CTVSH is a veterinary surgical referral practice staffed by specialists in veterinary surgery. We provide the latest in specialized surgical diagnostics and treatments, and strive for the highest level of patient care possible.
Our Professional Surgical Team
The surgical team at CTVSH includes Dr. Stephen Kerpsack, Dr. Stephanie Beardsley, Dr. Alice Runk, Dr. John Bevan, Dr. Sara Gower, and Dr. Laurie Zacher. Each surgeon has completed an internship and surgical residency after receiving their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. The Small Animal Surgery Residency program involves three years of specialized surgical training in a program sponsored by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. The ACVS is a governing body that both supervises the training and certifies the participants of the program. During the Residency program, surgeons are trained in the disciplines of soft tissue, orthopedic, and neurosurgery along with radiology, anesthesia and clinical pathology.
Services include, but are not limited to:
What You can Expect
At CTVSH, safe anesthesia and continuous monitoring are a priority. We have the latest in anesthetic monitoring equipment including EKG’s, end tidal CO2, oxygen saturation, and blood pressure monitors. We also feel strongly about minimizing our patients’ pain before, during and after surgery. We commonly use epidurals and local anesthetics to decrease the amount of post-operative pain to allow for lower levels of anesthetic use. The majority of surgical patients are prescribed an oral medication to be given at home to help with discomfort.
In most instances, required diagnostics will be performed the day of the initial consultation. Dependent on the doctors’ surgery schedule and the number of emergencies, surgeries can typically be performed on the day of or the day after the initial exam. Please be prepared to leave your pet with us by bringing any medications or special diets that are currently being given.