Meet our Doctors

Tessa Adams, DVM

Surgical Specialists Intern

Orthopedic & Specialty Surgery

I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. I chose to attend college in Southern California to see a different part of the country. I have always been fascinated with the natural world and explored my interest in ecology while at Pomona College. I enjoyed this field of research, but I ultimately decided that veterinary medicine was my true passion. I attended Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine and completed a rotating internship at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center. During my internship at OSU, I realized that I wanted to specialize in surgery because it is an intellectually stimulating field that allows veterinarians to take an active approach in the treatment of a disease or injury. I am also dedicated to providing excellent patient care and client communication.

My home base is currently Tampa, Florida, where my parents now live with our family dog Dickens, a cocker spaniel. When I am not working, I enjoy running, reading, cooking, and traveling. I am excited to be back on the East Coast and explore all that D.C. has to offer.

Clinical Areas of Interest

  • Surgical Oncology
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Wound Management

Why Do You Work at Friendship?

Friendship is a well-respected practice within the veterinary community. An internship at Friendship offers me the opportunity to expand my surgical knowledge and skills. When I discussed Friendship with several people that had completed internships at the practice, everyone spoke of the camaraderie between the members of the practice and the exceptional patient care it provides. I am excited to begin the next chapter in my veterinary career at Friendship!


  • Pomona College, BA; 2016
  • Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM; 2020
  • The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center, Rotating Internship; 2021

Publications and Research

  • Adams, T.A., Jones, S.C., Dyce, J. (Manuscript in progress). Total hip replacement for femoral fractures other than simple chronic capital physeal fracture.
  • Adams, T.A., Staubus, W.J., Meyer, III, W.M. (2018). Fire impacts on ant assemblages in California sage scrub. Southwestern Entomologist, 43: 323-334.
  • Spear, D.M., Adams, T.A., Boyd, E.S., Dipman, M.M., Staubus, W.J., Meyer, III, W.M. (2017). The effects of development, type-conversion, and fire on low-elevation Southern California spider assemblages. Invertebrate Biology, 136: 134-145.
  • Wheeler, M.M., Dipman, M.M., Adams, T.A., Ruina, A.V., Robins, C.R., Meyer, III, W.M. (2016). Carbon and nitrogen storage in California sage scrub and non-native grassland habitats. Journal of Arid Environments, 129: 119-125.
  • Staubus, W.J., Boyd, E.S., Adams, T.A., Spear, D.M., Dipman, M.M., Meyer, III, W.M. (2015). Ant communities in native sage scrub, non-native grassland, and suburban habitats in Los Angeles County, USA: conservation implications. Journal of Insect Conservation., 19: 669-680.

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