Why Specialty Surgery?

As multidiscipline approaches to human healthcare have developed, so has specialization within veterinary medicine. There are now many surgeries that a pet may undergo that could benefit from the knowledge, expertise and attention of a surgical specialist. Your family may prefer for your companion’s procedure to be performed by a veterinarian with advanced training, experience and a firm knowledge of successful aftercare. If your pet requires surgery that is more than “routine”, consider utilizing the services of a board certified surgeon.

Advances within the veterinary industry have produced a much wider variety of surgical treatment options, including highly specialized surgical procedures. Board certified surgeons spend at least four years post-veterinary medical degree focusing strictly on surgery. This concentrated focus provides the DACVS surgeon the skills and equipment familiarity requisite to successfully perform these procedures. Additionally, Veterinary Surgeons, by virtue of their focus, are able to keep up to date with frequent advances in surgical techniques. Many medical and surgical conditions that until recently, were considered incurable or inoperable, can now be treated safely, efficiently and successfully by a trained and experienced surgical specialist.

What sets our surgical referral service apart?


  • Surgery is always performed by a board-certified surgical specialist. Board certification is only awarded to veterinary surgeons that have completed an advanced residency training program, published results of an original research project, AND successfully completed a multiple-day series of examinations.

  • We strive to provide you and your pet with the most current options for surgical care using the latest techniques.

  • We make patient comfort a top priority. Every patient receives an individualized pain-management plan.

  • We offer minimally invasive surgery. As in the human field, use of new techniques and equipment allow faster recoveries with less discomfort.

  • We take anesthetic safety very seriously. Our typical surgical patient is monitored by both a veterinary specialist and a highly experienced veterinary nurse using pulse oximetry, ECG, end-tidal carbon dioxide monitoring, body temperature monitoring, and blood pressure monitoring. Most patients are also maintained on a mechanical ventilator throughout their surgical procedure, to optimize respiratory function.

  • We provide round-the-clock care for post-operative patients. All hospitalized patients are supervised by a doctor overnight. This allows for close attention to their pain-management needs, and for additional monitoring and care as needed based on their condition.

  • Our surgery service is available to you five days a week, Monday through Friday.



Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Specialty Surgeons:

  • What questions should I ask my veterinarian before proceeding with surgery?

  • Does the veterinarian perform this type of surgery often?

  • Does the surgery require special equipment and, if so, is that equipment available?

  • Would my pet benefit from the expertise of a specialist?

  • What should I expect regarding the surgical outcome?

  • What follow-up care is necessary and who will perform that follow-up?

  • How can I find out if a particular veterinary surgeon is board certified and how can I locate a board certified surgeon in my area?

  • ACVS certification can be verified at the Diplomate Directory of the ACVS website. Your family veterinary practice may also be able to provide you with this information.

  • Does my pet really “need” a board certified surgeon?