Hearing that your pet needs surgery – whether in an emergency or not – can be stressful for pet parents. Thankfully, though, veterinary surgical care is extremely advanced, meaning many of the same procedures that you might find in human medicine are available for furry friends, and many are minimally invasive, allowing pets to recover more quickly.
Who Should Perform Your Pet’s Surgery?
Any veterinarian may perform surgery as part of their general practice, particularly routine procedures like spaying and neutering. However, if your pet needs a complicated or complex procedure, your family veterinarian may refer you to a board-certified veterinary surgeon.
Veterinary surgeons go through additional advanced training after veterinary school, including an internship, residency, and a rigorous examination. They also must maintain a high level of continuing education, ensuring they are always up to date on the best possible treatments in their field.
At Burlington Emergency and Veterinary Specialists (BEVS), our surgical team is led by a board-certified veterinary surgeon, Jacob Helmick, DVM, DACVS-SA. Dr. Helmick and our team of experienced licensed technicians have access to sophisticated diagnostic imaging equipment, an ICU that is staffed around the clock, and state-of-the-art surgical suites.
Our Advanced Veterinary Surgical Procedures
At BEVS, we perform a wide range of progressive surgeries for both dogs and cats, including:
- Orthopedic surgery to repair fractures and other musculoskeletal injuries, cruciate ligament tears, hip and elbow dysplasia, and osteochondritis
- Soft-tissue surgery relating to internal organs, skin, and muscles
- Cardiothoracic/cardiopulmonary surgery to address heart and lung issues
- Cancer surgery to remove tumors
- Reconstructive surgery to restore form and function after trauma or cancer surgery
- Emergency and trauma surgery available 24/7
- Gastrointestinal/hepatobiliary (liver and gallbladder) procedures
- Urinary tract surgery
All surgeries are performed under the watchful eye of a highly trained veterinary technician devoted to anesthetic monitoring. Additionally, each patient receives a personalized pain management protocol to ensure they are as comfortable as possible before, during, and after their procedure.
After surgery, veterinary rehabilitation may be recommended to expedite healing. Pets who have had orthopedic or muscular procedures can benefit from treatments like underwater treadmill exercise, laser therapy, massage, and even acupuncture. Our certified veterinary rehabilitation team can even provide exercises for you to help your pet do at home.
When your pet requires advanced surgery, you’ll be glad to know that BEVS has a depth and breadth of veterinary surgery expertise that is rare in this neck of the woods. To learn more or schedule a consultation with Dr. Helmick, simply call us at 802-863-2387.