– Mobile Surgeons Helping Mobile Surgeons –

SURGE is a community of mobile veterinary surgeons. It’s a network. It’s a group of like-minded surgeons. And so much more. Amazingly, it’s free to join. It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to mobile surgery! And it’s 100% designed to help you, whether you are already mobile or you are considering going mobile.


SURGE began in the summer of 2011 when the founders, Phil Zeltzman, Justin Harper and Jim Ballow met in Boerne, TX, to share war stories and discuss ways to improve their mobile surgical practices without reinventing the wheel.

We each felt that we were on an island, as there were few colleagues discussing the issues we faced on a daily basis: electric or nitrogen? Tech or no tech? LLC or S-corp? We quickly realized that, despite the differences in our specific practices, we faced many of the same problems: no second opinions, no negotiation power, no mobile surgery practice business standards. So we decided to share ideas, advice and best practices.

It was also great to share approaches to tough cases and get other eyes on rads to confirm what we saw. In addition, we developed a friendship that has expanded beyond our common interests as surgeons. Then we found vendors willing to give us access to discounts (sometimes huge). Instead of keeping this to ourselves, we decided to share SURGE, and share the benefits with other mobile surgeons. As our little group has grown, we see the value of a network of peers.

We are now well over 100 surgeons nationwide, from Alaska to Florida, and from California to New York. We also have surgeons in Canada, Australia and the UK.

S3 (SURGE Surgical Symposium)

The 5th annual S3 conference will take place May 2023 in San Antonio, TX. This event, the only one of its kind, will have a nice balance between management (in the broadest sense) and relevant, clinical topics.
We discuss best practices, strategies, tips and tricks.

S3 is 100% practical and interactive with roundtables and informative presentations. Our goal is to make this Symposium more than pay for itself. We mix in some fun too.

Apply to become a SURGE Member here to be notified when registration opens!


Get coaching from our experienced founders.

Save significant $ by working with our preferred vendors.

Be part of a nationwide network of like-minded surgeons.

SURGE Surgical Symposium (S3) is our yearly meeting. The goal is to network, exchange best practices and learn from each other. We all know how to cut. Let’s collectively improve the management of our practices.

Launching a practice?
Tight on funds?
Scared of going it alone?
Partner with us to finance your practice.

Access our private online Forum and discuss clinical and business topics. You don’t have to struggle with tough cases and management questions on your own anymore. We can help each other in spite of the distance.


  • Schedule flexibility
  • Workload flexibility
  • Low overhead
  • High income
  • Help RDVMs keep patients and income
  • No on-call
  • Provide more affordable care to clients
  • Choose who you work with
  • Educate RDVMs
  • Train their technicians
  • Help RDVMs raise the bar
  • Interact with different people who are always on their best behavior
  • Work in different work environments
  • Take vacations whenever you want


Launching a mobile surgery practice is a little bit more complicated than loading a car with equipment and hitting the road.

There are all kinds of strategies to learn about: marketing, setting up fees, social media etc.

So reach out to one of us (info below) and let’s start with a chat. Completely free. No pressure. No commitment. Of course 100% confidential. We can discuss your situation, your fears and your dreams.

If you’re interested, we can start to coach you and help you accomplish your wildest goals. It’s truly that simple. Click “Apply” at the top of this page.


Jump start your mobile surgery career
Avoid making the mistakes we made
Benefit from our combined experience
Make more $ by learning our secret recipe
Topics include marketing, social media, finances/taxes/accounting/fees,
legal aspects, insurance, strategy, creating additional sources of income, and more.
We will basically discuss every conceivable facet of mobile surgery.


“The S3 meeting was a wealth of knowledge – whether you are considering mobile surgery, a new startup or years of experience providing mobile surgical services.  An excellent group of professionals with a common goal. Looking forward to cultivating friendships with our practice partners and colleagues.” 

Dr. Garrett Levin

“I loved the coaching provided by a SURGE colleague. By sharing his experience, he helped me save time and efforts in a variety of ways. He validated several of the ideas I had come up with on my own based on my experience and preferences. One of the reasons I decided to invest in this coaching was to make sure I would be well-prepared to have all bases covered ahead of time. He indeed revealed some nuggets and unexpected regulatory technicalities I was not aware of. He acted as a welcome “sounding board”, confirmed my expectations and had the answers I was looking for while discussing some of the aspects I was worried about while launching my mobile surgery practice. He also informed me of the opportunity that is available through the SURGE membership for discounts on surgical supplies including implants with respected veterinary sales companies. This was a wise decision for me.”

A board-certified surgeon in Illinois.

“I am very pleased with how the Coaching is going. It is the best thing that’s happened to me in a long time.”

A surgeon in California

“Huge THANK YOU for making this meeting happen. It was really fantastic–I’m a tough critic, and I was so impressed with every part of it. The amount of thought and effort for every detail was clear, and setting an atmosphere of respect and cooperation from the start made it feel very positive throughout.

I feel lucky that I could recognize it would be a don’t-miss kind of event in time to be part of it.

(The resort) was absolutely lovely, and being up in the hills in a contained location was perfect.  It’s hard to imagine a location that would be better.

I think it added to the meeting to have meals together rather than separating and going into the city for dinners/evenings.”

Dr. Betsy Arthur

“There are so many unknowns and variables that go into starting any business, especially a mobile surgery business. Getting coaching early on from someone who has already made costly mistakes is invaluable. Learning how to be cost-effective, reduce overhead and still provide excellent surgical care is critical. There are so many tips and tricks that the coaching fees more than pay for themselves.”

A board-certified surgeon in Texas

“It was very helpful! I have learned so much from you. Your support has given me increased confidence which has been instrumental since I started my surgery business last January. Thank you from the bottom of my heart :)”


Justin Harper, DVM, DACVS

Phil Zeltzman, DVM, DACVS

Jim Ballow, DVM