The U-Vet Small Animal Surgery team performs surgery in orthopaedics (bones, joints, muscles) and soft tissue surgery (skin, body cavities, cardiovascular system, gastrointestinal/urogenital/respiratory tracts), cancer surgery and neurosurgery. Our team also has the expertise and equipment to provide minimally invasive ‘keyhole’ surgery and interventional radiology procedures. This means that your pet can have a shorter stay in hospital which is nicer for them and better for you.
What makes us unique
The successful outcome and management of complex surgical cases requires the coordinated effort of many people with specialised skills that we uniquely provide in the Melbourne region.
The surgery service is supported by other specialist services including anaesthesia, diagnostic imaging, intensive and critical care, medicine and central sterile supply support teams that enable complex surgical procedures to be done, so you can rest assured that your pet will have a safe and comfortable surgical experience.
Our dedicated surgery team are able to coordinate with our other specialist services all of whom can assist in providing the best comprehensive care to make the best decisions for you and your pet.
Services we offer
We offer a range of surgical services, including:
- Referral surgical services for referring vets and service areas within U-Vet
- Primary surgical services for local clients
- Soft-tissue surgery
- Orthopaedic surgery
- Oncologic surgery
- Neurological surgery
- Minimally invasive ‘keyhole’ surgery
- Thoracic surgery
- Abdominal surgery
- Reconstructive surgery
- Complex fracture repair
- Interventional radiology.
Meet our team
Dr Stewart Ryan
Dr Tesh Smalle
BSc, BVSc (Hons), MMedVet (Surgery)(Small Animal), MANZCVS (SAS)
As a teaching hospital, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and graduate students (residents) are actively involved with case management as part of their learning and training process in a similar way to medical doctors in human hospitals. All referral surgical procedures are performed by the Faculty or Staff veterinarians.