Your Surgeon


After working for several years at a specialty hospital in the East Bay, Dean was asked to create the surgical branch of Veterinary Specialty Services in Fresno. Building on these experiences, Dr. Filipowicz formed West Coast Veterinary Surgical, a mobile surgical practice.  Before long, West Coast was providing surgical service for all emergency clinics and most large practices on the peninsula.  Dr. Filipowicz merged his company with two long standing emergency clinics in the South Bay in 2014 after being hired to create a new specialty hospital.  As medical director, Dean pushed for continuous improvement at all levels and prioritized patient care above all else. Different motivations and priorities allowed Dr. Filipowicz the opportunity to form Bay West Veterinary Surgery in 2017 and to continue to improve veterinary service in the Bay Area.

  • Diplomate - American College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Residency - Small Animal Surgery Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Internship - Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
  • M.S. - Veterinary Science Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
  • D.V.M - University of California  Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine
  • B.S. - Mechanical Engineering University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A. - Economics University of Pennsylvania

Dean is published in several veterinary journals, has co-authored book chapters, and has spoken at a number of conventions and symposiums. His masters research investigated an emerging type of orthopedic fixation which has since become the gold standard in human and veterinary orthopedics. Dean’s special interests include fracture management, sports medicine, oncologic and reconstructive surgery, minimally invasive surgery and advanced, multi-modal pain control.
When not at work, Dean can be found enjoying all outdoor physical activities that the area has to offer, especially if they involve water or mountains.

What does it mean to be a surgeon / ACVS Diplomate?

The term "ACVS Diplomate" refers to a veterinarian who has been board certified in veterinary surgery. Only veterinarians who have successfully completed the certification requirements of the ACVS are Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and have earned the right to be called specialists in veterinary surgery. Veterinarians wishing to become board certified must complete a three-year residency program, meet specific training and caseload requirements, perform research and have their research published. This process is supervised by current ACVS Diplomates, ensuring consistency in training and adherence to high standards. Once the residency has been completed, the resident must sit for and pass a rigorous examination. Only then does the veterinarian earn the title of ACVS Diplomate. Visit the ACVS website for more information.