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Dr. David Silliman brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the Surgery team at RRAEH since 2024. With a strong educational background and extensive training in veterinary surgery, he is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to his patients.

Dr. Silliman’s journey in veterinary medicine began at North Carolina State University, where he obtained Bachelor of Science degrees in Animal Science and Zoology. He then pursued his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2010. Following veterinary school, Dr. Silliman embarked on a rigorous path, completing both a small animal rotating internship and a small animal surgical internship, followed by a three-year surgical residency at the Veterinary Specialty Center in Illinois.

Throughout his career, Dr. Silliman has worked in various locations, including Chicago, Pittsburgh, Asheville, and Greenville, before settling in Fargo, North Dakota. His diverse experiences have shaped his knowledge in all aspects of small animal surgery, with a particular focus on orthopedic, soft tissue, oncologic, neurologic, and minimally invasive surgery, as well as advanced surgical techniques.

Dr. Silliman and his team see patients Monday – Thursday at RRAEH by referral/appointment only. Please speak with your veterinarian about submitting a referral through the RRAEH Referral portal or give us a call at 701.478.9299.

Surgery Services We Provide at RRAEH:


At RRAEH, we understand that orthopedic issues in pets can significantly impact their quality of life. That’s why we offer specialized care, leveraging advanced diagnostic tools and a knowledgeable team to address chronic pain and mobility issues through surgical intervention. Our approach prioritizes your pet’s well-being, ensuring they receive compassionate and low-stress care throughout their treatment journey.

Common Procedures

  • Arthritis treatment
  • Cruciate ligament damage (ACL tears)
  • Patella luxation
  • Bone fracture stabilization
  • Femoral head ostectomy (FHO)


 At RRAEH, we are committed to providing advanced surgical care tailored to the individual needs of each patient, ensuring the best possible outcomes and quality of life. Our dedicated veterinary surgery team is highly skilled in a wide range of advanced soft-tissue procedures, providing comprehensive care to address various medical conditions.

Common Procedures

  • Trauma surgery
  • Laryngeal paralysis
  • Bladder stones
  • Gastrointestinal foreign body
  • Recurrent urethral obstructions
  • Treatment of wounds
  • Liver shunts
  • Prophylactic gastropexy (to prevent GDV)


At RRAEH, our Oncology Service led by Dr. Wolf-Ringwall works in conjunction with our Surgery service for the surgical planning of our Oncology patients. RRAEH is dedicated to utilizing the latest advancements in cancer technologies and treatments to enhance the quality of life and potentially extend the lifespan of our patients. Our commitment to excellence in cancer care begins with accurate and timely diagnosis, made possible by our state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment. Some of the common surgical procedures we perform at RRAEH:

Common Procedures

  • Lung lobe mass removal
  • Splenic mass/splenectomy
  • Intestinal mass removal
  • Digit or limb amputation
  • Mass removal


IVDD occurs when spinal discs deteriorate, leading to compression of the spinal cord and potentially causing pain, wobbly gait, weakness, and loss of function. Our experienced veterinary team is equipped to diagnose and treat thoracolumbar IVDD promptly, utilizing advanced imaging techniques to assess the extent of disc extrusion.

Common Procedures

  • Thoracolumbar IVDD