A highly respected member of the veterinary community, Julie works directly with SAGE Partners and the executive and leadership teams to chart the course of growth across our state-of-the-art veterinary hospitals.
Julie started as an Associate Surgeon for VSA in August 1997. Through the years, she was instrumental in the direction and growth of the organization to include the merger of the practices formerly known as VSA (Veterinary Surgical Associates), VMS (Veterinary Medical Specialists) and TVAEC (Tri-Valley Animal Emergency Center) to become the single organization known today as SAGE Veterinary Centers.
Julie became a Managing Partner for SAGE Veterinary Centers in 2010. She served as our Medical Director from 2013 to 2018. In her role as Medical Director and board certified Surgeon, Dr. Smith led by example in setting the standards for a high level of veterinary medicine. She was responsible for recruiting and hiring highly skilled veterinary specialists to join the SAGE team and has always been an advocate for continual learning and training opportunities. Internally, she oversees the mentoring program within SAGE to support new doctors and externally, she leads and organizes the annual SAGE Symposium, the largest private continuing education event in the Bay Area to support more than 700 primary veterinarians and their staff.
Dr. Smith works with national veterinary groups to stay connected with the veterinary industry as a whole. She is the Treasurer for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS), and Past President of the Veterinary Specialist Awareness and Outreach Project (VetSOAP). For more information regarding her extensive medical and educational background, please see below.
When Julie is not busy with work, she is either traveling the world, learning more about California wine appellations, playing soccer with the “Grasshoppers” on the Bay Area Women’s Soccer League or serving on the Leadership Council for the Positive Coaching Alliance!
Background and Education:
Veterinary School: University of California, Davis
Internship Training: North Carolina State University
Residency Training: University of Georgia
Certification: Diplomate ACVS (1997)
Dr. Julie Smith is a graduate of UC Berkeley where she completed her undergraduate studies and veterinary school (1992). Following veterinary school, Dr. Smith completed an internship at North Carolina State University, and a residency in small animal surgery at the University of Georgia. Dr. Smith also served as an Assistant Professor of small animal surgery at Kansas State University before joining SAGE in 1997. She became a board certified surgeon in 1997.
Dr. Smith’s passion for professional development spurred her to become certified by the Canine Rehabilitation Institute (2008) and earn her MBA at St. Mary’s College (2013). Dr. Smith has taken a very active role in the management of SAGE Veterinary Centers since 2002, and served as SAGE’s Medical Director from 2013 to 2018. In 2018 she stepped into a new role as Chief Strategy Officer to help chart the future course of our state-of-the-art hospitals.
On the business side, Dr. Smith’s extensive background in all aspects of veterinary medicine allows her to bring a unique perspective to the role of Medical Director in helping to guide the continuing growth of SAGE. Dr. Smith also works with national veterinary groups to stay connected with the veterinary industry as a whole. She is the Treasurer for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS), and Past President of the Veterinary Specialist Awareness and Outreach Project (VetSOAP).
On the clinical side, Dr. Smith particularly enjoys the challenges of endocrine surgery (adrenal tumor removal, pancreatic tumor removal, etc.), as well as urinary tract and liver shunt surgeries. She is also extremely passionate about pain management, osteoarthritis, and the positive effect that weight management, exercise, and physical rehabilitation can have on the health and well-being of small animals.