Meet our Doctors

Cléo Rogatko, VMD, DACVS-SA

Orthopedic and Soft Tissue Specialty Surgeon

Orthopedic & Specialty Surgery

I was born in Brazil and grew up outside of Philadelphia. I went to undergrad at Cornell University and attended veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania. Following veterinary school, I had the opportunity to train with a number of different surgeons giving me the opportunity to integrate many different surgical styles into my medical approach. I also performed a specialty internship at The Animal Medical Center which furthered my interest in minimally invasive interventional procedures. I have a beloved, very slightly spoiled, cat named Tuna that I adopted while living as an intern in Oregon and currently live in Washington DC. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, yoga, scuba diving, travel, and exploring local restaurants. I’m thrilled to be working at Friendship and love the collaborative environment and high level of care.

Why Do You Work at Friendship?

I am thrilled to be working at Friendship and love the collaborative environment and high level of care.


  • Cornell University, BA in History
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, VMD
  • Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center, Rotating Internship
  • Oregon State University, Surgical Internship
  • Animal Medical Center, Specialty Internship in Interventional radiology/endoscopy
  • New England Animal Medical Center/WestVet Specialty Center, Surgical Residency

Board Certifications

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons (Small Animal)

Publications and Research

Rogatko CP, Glass EN, Kent M, Hammond JJ, de Lahunta A. Use of Botulinum Toxin Type A for the Treatment of Radiation Therapy-Induced Myokymia and Neuromyotonia in a Dog. Clinical case report. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 2016 Mar 1;248(5):532-7.

Rogatko CP, Baltzer WI, Tennant R. Preoperative Low Level Laser Therapy in Dogs Undergoing Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy: A Blinded, Prospective, Randomized Canine Clinical Trial. Clinical trial. Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology. 2017 Jan 16;30(1):46-53.

Rogatko CP, Warnock J; Verpaalen V; Bobe G. Comparison of Iatrogenic Articular Cartilage Injury in Canine Stifle Arthroscopy Versus Medial Parapatellar Mini-Arthrotomy. Cadaveric study. Journal of Veterinary Surgery. 2018 Jun; 47(S1): 6-14

Rogatko CP, Berent A, Adams L, Weisse C, Bagley D. Endoscopic Laser-ablation of the Ureteral Orifice for the Treatment of Orthotopic and Ectopic Ureteroceles in Dogs: 13 Cases (2008-2016). Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. 2019 Mar;33(2):670-679.

Rogatko CP, Weisse C, Schwarz T, Berent A, Diniz MA. Drug-Eluting Bead Chemoembolization for the Treatment of Incompletely Resectable Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Dogs: A Prospective Clinical Trial. The Animal Medical Center NY, NY. J Vet Intern Med. 2021 May;35(3):1487-1495.

Rogatko CP, Weisse C, Schwarz T, Berent A, Diniz MA. Comparison of CT Response Guidelines Following Chemoembolization of Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Dogs. The Animal Medical Center NY, NY. Manuscript submitted.

Samuel, N, Weisse C, Berent A, Rogatko CP, Wittenburg L, Lamb K. Pharmacokinetic Study Comparing Doxorubicin Levels following chemoembolization or IV Administration in Dogs with Naturally Occurring Nonresectable Hepatic Carcinoma. The Animal Medical Center NY, NY. Accepted, J Vet Intern Med. 2022.

I have also served as a peer-reviewer for the Journal of Small Animal Practice and PLOS One.

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