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Veterinary Emergency and Referral Center (VERC)

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Our skilled surgical teams, including board certified surgeons and highly trained veterinary technicians, make VERC a great choice for your pet’s veterinary surgery.

Advances in veterinary medicine and veterinary surgery have been keeping close pace with those in human medicine and surgery. Over the last two decades medical technology and techniques have advanced rapidly, making this an increasingly specialized field. A board certified veterinary surgeon possesses the experience, training and expertise to manage complex surgical procedures. Surgeons within the Ethos network have access to advanced diagnostic modalities and surgical equipment.

At VERC we recognize the value of collaboration with you, your regular veterinarian and our staff as a comprehensive team for your pet’s care.

Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS)

We have Minimally Invasive Surgical techniques and equipment available at our hospital. There are many reasons to choose a minimally invasive option, the best one being a quicker recovery. View our MIS information on the side bar to better understand MIS. Contact our surgery department for a consult or to discuss MIS options in your pet’s diagnosis.

Contact Us about Minimally Invasive Options.

Types of Surgeries

  • Abdominal Surgery

  • Gastrointestinal Surgery

  • General Anesthesia

  • General Surgery

  • Minimally Invasive Surgery

    • Arthroscopy

    • Laparoscopy

    • Thoracoscopy

  • Neurosurgery

  • Oncologic Surgery

  • Orthopedic Surgery

  • PennHIP Certification Radiographs

  • Respiratory Surgery

  • Skin and Reconstructive Surgery

  • Stifle Surgery: Options vary based on your pet’s size and condition. Your surgeon can recommend the best approach given a variety of factors; options include:

    • TPLO (Tibial Plateau Levelling Osteotomy) – Medium & Large breed dogs

    • Lateral Suture

    • MPL (Medial Patellar Luxation)

  • Thoracic Surgery

  • Urogenital Surgery


  • At Home Custom Physical Rehabilitation Exercises

  • Antibiotic Therapy

  • Bandage, Cast or Splint Placement

  • Blood Transfusions

  • Mechanical Ventilation

  • Open Wound / Fracture Management

  • Pain Management

  • Wound Management

  • Surgical Procedures Explained

  • Emergency Surgery Services

  • Spinal Surgery

  • Total Hip Replacement


  • Deep Tissue and Bone Biopsy

  • Diagnostic Imaging

  • Oropharyngeal/Laryngeal Exams

  • OFA Radiographs

  • Computed Tomography (CT Scan)

  • MRI

  • Endoscopy

  • Fluoroscopy

  • Radiography (X-Rays)

Physical Therapy + Rehabilitation

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What is a Board Certified Surgeon

And Why Would I Need One?

Advances in animal health care have led to a wider variety of treatment options, including highly specialized surgical procedures. Board-certified surgeons spend at least four years after achieving their veterinary medical degree focusing strictly on surgery.

This concentrated training in surgery allows the ACVS Veterinary Surgeon to keep current with frequent advances in veterinary medicine. Board-certified surgeons are skilled in advanced orthopedic, abdominal, thoracic, neurologic, oncologic, and reconstructive surgeries. If your pet requires a surgical procedure, ask your veterinarian if consultation with a specialist is indicated. General procedures, including spays, neuters, and many broken bones, may be less likely to require someone who is board-certified.

Our Surgery Team