The Small Animal Surgery Service at the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre provides a range of soft tissue and orthopedic surgical procedures for small animals.

Our small animal surgical team includes board-certified specialists who are diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS). Our small animal surgeons are constantly developing and refining new procedures to apply to the field of surgery.

Information for New Clients

If you have never visited the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre before, please visit New Clients for information about our location, parking and other details.

Elective procedures

Patients undergoing elective surgical procedures usually stay at the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre for one to three days. Minimally invasive alternatives are also offered.

  • Canine and feline spays (ovariohysterectomy/ovariectomy)

  • Canine and feline castration
  • Dewclaw removal
Orthopedic surgery

The WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre provides a range of orthopedic surgeries for small animal patients.

  • Simple and complex fracture repair: bone plates, interlocking nail, linear and circular external fixators
  • Cranial cruciate ligament stabilization: tibial plateau levelling osteotomy (TPLO), lateral suture repair
  • Patellar luxation repair
  • Arthroscopy: medial coronoid disease (elbow dysplasia), osteochondritis dissecans (OCD), meniscal tear
  • Hip dysplasia surgery: triple pelvic osteotomy, femoral head and neck excision (FHNE), total hip replacement
  • Neurosurgery: intervertebral disc prolapse, spinal fractures, tumours, spinal instability
  • Corrective surgery for growth abnormalities
  • Limb-sparing or limb amputation surgery
Soft tissue surgery

The WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre provides a range of soft tissue surgical procedures for dogs, cats and other small animals.

  • Gastrointestinal surgery: removal of foreign bodies and other causes of obstruction, bloat (gastric dilation volvulus or GDV)
  • Minimally invasive abdominal and thoracic surgery: laparoscopy and thoracoscopy
  • Surgical oncology: tumour removal and reconstruction
  • Abdominal surgery: liver lobectomy, liver shunt attenuation, gallbladder removal, splenectomy
  • Cardiothoracic surgery: patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), surgical esophageal disorders, pacemakers, lung lobectomy
  • Reconstructive surgery after major trauma
  • Upper airway surgery