“How capable and skilled are the surgeons at Pender? Do they just focus on routine procedures like spays, neuters, and simple lump removals?”
Just as in the human arena, a well-trained and experienced veterinary general surgeon can perform a long list of surgeries: intestinal blockage removals, splenectomies, hernia repairs, gall bladder removals, etc. Our primary veterinary surgeons are also formally trained in orthopedic procedures which include fracture repair using pins, plates, screws, and also knee ligament (anterior cruciate) surgery repairs using skilled techniques varying from embrications, to TPLOs, and TTAs. These are shortened terms to describe highly sophisticated procedures to repair the most common torn ligament in the dog. Several of these complex surgeries are done weekly at Pender.
Pender has an assigned surgeon each morning Monday through Saturday, and quite often an afternoon surgeon as well. If, an experienced surgeon is needed at 2am to help an emergency patient, one is always available to return to the hospital and perform whatever surgery is necessary.