Dr. Anson J. Tsugawa graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. Following graduation, he completed a one-year internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital (Akron, OH) and a three-year residency in Dentistry and Oral Surgery at the University of California-Davis, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. During the final year of his residency, he was elected as Chief Resident of the Small Animal Clinic.
Dr. Tsugawa became board certified in veterinary dentistry (Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College) in 2004, and was the 2005 recipient of the American Veterinary Dental College Outstanding Candidate Award, a national award presented to a highly qualified and productive veterinarian who has recently achieved board certification in veterinary dentistry.
He is the previous Chairman of the American Veterinary Dental College Examination Committee, and has also served as President of the North Bay Westside Chapter of the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Tsugawa is currently the Co-Chair of the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry Grants Committee, serves as a reviewer for several international high impact factor veterinary journals, including Frontiers in Veterinary Science, Journal of Veterinary Dentistry, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Veterinary Surgery, has authored numerous textbook chapters on veterinary oral and maxillofacial surgery, and recently co-edited a textbook in veterinary dentistry that is recommended reading for candidates preparing for their specialty board examinations.
Dr. Tsugawa lives in Woodland Hills with his wife, Kristina, who also works in the veterinary industry, as the administrator of a well-respected San Fernando Valley multi-specialty veterinary hospital, and their blended family that includes three Pug dogs, Sasha, Ben (a.k.a., Benihana) and Katsu.