Veterinary Surgery for Dogs and Cats

If you are experiencing a crisis and are in need of emergency veterinary care, please call our Emergency & Critical Care department at (760) 466-0600 (North County) or (858) 875-7500 (San Diego). A surgeon is always on-call for surgical emergencies.


All of our surgeons are board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and have undergone intensive training in all aspects of stifle (knee) surgery. We work together as a team to ensure your pet gets the best possible care. Our staff anesthesiologist guides anesthetic protocol development to minimize patient risk. The Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego is the only certified Veterinary Trauma Center in San Diego. As a trauma center, VSH offers the highest possible standard of care in veterinary medicine. Our specialists work in a collaborative approach with a sincere commitment to excellence not only in the presurgical and surgical management of our cases, but in the comprehensive follow-up and communication throughout recovery.

VSH provides a number of veterinary surgery procedures for dogs and cats, including:

To find out more about different surgical procedures, please visit our Resource section of the website.

Video: Post TPLO Rehabilitation

We specialize in thoracic, abdominal, reconstructive and oncologic surgery. If you have questions about the types of procedures we offer, please send us an email or give us a call!

Our Experienced, Compassionate Team and State-of-the-Art Technology

ACVS TPLO and Cruciate Ligament Surgeries

VSH's board-certified surgeons are at the forefront of veterinary surgery technology, techniques and treatments for dogs and cats. Our five-member surgical team is committed to offering cutting-edge orthopedic procedures for your pets to treat many common but debilitating ailments, such as hip dysplasia and cruciate ligament injuries in dogs.

If you have a referral from your family/general veterinarian, please schedule an appointment for a veterinary surgery consult at one of our locations today. Referring veterinarians may also request a consultation or visit our Veterinarians Resource Section to learn more about continuing education opportunities.

Compassionate, Comprehensive Surgical Care

VSH emphasizes a team approach, where we integrate a comprehensive treatment plan so patients receive thorough, high-quality care. Our fully-equipped surgical suites have state-of-the-art monitoring and anesthetic equipment, and pain management is integrated into the preoperative management of all cases to ensure your pet's comfort.

Your dog or cat will be greeted by a compassionate surgery team from the moment of check-in to the time of discharge. When your dog or cat has fully recovered from surgery, our staff will provide detailed instructions on post-surgical care for your beloved pet at home. We pride ourselves on compassion and communication with you and your family veterinarian.

To learn more about veterinary surgery for dogs and cats or to book an appointment for surgery, please call one of our nearby locations at (760) 466-0600 (North County) or (858) 875-7500 (San Diego). Our veterinary surgical department offers morning, afternoon and weekend surgical consult times to better suit your schedule.