A Veterinary Surgeon is a veterinarian with advanced training and experience in performaing veterinary surgical procedures.
The surgeon's expertise extends through the pre-, peri-, and post-operative arenas. First, the pet's problem must be evaluated via a thorough physical examination (sometimes including an orthopedic and/or neurologic exam), radiographs (x-rays), advanced imaging (CT, MRI, Ultrasound), and other diagnostics. This initial evaluation also includes an assessment of the patient for health status prior to undergoing anesthesia.
If the patient's problem is amenable to surgery, the surgeon utilizes special equipment and techniques to accomplish a wide range of orthopedic, soft tissue, or neurologic procedures. Post-operative care from immediate recovery, physical therapy, and follow-up is also directed by the surgeon.