New Staff at Hope VS


We are thrilled to have Brian Bretz, DVM, DACVS join the surgical team at Hope this June. He will see appointments on Tuesdays and be available for surgery on Mondays.

Dr. Brian Bretz received his DVM degree from the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2005 and completed a one year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Garden State Veterinary Specialists.  He went on to complete a residency in small animal surgery at Tufts University and the Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston.  Following his residency, he joined a private practice in the northern Philadelphia region before joining HOPE.

Dr. Bretz is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.  His clinical interests include orthopedic, soft tissue, oncologic, and neurologic surgery.  He has also performed multiple types of minimally invasive surgery (arthroscopy, laparoscopy, and thoracoscopy) over the last 9 years and has co-authored several journal articles in peer reviewed journals.  From 2012-2014 Dr. Bretz served as co-chairman of the medical advisory board for Pet Partners,LLC providing medical support and guidance to over 30 general practices across the country.  He enjoys lecturing on all aspects of surgery. He is currently enrolled in an Executive MBA program at the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.

He lives in Malvern with his wife, a veterinary radiation oncologist, a dog and two cats.  In his spare time, Dr. Bretz enjoys running, scuba diving and travelling.

We would like to also introduce to you to Dr. Sarah Muhrer. She joined our emergency team in May and we couldn’t be happier she is on board with us!

Dr. Sarah Muhrer attended Earlham College in Richmond Indiana where she completed her Bachelors of Arts Major in Biology with honors in 2005.  She then attended Cornell University where she obtained her Doctorial Veterinary degree in 2009. Thereafter, she completed a one-year rotating medicine and surgical internship at Metropolitan Veterinary Associates in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.  For the past five years, she has done Emergency Medicine at a specialty hospital in Clarks Summit, PA.

Dr. Muhrer’s special interests include treating toxicities, urethral obstructions, and neonatal medicine.  She also loves international veterinary medicine and spent four months in Tanzania Africa studying wildlife protection in the Serengeti and 4 weeks in the Bahamas studying Iguanas.  Her personal hobbies include doing agility with her Border collie mix, cross-country skiing, kayaking, and traveling.

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