Surgery

Our board-certified surgeons are skilled in all aspects of surgery, including minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy, thoracoscopy and arthroscopy), orthopedic surgery and joint disease, trauma and wound management, thoracic, gastrointestinal, oncologic, neurologic and reconstructive surgery.  Our surgeons are on-call 24 hours a day to provide exceptional care, even after hours.

Our surgeons work seamlessly with other departments at VSH and your primary care veterinarian to ensure a comprehensive approach to the care of your pet.

What is a board-certified surgeon?

A veterinary surgeon has undergone additional training after veterinary school in order to become a specialist. This training consists of a minimum of a 1-year internship followed by a 3-year residency program that meets guidelines established by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS).

During a residency, there are specific training and caseload requirements that must be met. In addition to these requirements, applicants must perform research that is published in a scientific journal and then pass a rigorous examination.

Meet our surgeons:

Dr. Brian Trumpatori  (Chief of Surgery)

Dr. Meredith Kapler

Dr. Meghan Kruse

Dr. David Lee

Dr. Mischa McDonald-Lynch

Dr. Gary Spodnick

What to expect at your first visit:

When you arrive, you will be asked to fill out a new patient form (if you have not already submitted one through our website.)

A veterinary technician will then escort you and your pet to an examination room.

One of our board certified specialists will review your pet's history with you, look over any prior medical records including laboratory work and radiographs and perform a complete physical examination. During the consultation we will discuss all aspects of your pet's medical condition, address your concerns and work with you to determine the right course of treatment based on our initial assessment and conversations with your primary care veterinarian. We want to provide the best treatment possible for your pet and respect your wishes and goals.

Expect this initial consultation to take 30 minutes to an hour however, you may be asked to leave your pet for the rest of the day depending on the tests that may be needed.  We feel this process is the best way to give you the most accurate information about your pet's medical condition, the prognosis, options for care and the potential costs associated with treatment.