Aylin Atilla

Associate Professor (Small Animal Surgery)

Associate Dean Professional Development

Full Member

Veterinary Education Research Group

Full Member

Clinical and Translational Research Group

VMD, MS, Diplomate ACVS - SA

Contact information


Office : TRW1E30


Dr. Atilla teaches various courses throughout the entire curriculum starting with basic surgical skills and progressing to spays and neuters with the students.  She will also teach the students advanced surgical techniques in lectures and when they are on their advanced surgery rotation. 

Preferred method of communication

Please contact the faculty member directly at the email or phone number listed above.  If you are not able to reach them, the administrative assistant listed below may be able to help.


Name: Emily Hill

Email: emily.hill1@ucalgary.ca

Research and teaching

Research Interests

  • Clinical Science
  • Veterinary Medical Education


Dr. Atilla grew up in various places but went to high school in Medicine Hat, Alberta. From there she pursued a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She pursued her veterinary degree after this at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. She then went back to Cornell University to complete an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery before going to Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama to pursue a Master of Science and a Residency in Small Animal Surgery. She has since attained board certification in Small Animal Surgery which encompasses soft tissue, oncologic, orthopedic, and neurosurgery. Dr. Atilla spent 3 years working in the Washington, DC metro area before moving back to Alberta. She worked at the CARE Centre and slowly got more involved with teaching at the UCVM and is now there full-time but still will help out at the CARE Centre and will see cases at Western Veterinary Specialist and Emergency Centre.