About Surgery at AMC

Because AMC is dedicated to optimizing patient outcomes, we have assembled a surgical team that works collaboratively across all specialties to provide the best possible care for your pet. Our veterinary surgeons work together to determine the least invasive and most effective procedures, whether it’s a routine spay or neuter, or a more complicated surgery to treat arthritis, hip dysplasia, lameness, paralysis, or another debilitating condition. Our surgeons perform a variety of minimally invasive techniques whenever possible to promote rapid diagnosis, repair, healing, and to minimize patient discomfort.

Our Surgeons

Our staff is comprised of four surgeons, board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS), that work collaboratively with specialists in Internal Medicine, Oncology, Radiology, Critical Care, and Pathology to determine the best course of action for each individual patient. Critical surgical support is provided by a full diagnostic imaging team, five surgical residents training to become certified by the ACVS, four criticalists, licensed veterinary technicians, as well as an in-house rehabilitation and sports medicine program. These teams are organized to provide the best possible care for your pet, available to provide seven-day-a-week expertise, state-of-the-art surgical techniques, and to assure specialized emergency surgical care.


Minimally Invasive Surgery

These procedures are performed through tiny incisions to enable quicker recovery times and less discomfort than with conventional surgery. These procedures include:

  • Arthroscopy: a surgical procedure used to visualize, diagnose, and treat joint disease
  • Intraoperative fluoroscopy: a continuous x-ray transmitted to enable the treatment area and its motion to be seen in detail (often used for fracture repair)
  • Thoracoscopy: internal examination or biopsy within the chest cavity, to help identify and treat certain heart/lung diseases
  • Stent placement for collapsed trachea: treatment for a common cause of cough in dogs due to decreased strength within the cartilage of the airway or “windpipe”
  • Laparoscopy: used to view internal organs and allow treatment of certain abdominal conditions
  • Interventional radiology and interventional endoscopy: image-guided procedures used to diagnose and treat conditions in nearly every organ system

Orthopedic Surgery

Our Orthopedic Veterinary Surgeons treat congenital and acquired injuries of bones, joints, and the spine using the newest bone plating, pinning, and fixation devices and methodologies. Where possible, AMC uses a variety of minimally invasive techniques to promote rapid diagnosis and repair. These techniques include: percutaneous plating and fracture stabilization, and arthroscopic evaluation and treatment of joint problems.

We work closely with our Integrative and Rehabilitative Medicine Service to provide a Sports Medicine focus that emphasizes an integrated approach to preventing, diagnosing, and treating musculoskeletal injuries with the goal of optimizing the recovery process to allow peak performance in athletes, working dogs, and everyday pets.

Some of the conditions we treat at AMC include:

  • Fracture stabilization of the joint (shoulder, elbow and knee)
  • Arthroscopy and minimally invasive fracture repair
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD) and Total Hip Replacement
  • Patella Luxation or dislocated kneecap (MPL/LPL)
  • Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Musculotendinous injuries (strains, sprains, or trauma to soft tissue)

Soft Tissue Surgery

When performing soft tissue procedures, AMC Surgeons work closely with specialists in Internal Medicine, Oncology, Diagnostic Imaging, and Critical Care to diagnose and treat certain diseases that involve the chest, abdomen, skin, and other soft tissues. This collaborative approach provides a wide range of medical and surgical expertise and ensures your pet receives the best possible options for an optimal outcome.

Additionally, minimally invasive procedures are performed whenever possible to promote healing while minimizing patient discomfort. Such techniques include biopsies as well as reparative procedures for certain diseases that involve the chest or abdomen.

Adjunct Services

Anesthesia and Pain Management

To avoid pain during or after a surgical procedure, the surgical team at AMC is accompanied by a holistic approach to anesthesia and pain management. A wide variety of therapies are routinely applied, including:

  • Pharmacologic (analgesics, muscle relaxants)
  • Complementary (acupuncture, physical therapy, ultrasound, etc.)
  • Interventional (site specific)

Dentistry and Maxillofacial Surgery

AMC’s team of Dentists specialize in the treatment of many diseases, injuries, and defects in the head, neck, face, jaws, and the hard and soft tissues of the oral (mouth) and maxillofacial (jaws and face) region. Some of the surgical procedures performed include:

  • Jaw fracture repair
  • Surgical extractions
  • Restorations
  • Treatment of periodontal disease
  • Oral cancer surgery

AMC’s Diagnostic Imaging & Radiology Service utilizes the advanced imaging modalities of radiography (x-ray), ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for the diagnosis, prognosis, and surgical treatment planning in companion animals. The department is staffed by two board certified radiologists, two residents training for their board certification, and 12 technicians skilled in imaging and radiology.


Surgical diseases of the nervous system are overseen by board certified Neurologists. Neurosurgery is routinely performed for spinal disease and conditions that cause back pain, paralysis, or lameness, including diseases of the disc and spine. This specialty surgery is also performed to treat abnormal brain conditions and has been successful in removing certain tumors.

Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine

AMC’s Tina Santi Flaherty Rehabilitation & Fitness Service, the only facility of its kind in New York City, provides innovative and state-of-the-art therapies to help return dogs, cats, and other pets to higher levels of functional mobility and improved quality of life after surgery. Our facility employs only individuals that are certified in canine rehabilitation in order to offer the most advanced expert care.