VRC’s team of veterinary specialists have performed thousands of procedures and offer a multitude of advanced procedures to enhance or save the life of your pet.
VRC’s team of veterinary specialists have performed thousands of procedures and offer a multitude of advanced procedures to enhance or save the life of your pet. We offer the latest technology for diagnostic imaging as well dedicated specialty suites. We collaborate closely with your family veterinarian to provide a timely and accurate diagnosis as well as recommendations for the best treatment options for your pet.
To view a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding surgery at VRC, click HERE.
VRC takes pride in offering concerned pet owners the most up-to-date technologies available for the assessment and treatment of your dog or cat. When it comes to arthroscopic (joint-related) surgeries, our surgeons believe in using minimally invasive tools and techniques such as tiny scope cameras that can be inserted via incisions of less than a quarter-inch to look inside of your pet’s joint. The images taken by these cameras can then be magnified in order to diagnose a problem quickly and accurately. These small incisions reduce your pet’s recovery time post-surgery, while also causing the least amount of scarring, pain, and overall risk to your pet’s health. Arthroscopic procedures are usually outpatient surgeries, or involve a simple overnight stay so that your dog or cat can be back at home as quickly as possible to recover where they’re most comfortable.
Arthroscopic surgery allows VRC’s veterinarians to see a bigger and more detailed picture of what’s going on inside your pet’s joint. Sometimes, joint problems are too small to be seen without an enlarged image to review. Our minimally invasive arthroscopic surgical procedures can be applied to a variety of concerns, such as:
VRC is a specialty and emergency veterinary hospital. We’re available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We provide emergency medicine and critical care for your pet when they need it, as well as specialty veterinary services such as the assessment of your pet’s unique medical concerns in order to provide the best, safest, most effective treatment plans available. We work with your local family veterinarian to make sure your pet’s diagnosis is swift and accurate in order to get them into treatment, and then home again, as quickly as possible.
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At VRC, our full range of dental and oral surgery services and conditions treated include:
Oral malodor or inflammation: Severe gingivitis or inflamed oral tissue can be indicative of serious systemic disease and should never be dismissed simply as bad breath
Neoplasia: Surgical treatment of oral tumors
Fractured teeth: Teeth with exposed pulp must be treated or extracted, or they will become infected and abscess. Teeth can be salvaged with vital pulp capping or root canal therapy
Orthodontics: Evaluation and correction of common malocclusions (misaligned bites)
Jaw fracture repairs: Unlike orthodontic repairs, jaw repairs also require teeth alignment to maintain functionality
Oral defects: Congenital or traumatic defects requiring oral surgery
Periodontics: Treatment of periodontal tissue, which supports the teeth. Procedures include tooth scaling and polishing, root planing, mucogingival surgery, and guided tissue and bone regeneration
Restorations: Caries repair, metal crowns, bonding and bridges
To view a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding Oral and Dental Surgery at VRC, click HERE.
At VRC, we’re passionate about being able to offer your pets the latest advances in surgical techniques and the most up-to-date technology. Whenever we can, VRC’s surgeons choose minimally invasive procedures such as laparoscopy to get to the bottom of what’s ailing your dog or cat. Laparoscopy is an increasingly common diagnostic procedure where your veterinarian will make a small incision in order to inspect the abdominal cavity of your animal using a tiny fiber optic camera. Those pictures can be transmitted to a screen and magnified in order to see what’s really wrong. Sometimes a laparoscopic procedure may even be used to complete a surgery. The minimally invasive nature of the technique reduces the amount of trauma to your pet’s surrounding tissues and organs, and means we can often perform this procedure on an outpatient basis or with a simple overnight stay for observation. It also reduces the amount of pain, recovery time, and risk of infection your pet will experience, as well as limiting their scarring and increasing their mobility. Faster healing and reduced pain and recovery time also mean we can prescribe your dog or cat fewer pain medications.
Dr. Willem Becker, one of VRC’s orthopedic surgeons, utilizes our state-of-the-art equipment to investigate and treat abdominal diseases in your pet such as:
VRC is lucky to have Dr. Willem Becker, DVM, DACVS-SA as our soft tissue and orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Becker is extraordinarily skilled in performing minimally invasive procedures that help to diagnose your pet’s specific issue and then get them home again, happy and healthy. His goals are VRC’s goals: to accurately assess your pet’s medical condition, provide the best course of treatment to help them, and provide superior follow-up care to get them healthy again and home with you as quickly as possible.
Dr. Willem Becker is now available for both surgical consultations and elective surgery. Please contact our Advanced Diagnostics and Surgery Team for more details, and to find out how laparoscopic surgery may benefit your pet.
VRC, established in 1972, was one of the first specialized veterinary hospitals in the country to offer advanced orthopedic surgery. Our team has performed thousands of procedures and offers a multitude of cutting-edge surgeries to correct congenital conditions and repair injuries, including total hip and knee replacements, ACL repairs, bone and tendon avulsion repair, angular limb realignment, shoulder surgery, elbow surgery, and complicated fracture repair. As a complement to our orthopedic services, we offer comprehensive rehabilitation to help your pet return to optimal health.
Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and the most effective surgical techniques, the surgeons at VRC perform a wide variety of soft tissue surgeries, including abdominal procedures (gastrointestinal, spleen, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, kidneys, adrenal glands, urogenital procedures), upper airway surgery, tracheal prosthesis, skin and reconstructive procedures, surgical oncology, head and neck surgery and hernia repair, among others.
