In addition to an undergraduate degree and four years of veterinary school, a veterinary surgeon has undergone extensive training in order to become a specialist. This training consists of a minimum of a 1-year internship followed by a 3-year residency program. The surgical residency requires specific training, case load variety and publishing in scientific journals before the veterinarian is eligible to sit for the extensive board certification examination. Board certified surgeons are referred to as “Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons” or a “board-certified surgeon.”


Ultrasound is a non-invasive procedure similar to an x-ray. It works by sending very high frequency sound waves through body tissues and recording the waves as they are reflected back. Sophisticated computer programs in the Ultrasound machine transform those reflections into detailed images of the internal organs and other objects. As the sound waves are transmitted continuously, an ultrasound scan produces a moving picture of an organ or body part as it is actually functioning. Read more about Ultrasound

TightRope for Cranial Cruciate Ruptures

A relatively new technique for repair of a Cranial Cruciate Rupture in dogs is the TightRope.  It essentially positions a double band of ultra strong FiberTape across the lateral stifle at isometric points on the femur and tibia via the use of bone tunnels.  This technique does not require cutting bone like the TPLO or TTA procedures.  Instead it uses small drill holes in the femur and tibia to pass a Read more about TightRope for Cranial Cruciate Ruptures