Clinical Activities and Procedures

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The Community Surgery Service’s mission is to provide high quality compassionate veterinary care for your pet while educating fourth-year veterinary students with a positive, empowering learning experience in performing small animal surgery. In carrying out this mission, the service provides life-enhancing or life-saving surgical care to animals in the community.  

The Community Surgery Service provides opportunities for veterinary students to perform some of the more common procedures seen in veterinary practice. For more complicated cases, surgeries are performed by the board-certified surgeons in the VMTH’s Soft Tissue Surgery Service and the Orthopedic Surgery Service, or by other specialty services.

All patients treated by the Community Surgery Service are carefully selected from the patient population based on the potential benefits to animals and the student’s learning. Senior veterinary students gain the valuable experience in these surgeries necessary for them to succeed in their future veterinary careers. All procedures are closely supervised by faculty veterinarians who also assist with more difficult surgeries.

Procedures performed by the Community Surgery Service include:

  • Spay/neuter
  • Aural hematoma
  • Celiotomy and intestinal biopsy
  • Cutaneous or superficial abscess treatment
  • Digit amputation
  • Elective gastropexy
  • Enterotomy
  • Enucleation
  • Excisional biopsy
  • Exploratory celiotomy
  • Gastrotomy
  • Inguinal hernia
  • Intestinal resection
  • Limb amputation
  • Mastectomy
  • Skin mass excision
  • Splenectomy
  • Tail amputation
  • Umbilical hernia repair