Baton Rouge Veterinary Specialists | Phone: (225) 227-2967
3803 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70816

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Surgery

More Than Advanced Training

SurgeryOur surgeons are experienced in a broad array of surgical procedures including orthopedic, soft tissue, minimally invasive, neurologic, oncologic (cancer), cardio/thoracic, and emergency.

There are many reasons to seek the expertise of a surgeon, including:

  • Expertise and specialized training
    • Primary care veterinarians focus on the day-to-day needs of your pet including preventive care. Veterinary surgeons spend years training specifically in surgical procedures. 

    • Surgeons are more likely to see complicated cases and have vast experience addressing your pet’s particular condition.

    • Surgical specialists can provide you with a variety of options and help you determine the best treatment for your animal.

    • The entire surgical team has a great deal of experience with the safe administration of anesthesia and managing pain, two of the most important aspects of optimal surgical care.

  • Enhanced care. Surgeons are more likely to have access to:
    • Advanced diagnostic technology like a CT scan, special surgical implants or instrumentation, and sophisticated anesthesia equipment.

    • Other veterinary specialists – your surgical team may collaborate with board-certified radiologists, anesthesiologists, internists, emergency veterinarians, and others.

    • Veterinary technicians who are trained in the specific needs of animals undergoing surgery as well as post-operative nursing care.

    • 24-hour monitoring of your pet by a veterinarian.

Just like their human counterparts, the requirements to become a veterinary surgeon are stringent. The mandatory training beyond veterinary school consists of a minimum one-year internship followed by a three-year residency in an accredited program that meets guidelines established by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS).

During the residency, there are specific caseload requirements that must be met, providing opportunities to perform a wide variety of surgeries. In addition, the veterinarian must conduct original research and have it accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. And finally, he or she must pass a rigorous examination. Only then can one be called a surgeon or veterinary specialist.

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