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Eric R.   Pope DVM, MS, DACVS

Professor of Small Animal Surgery

Dr. Pope received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Auburn University in 1976. Following graduation he joined a small animal practice in Jacksonville, Florida. In 1981 he returned to Auburn University to enter a surgery residency and Master of Science degree program. From 1983 to 1986 he was an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee. In 1986, Dr. Pope achieved board certification by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and joined the faculty at the University of Missouri where he remained until 2007. Dr. Pope helped train 25 surgery residents and approximately 80 interns at these institutions. He joined the RUSVM faculty in 2007 as a professor of small animal surgery.


DVM, Auburn University
MS, Auburn University


Wound management and reconstructive surgery
Surgical oncology
Educational methodology and outcomes assessment

Publication Highlights

Pope ER: Use of surgical drains in general practice – Procedure Pro.  Clinician’s Brief. 2017, 15(2): 98-102.

Pope ER: Cystotomy – Procedures Pro. Clinician’s Brief March 2016

Pope ER: Management of lacerations in general practice – Procedures Pro.  Clinician’s Brief. 2016, 14(10): 65-71.

Mann FA, March Z, Tomlinson JL, Pope ER, Cook JL, Wagner-Mann CC, Yoon H: Grading Scheme for Veterinary Student Performance in Pass-Fail Didactic Surgery Journal of Natural Resources & Life Sciences Education April 2009: 61-70.

McAllister RM, Newcomer SC, Pope ER, Turk JR , Laughlin MH: Effects of chronic nitric oxide synthase inhibition on responses to acute exercise in swine
J Appl Physiol, Jan 2008; 104: 186 - 197.

Cohn LA, Pope ER: Chronic rhinosinusitis in cats. NAVC Clinician’s Brief. 5:33-35, 2007.

Giuliano EA, Pope ER, Champagne ES, Moore CP: Dacryocystomaxillorhinostomy for chronic dacryocystitis in a dog. Vet Ophthalmol. 2006 Mar-Apr;9(2):89-94.

Pope ER: Problem wound: Paw reconstruction. NAVC Clinician’s Brief. 3:25-26, 2005.

Pope ER: Feline intestinal foreign bodies. NAVC Clinician’s Brief. October 2003, p 9-12.

Gross ME, Dodam JR, PopeER, Jones BD: A comparison of thiopental, propofol, and diazepam-ketamine anesthesia for evaluation of laryngeal function in dogs premedicated with butorphanol-glycopyrrolate. J Amer Anim Hosp Assoc, 38:503-506, 2002

Stoll MR, Cook JL, Pope ER, Carson, WL, Kreeger JM: The use of porcine small intestinal submucosa as a biomaterial for perineal herniorraphy substrate in the dog. Vet Surg. 31:379-390, 2002.

McCaw DL, Payne JT, Pope ER, West MK, Thompson RV, Tate D: Treatment of canine hemangiopericytmoa with photodynamic therapy. Lasers Surg Med 29:23-26, 2001.

Priddy N, Pope ER, Cohn L, Constantinescu G: Alveolar mucosal approach to the canine nasal cavity. J Amer Anim Hosp Assoc, 37:179-182, 2001.



Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons