Dr. Carol Gillis is a graduate of UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She developed a sport horse practice and became one of the first equine veterinarians to perform ultrasound examinations on the musculoskeletal system of horses. Dr. Gillis returned for an equine surgery residency at UC Davis. Following completion of the residency, she obtained a PhD in equine tendon and ligament pathophysiology. Concurrently she established the equine ultrasound service at UC Davis, pioneering ultrasound of the musculoskeletal system at the University, and creating courses and wet labs to train veterinary students, residents and veterinarians how to perform and interpret ultrasonographic examinations.
In 2009, Dr. Gillis moved to Aiken, SC and was asked to also perform canine musculoskeletal ultrasound examinations to address the problem of recurrent injury by providing accurate diagnostic images to determine the nature and extent of initial injury and to document healing progress so that rational treatment and exercise plans could be developed. Since 2009, she has performed over 1,500 lameness and ultrasound examinations of dogs with injuries including partial ACL rupture, iliopsoas injury, shoulder damage, etc. and has helped to develop successful rehabilitation plans for those patients.
Dr. Gillis is a charter member of a new board specialty in Sports Medicine, the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. She currently has a consulting practice in Ultrasound and Sports Medicine in Aiken, SC.