Doctors & Staff

Melissa A. Gates, D.V.M., Hospital Director

Melissa A. Gates, D.V.M., Hospital Director

Dr. Gates is a 1980 graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. She has been the owner of Cordova Veterinary Hospital since 1987. She has a special interest in dentistry, and has been a member of the American Veterinary Dental Society since 1990.

She has successfully completed two master's level courses in restorations, oral surgery, and orthopedics at the Animal Dental Training Center in Baltimore; and lectures and labs in Advanced Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Gates has attended the Veterinary Dental Forum annually for 20 years, and has participated in laboratory training in Endodontics (conventional and surgical), Maxillary and Mandibular Fracture Repair, Crown Preparation and Restoration, Intraoral Radiography, Oral Surgery and Guided Tissue Regeneration.

Dr. Gates has lectured on dentistry to local veterinary groups and provided training at local veterinary hospitals in dental radiography and oral surgery.  She has provided referral dental services to veterinarians in the Sacramento and Northern California area for over 15 years, and enjoys working with veterinarians and their patients to provide the best outcome possible.

Dr. Gates is also active in local and state veterinary associations, having served as president and treasurer of the Sacramento Valley Veterinary Medical Association and the Sacramento Veterinary Medical Association Charitable Foundation. She completed the Don Low/CVMA Practitioner Fellowship in Small Animal Internal Medicine at U.C.Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

When not working with her patients, she spends time with her husband John, son Eric as well as their Standard Poodle (Jazz) and Springer Spaniel (Dug).

Professional associations:

American Veterinary Medical Association

American Veterinary Dental Society

American Animal Hospital Association

California Veterinary Medical Association

Sacramento Valley Veterinary Medical Association

Jamie Anderson, BS, DVM, MS, DACVIM, DAVDC

Jamie Anderson, BS, DVM, MS, DACVIM, DAVDC

Dr. Anderson grew up in Southern California, but has lived in Northern California for over 20 years.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from USC, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree from U.C. Davis.  She was awarded a Master of Science degree in Comparative Pathology from U.C. Davis in 1990, and graduated with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from U.C. Davis in 1989.

After completing her veterinary training at U.C. Davis, she completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at University of Pennsylvania.  After completion of her internship, Dr. Anderson continued at University of Pennsylvania to complete a Residency in Veterinary Dentistry in 1991, and a Residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine in 1993. She achieved board certification by the American Veterinary Dental College in 1994, and by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1997.

Dr. Anderson was a staff veterinarian at the University of Pennsylvania as well as a consultant in Delaware before returning to Northern California.  She has served as part-time faculty in the U.C. Davis Dentistry and Oral Surgery department while practicing in specialty referral practices in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay area.

She has a very strong background in research and has published numerous articles and book chapters.  She is an expert on canine and feline oral inflammatory diseases, and has received research grants and published many articles in this area. For a current list of her publications, click here.

When she is not treating patients, Dr. Anderson enjoys swimming, gardening, art, and caring for her dogs and cats, chickens, goats and pot-bellied pig.

Professional Associations:

American Veterinary Medical Association

American Veterinary Dental College

American Veterinary Dental Society

California Veterinary Medical Association

American Academy of Oral Medicine

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