Dog & Cat Pals

About Prickly Pear Surgery Care (PPSC) 


Compassionate. Convenient. Collegial. Patient-centered care.

Prickly Pear Surgery Care (PPSC) is committed to increasing the accessibility of specialty veterinary surgery. With an experienced surgical team, PPSC dedicates its time to providing exceptional care for patients and aims to ease the stress of a surgical procedure for referring veterinarians, patients, and pet parents​. 

Keep in mind that our services do not replace the traditional veterinary emergency and specialty brick and mortar. But with access to convenient and compassionate care, we can work together to provide the option of specialty surgery to your patient.


Brandy Cichocki


Diplomate, ACVS-SA

Meet Dr. Brandy Cichocki (cha-hockey)

Brandy is a board-certified small animal surgeon who recently turned her dream into a reality. Previously she has worked in academia as an Assistant Professor of Small Animal Surgery in the Soft Tissue Department at Purdue University. During this time, she had the pleasure of working with and training younger veterinarians in the profession. She comes to the Austin area from Colorado where she recently developed a soft tissue surgery service for a small specialty and emergency hospital. While she enjoyed developing and training a proficient surgical team, she knew that one day her goal was to increase the accessibility of specialty surgery care for all pet owners. 

PPSC was developed around her dream of bringing her passion into the place where her surgical patients feel most at home. In addition, she wanted a way to create seamless communication between her, the patient's primary care veterinarian, and pet parents.

In her free time, you can find her outdoors. She loves the smell of the saltwater ocean as much as the pine in the forest. She has two cats, Avery and Finn, and originally comes from Indiana.