New Surgery Program at Veterinary Teaching Hospital Looking for Patients
Veterinarians offer a variety of minimally invasive surgery procedures for dogs, cats, horses, llamas and alpacas at the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH). Now, the College’s veterinary teaching hospital is the first in the nation to teach veterinary students the technique.
Doctors can perform various diagnostic procedures and solve a variety of health ills that require surgery using these minimally invasive techniques. Minimally invasive surgery is performed through small incisions with a small endoscope.
"Minimally invasive surgery provides advantages to the animal such as small incision size and shorter recovery time with less pain. Some surgeries can be performed with greater precision than with traditional techniques. There is also a reduced risk of infection and other complications," said Dr. Eric Monnet, a cardiothoracic surgeon at the VTH. "The practice is relatively new in the veterinary field. Colorado State has been a leader in training veterinarians these cutting-edge techniques, and we'd like to make the public aware of the service here at our hospital."
Canine candidates include dogs who need routine spays or the removal of bladder stones. Ingested foreign objects and some tumors can be removed with the new technique at the hospital. Surgeries to correct twists in the stomach can be performed for dogs.
For equines, spays, removal of the ovaries, castration and other abdominal procedures are available.
The new surgery program will train future veterinarians to perform the surgeries, eventually advancing the technique into private veterinary medicine clinics. The surgery program also will support current research projects including helping equine veterinarians develop better sedation techniques for surgery on horses while they are standing. Equipment donations from two companies - Karl Storz Endoscopes and Tyco Healthcare - have assisted in developing the project. Several years ago, veterinarians at CSU created the Veterinary Endoscopy Society, a professional organization devoted to the advancement of minimally invasive veterinary surgery.
To consult with a veterinarian about whether an animal qualifies for minimally invasive surgery at Colorado State, call the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital at (970) 221-4535.