This week, Dr. Andy Roark interviews Sam Morello DVM, DACVS, an associate professor of large animal surgery in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Madison-Wisconsin. They discuss Dr. Morello’s recent publications in JAVMA on the gender pay gap and life-balance choices in veterinary surgeons.


Morello SL, Colopy SA, Bruckner K, Buhr KA. Demographics, measures of professional achievement, and gender differences for diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2015. JAVMA 2019

Colopy SA, Buhr KA, Bruckner K, Morello SL. The intersection of personal and professional lives for male and female diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2015. JAVMA 2019

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Dr. Sam Morello has completed original research in the areas of upper airway physiology, minimally invasive sinus surgery, and intestinal surgery. Current research projects are focused on the musculoskeletal system including orthopedics, wound healing, and antimicrobial delivery systems for musculoskeletal infection. In addition, Dr. Morello has conducted large scale survey research across various areas of specialty medicine, as well as academic practice, to consider professional work life, the intersection of work and personal life, and the effect of a shifting gender demographic in veterinary medicine. She has been an invited lecturer on these topics at numerous conferences and universities.

Dr. Morello’s clinical practice encompasses all aspects of surgery in both horses and farm animal species. With a personal background in the show horse and racehorse industry, she has a particular clinical interest in traumatic and developmental orthopedic diseases. She also has extensive experience evaluating poor performance in sport horses and is in charge of the dynamic endoscopy system acquired for the diagnosis and management of upper airway disorders.