Our surgical department represents the founding pillar of VRC. Our doctors, anesthesia nurses and nursing staff take great care to minimize pain and achieve the best surgical outcomes. We encourage families to visit as often as you like, and we are available to update you on your pet’s status 24 hours a day.
To view a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding soft-tissue surgery at VRC, click HERE.
Whenever possible, our surgeons employ minimally invasive surgical techniques involving the use of tiny, pencil-size cameras and instruments that are inserted through very small incisions (less than a half-inch). Minimally invasive surgery (MIS), also known as laparoscopy, thoracoscopy, arthroscopy or “keyhole” surgery, is an advanced approach that reduces post-surgery recovery time, scarring, pain and overall risk. Our surgeons have extensive training in MIS and a dedicated operating room that utilizes cutting-edge surgical equipment. Procedures can often be done on an outpatient basis, or involve just an overnight stay.
VRC’s cardiology service provides diagnostic, therapeutic and pre-anesthetic consultations for pets with suspected or documented congenital or acquired heart disease. These heart problems may be primary (stand alone) or secondary (occur from other systemic, internal medical problems). Primary heart disease may also contribute to the signs and symptoms of other internal medical problems.
We provide diagnosis and confirmation of your referring veterinarian’s diagnosis of congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, pulmonary hypertension, systemic hypertension, cardiopulmonary disease, and cardiac disease due to other systemic disease. Diagnoses are made using a combination of physical examination, echocardiography and Doppler ultrasound, thoracic radiography, electrocardiography, and blood pressure evaluation. As needed, we will provide medications, radiology, abdominal or thoracic ultrasound, and internal referrals to other services within VRC including internal medicine, emergency, oncology and surgery.
Holistic therapies offer a variety of natural ways to help animals heal, improving their comfort, mobility and quality of life. VRC offers these holistic therapies to enhance your pet’s innate ability to heal. Holistic therapies are complementary, which means they can be safely utilized alongside traditional medical options, in combination with other integrative therapies, or by themselves.
• Cold Laser
This ancient form of eastern medicine is an effective method of treating a variety of diseases and disorders. Using thin, sterile, stainless steel needles, acupuncture stimulates specific points on the body to balance energy flow, reduce pain and improve health. Only a licensed veterinarian can perform acupuncture on animals.
This therapy uses energy from lights to stimulate cell activity and aid in the healing process of sprains, strains and other musculoskeletal injuries. The laser activates tissue repair while promoting deep muscle relaxation and reduction of joint pain. Our lasers are FDA approved for human use.
If your pet is not responding to treatment as expected, or requires advanced diagnostic procedures such as endoscopy, bronchoscopy, colonoscopy, lung washes, bone marrow aspiration or biopsy, we can help. VRC’s internal medicine specialist works closely with referring veterinarians seeking diagnosis, second opinions and/or management of acute and chronic diseases, including those of the kidney, liver, lungs, bladder, GI tract and endocrine system. Our internist also consults with other specialists within our practice, including surgeons, oncologists and emergency care veterinarians. To read answers to our most frequently asked questions regarding internal medicine at VRC, click HERE.
VRC offers on-site endoscopy (flexible and rigid), performed in our dedicated suites by experienced specialists with the expertise to safely examine and evaluate the internal tissues of the esophagus, stomach, nose, ears, bladder, colon and lungs. While patients do require general anesthesia, endoscopy is considered a minimally invasive procedure and can often be performed on an outpatient basis.
Our neurosurgeons are specially trained to surgically manage diseases and injuries of the nervous system, including fractures, dislocations, congenital defects and spinal cord trauma. Intervertebral disc rupture, the most common condition requiring neurosurgery, may require emergency surgery to decompress the spinal cord, and we are available 24/7 to provide this service as needed. Once your pet has recovered from surgery, our on-site rehabilitation services can help restore mobility and health.
VRC’s diagnostic imaging department serves patients by supporting all of our clinical specialties. We offer a range of imaging modalities to fit a variety of needs, including:
Digital X-ray (Radiography) — used for diagnosing disease in the chest, abdomen and musculoskeletal system. We also perform contrast studies of the gastrointestinal and urinary tract to diagnose obstructions. X-rays are typically the first imaging studies ordered to help diagnose problems.
Ultrasound (Sonography) — high-frequency sound waves that produce pictures of the inside of the body, without radiation. Ultrasound images are captured in real-time, to show the structure and movement of the body’s internal organs, as well as blood flowing through vessels. Ultrasound imaging can be performed using minimal restraint or sedation, and is used to help diagnose conditions such as abdominal pain, pancreatitis, enlarged abdominal organ and kidney stones. We also use ultrasound to guide needle biopsies, in which a needle is used to extract a sample of cells from organs for laboratory testing.
Computed Tomography (CT scan) — a type of X-ray machine that produces multiple images of the inside of the body, in thin, cross-sectional “slices” for viewing. CT scans of internal organs, bone, soft tissue and blood vessels provide much more detail than conventional X-rays, by utilizing advanced software to accentuate areas of interest in two and three dimensions.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) — an advanced imaging modality that uses powerful magnets to generate electromagnetic fields, which are translated into images composed of a series of “slices”. MRI scans of soft tissue are highly detailed, and unlike CT, use no radiation.