Kenneth Bruecker, DVM, Diplomate ACVS is a board-certified veterinary surgeon at Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group (VMSG) in Ventura.
A San Fernando Valley native, Dr. Bruecker attended Pierce College then received his bachelors degree in Animal Science from the University of California at Davis.
He graduated from the University of California at Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1983. After one year of general small animal practice in San Fernando, Dr. Bruecker completed an additional year of clinical internship at the West Los Angeles Veterinary Medical Group. He received his master of science degree at the completion of a three year surgical residency at Colorado State University and moved back to Ventura County in 1988 to establish specialty veterinary care. Dr. Bruecker is the Medical Director and Chief of Surgery at VMSG. He is also the Chief Medical Officer for Symphony, a veterinary specialty practice management group.
Dr. Bruecker provided regular surgical support for practices in the state of Hawaii from 1996 through 2011. He now serves as the Chief of Surgery for Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group- Orange County, as well.
A Board Certified Surgeon, Dr. Bruecker’s primary clinical interests are spinal surgery, sports medicine/orthopedics (including arthroscopy, TPLO, TTA, and limb deformity correction), minimally invasive surgery (such as laparoscopy) and peri-operative pain management. He is well respected for his expertise in arthroscopy, limb deformity, disorders of the knee, fracture management and disorders of the spine. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters on Wobbler syndrome, treatment of intervertebral disk degeneration and spinal fracture management. He is an invited speaker throughout the United States, Latin America, South America, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific on a variety of topics in orthopedics (fracture management and arthroscopy), neurosurgery and pain management. He is an active participate in working groups on elbow dysplasia, shoulder injuries, advanced techniques in small animal arthroscopy and cranial cruciate ligament repair. Dr. Bruecker was the first to offer TPLO surgery, TTA surgery, cementless hip replacement, arthroscopy and laparoscopy to owners of pets in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties, as well as to the State of Hawaii. He has been an innovator in the development of new surgical techniques and orthopedic implants.
Dr. Bruecker is a past program chair of Neurosurgery for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and a past program chair for the technician program for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He served as the orthopedics program director for 2004 and 2005 for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He was also program director for orthopedics, pain management and anesthesia for the 2006 American Veterinary Medical Association annual symposium. He is the program chair for the Association for Veterinary Orthopedic Research and Education (AVORE). He is a past Executive Board Member for Veterinary Orthopedics Society (2004-2007) and currently serving as the President-Elect (2013-2014).
Due largely to his commitment to education and training, Dr. Bruecker was selected as the Veterinarian of the Year for the State of California by the California Veterinary Medical Association in 2004.
Dr. Bruecker, his wife and sons are owner/operators of avocado and citrus farms in Ventura County.