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Dr. Marcelo Melivilu joined the Plaza Pet Clinic family in 2018. Dr. Melivilu is a native of Chile and a 1993 graduate of Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia. He served one year as an intern at the veterinary teaching hospital and the topic of his thesis was ultrasonography. After graduation, Dr. Melivilu practiced veterinary medicine and pet surgery at one of the top veterinary hospitals in Chile for four years. He and his family moved to Winchester, Virginia in 1997 and in 2000 he became a proud U.S. citizen.
After successfully completing the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) program, he began working as a pet surgeon at a veterinary hospital in 2002. He was promoted to Medical Director in 2008, where he remained until his departure in 2017. Dr. Melivilu completed his Master’s in Biomedical Sciences with the University of Missouri in 2017.
Dr. Melivilu has experience and special interest in pet soft tissue surgery (abdominal procedures), knee surgery (TPLO and extracapsular technique), dental and oral surgery, endoscopy and abdominal ultrasonography.
Dr. Melivilu and his wife, Dr. Andrea Wartluft also at Plaza Pet Clinic, live in Winchester with two sons, two dogs, a cat, and a frog. He is fluent in Spanish and is an active member of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Winchester Medical Center.