mortality for canine patients at a veterinary teaching hospital. Vet Anaesth Analg. 2017 Nov;44(6):1321-1331.