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Soft Tissue Surgery

Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and the most effective surgical techniques, the surgeons at VRC perform a wide variety of soft tissue surgeries, including abdominal procedures (gastrointestinal, spleen, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, kidneys, adrenal glands, and urogenital procedures), upper airway surgery, tracheal prosthesis, skin and reconstructive procedures, surgical oncology, head and neck surgery, and hernia repair, among others.

Our veterinary surgical department represents the founding pillar of VRC. Our doctors, anesthesia nurses, and nursing staff take great care to minimize pain and achieve the best surgical outcomes. We encourage families to visit as often as you like, and we are available to update you on your pet’s status 24 hours a day.

To view a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding surgery at VRC, click HERE.


Orthopedic Surgery

VRC.5.15_1027VRC, established in 1972, was one of the first specialized veterinary hospitals in the country to offer advanced orthopedic surgery for pets. Our team has performed thousands of procedures and offers a multitude of cutting-edge surgeries to correct congenital conditions and repair injuries, including total hip and knee replacements, ACL repairs, bone and tendon avulsion repair, angular limb realignment, shoulder surgery, elbow surgery, and complicated fracture repair. As a complement to our orthopedic services, we offer comprehensive rehabilitation to help your pet return to optimal health.

To view a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding surgery at VRC, click HERE.


Whenever possible, our veterinary surgeons employ minimally invasive surgical techniques involving the use of tiny, pencil-size cameras and instruments that are inserted through very small incisions (less than a half-inch). Minimally invasive surgery (MIS), also known as laparoscopy, thoracoscopy, arthroscopy, or “keyhole” surgery, is an advanced approach that reduces post-surgery recovery time, scarring, pain, and overall risk. Our surgeons have extensive training in MIS and a dedicated operating room that utilizes cutting-edge surgical equipment. Procedures can often be done on an outpatient basis or involve just an overnight stay.


Laparoscopic Surgery


At VRC, we’re passionate about being able to offer your pets the latest advances in surgical techniques and the most up-to-date technology. Whenever we can, VRC’s surgeons choose minimally invasive procedures, such as laparoscopy, to get to the bottom of what’s ailing your dog or cat. Laparoscopy is an increasingly common diagnostic procedure where your veterinarian will make a small incision in order to inspect the abdominal cavity of your animal using a tiny fiber optic camera. Those pictures can be transmitted to a screen and magnified in order to see what’s really wrong. Sometimes a laparoscopic procedure may even be used to complete a surgery. The minimally invasive nature of the technique reduces the amount of trauma to your pet’s surrounding tissues and organs. It also means we can often perform this procedure on an outpatient basis or with a simple overnight stay for observation. It also reduces the amount of pain, recovery time, and risk of infection your pet will experience, as well as limiting their scarring and increasing their mobility. Faster healing and reduced pain and recovery time also mean we can prescribe your dog or cat fewer pain medications.

Laparoscopic Surgery

Our surgeons utilize state-of-the-art equipment to investigate and treat abdominal diseases in your pet such as:

  • Bladder surgeries
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Gastropexy
  • Intestinal biopsies
  • Liver biopsies
  • Spaying female animals
  • and more…

Please contact us for more details and to find out how laparoscopic surgery may benefit your pet.