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Here at VRC, our mission is to always provide the best, latest, and least invasive procedures to take care of your pet, no matter what may be ailing them. When it is necessary to inspect or operate upon something in your pet’s chest cavity, we use an advanced and minimally invasive surgical technique known as thoracoscopy. Using a small fiber optic camera or scope, our surgeons can inspect internal organs and tissues and even perform specific procedures with only a small incision in your pet’s skin. This not only reduces pain and trauma for your pet but also allows for faster post-operative recovery time and decreases the likelihood of infection or other risk factors. Your pet will be more comfortable with fewer pain medications, and thoracoscopic procedures can often be done on an outpatient basis or with just an overnight stay.


The use of state-of-the-art thoracoscopic techniques allows us to perform a variety of minimally invasive investigative and surgical procedures in the chest cavity including:

  • Diagnose Inflammation, Infection, Fibrosis, and Cancer
  • Remove Lung Tumors
  • Obtain Biopsies
  • Pericardiectomy
  • Inspect the Lungs, Pleura, Or Mediastinum
  • Thoracic Exploratories
  • And More…

Please contact us for more details, and to find out how thoracoscopic surgery may benefit your pet. CONTACT US


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.