Surgery Services at Asheville Veterinary Specialists

Welcome to the Surgery Service at the Asheville Veterinary Specialists. Our surgical team is dedicated to helping you and your pet when they need a surgical procedure. The surgical staff has gone through extensive training to provide your pet with the highest levels of expertise. Asheville Veterinary Specialists’ surgery department is fully equipped for orthopedic, soft tissue, ophthalmic, neurologic and diagnostic procedures.

Our surgeon is Brett C. Wood, DVM, MS, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.  (What is a board certified veterinary surgeon ?)


Pre-operative Treatment/Evaluation: Initial evaluation by the surgery staff includes a review of any information sent by your regular veterinarian, as well as discussion of the pertinent history. The surgery staff will then evaluate your pet's condition and outline the available testing and treatment options. In all cases that further diagnostics or treatment options are discussed, we will provide a written estimate of recommended services. In addition, as part of the admission procedure consent for surgery and anesthesia is required. Please bring all medications or special diets currently administered to your pet if surgical intervention is a possibility. In most cases, there are some pre-operative diagnostics, such as blood work, radiographs, or ultrasound examinations that are recommended. (What is the surgery staff’s role in your pet’s health care?)

Anesthesia/Analgesia: All patients receive intravenous catheters and extensive pre-operative and intra-operative pain management, including continuous intravenous pain medications and epidurals for rear limb procedures. Personalized anesthetic protocols are devised based on the patient and the procedure. The patient's comfort and stress levels are closely monitored throughout their hospital stay. When anesthesia is in use, complete monitoring of heart rate and rhythm, body temperature, blood pressure, and blood oxygen saturation is performed by one or more surgical technicians. In addition, we have ventilator capability for intra-operative support of patient’s ventilation.

Post-operative Treatment/Monitoring: Post-operative patient comfort and supportive care is of paramount importance to the surgical staff at the AVS. Due to our colocation with R.E.A.C.H. of Asheville there is an ER doctor and trained veterinary nursing staff on duty 24 hours for our in-hospital patients. We have intensive care units for patients in need of continuous oxygen therapy.

Surgical Services we provide:

The services provided by the surgical staff at Asheville Veterinary Specialists include (but are not limited to) such procedures as:


  • Fractures & Luxations
  • Stifle Conditions/Injuries
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Arthrodesis
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Shoulder Conditions
  • Joint Taps
  • Oral Surgery/Fractures
  • Angular Limb Deformities
  • Amputations & Limb Salvage
  • Bone Biopsies
  • Lameness Evaluation

Soft Tissue Surgery:

  • Oncologic Procedures
  • Liver and Gall Bladder Surgery
  • Stomach and Intestinal Surgery
  • Rectal/Perineal Surgery
  • Urogenital Surgery
  • Total Ear Canal Ablations
  • Lateral/Ventral Bulla Osteotomy
  • Splenectomy
  • Adrenalectomy
  • Upper Airway/Respiratory Surgery
  • Cervical Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Wound Management/Reconstructive

Neurology Services:

  • Neurologic Evaluations
  • CSF Taps
  • Muscle/Nerve Biopsy
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease Surgery
  • Lumbosacral Surgery
  • Spinal Tumors
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Caudal Cervical Spondylomyelopathy ("Wobblers")

Minimally Invasive:

  • Arthroscopy (see below)
  • Laparoscopy
  • Abdominal Exploratory
  • Prophylactic Gastropexy
  • Thoracoscopy

Opthalmic Procedures:

  • Enulcleation/Exenteration Procedures
  • Eyelid Mass Removals
  • Peri-orbital Tumors


  • Shoulder
  • Elbow
  • Stifle
  • Hip
  • Carpus
  • Tarsus

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