Steven Leshem

Board-Certified Connecticut Veterinarian

About Steven Leshem

For the past five years, Dr. Steven Leshem has held responsibilities as a veterinary surgeon with Veterinary Specialists of Connecticut. The West Hartford practice has served the needs of pet owners for the past three decades, offering comprehensive care throughout a pet’s lifespan. Dr. Steven Leshem emphasizes a minimally invasive approach in undertaking neurosurgery, trauma surgery, and orthopedic surgery. He also provides guidance to veterinary interns in clinical and academic capacities.

Steve Leshem, DVM, completed his veterinary degree at Tufts University in Massachusetts and initially joined Veterinary Specialists of Connecticut in 2000 as part of a rotating surgery and medicine internship. He subsequently practiced in Colorado for a number of years and completed a clinical internship at Veterinary Specialists of Nevada. He undertook surgical residency training at Iowa State University and also held a teaching position as an adjunct professor. Board certified, Steve Leshem, DVM, has maintained affiliation with the American Veterinary Medical Association for more than a decade. 

Requirements for Receiving PennHIP Certification

Steven Leshem, DVM, is a board-certified veterinary surgeon currently working at Veterinary Specialists of Connecticut. With more than a decade of experience, Steve Leshem is PennHIP certified.

PennHIP is a radiographic screening method that evaluates a dog’s hip. The method is more accurate than the current standard in predicting osteoarthritis, and it consists of three separate radiograph views: the hip-extended view, the distraction view, and the compression view. Since the PennHIP technique is a screening/diagnostic procedure, those wishing to use it need training and certification.

The certification process involves two parts, the first of which involves the submitting clinic to have at least one veterinarian that has completed PennHIP’s online course and passed the examination. Secondly, either the veterinarian who passed the exam, or a technician under the veterinarian’s supervision, must take five exposures of three dogs, totaling 15 radiographs. These radiographs are then submitted for evaluation and certification is granted if proficiency and consistency is properly proven. Veterinarians who complete both parts also become PennHIP members.

MRIs Becoming More Commonly Used in Veterinary Practices

A graduate of the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Steven Leshem practices veterinary surgery at Veterinary Specialists of Connecticut in West Hartford. Often using MRI technology to diagnose pet injuries, Steve Leshem, DVM, has presented a paper titled Clinical Applications and Use of MRI in Small Animal Practice at regional veterinary association meetings.

While MRI has been used to diagnose human illnesses since the 1970s, it has recently become more widely used in the field of veterinary medicine. MRI scans provide detailed, computerized images of the animal’s organs and tissues. Typically, these scans are read by board-certified radiologists.

MRIs are instrumental for diagnosing many conditions, such as tumors, heart conditions, and ruptured spinal discs. While the sophisticated diagnostic test costs several hundred dollars, many pet owners are willing to front the cost to provide the best care to their beloved companion animal and end their suffering.

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