Small Animal Surgery Service

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‌The Small Animal Surgery Service includes surgical specialists, as well as residents (specialists in training), interns, and senior veterinary students. We aim to provide the highest level of care for your pet, while keeping you updated and informed at all times.

The Small Animal Surgery Service deals with a range of patients requiring either orthopaedic, neurological or soft tissue surgeries.

Orthopaedic surgeries are carried out on companion animals with bone, articulation, muscle or tendon diseases, including trauma. Hospitalisation of patients is generally required.  We offer advanced surgical and medical treatment for the management of orthopedic and neurological diseases.


Our services include but are not limited to treatment of:

  • Canine Hip Dysplasia: we offer juvenile pubic symphysiodesis, Triple Pelvic Osteotomy and Femoral Head Ostectomy
  • Other diseases of the hip: we offer treatment for traumatic hip luxations, fractures and congenital diseases
  • Diseases of the elbow and shoulder: We offer advanced imaging and arthroscopic techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of the common diseases of the elbow and shoulder
  • Angular limb deformities: Surgical treatments such as corrective osteotomies/ostectomies and bone lengthening procedures are available to correct many of these problems
  • Cranial Cruciate Rupture: Our surgical team offers both extra capsular (outside the joint) repairs and the newer Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)
  • Patella Luxation
  • Traumatic injuries and fractures: We offer surgical treatment and fixation for all types of traumatic orthopaedic cases. Surgical technology includes fixation with metal implants as well as external fixation and bone plate technology
  • Arthroscopic Joint Exploration: Our service is now offering this state-of-the-art, less invasive approach to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the shoulder, elbow, knee and ankle (tarsus)
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease and routine neurologic conditions: Our surgical team is well equipped to diagnose (technology for myelogram and MRI) and recommend surgical and non-surgical treatment for common neurological conditions such as IVDD and spinal fractures
  • Other surgical procedures available for dogs include cardiothoracic, gastrointestinal, respiratory, urogenital and reconstructive conditions. Minimally invasive thoracoscopic and laparoscopic surgery, and oncologic (cancer) surgery is also available at the UCDVH

small animal surgery imageIntegrated Approach

The Small Animal Surgery Service works closely with other specialist departments at the UCDVH, including Diagnostic Imaging, Internal Medicine and Anaesthesiology, to provide an integrated approach and the best possible outcome for your pet. Pre-operative diagnostics available include digital radiology, ultrasound, fluoroscopy, scintigraphy, pathology and clinical pathology (blood chemistry, hematology, and cytologic diagnosis). 24-hour care is available in the Intensive Care Unit for pets that may require this. Patients will be referred from your regular veterinarian, with whom we liaise closely throughout your pet’s treatment period and follow up.

The Small Animal Surgery Service at UCDVH aims to work closely with your veterinarian to offer you the highest quality of surgical care possible for your pet. We provide state-of-the-art veterinary medicine and surgery, while teaching future veterinarians and specialist veterinary surgeons.

Our surgical team is utterly committed to excellent veterinary care and we believe that, ultimately, both you and your pet benefit from our expertise, specialized training and state of the art equipment.