Today, much like in human medicine, veterinarians specialize in various fields of veterinary medicine. Our board-certified veterinary surgeon possesses the knowledge, skills and technological capabilities to meet the needs of patients requiring complicated procedures. Additionally, access to specialized instrumentation and sophisticated equipment allows them to expertly perform and manage a wide array of surgical conditions, which include orthopedic, soft tissue, neurologic, oncologic (cancer), and thoracic problems. Dr. Rudd and our surgery team of registered veterinarian technicians keep abreast of the latest techniques by regularly attending continuing education symposiums.

Surgical procedures are performed at our state-of-the-art facility, where the latest pain management techniques are performed and the safest anesthetic agents are used. All patients are attentively supervised throughout anesthesia and surgery.

Post-operatively, surgical patients recover in the intensive care unit, under the direct supervision of a compassionate staff of registered veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants weekdays until 11pm. A registered veterinary technician is on duty at 7 am 7 days a week to monitor and treat our post operative patients as needed.

Questions About Surgery

What does it mean to be a board-certified surgeon?

In order to promote surgical excellence for the profession, the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) promotes advancements in veterinary surgery, and provides the most current surgical educational programs. The ACVS is enabling the veterinary profession to achieve its goals of providing outstanding service to the public and to animals by setting the highest standards in veterinary surgery. The ACVS Diplomate can be an aide to the primary care veterinarian by possessing the training, expertise and equipment to perform the most demanding procedures. Veterinarians who have successfully completed the certification requirements of the ACVS are Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and have earned the right to be called specialists in veterinary surgery. These requirements include: a degree in veterinary medicine from an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited program, completing a one-year rotating internship as well as a three year surgical residency program, and become published in a peer-reviewed journal.

What is the cost of specialty care?

The human-animal bond has become increasingly stronger over the past 20 years. Pet owners are willing to do as much as they possibly can to care for their animals, many times without regard to cost. VCA Braelinn Village Animal Hospital is committed to ensuring that our pet owners understand the level of care and attention given to their pet. Much of the cost incurred goes towards top notch nursing care, consistent post-operative monitoring of vitals during anesthetic recovery, implementation of pain management and pain control (i.e., injectable, oral, intra-dermal options), as well as towards the use of specialized equipment that helps ensure our high standard of care. VCA Braelinn Village Animal Hospital is well-known for offering the type of veterinary care that is comparable to that available in human medicine.

How will my pet be monitored while under anesthesia?

Owners want to be assured that their pets are properly assessed during a surgical procedure. Here at VCA Braelinn Village Animal Hospital, much of the monitoring equipment used in the OR is identical to that used in human hospitals. We are able to evaluate the patient's blood pressure, oxygen saturation, body temperature, carbon dioxide production, and ECG tracings. The most critical cases can also be monitored using direct blood pressure measurement, and blood gases can be obtained through an arterial catheter.

Our Surgical Expertise

  • Abdominal Procedures

    • Adrenal gland removal

    • Bladder stone removal (cystic calculi)

    • Bloat surgery/gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV)

    • Foreign body retrieval

    • Gall bladder removal (cholecystoenterostomy)

    • Intestinal mass removal

    • Liver mass removal

    • Pancreatic mass removal

    • Portosystemic shunt ligation (PSS)

    • Splenic (spleen) mass removal

    • Stomach mass removal

    • Other abdominal surgical procedures

  • Anesthesia and Sedation

  • Blood Products / Blood Transfusion Medicine

  • Diagnostic Imaging

    • Digital radiology

      • Fistulogram

      • Contrast pnuemo-cystogram

      • Myelography

      • Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) radiographs

    • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

    • Ultrasonography

  • Diagnostic Procedures

    • Joint taps

    • Lameness evaluation

    • Medical treatment for osteoarthritis

  • Fiberoptic Surgical Procedures

    • Laparoscopic surgery

    • Thoracoscopy

  • Neurosurgery

    • Spinal cord decompression for intervertebral disc disease (IVDD)

  • Oncologic Surgery

    • Anal sac mass removal

    • Hemi-pelvectomy

    • Limb amputation

    • Limb-sparing techniques

    • Lung mass removal

    • Lymph node excision

    • Tumor biopsy/removal

    • Other abdominal surgical procedures

  • Oral Surgery

    • Brachycephalic airway syndrome correction

      • Elongated soft palate

      • Everted saccules

      • Stenotic nares

    • Cleft palate repair

    • Jaw fractures

    • Mandibulectomy/maxillectomy

  • Orthopedic Procedures

    • Arthrodesis (joint fusion)

    • Corrective osteotomies for limb deformities

    • Cruciate ligament repair

      • Extra-capsular cruciate repair (lateral fabellar suture or MRIT)

      • Tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO)

      • Tibial tuberosity advancement (TTA)

    • Elbow dyslasia

    • Fracture repairs

      • Bone plating and pinning

      • External fixators

    • Hip dysplasia

      • Femoral head and neck ostectomy (FHO)

      • Triple pelvic osteotomy (TPO)

    • Osteochondrosis dissecans (OCD) lesions

      • Hock, elbow, shoulder, stifle

    • Patellar luxations

  • Soft Tissue Procedures

    • Anal sac removal

    • Total ear canal ablation and bulla osteotomy (TECABO)

      • Chronic otitis

      • Ear canal mass removal

      • Ear polyp removal

    • Thyroid gland removal

      • Feline hyperthyroidism

      • Thyroid mass removal

    • Tissue grafts/reconstructive skin flaps

  • Thoracic Surgery

    • Lung bulla

    • Lung mass removal

    • Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) ligation / correction

    • Pericardectomy

    • Thoracic duct ligation for chylous effusion

    • Other thoracic procedures